Certificate III in Meat Processing (Food Services)

Course Code AMP30216
Locations Workplace training

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Study Mode Traineeship
Length 24 months (maximum)
Commencement Expressions of interest
Timetable Workplace training five days per week. All training and assessments in the workplace during normal work hours.
Course Overview

This qualification covers work activities undertaken by workers in meat enterprises which undertake specialised services, such as preparing specialty meat cuts, gourmet meat, bulk value-added products, providing meat preparation customer service, and so on.

The MTM30211 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Food Services) is a highly flexible qualification enabling selections to be made from a wide range of units. This qualification is not suitable for inclusion as a VET in Schools program.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • further processing packer/team leader
  • co-products experienced workers/team leader
  • supermarket deli manager
  • meat processing production machinery operator
  • specialised boning operator


Learners completing this qualification may continue on and enrol into Cert III or Cert IV Meat Safety

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

Must be employed as an apprentice in an abattoir where further processing is conducted.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field as an apprentice before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice. Contact them on 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete a total of 12 units.

  • Core Units = 6
  • Elective Units = 6.

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
AMPA3002 Handle animals humanely while conducting ante-mortem inspection 20 $0.00
AMPA3005 Rod weasand 20 $0.00
AMPA3006 Seal weasand 10 $0.00
AMPA3007 Ring bung 40 $0.00
AMPA3008 Seal bung 20 $0.00
AMPA3021 Perform Y cut 20 $0.00
AMPA3023 Explain opening cuts 10 $0.00
AMPA3025 Perform brisket cuts 40 $0.00
AMPA3030 Operate pelt puller 40 $0.00
AMPA3032 Remove pelt manually 60 $0.00
AMPA3034 Eviscerate animal carcase 80 $0.00
AMPA3040 Operate brisket cutter or saw 40 $0.00
AMPA3044 Operate air knife 20 $0.00
AMPA3048 Bone small stock carcase - leg 100 $0.00
AMPA3049 Slice and trim leg - small stock 100 $0.00
AMPA3054 Break carcase using a bandsaw 150 $0.00
AMPA3061 Operate leg boning machine 100 $0.00
AMPA3063 Bone small stock carcase - shoulder 100 $0.00
AMPA3064 Bone small stock carcase - middle 100 $0.00
AMPA3065 Slice small stock carcase - shoulder 100 $0.00
AMPA3066 Slice small stock carcase - middle 100 $0.00
AMPR304 Manage stock 15 $0.00
AMPX201 Prepare and operate bandsaw 20 $0.00
AMPX209 Sharpen knives 40 $0.00
AMPX306 Provide coaching 30 $0.00
AMPX307 Provide mentoring 30 $0.00
AMPX308 Follow and implement an established work plan 10 $0.00
BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness 40 $0.00
FDFOP3002A Set Up A Production Or Packaging Line For Operation 50 $0.00
FDFOP3003A Operate Interrelated Processes In A Production System 60 $0.00
FDFOP3004A Operate Inter Related Processes In A Packaging System 60 $0.00
FDFPPL3003A Support And Mentor Individuals And Groups 30 $0.00
FDFTEC3003A Apply Raw Materials, Ingredient And Process Knowledge To Production Problems 60 $0.00

The units listed below are just a sample of what we can offer training in. We offer a wide variety of training tailored to suit your business needs.


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.

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.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  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. Free TAFE - 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). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE

  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 student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at 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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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $965.00
Concession rate $195.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $8,235.00
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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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
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.

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.