Producing and distributing food – guidance

The Beef Carcase Classification scheme: work as a classifier

Find out how to become a licensed classifier for the Beef Carcase Classification (BCC) scheme.

To classify beef carcases you must get a proficiency licence from the Meat Technical Schemes section of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

The application process involves a test.

Apply for a licence

Fill in a licence application form (MTSA1) (PDF, 19.7KB, 1 page) , request one from an inspector at an inspection, or contact RPA directly.


Telephone 03300 416508

Meat Technical Schemes team
Rural Payments Agency
Eden Bridge House
Lowther Street

After you send in your completed form, an inspector from the Livestock and Meat Inspectorate (part of RPA) will check that you understand the principles of carcase classification. If they’re satisfied, they’ll arrange for you to take a test which involves grading 40 carcases. Inspectors will assess whether your work is of an acceptable standard.

Follow-up checks

Once you’re working as a classifier, you must carry your licence with you at all times and show it to inspectors if they ask to see it.

Inspectors will check the standard of your work during their routine inspections. If you fail these assessments, your licence may be revoked and you’ll have to take another test to prove you can meet the required standard.

When to send back your proficiency licence

You must notify RPA and send your licence back to the address above if:

  • your work no longer involves classifying carcases
  • you stop working for the employer named on your licence
  • you change your home address (if you’re self employed); RPA will change your address and return the licence to you

If RPA asks you to return your licence for any other reason, you must do so.