Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) (Apprenticeship)

Course Code AMP30815
Locations Workplace training

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Study Mode Full-time, Apprenticeship
Length Up to four years
Commencement Start any time
Timetable Training in the workplace five days per week plus a minimum of four workplace visits face-to-face with the trainer for training and assessments.
Course Overview

This qualification is the trade qualification for Retail Butchers. The aim is to train apprentices in the workplace and give them the skills needed to be able cut, price, display and sell meat to the public. They will use training materials and information from their trainers and employer to build their knowledge. They will be given the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice by processing real amounts of product in real-time.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon completion, you will be able to work as a retail butcher, supermarket butcher or start your own business. 

Information Session

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You need to be employed in this field as an apprentice or trainee 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 an apprentice or trainee 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 44 units: 37 core units and 7 elective units.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
FDFOP2061A Use Numerical Applications In The Workplace 30 $0.00
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

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
AMPR207 Undertake routine preventative maintenance 40 $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.

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.
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  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) $0.00
Concession rate $0.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $14,610.00
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) $230.00
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.