Certificate I in Food Processing

This Qualification covers a range of food processing industries, such as:

Grain processing (including stock feed, animal feeds, milling wheat, barley, oats and flour milling)

Baking (including large scale production of cakes, pastry, bread, biscuits and plant baking)

Retail baking

Beverages (including juices, soft drinks, cordials, aerated and still waters, energy drinks and other modified beverages, such as vitamin and antioxidant beverages, coffee, tea and ice)


Dairy processing

Fruit and vegetables

Grocery products and supplies (including honey, jams, spreads, sauces, dressings, condiments, spices, edible oils and fats and pasta)


Job Roles

The Certificate I in Food Processing is an introductory Qualification to food, beverage and grain processing that provides basic skills relevant to all FDF10 Food Processing Training Package sectors apart from pharmaceutical manufacturing. The Qualification is designed for application in a highly supervised context, such as VET in schools, induction to industry, or other equivalent introduction environments.

Additional Qualification advice

Units selected from other Training Packages must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the Qualification level.

Note: AgriFood Skills Australia expects that the design of any training delivery and assessment program to support the achievement of this Qualification is based on:

the context required by the industry and/or enterprise

a holistic and integrated training delivery and assessment plan that identifies learning activities and evidence required

flexible delivery options including on-the-job and work-based training that support the development of competency.


This Qualification requires the achievement of nine (9) Units of Competency in accordance with the following rules.

Total Units must include a minimum of five (5) Units coded FDF.

Five (5) Core Units

Four (4) Elective Units

Elective selection must include:

Two (2) Group A elective Units

Two (2) remaining elective Units may be selected from:

Group A elective Units below, not previously selected

Units packaged in any Certificate I or II level Food Processing Training Package Qualification

Units from any nationally endorsed Training Package and accredited course that are packaged at Certificate I level or Certificate II level (maximum 1 Unit)


Complete all five (5) core Units:

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Follow work procedures to maintain food safety#

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Work safely

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Follow work procedures to maintain quality

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Communicate workplace information

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Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

# In the case where this Qualification is to be applied in a work environment where food is processed for non-human consumption, such as pet food and stock feed or other situations where human food safety skills are not required, then this Unit may be replaced by add topic FDFOP2062A Apply work procedures to maintain integrity of product.



Select a minimum of two (2) Group A Cross Sector elective Units

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Pack or unpack product manually

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Operate automated washing equipment

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Carry out manual handling tasks

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Prepare basic mixes

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Operate basic equipment

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Monitor process operation

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Participate effectively in a workplace environment

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Take and record basic measurements

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Use numerical applications in the workplace

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Finish products

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Identify key operations in wine production

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Identify viticulture processes


Apply point-of-sale handling procedures


Interact with customers

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Operate retail technology

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Perform stock control procedures


Sell products and services

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Use product knowledge to complete work operations


    Pathways into the Qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this Qualification include direct entry.

    Pathways from the Qualification

    After achieving this Qualification, candidates may move into employment in a food, beverage or grain processing enterprise and undertake the FDF20110 Certificate II in Food Processing, FDF20510 Certificate II in Retail Baking or FDF20210 Certificate II in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, or any other suitable Qualification according to the needs of the enterprise and higher level job functions.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

There is no direct link between this Qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, all work must comply with food safety, occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental regulations and legislation that apply to the workplace.

Employability Skills

Certificate I in Food Processing

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the Food Processing industries for this Qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each Unit of Competency packaged in this Qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that reflect skill requirements for this level.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this Qualification include:


Complete all reporting as required.

Receive and relay oral and written messages.

Read and apply workplace procedures and instructions.

Communicate information about problems with work.


Work as a team member.

Identify own role and responsibilities within a team.

Share workplace information.


Recognise and report any workplace hazards.

Identify common problems and take required action.

Follow workplace food safety procedures.

Initiative and enterprise

Inspect quality of work on an ongoing basis.

Take appropriate corrective action to routine work problems.

Select appropriate equipment.

Distinguish between urgent and non-urgent tasks.

Planning and organising

Identify work requirements.

Identify work priorities.

Plan work activities to meet daily work requirements.

Direct items to the correct area for further processing.

Identify and use relevant personal protective equipment.

Organise work area to maintain housekeeping standards.

Organise relevant equipment and tools.


Identify personal responsibilities and work requirements.

Manage time to meet own work requirements.

Plan activity to meet own work requirements.

Keep the work area clean and tidy at all times.

Monitor the quality of own work against quality standards.

Follow OHS practices.

Identify safety requirements for working in food processing industry.

Seek assistance from other team members where appropriate.


Check work outcomes against workplace standards and identify inconsistencies.

Assess own ability to meet job requirements.

Listen to feedback and advice of supervisors.

Identify own skill requirements and seek skill development if required.

Attend training or skill development activities.

Ask questions to expand own knowledge.

self-check numerical information.


Use work tools, machines and equipment safely and according to workplace procedures.

Use manual handling technologies in the workplace.

Use information technology devices as required.