Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships


As a Butcher you would prepare meat and meat products, provide advice on cuts of meat and sell meat to customers in a retail or supermarket environment.

Summary of Training

Core Units - 37 required

  • Maintain personal equipment
  • Apply hygiene and sanitation practices
  • Follow safe work policies and procedures
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Overview the meat industry
  • Identify species and meat cuts
  • Trim meat for further processing
  • Sharpen knives
  • Store meat product
  • Prepare minced meat and minced meat products
  • Provide service to customers
  • Select, weigh and package meat for sale
  • Clean a meat retail work area
  • Use numerical applications in the workplace
  • Comply with Quality Assurance and HACCP requirements
  • Break and cut product using a bandsaw
  • Provide advice on cooking and storage of meat products
  • Package products using manual packing and labelling equipment
  • Use basic methods of meat cookery
  • Make and sell sausages
  • Produce and sell value-added products
  • Prepare and operate bandsaw
  • Prepare and slice meat cuts
  • Trim meat to specifications
  • Prepare specialised cuts
  • Assess carcase or product quality
  • Calculate yield of carcase or product
  • Manage stock
  • Meet customer needs
  • Provide advice on nutritional role of meat
  • Merchandise products, services
  • Cure, corn and sell product
  • Assess and sell poultry product
  • Locate, identify and assess meat cuts
  • Assess and address customer preferences
  • Prepare and produce value added products
  • Prepare primal cuts

Elective Units – 7 required

  • Monitor meat temperature from receival to sale
  • Vacuum pack product in a retail operation
  • Break small stock carcases for retail sale
  • Break large stock carcases for retail sale
  • Provide mentoring
  • Utilise the Meat Standards Australia system to meet customer requirements
  • Provide work skill instruction

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

This Australian Apprenticeship occupation may attract incentives under the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System. For more information contact an Apprenticeship Network provider, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73, or look at the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive page

Job Pathways

Australian Meat Processing

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Meat Retailing

IICertificate II
IIICertificate III
IVCertificate IV
AdAdvanced Diploma

This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Food & Wine Processing

Work Type
Manual & Realistic
Persuading & Enterprising

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Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 22/23: 4027

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 18/10/2023. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Predicted growth in employment in this overall industry over the next 5 years.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Availability Information and More Details

Butcher - AMP30815
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

36 mths 48 mths 36 mths 36 mths 36 mths 48 mths 48 mths 36 mths
Part Time
Commencements 210 140 260 65 55 15 10 10
Classification A A A A A * A A
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship
T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship
* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

A Qualification registered by a State or Territory as available as an Australian Apprenticeship may not be eligible for public funding support, check with the relevant State or Territory Training Authority.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.


Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 18/10/2023, rounded estimates for April 2022 to March 2023. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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ANZSCO Classification: 351211

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only.

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