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Retail Meat Cutter
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School of Industrial Trades
Program Length: 22 Weeks
Start Date: September 2019
Please note: content edits may occur up to the date of registration
This is an Industrial Trades program and may have an
Apprenticeship Block Training Schedule
This certificate program will provide students with hands on experience and theory related to Retail Meat Cutting, Food Safety, Meat Science & Nomenclature, Meat Processing & Cutting, and Nutrition & Cooking.
Graduates will have the skills required to work in a retail store environment focusing on production, merchandising and most importantly food sanitation. Students will learn various cuts of beef, pork, lamb and veal, as well as poultry and fish cutting techniques.
Graduates of the Retail Meat Cutter program will be also receive certification in Standard First Aid, Food Safety and WHMIS training.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
1. Work in a safe and professional manner.
2. Practice safe food handling and storage techniques.
3. Fabricate and merchandise from block ready meats of beef, lamb, pork, or veal, retail-ready cuts.
4. Fabricate and merchandise retail-ready cuts from poultry and fish.
5. Operate, maintain, clean and sanitize hand and power equipment.
6. Produce and merchandise value-added meat items.
7. Fabricate and formulate fresh and processed sausage items.
8. Provide customer service in the retail industry.
9. Practice inventory control and profit margin strategies.
1. High School
High School Graduation
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with General College Profile (or Business Related College Profile or Degree and Technical College Profile). It is strongly recommended that courses include the following:
Science 3101, 3102, 3103
4. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Trades
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Trades) Certificate
Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program must be at least 19 years of age at the time of application and out of school for at least one (1) year to be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to
Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
Graduates may obtain employment as a Retail Meat Cutter in a retail environment with national, provincial and local stores. Opportunities also exist with Wholesale and Distribution companies dealing in Meat Product services.
Occupational Health and Safety
Standard First Aid
Food Safety & Sanitation
Hand & Power Tools
Meat Science & Nomenclature
Meat Processing & Cutting
Value Added Products
Nutrition & Cooking
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Merchandising & Packaging
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