Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety)

Course Code AMP40516
Locations Workplace training

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Study Mode Workplace
Length 3 years
Commencement Expressions of interest
Timetable Workplace training five days per week
Course Overview

This qualification covers work activities undertaken by meat inspectors in meat processing enterprises, usually at export processing plants. At the time of endorsement of this Training Package legislation and regulatory requirements relating to meat inspection were undergoing considerable change at both state/territory and federal level. People seeking registration as a meat inspector should check the current requirements with their state or territory food authority or the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS), as appropriate.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Learners successfully completing this course will be able to work as a Meat inspector in an abattoir.

 People seeking registration as a meat inspector should check the current requirements with their state or territory food authority or the Australian Government – Agriculture, as appropriate, when selecting electives

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

Must be employed at an Abattoir with at least two years previous experience in the meat processing sector.

It is also preferred that you have previously completed meat processing qualification.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete a total number 21 or 24 units (depending on elective selection)

Core Units = 14

Elective Units = 7 or 10 (depending on elective selection). Selection of units will be negotiated with the company depending on work place requirements.

Select 2 units from Group A or

  • Select 1 unit from Group A and 4 units from Group B
  • Select 5 units from Group C

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AMPA3071 Implement food safety program 60 $0.00
AMPA3119 Apply food animal anatomy and physiology to inspection processes 30 $0.00
AMPA3131 Identify and report emergency diseases of food animals 20 $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
AMPCOR401 Manage own work performance 20 $0.00
AMPCOR402 Facilitate Quality Assurance Process 30 $0.00
AMPCOR403 Participate in workplace health and safety risk control process 30 $0.00
AMPCOR404 Facilitate hygiene and sanitation performance 30 $0.00
AMPX209 Sharpen knives 40 $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
AMPA3072 Perform carcase Meat Hygiene Assessment 20 $0.00
AMPA3073 Perform process monitoring for Meat Hygiene Assessment 20 $0.00
AMPA3081 Perform offal Meat Hygiene Assessment 20 $0.00
AMPA3120 Perform ante and post-mortem inspection - Ovine and Caprine 120 $0.00
AMPA402 Oversee plant compliance with the Australian standards for meat processing 20 $0.00
AMPA406 Inspect transportation container or vehicle 10 $0.00
AMPA411 Oversee humane handling of animals 20 $0.00
AMPX404 Conduct an internal audit of a documented program 40 $0.00
AMPX407 Oversee export requirements 40 $0.00
AMPX412 Build productive and effective workplace relationships 50 $0.00
AMPX420 Participate in the ongoing development and implementation of a HACCP and Quality Assurance system 60 $0.00
FDFAU4001A Assess Compliance With Food Safety Programs 60 $0.00
FDFAU4002A Communicate And Negotiate To Conduct Food Safety Audits 40 $0.00
FDFAU4003A Conduct Food Safety Audits 80 $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) $1,465.00
Concession rate $295.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $11,880.00
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

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.

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