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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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MK.PL.1 Key


Systems must be in place to ensure all personnel are effectively trained and deemed competent to carry out the activities they are employed to do (Revised)

How you will be measured


Training requirements are identified for all key tasks, for example; - tasks involved in checking traceability - animal handling - biosecurity - monitoring animal health - use of on-site milking facilities - cleaning and disinfecting


There is a nominated person to oversee training, inductions and reviews, and sign-off personnel as competent for roles.


An annual training review is conducted for all personnel.


Recorded gaps in competence (training needs) are addressed by training or timelines stated for completion.


Personnel responsible for animal health and welfare, traceability and verifying assurance and biosecurity are competent and display a knowledge of the procedure where appropriate.
  • Training matrix for all key tasks, including temporary personnel
  • Name of person(s)



All new starters must have an induction (New)

How you will be measured


Counter signed induction record to include: - activities role will undertake - Health & Safety information - reporting lines


From April 2021 all new starters have an induction and are signed off as competent prior to being left to complete the tasks unsupervised.

Induction Record



Records of training must be kept

How you will be measured


A training record is maintained and includes: - staff member name and address - start date - induction date - key tasks or responsibilities - experience - contact with livestock - training given – date, training provider, certificates (or copies of) - training needs


Records are kept for 2 years after the person has left employment.

Training records



The appointed AWO must be appropriately trained and demonstrably competent

How you will be measured


The AWO has sufficient management responsibility to: - make decisions to safeguard welfare as required, including escalating issues to vets/authorities - implement emergency procedures - ensure animal welfare legislation and assurance standards are adhered to - oversee the appropriate handling and care of livestock while on site


The AWO, and their deputies (if appointed) are appropriately trained.

Training records