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  • AMP20316

Certificate II in Meat Processing (Abattoirs)

At a glance

At a glance

Kick start your meat processing career with this entry-level course and get qualified to be an abattoir or slaughter floor worker.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Slaughter Floor Worker
  • Abattoir Worker
COURSE OUTCOME

AMP20316 Certificate II in Meat Processing (Abattoirs)

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Course overview

Course overview

Get started in your meat processing career with this entry-level course. This qualification will give you the basic knowledge and skills needed work in an abattoir. The industry is likely to perform well over the next five years, with job openings expected to be between 5,000 and 10,000.

During this workplace based course, you will gain an overview about the meat industry, learn how to maintain personal equipment, follow safe work policies and procedures, gain sanitation knowledge, and many other essential skills. You will also gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to handle animals, operate mechanical aids and packaging machinery, prepare, process and trim carcasses, and clean work areas. Our experienced staff are strongly embedded in the industry and will give you the one-on-one help you need to succeed.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as an abattoir or slaughter floor worker. You will also get the foundation knowledge needed to complete further study in this field and advance your career.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and a minimum of 3 elective units (to the value of 20 points) from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
AMPCOR201
Maintain personal equipment
AMPCOR202
Apply hygiene and sanitation practices
AMPCOR203
Comply with Quality Assurance and HACCP requirements
AMPCOR204
Follow safe work policies and procedures
AMPCOR205
Communicate in the workplace
AMPCOR206
Overview the meat industry

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
AMPA2030
Operate pneumatic cutter
AMPA2047
Inspect hindquarter and remove contamination
AMPA2050
Operate jaw breaker
AMPA2065
Wash carcase
AMPA2080
Assess dentition
AMPA2089
Process runners
AMPA2116
Trim offal fat
AMPA2117
Separate and tie runners
AMPA2126
Remove flares
AMPA2157
Overview rendering process
AMPA2158
Operate hogger
AMPA2159
Operate blow line
AMPA2160
Operate meat meal mill
AMPA2161
Operate waste recovery systems
AMPA2162
Pack and despatch rendered products
AMPA3112
Manage NLIS data from RFIDs on the slaughter floor
CPPCLO3020A
Clean using pressure washing
CPPCLO3036A
Clean at high levels
AHCLSK205
Handle livestock using basic techniques
AMPA2000
Prepare animals for slaughter
AMPA2001
Feed race
AMPA2002
Restrain animal
AMPA2003
Perform emergency kill
AMPA2005
Unload livestock
AMPA2006
Apply animal welfare and handling requirements
AMPA2007
Identify animals using electronic systems
AMPA2008
Shackle animal
AMPA2010
Remove head
AMPA2011
Cut hocks
AMPA2013
Complete changeover operation
AMPA2018
Prepare hide or pelt for removal
AMPA2026
Operate whizzard knife
AMPA2027
Operate rise and fall platform
AMPA2031
Operate circular saw
AMPA2035
Operate new technology or process
AMPA2037
De-rind meat cuts
AMPA2038
De-nude meat cuts
AMPA2044
Trim neck
AMPA2045
Trim forequarter to specification
AMPA2046
Trim hindquarter to specification
AMPA2048
Inspect forequarter and remove contamination
AMPA2049
Remove spinal cord
AMPA2060
Grade carcase
AMPA2061
Weigh carcase
AMPA2062
Operate semi-automatic tagging machine
AMPA2064
Label and stamp carcase
AMPA2068
Inspect meat for defects
AMPA2069
Assemble and prepare cartons
AMPA2070
Identify cuts and specifications
AMPA2071
Pack meat products
AMPA2072
Operate carton sealing machine
AMPA2073
Operate carton scales
AMPA2074
Operate strapping machine
AMPA2075
Operate carton forming machine
AMPA2076
Operate automatic CL determination machine
AMPA2077
Operate bag forming equipment
AMPA2081
Drop tongue
AMPA2082
Wash head
AMPA2083
Bone head
AMPA2084
Remove cheek meat
AMPA2085
Bar head and remove cheek meat
AMPA2086
Process thick skirts
AMPA2087
Process thin skirts
AMPA2088
Process offal
AMPA2100
Overview offal processing
AMPA2101
Prepare and trim honeycomb
AMPA2102
Recover mountain chain
AMPA2103
Further process tripe
AMPA2104
Trim processed tripe
AMPA2106
Process bibles
AMPA2108
Loadout meat product
AMPA2109
Store carcase product
AMPA2110
Store carton product
AMPA2111
Locate storage areas and product
AMPA2112
Complete re-pack operation
AMPA2114
Overview offal processing on the slaughter floor
AMPA2115
Separate offal
AMPA2118
Recover thin skirts
AMPA2127
Recover offal
AMPA2128
Overview hide or pelt or skin processing
AMPA2129
Trim hide or skin
AMPA2152
Process paunch
AMPA2153
Process slink by-products
AMPA2171
Clean carcase hanging equipment
AMPA3000
Stun animal
AMPA3001
Stick and bleed animal
AMPA3003
Assess effective stunning and bleeding
AMPA3005
Rod weasand
AMPA3006
Seal weasand
AMPA3007
Ring bung
AMPA3008
Seal bung
AMPA3009
Split carcase
AMPA3010
Overview legging operation
AMPA3012
Make first leg opening cuts
AMPA3013
Make second leg opening cuts
AMPA3020
Bone neck
AMPA3023
Explain opening cuts
AMPA3024
Perform flanking cuts
AMPA3034
Eviscerate animal carcase
AMPA3040
Operate brisket cutter or saw
AMPA3043
Prepare head for inspection
AMPA3044
Operate air knife
AMPA3047
Prepare and present viscera for inspection
AMPA3050
Bone large stock carcase - forequarter
AMPA3051
Bone large stock carcase - hindquarter
AMPA3052
Slice and trim large stock forequarter
AMPA3053
Slice and trim large stock hindquarter
AMPA3068
Prepare and despatch meat products
AMPA3072
Perform carcase Meat Hygiene Assessment
AMPA3073
Perform process monitoring for Meat Hygiene Assessment
AMPA3074
Perform boning room Meat Hygiene Assessment
AMPA3081
Perform offal Meat Hygiene Assessment
AMPA3082
Operate batch cooker
AMPA3083
Operate continuous cooker
AMPA3084
Operate press
AMPA3087
Operate tallow processing plant
AMPA3088
Operate blood processing plant
AMPA3102
Overview of the NLIS program utilising RFIDs
AMPS201
Package product using thermoform process
AMPX201
Prepare and operate bandsaw
AMPX202
Clean work area during operations
AMPX203
Operate scales and semi-automatic labelling machinery
AMPX205
Clean chillers
AMPX206
Operate forklift in a specific workplace
AMPX207
Vacuum pack product
AMPX209
Sharpen knives
AMPX217
Package product using gas flushing process

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.

Resources required

You will require access to relevant equipment in your workplace. You will also require all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) relevant to your workplace.

Need to know

You will need to take into consideration the substantial amount of on-the-job training required in this qualification, as well as the risks associated with work in an abattoir, including Q-fever and other zoonotic diseases, the use of knives, the demanding physical nature of some positions, proximity to machinery and the use of automatic machinery.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland