Offering Info

Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher)

  • National Course Code: AMP30815
  • TAFE NSW code: AMP30815-01V03-22HAM-999

Location – Hamilton


Part Time



Course Start Date


Study Commitment

5 Hours per week


2.4 years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

Start your career as a Retail Butcher with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butchery). With this trade qualification, you will master the art of breaking down carcass meat, cutting and trimming smaller cuts and fine artisan techniques. You will also learn to manage retail operations so you are ready to join this enduring industry.


Through on the job experience and theoretical course work, you will learn:

  • Practical butchery skills
  • How the meat industry is structured and functions
  • Cooking and retail operations
  • Essentials on storing meat
  • Customer service and merchandising skills
  • Retail operations
  • Team leadership skills
  • Hygiene and sanitation practices
  • Safe work policies and procedures


Sharpen the skills you need to get ahead in this field:

  • Keen eye for detail
  • Good spatial awareness and dexterity
  • Entrepreneurial, self-motivated spirit
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Hand and eye coordination


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A trade qualification in Meat Processing (Retail Butchery)


You can take your career further with additional study:

  • Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety) and become a Meat Inspector
  • Certificate IV Meat Processing (Quality Assurance) and become a Quality Assurance Officer


The meat industry has a retiring workforce which is creating a strong demand for trade qualified butchers within retail.

Consumers are also changing the face of the industry with demands on ethically farmed produce and an expectation of food provenance. Boutique butchers are increasingly providing small batch, artisan products and hand crafted products to meet consumer needs.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Meat Processing (retail butcher) as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the meat processing industry evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application


There may be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice. Enquire today and our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will support you to understand any eligibility or entry requirements for our non-apprenticeship qualifications.


This course has a mandatory minimum work placement requirement of 8 hours per week.

Depending on your circumstances, your work placement hours can be completed as part of an apprenticeship with your employer or with a suitable industry employer.

If you do not have an apprenticeship, you are responsible for arranging work placement with a suitable business prior to enrolment. If you need assistance, our team can provide a letter of introduction including:

  • Your enrolment start and end dates
  • TAFE NSW insurance policy
  • Information about the roles and responsibilities of your employer
  • A risk assessment form for your employer to complete and return

Chat to us about work placement support.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Good time management skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Adaptability skills
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Professional integrity and display respect, honesty and are punctual

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified Retail Butcher after successful completion

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a part time, workplace course. You must attend approximately 5 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 15 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 5 days a week for 2.5 years.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
AMPR301 Prepare specialised cuts
AMPR302 Assess carcase or product quality
AMPR303 Calculate yield of carcase or product
AMPR304 Manage stock
AMPR305 Meet customer needs
AMPR306 Provide advice on nutritional role of meat
AMPR307 Merchandise products, services
AMPR316 Cure, corn and sell product
AMPR317 Assess and sell poultry products
AMPR319 Locate, identify and assess meat cuts
AMPR320 Assess and address customer preferences
AMPR322 Prepare and produce value added products
AMPX304 Prepare primal cuts
AMPCOR201 Maintain personal equipment
AMPCOR202 Apply hygiene and sanitation practices
AMPCOR204 Follow safe work policies and procedures
AMPCOR205 Communicate in the workplace
AMPCOR206 Overview the meat industry
AMPR101 Identify species and meat cuts
AMPR102 Trim meat for further processing
AMPR103 Store meat product
AMPR104 Prepare minced meat and minced meat products
AMPR105 Provide service to customers
AMPR203 Select, weigh and package meat for sale
AMPR212 Clean meat retail work area
AMPX209 Sharpen knives
FBPOPR2069 Use numerical applications in the workplace
AMPCOR203 Comply with Quality Assurance and HACCP requirements
AMPR201 Break and cut product using a bandsaw
AMPR202 Provide advice on cooking and storage of meat products
AMPR204 Package products using manual packing and labelling equipment
AMPR205 Use basic methods of meat cookery
AMPR208 Make and sell sausages
AMPR209 Produce and sell value-added products
AMPX201 Prepare and operate bandsaw
AMPX210 Prepare and slice meat cuts
AMPX211 Trim meat to specifications
Elective Units
Number Title
AMPR308 Prepare, roll, sew and net meat
AMPR309 Bone and fillet poultry
AMPR310 Cost and price meat products
AMPR311 Prepare portion control to specifications
AMPR313 Order stock in a meat enterprise
SIRRMER003 Coordinate visual merchandising activities
SIRXSLS001 Sell to the retail customer
AMPR210 Receive meat products
AMPR211 Provide advice on meal solutions in a meat retail outlet
AMPX212 Package product using automatic packing and labelling equipment
AMPR106 Process sales transactions
AMPR108 Monitor meat temperature from receival to sale
AMPR323 Break small stock carcases for retail sale
AMPR324 Break large stock carcases for retail sale

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Phone 131 601

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