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Retail Meat Processing: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $619 per month
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Jeff Jordan 250.828.5353
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Contact Dennis Johnson 250.371.5656,

Application Deadline Advice

Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is strongly recommended.

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

Contact TRU for the next opening.

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:


ITA Source: 'Meatcutter' profile.


Meatcutters break down carcasses, cut meat to industry specification using hand and power tools in a safe and sanitary manner. They also order, handle and prepare a variety of meat, poultry, and seafood products for sale. Additional skills are needed in the areas of ordering, inventory control and human/customer relations.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes two to three years to complete.

The technical training is made up of two levels totaling 8 weeks. Each level is 4 weeks. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 4500 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves about 150 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Occupational Skills
  • Handling Meat, Poultry, and Seafood
  • Beef
  • Veal
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Poultry
  • Seafood and Freshwater Fish
  • Game
  • Processed Products



  • FOODSAFE Level 1 Certificate


  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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