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Australian Meat Processing Training Package in Australia Gets a Boost with this AMP Training Package Update

2 October 2023 Update: Extended Transition Period for AMP30316, AMP30616, AMP30716, AMP40415, and AMP40516 Qualifications

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has approved an extended transition period for several vital qualifications in the meat processing industry. ASQA’s decision to extend these transition periods aligns with its commitment to ensuring that learners are not disadvantaged during qualification changes, as allowed under Clause 1.26(a) of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.

The qualifications affected by this extension are as follows:

  • AMP30316 – Certificate III in Meat Processing (Meat Safety)
  • AMP30616 – Certificate III in Meat Processing (General)
  • AMP30716 – Certificate III in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance)
  • AMP40415 – Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance)
  • AMP40516 – Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety)

The transition period for training, assessment, and certification issuance for these qualifications has been extended from the initial deadline of 24 January 2024 to 31 January 2025.

The extension exclusively applies to students who have already commenced their formal training and/or assessment in one of these courses on or before 24 January 2024. These students are now provided additional time to complete their qualifications or transfer to replacement qualifications, ensuring they are not disadvantaged in their educational journey.

ASQA conducted thorough consultations with key authorities and stakeholders to arrive at an informed decision, which involves working closely with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia, considering regional factors. Additionally, ASQA sought input from Skills Insight, the Jobs and Skills Council overseeing the AMP Australian Meat Processing Training Package, to ensure alignment with industry standards and workforce needs.

As a result of this decision, these training products will remain in the scope of registration for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) until the conclusion of the extended transition period.

This decision demonstrates ASQA’s commitment to maintaining the quality and accessibility of vocational education and training in Australia and ensuring that learners have a fair opportunity to complete their qualifications.

24 January 2023 Update

The Australian Meat Processing (AMP) industry is an integral part of the country’s economy, and to ensure that the industry’s workforce has the necessary skills and knowledge, regular AMP Training Package updates are essential. The latest update, version 8.0, was released on 24 January 2023 and is now available on the national training register (training.gov.au).

During its review, the Meat Industry Reference Committee (IRC) significantly improved the AMP Training Package’s industry relevance, flexibility, and user-friendliness.

Skills Impact developed the latest AMP Training Package update, which merged five of the eight qualifications into two, updated three with new codes, and added new units to address current job tasks. The AMP Training Package Version 8.0 also removed the point system, revised core units, developed two new skill sets, and updated one skill set.

The updated qualifications provide a broad education in meat processing, offering options for general training or specialised fields such as quality control and management in Certificate III in Meat Processing or leadership development in Certificate IV in Meat Processing and Quality Management.

The Australian Meat Processing (AMP) Training Package update also comes with a Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide (CVIG) that supports delivery, including information on assessment conditions and specific advice on assessing meat safety units.

The final draft of the units of competency, skill sets, and qualifications of the AMP Training Package update was endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on 29 November 2022 and was subsequently considered by the skills ministers of the states and territories.

AMP Training Package Version 8.0

According to Tom Collyer, a meat safety technical specialist, the latest AMP Training Package update has addressed the challenges trainers face in delivering relevant training to various industry sectors. The existing units have been revised to ensure that trainees attain the necessary competencies that meet the unit and industry requirements.

Collyer believes that the updated qualifications will allow trainees to use recognition of prior learning to gain a new qualification that opens new directions within the sector. He looks forward to continuing to teach and work with trainees within the industry with the updated meat processing standards.

Qualifications Training Updates

Updated  Superseded  Equivalency 
AMP30322 – Certificate III in Meat Safety Inspection  AMP30316 – Certificate III in Meat Processing (Meat Safety)  Non-equivalent 
AMP30622 – Certificate III in Meat Processing  AMP30616 – Certificate III in Meat Processing (General) 

AMP30716 – Certificate III in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance) 

Non-equivalent 
AMP40222 – Certificate IV in Meat Processing  AMP40215 – Certificate IV in Meat Processing (General) 

AMP40315 – Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Leadership) 

AMP40415 – Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance) 

Non-equivalent 
AMP40522 – Certificate IV in Meat Safety Inspection   AMP40516 – Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety)  Non-equivalent 
AMP60122 – Advanced Diploma of Meat Processing  AMP60121 – Advanced Diploma of Meat Processing  Equivalent

 

New Skill Sets

The latest training update has introduced two new skill sets: AMPSS00081 – Meat Processing Mentor Skill Set and AMPSS00082 – Pathway to Certificate IV in Meat Skill Set. These new skill sets allow trainees to develop specialised skills in meat processing and pave the way for further qualifications in the field.

Units of Competency Training Updates

The new AMP Training Package update involved significant revisions to at least 101 units of competency. Check the complete unit changes here.

Moving Forward with the AMP Training Package Update in Australia: What RTOs Must Know

Here are vital things to keep in mind for RTOs to make necessary preparations and adjustments with the latest Australian Meat Processing (AMP) Training Package update:

  • Know new entry requirements and unit equivalencies.
  • Create a structured transition plan.
  • Wait for registration scope before marketing new courses.
  • Ensure trainers are qualified.
  • Obtain updated AMP Training Package resources.

Prepare now for a smooth transition with the latest AMP Training Package updates and secure the resources you need for success before the extended transition period ends and affected qualifications are removed from your scope.

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