Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) South Australia

Course Code AMP30815
Locations South Australia

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Study Mode Full-time, Apprenticeship
Length 3 years maximum
Commencement Enrol any time
Timetable A minimum of 4 workplace visits face to face with the trainer.
Plus training in the workplace 5 days per week.
Course Overview
Study from home during COVID-19 restrictions

Whilst we pride ourselves on our hands-on training, we have had to adjust most of our courses for study from home and remote learning during the COVID-19 restrictions. This means courses will be delivered using a range of methods including online learning, virtual classrooms, workbooks and direct contact with your teacher.

Given the government restrictions that are now in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Australia, we expect this new model of study will continue until the government makes changes to these restrictions.


Gain specialist skills to work as a butcher with the Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher).

You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to work as a butcher in a range of settings, from the local butcher shop to farmers’ market stalls and supermarket meat departments. During this course, you will learn how to cut, price, display and sell meat to the public.

As an apprenticeship, you will be given the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice in the workplace, gaining hands-on skills and experience as a retail butcher.

What will I Learn?

  • Sharpen and maintain knives
  • Breakdown and slice carcasses
  • Develop necessary retail skills
  • Cure of meat products
  • Gain workplace health and safety skills
  • Understand food safety
  • Carry out mincing and sausage production
  • Undertake meat costing

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion, you will be equipped to gain employment as a Retail Butcher, Supermarket Butcher or start your own butchery business. 


After successfully completing this qualification, you may undertake further study at a Certificate IV level in the meat processing field.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must be employed as an apprentice in a retail butcher shop business where they cut, pack, value-add, display and bone product in a retail environment.

You must also live or work in South Australia for the duration of your course.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field before commencing this course. If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AMPCOR201 Maintain personal equipment 20 $0.00
AMPCOR202 Apply hygiene and sanitation practices 40 $0.00
AMPCOR203 Comply with Quality Assurance and HACCP requirements 40 $0.00
AMPCOR204 Follow safe work policies and procedures 40 $0.00
AMPCOR205 Communicate in the workplace 40 $0.00
AMPCOR206 Overview the meat industry 20 $0.00
AMPR101 Identify species and meat cuts 15 $0.00
AMPR102 Trim meat for further processing 10 $0.00
AMPR103 Store meat product 10 $0.00
AMPR104 Prepare minced meat and minced meat products 15 $0.00
AMPR105 Provide service to customers 15 $0.00
AMPR201 Break and cut product using a bandsaw 10 $0.00
AMPR202 Provide advice on cooking and storage of meat products 10 $0.00
AMPR203 Select, weigh and package meat for sale 10 $0.00
AMPR204 Package products using manual packing and labelling equipment 10 $0.00
AMPR205 Use basic methods of meat cookery 30 $0.00
AMPR208 Make and sell sausages 20 $0.00
AMPR209 Produce and sell value-added products 10 $0.00
AMPR212 Clean meat retail work area 20 $0.00
AMPR301 Prepare specialised cuts 20 $0.00
AMPR302 Assess carcase or product quality 10 $0.00
AMPR303 Calculate yield of carcase or product 15 $0.00
AMPR304 Manage stock 15 $0.00
AMPR305 Meet customer needs 15 $0.00
AMPR306 Provide advice on nutritional role of meat 10 $0.00
AMPR307 Merchandise products, services 25 $0.00
AMPR316 Cure, corn and sell product 20 $0.00
AMPR317 Assess and sell poultry products 10 $0.00
AMPR319 Locate, identify and assess meat cuts 40 $0.00
AMPR320 Assess and address customer preferences 40 $0.00
AMPR322 Prepare and produce value added products 10 $0.00
AMPX201 Prepare and operate bandsaw 20 $0.00
AMPX209 Sharpen knives 40 $0.00
AMPX210 Prepare and slice meat cuts 30 $0.00
AMPX211 Trim meat to specifications 20 $0.00
AMPX304 Prepare primal cuts 40 $0.00
FDFOP2061A Use Numerical Applications In The Workplace 30 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AMPR106 Process sales transactions 10 $0.00
AMPR108 Monitor meat temperature from receival to sale 10 $0.00
AMPR206 Vacuum pack products in a retail operation 20 $0.00
AMPR210 Receive meat products 10 $0.00
AMPR308 Prepare, roll, sew and net meat 10 $0.00
AMPR309 Bone and fillet poultry 10 $0.00
AMPR310 Cost and price meat products 15 $0.00
AMPR311 Prepare portion control to specifications 10 $0.00
AMPR313 Order stock in a meat enterprise 20 $0.00
AMPR315 Utilise the Meat Standards Australia system to meet customer requirements 80 $0.00
AMPR323 Break small stock carcases for retail sale 40 $0.00
AMPR324 Break large stock carcases for retail sale 40 $0.00
AMPX213 Despatch meat product 20 $0.00
AMPX305 Smoke product 20 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

South Australian students

This course is supported through WorkReady by the Government of South Australia.

WorkReady is a South Australian government initiative that brings together funding for training, employment and skills activities.

Find out more about WorkReady and eligibility for government subsidy. 

Upfront assessment of learning and support needs

The upfront assessment of need assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether you are eligible for a subsidised place in this course, if it is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about half an hour to complete.

Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the upfront assessment of need will be emailed to you.

Course fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
South Australian Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $1,085.00
Concession rate $220.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible) $13,250.00
Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $215.00
Which fee applies to me?


Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via WorkReady funding gives South Australian students greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

Find out more about WorkReady Government Subsidised Training

Check your fees eligibility

Concession Fee

You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee

Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.