Meat Processing

Stay sharp and upskill with Axial’s Meat Processing Courses


On-the-job training

Our vocational approach to meat processing training helps you manage both work and study.


Blue-Ribbon courses to help you reach your goals

Our Certificate II & III Retail Meat apprenticeship courses might be the first-grade training experience you’re looking for.


Accredited and recognised nationally

Our meat processing training courses are fully accredited and recognised across the nation.

2 - AMP30815 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher)

This butcher trade qualification, AMP30815 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher), is recognised Australia-wide by independent retailers and supermarkets.

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During this Certificate III apprenticeship you will develop an understanding of the work practices in retail meat enterprises in relation to health, safety, hygiene, quality and productivity.

You will also learn how to prepare, package and merchandise a range of meat products including primal and specialist cuts. This includes training in processing beef, lamb, pork, veal and chicken into customer ready cuts for consumption, as well as training in the manufacture of value-added and smallgoods products.

The course has a strong focus on food hygiene, OHS, customer service and personal development.

Once you have gained this trade qualification, you will have the opportunity to progress to management positions and add leadership skills to your qualifications.

Who is this course designed for?

AMP30815 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) is a three-year program designed to provide the necessary skills for work in a retail meat environment (butcher trade).

Course Units

AMP30815 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) consists of 44 compulsory and optional technical units. Axial will work with the student and employer to select the appropriate optional technical units to meet the needs, interests and working environment of all parties.

Delivery Mode

The Certificate III course is delivered over a period of 36 months with assessment conducted on the job by an Axial trainer on a regular and agreed schedule.

Alternatively, Australian School-based Apprenticeships are available for students in Year 11 and Year 12 who would like to gain a vocational and technical qualification while completing school studies. Training and assessment requirements are determined in consultation with the student, their school and employer.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment will consist of individual or clustered units of competencies, whereby the student will display their theoretical and practical ability to a standard where the trainer can deem them competent.

Career Pathways

The meat retailing industry provides career opportunities in traditional meat retail (butcher) outlets, supermarkets, and emerging specialist meat product outlets.

There are currently around 24,000 Australians employed in the meat retailing sector with over 1,000 new apprentices coming on board each year.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is ideal for people without any formal qualifications. No matter how, when or where you acquired your skills, you can still receive a full or partial qualification based on your experience gained through various work or life situations.

Government Funding and Incentives

Some applicants may be eligible for funding from the Queensland Government. For more information contact the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) or visit the Government Funding and Incentives section of this website.

Our Trainers

We have a team of friendly and experienced trainers who are dedicated to providing tailored training to suit the needs of our students and their employers. Visit Our Trainers page to view profiles of our training team.


Sharpen your edge and train with Axial today

If the world of meat processing and becoming a certified butcher is a path you think might just be for you, we have the courses to help point you in the direction of that goal. Butchers are a trusted part of the Australian landscape and a career that’s hundreds, if not thousands of years old.

By training with Axial you will be joining a long line of dedicated individuals who, for centuries, have helped people serve meat to their families and friends.

A cut above in training and education

At Axial Training, we believe that every student should have the opportunity to reach for their goals and learn in an environment that’s conducive to them becoming the best they can be. This is why our vocational trainers are flexible, professional and experienced in the areas they train.

Here are just a few of the benefits of choosing Axial to study meat processing:-

  • Our vocational approach gives students real-world environments to learn in
  • Over 100,000 students have completed courses with Axial
  • We have worked with over 15,000 businesses
  • A multitude of experienced trainers on hand
  • Accountable and trackable outcomes
  • Government and Federal funding available
  • Student Progress Employer Portal

If you or one of your workers want to advance their skills in a professional and friendly training environment talk to us today about our certificate II & III meat processing courses on 1300 729 425 or apply online.

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