Working at the two viscera workstations while inspecting lamb

Assisting a meat processing worker remove the heart and lungs from a lamb carcass

THE TRAINING

The training programme is in a modular form and takes up to 6 months to complete. The skills that the training is aimed to provide include:

  • Knowledge of animal biology, pathology and anatomy
  • Knowledge of meat regulations, food safety laws, occupational safety and health laws, and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries requirements
  • Knowledge of hygiene standards and practices
  • Skills in handling animals and carcasses, and evaluating the condition of meat
  • Ability to recognise diseases and defects in product
  • Knife handling skills
  • These skills will be taught through practical and theoretical means and will contribute to a NZQA nationally recognized qualification.

During this time you will be provided sufficient training to become an “Official Assessor” under the Animal Products Act.

AsureQuality is the only provider of Meat Inspection training in New Zealand. The only other meat inspection qualification recognised by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is the meat inspection qualification issued by Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).

Training Rates:

  • Trainee Meat Inspector/Food Safety Assessor - Initial Training $16.00 per hour
  • Learner Meat Inspector/Food Safety Assessor - Advanced Training $18.00 per hour
  • Newly Qualified Meat Inspector/Food Safety Assessor - Unrestricted Certificate of Competence – pay rate applicable to position less $2.00 per hour for first two years.
  • Meat Inspector/Food Safety Assessor – Unrestricted Certificate of Competence – pay rate applicable to position.

Once Trainee Meat Inspectors have an unrestricted certificate of competence their employment will exist on a casual basis and subject to the availability of work, however AsureQuality will use its best endeavours to keep you employed.

If you'd like to know more about the training tiers and rates please contact us on 0508 00 11 22.


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