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3 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of three (3) years. The length of time to complete this qualification will vary depending upon how long a student takes to reach the required competency level. Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.



Not available to international students.

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This course has been designed to provide the learner with the practical and professional skills required for a retail butcher working in the meat industry.

Training and assessment is conducted primarily on job or if required at the training facilities at Charles Darwin University.

This qualification is the trade qualification for butchers and is suitable as an Apprenticeship.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Meat Retailing include:

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.


There are no tuition fees for this course.

Fees are subject to change annually. For further clarification and information on fees, payment options, instalment plans, and refunds, contact CDU on 1800 061 963 or refer to VET Fees and Payments.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs


Why study cookery or baking at CDU?

Reach your full potential with skills in the dynamic culinary arts and food processing industry. Upskill with a hands-on training course.

  • Learn in state-of-the-art commercial facilities
  • Qualify faster with recognition of prior learning
  • The Territory's largest training provider

Why study cookery or baking at CDU?

Gain the skills to reach your full potential in the dynamic culinary arts and food processing industry. Upskill yourself with a hands-on training course for you at CDU.

  • learn in state-of-the-art commercial facilities

What will I study?

To achieve AMP30815 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) a total of forty-four (44) units of competency must be completed comprising thirty-seven (37) core and seven (7) elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below. The electives offered may vary between campuses.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 935.

CodeModule/Unit of Competency
AMPCOR201Maintain personal equipment
AMPCOR202Apply hygiene and sanitation practices
AMPCOR204Follow safe work policies and procedures
AMPCOR205Communicate in the workplace
AMPCOR206Overview the meat industry
AMPR101Identify species and meat cuts
AMPR102*Trim meat for further processing (Pre-req AMPX209)
AMPR103Store meat product
AMPR104*Prepare minced meat and minced meat products (Pre-req AMPX209)
AMPR105Provide service to customers
AMPR203Select, weigh and package meat for sale10
AMPR212Clean a meat retail work area20
AMPX209Sharpen knives40
FBPOPR2069Use numerical applications in the workplace30
AMPCOR203Comply with Quality Assurance and HACCP requirements
AMPR201^Break and cut product using a bandsaw (Pre-req AMPX201)10
AMPR202#Provide advice on cooking and storage of meat products (Pre-req AMPR105)
AMPR204Package product using manual packing and labelling equipment10
AMPR205*Use basic methods of meat cookery (Pre-req AMPX209)
AMPR208Make and sell sausages20
AMPR209*Produce and sell value-added products (Pre-req AMPX209)10
AMPX201Prepare and operate bandsaw20
AMPX210*Prepare and slice meat cuts (Pre-req AMPX209)30
AMPX211*Trim meat to specifications (Pre-req AMPX209)20
AMPR301*Prepare specialised cuts (Pre-req AMPX209)20
AMPR302Assess carcase or product quality10
AMPR303Calculate yield of carcase or product15
AMPR304Manage stock15
AMPR305#Meet customer needs (Pre-req AMPR105)15
AMPR306Provide advice on nutritional role of meat10
AMPR307Merchandise products, services25
AMPR316Cure, corn and sell product20
AMPR317Assess and sell poultry product10
AMPR319Locate, identify and assess meat cuts40
AMPR320Assess and address customer preferences40
AMPR322Prepare and produce value added products10
AMPX304*Prepare primal cuts  (Pre-req AMPX209)40
 Total nominal hours for core units
AMPR108Monitor meat temperature from receival to sale10
AMPR311Prepare portion control to specifications10
AMPR206Vacuum pack product in retail operations20
AMPR323*+Break small stock carcasses for retail sale (Pre-req AMPX209, AMPR319)40
AMPR324*+Break large stock carcasses for retail sale (Pre-req AMPX209, AMPR319)40
AMPR308Prepare, roll, sew and net meat10
AMPR309*Bone and fillet poultry (Pre-req AMPX209)10
 Total nominal hours for elective units
 Total nominal hours for Independent Retail Butchers935

*Pre-requisite is AMPX209 Sharpen knives
^Pre-requisite is AMPX201 Prepare and operate bandsaw
#Pre-requisite is AMPR105 Provide service to customers
+Pre-requisite is AMPR319 Locate, identify and assess meat cuts

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

There are no specified eligibility/entry requirements for this qualification however, in order to meet the requirements of the training package, students enrolling into AMP30815 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) with CDU must be employed within the meat industry under a registered apprenticeship program or be retail butchers currently employed in the industry.

To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LL&N) evaluation may be conducted to help identify any areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

The teachers at CDU were amazing!

They were very passionate and knowledgeable and worked hard to meet both the learning and personal needs of students. Their care and individual attention meant that students like me received additional one-on-one training when I missed classes due to family or work commitments. 


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CDU student Leah Sloane in front of her pub

The lecturers really care about us, and CDU has really good equipment to support our study. If you really want to join this course, you must know that everyone can cook, but not everyone can be a chef.


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Course details


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the AMP Australian Meat Processing Training Package.

VET for secondary schools

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Palmerston

Study Mode: Workplace Assessment
Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Butcher Or Smallgoods Maker
Area of study
Culinary Arts, Tourism and Hospitality

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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