Diploma of Meat Processing

The qualification is for people who are in a management position or who have the potential to move into these positions. People who enter this qualification will usually have substantial experience in a meat industry sector, and will be seeking to improve their business expertise and experience.

People who are considering undertaking this qualification need to be aware that it requires extensive reading, writing of assignments and project work. Previous study at a minimum of Certificate IV level is good preparation for Diploma level study.

The Diploma qualification is designed for people who are already employed in the industry and who have the opportunity to draw upon workplace experiences and to carry out assignments and projects in the workplace.

Job roles

Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:

production manager

maintenance manager

Quality Assurance manager


shift manager

departmental manager


senior supervisor.


Packaging Rules

Complete ten units of competency in total.

Complete all four core units of competency

Complete six elective units of competency.

Two of the elective units can be selected from a relevant Diploma or Advanced Diploma from this Training Package or any other Training Package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to meat industry and must not duplicate units already contained within the qualification.

Qualification structure

Core units

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Manage own work performance

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Participate in OH&S risk control process

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Facilitate Quality Assurance process

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Facilitate hygiene and sanitation performance

Elective units

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Develop, manage and maintain quality systems

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Manage transportation of meat, meat products and meat by-products

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Manage maintenance systems

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Design and manage the food safety system

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Manage utilities and energy

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Manage new product/process development

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Manage and improve meat industry plant operations

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Manage budgets and financial plans

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Manage environmental impacts of meat processing operations

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Provide leadership across the organisation

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Manage, maintain and continuously improve OH&S plans and systems

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Manage complex projects


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways into the qualification may be:

    completion of a Certificate III or IV in Meat Processing

    completion of a trade qualification

    completion of a Bachelor degree

    by direct entry with industry experience but without formal qualifications

    through Recognition of Prior Learning.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    MTM60111 Advanced Diploma of Meat Processing

    any other Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification in a related industry area

    a Bachelor degree.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Units of competency in this qualification do not require a licence or certification.

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required by the meat industryfor this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described for each Employability Skill are representative of the meat industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


listening and interpreting worker issues, management or customer concerns

speaking clearly and directly with other personnel, such as workers, management and customers

reading and interpreting workplace documentation, such as industry research outcomes, contracts, legislation and regulations

preparing written documentation, such as reports, market estimates and business proposals

using mathematical skills for purposes, such as budgeting and production estimates

sharing information with co-workers, managers, customers and regulatory authorities

applying negotiation, persuasion and assertiveness skills when working with staff, customers and suppliers, during planning and addressing enterprise issues


working effectively as an individual as well as in a work team

working effectively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds

applying own technical and managerial knowledge to assist other members of the work team

using teamwork skills in a range of situations, such as when addressing industrial issues

identifying and utilising the strengths of other team members, such as specialised technical knowledge

providing coaching and mentoring support to colleagues

Problem solving

developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems, such as production issues

showing independence and initiative in identifying problems, for example, identifying the establishment of a new competitor

working with a team to resolve a problem, for example, a biotechnology issue

testing assumptions and taking context into account, for example, testing the impact of a supply problem on capacity to meet customer commitments

using numeracy skills, such as calculation, estimation, and budget forecasting, to resolve problems

listening and resolving concerns in relation to workplace issues, for example, outcomes of a customer audit

Initiative and enterprise

adapting to new situations, such as changes to customer specifications or introduction of new equipment

translating ideas into action, for example, revising a work instruction or Standard Operating Procedure

being creative and innovative in identifying opportunities and creating solutions, for example, seeking funding support for a proposal or assessing the viability of new technology

identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others, for example, a change of supplier to achieve cost savings

developing a strategic, creative, long-term vision through research of the economic and political environment impacting the industry

Planning and organising

collecting, analysing and organising information, such as peak body strategic plans, market forecasts and technical publications

using business processes for planning and organising, or developing business plans

taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role, for example, setting production levels

participating in continuous improvements processes, such as the enterprise Quality Assurance system

determining and applying resources, such as financial, human and physical resources

managing time and priorities, such as meeting customer deadlines

adjusting resource allocation to cope with contingencies, for example, loss of a customer contract or production delays


having and articulating own ideas and vision, for example, when contributing to company business planning processes

monitoring and evaluating own performance to ensure company requirements are addressed

taking responsibility for work outcomes of self and others within area of responsibility


being receptive to learning new ideas and techniques, such as changed legislation, food safety measures or product specifications

learning in a range of settings such as through formal training or informally from other workers or self-directed research

learning new skills and techniques to adjust to management or enterprise changes

managing own learning to ensure currency, for example, by attending technical workshops or through internet research

applying a range of learning approaches appropriate to individual and situational requirements

contributing to the learning of others through support of professional development and informal learning processes


using technology, such as computers, software packages and testing equipment

demonstrating skilled use of workplace technology

applying OH&S requirements when using technology

adapting to new technology requirements, such as new software

applying technology as a management tool, for example, running production reports or using spreadsheets