Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services) (Traineeship)

Course Code AMP20117
Locations Workplace training

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Study Mode Full-time, Part-time, Traineeship
Length Up to two years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable Workplace training with three hours per week of dedicated study time.
Plus five visits from a trainer in the first-year then four visits per year
Course Overview

This qualification is for people new to working in the meat industry and thinking about an apprenticeship or front-of-counter butchery staff needing some introductory skills. 

In this course students will be given an overview of the meat industry and will learn essential skills to work in a butcher or meat processing retail setting.

Students can grow their careers with increased knowledge in processing sales, dealing with customers, following safe work policies and storing and preparing meat products.

All of this training is based in the workplace and based on each businesses needs, meaning no disruption to the workplace. 

Mode of delivery

This traineeship is offered predominately workplace-based training.

Students will be required to dedicate 3 hours per week of study for 48 weeks per year. This includes designated reading handouts/workbooks, company workplace instructions and practical activities.

There will also be visits from the trainer for workplace training and assessments. There are five visits in the first year from the trainers of approximately 3 hours duration and then four visits per year for the remaining year.

The trainer will contact students monthly and students can contact the trainer at any time for assistance.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • meat wholesale preparation worker
  • meat department customer service worker
  • meat wholesale packer/wrapper
  • meat wholesale packer/slicer
  • butcher shop customer service worker
  • delicatessen assistant
  • value-adding worker in a boning room
  • workers in single species retail outlets
  • workers undertaking shelf-ready preparation of meat products
  • 'meals ready-to-eat' preparers
  • portion control slicer and packer

Information Session

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You need to be employed in this field as a trainee in an abattoir where further processing is conducted (value adding, boned and boxed ready for sale etc) before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice. 

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field as a trainee in an abattoir where further processing is conducted (value adding, boned and boxed ready for sale etc) before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice. 

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification, you must successfully complete 14 units: 6 core and 8 elective.

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

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AMPR101 Identify species and meat cuts 15 $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
AMPR106 Process sales transactions 10 $0.00
AMPR201 Break and cut product using a bandsaw 10 $0.00
AMPR203 Select, weigh and package meat for sale 10 $0.00
AMPR208 Make and sell sausages 20 $0.00
AMPR209 Produce and sell value-added products 10 $0.00
AMPR210 Receive meat products 10 $0.00
AMPR212 Clean meat retail work area 20 $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
AMPA2006 Apply animal welfare and handling requirements 40 $0.00
AMPA2008 Shackle animal 20 $0.00
AMPA2011 Cut hocks 10 $0.00
AMPA2016 Punch pelts 20 $0.00
AMPA2035 Operate new technology or process 20 $0.00
AMPA2036 Operate sterivac equipment 20 $0.00
AMPA2045 Trim forequarter to specification 20 $0.00
AMPA2046 Trim hindquarter to specification 20 $0.00
AMPA2047 Inspect hindquarter and remove contamination 20 $0.00
AMPA2048 Inspect forequarter and remove contamination 20 $0.00
AMPA2061 Weigh carcase 20 $0.00
AMPA2064 Label and stamp carcase 20 $0.00
AMPA2065 Wash carcase 10 $0.00
AMPA2068 Inspect meat for defects 40 $0.00
AMPA2070 Identify cuts and specifications 60 $0.00
AMPA2071 Pack meat products 60 $0.00
AMPA2074 Operate strapping machine 20 $0.00
AMPA2100 Overview offal processing 20 $0.00
AMPA2105 Process small stock tripe 20 $0.00
AMPA2108 Loadout meat product 40 $0.00
AMPA2109 Store carcase product 20 $0.00
AMPA2110 Store carton product 20 $0.00
AMPA2113 Bag carcase 10 $0.00
AMPA2114 Overview offal processing on the slaughter floor 20 $0.00
AMPX202 Clean work area during operations 40 $0.00
AMPX203 Operate scales and semi-automatic labelling machinery 80 $0.00
AMPX205 Clean chillers 20 $0.00
AMPX207 Vacuum pack product 50 $0.00
AMPX208 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 20 $0.00
FBPOPR2001 Work effectively in the food processing industry 30 $0.00
FBPPPL2001 Participate in work teams and groups 30 $0.00
FBPOPR2073 Work in a socially diverse environment 30 $0.00
FBPOPR2069 Use numerical applications in the workplace 30 $0.00
FBPOPR2075 Work effectively in the food processing industry 30 $0.00
FBPPPL2002 Work in a socially diverse environment 30 $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)
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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.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
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  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. If the course is a Free TAFE course or part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program - Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
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  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The course fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Course fee funding is made available to eligible individuals by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. An accurate quote for this course will be provided during the enrolment process.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $1,000.00
Concession rate $200.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $8,510.00
This is a Free TAFE course

Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

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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Course consumable/materials (approximate) $0.00
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 for an apprenticeship or traineeship

There are five simple steps to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with us.

  1. Find a job - find a job as an apprentice or trainee through an Apprenticeship Centre or Group Training Company.
  2. Register - register with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) and nominate SWTAFE as your training provider (your employer will usually do this for you).
  3. Complete a pre-training review - SWTAFE staff will contact you to organise your Pre-Training Review once your ASSN contract registration is complete.
  4. Enrol - complete the enrolment form provided to you and provide your identification.
  5. Sign - once you’ve completed your enrolment form and verified your identification you will receive your student declaration form to review and sign. You can sign this digitally via your smartphone, computer or tablet.

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

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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.

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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.