Food Processing - Animal Proteins | Assiniboine Community College

Food Processing - Animal Proteins

Duration/Start: 11 Months

Credential: Certificate

Learn specialized skills for all aspects of meat cutting, including processing and packaging.

This 11-month certificate prepares you for a cutting-edge career in Canada’s growing meat processing industry. Learn all aspects of the trade, including nutrition, safety, tools, workplace values and essential communication skills. Enjoy a newly built, modern teaching lab with all the trimmings. Develop skills in curing and smoking for all types of animal protein, including poultry, beef, pork, goat and lamb.

Do you agree with raising animals for meat and preparing them for human consumption? Do you like to work with your hands, enjoy physical labour, and are passionate about delivering high-quality goods and services? If yes, then this is the program for you. Expectations include having good manual dexterity, cooperating with others in a team environment, and being able to work in refrigerated environments for long periods. Small class sizes, dedicated instructors and industry connections will prepare you for a fulfilling career in meat cutting.

Connect with local employers through a 12-week work practicum. If you meet all employer criteria, you may make up to $6,900 during your work-integrated learning experience; plus, take advantage of additional employment opportunities while enrolled in this fulltime program.

Fast Facts

Duration/Start 11 Months

Credential Certificate

Optional Exit No

Co-op Work Placement Yes

Distance Delivery No

International Students Yes

Study Options
Open to International Students
On Campus

Great Employment Opportunities

Rest assured, there is no shortage of work in this sector, and demand is high for skilled workers. After you graduate, you may be eligible to apply for a postgraduation work permit; if Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) grants the permit, you may benefit from Assiniboine’s partnerships with industry employers. Your work experience, combined with your credentials and personal interest, may lead to career opportunities such as retail meat cutter, retail meat manager, plant manager, production supervisor and/or sales manager.

  • Modern, well-equipped lab
  • Emphasis on practical, applied learning
  • Integrated Canadian language and culture training
  • 12-week industry-based practicum