Certificate IV Meat Processing

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Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in a meat processing environment, in supervisory, leadership or quality assurance roles. At this level workers provide specialist technical skills, knowledge and leadership, and have responsibility for overseeing the work carried out in a meat processing environment. They are required to work autonomously, use judgement, interpret information, and apply solutions to routine and some non-routine problems. They may take some responsibility for the output of others.

This qualification offers optional specialisations in:


  • Leadership
  • Quality management.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, according to state/territory food safety, and work health and safety codes, regulations and legislation that apply to the workplace.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

14 units of competency:


  • 4 core units plus
  • 10 elective units.


The electives are to be chosen as follows:


  • at least 8 units from elective Groups A – C
  • up to 2 units from this or any other endorsed training package or accredited course.

Elective units must ensure the integrity of the qualification’s Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Any combination of electives that meets the packaging rules above can be selected for the award of the AMP40222 Certificate IV in Meat Processing.

Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation as follows:


  • At least 6 Group A electives must be selected for the award of the Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Leadership)
  • At least 6 Group B electives must be selected for the award of the Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Quality Management)


Core Units
AMPCOM401Build productive and effective workplace relationships
AMPQUA401Support food safety and quality programs
AMPQUA402Maintain good manufacturing practice in meat processing
AMPWHS401Monitor workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units Leadership (Select a minimum of 10 from Group A-C below)
AMPLDR402#Supervise new recruits
AMPLDR404Manage own work performance and development
AMPLDR405Oversee export requirements
AMPLDR405Foster a learning culture in a meat processing workplace
BSBCMM412Lead difficult conversations
BSBHRM413Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
BSBHRM415Coordinate recruitment and onboarding
BSBINS402Coordinate workplace information systems
BSBLDR411Demonstrate leadership in the workplace
BSBLDR412Communicate effectively as a workplace leader
BSBLDR414Lead team effectiveness
BSBLDR521Lead the development of diverse workforces
BSBOPS402Coordinate business operational plans
BSBOPS404Implement customer service strategies
BSBPEF402Develop personal work priorities
BSBPMG423Apply project cost management techniques
BSBSTR402Implement continuous improvement
BSBXCM401Apply communication strategies in the workplace
FBPPPL4007Manage internal audits
MSS405027Facilitate holistic culture improvement in an organisation
SIRRRTF002Monitor retail store financials
Elective Units Quality Management (Group B)
AMPAUD401*Conduct an animal welfare audit of a meat processing premises
AMPLSK401Oversee humane handling of animals
AMPMGT515Develop and implement a TACCP and VACCP plan
AMPQUA303Collect and prepare standard samples
AMPQUA403Utilise refrigeration index
AMPQUA404Maintain a Meat Hygiene Assessment program
AMPQUA405Oversee compliance with Australian Standards for meat processing
AMPQUA406Apply meat science
AMPQUA407Conduct and validate pH/temperature declines to MSA standards
AMPQUA410Manage the collection, monitoring and interpretation of animal health data
AMPQUA411Calculate carcase yield in a boning room
AMPQUA412Specify beef product using AUS-MEAT language
AMPQUA413Specify sheep product using AUS-MEAT language
AMPQUA414Coordinate a product recall
AMPQUA415Undertake chiller assessment to AUS-MEAT requirements
AMPQUA416Conduct an internal audit of a documented program
AMPQUA417Establish sampling program
AMPQUA418Conduct a document review
AMPQUA422Specify pork product using AUS-MEAT language
AMPQUA423Participate in the ongoing development and implementation of a HACCP based QA system
AMPX431#Oversee meat processing establishment’s Halal compliance
FBPAUD4004Identify, evaluate and control food safety hazards
FBPFST4004Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
FBPFSY3005Control contaminants and allergens in food processing
FBPFSY4005Conduct a traceability exercise
FBPOPR4001Apply principles of statistical process control
Elective Units General (Group C)

AMPLDR401Develop and implement work instructions and SOPs
AMPLDR403Plan, conduct and report a workplace incident investigation
AMPLSK201Apply animal welfare and handling requirements
AMPLSK401Oversee humane handling of animals
AMPMGT401#Manage biogas facilities
AMPMSY416Raise and validate requests for export permits and Meat Transfer Certificates
AMPPMG401Develop, implement and evaluate a pest control program in a food processing premises
AMPQUA304Perform carcase Meat Hygiene Assessment
AMPQUA305Perform process monitoring for Meat Hygiene Assessment
AMPQUA306Perform boning room Meat Hygiene Assessment
AMPQUA307Perform offal Meat Hygiene Assessment
AMPQUA408Contribute to meat processing premises design and construction processes
AMPQUA416Conduct an internal audit of a documented program
AMPQUA419#Monitor meat preservation process
AMPQUA420Monitor the production of processed meats and smallgoods
AMPQUA421Prepare for and respond to an external audit of the establishment's quality system
AMPQUA424Monitor the production of UCFM smallgoods
FBPPPL4002Plan and coordinate production equipment maintenance
FBPTEC5002Manage utilities and energy for a production process
MSS404063Facilitate the use of SCADA systems in a team or work area

Prerequisite requirements

An asterisk (*) next to the unit code indicates that there are prerequisite requirements which must be met when packaging the qualification.

Please refer to the Prerequisite requirements below for more details.

AMPAUD401 Conduct an animal welfare audit of a meat processing premises requires the following: 


  • AMPLSK201 Apply animal welfare and handling requirements
  • AMPLSK401 Oversee humane handling of animals
  • AMPQUA416 Conduct an internal audit of a documented program

AMPQUA404 Maintain a Meat Hygiene Assessment program requires the following:

  • AMPQUA304 Perform carcase Meat Hygiene Assessment
  • AMPQUA305 Perform process monitoring for Meat Hygiene Assessment
  • AMPQUA306 Perform boning room Meat Hygiene Assessment
  • AMPQUA307 Perform offal Meat Hygiene Assessment

A hash (#) next to the unit code indicates mandatory workplace requirements which must be met when assessing this unit. Please refer to the individual unit’s Assessment Requirements for details.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed via a variety of means including, practical demonstration of skills, knowledge assessment and your ability to apply skills in a real workplace environment.

Students undertaking this qualification need to be employed / working in a meat processing facility.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification and there also are no licensing, legislative or underpinning certification requirements applying to this qualification.

Assessment conditions

This qualification must be delivered and assessed in the context of Australian meat processing standards and regulations. Students undertaking this qualification need to be employed by a meat processing facility and have access to a registered operating meat processing plant.
All assessments must be demonstrated onsite at the normal rate of production.

What to expect

Students can expect to complete this qualification in under 12 months and on completion will have the fundamental skills of a meat processing worker. 
After completing the Certificate IV, students should feel confident to progress their learning and be ready to undertake the Diploma in Meat Processing qualification.