The Certificate III in Food Processing is an industry based qualification targeted at significantly increasing the skills and knowledge of food processing industry employees. The key clients for this qualification are more experienced employees working in the food processing industry seeking to progress to higher levels of responsibility. The overall aim of this training is to progressively expose the students to more demanding and complex tasks and situations, thereby achieving specific business goals for the organisation.

Qualification Outline

A total of seventeen units are required to achieve the qualification, consisting of:

Five (5) core units and twelve (12) elective units.

Core Units

The 5 compulsory Core units are:

  • FDFOP2064A – Provide and apply workplace information
  • FDFOHS3001A – Contribute to OHS processes
  • FDFFS2001A – Implement the food safety program and procedures
  • FDFFS3001A – Monitor the implementation of quality and food safety programs
  • MSMENV272 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

The elective units are selected to best align with the areas that each employee is working in and take into account potential career paths. A full listing of units is available upon request.

Off-the-Job Workshops

The Certificate III in food processing requires the equivalent of 8 days off-the-job delivery. For ease of delivery the core and elective units are organised into a training program consisting of 6 separate modules.

For example: Employees may have the following mix of units:

Area Code Units of Competency
Food safetyFDFFS2001A

Implement the food safety program and procedures
Monitor the implementation of quality and food safety programs
Control contaminants and allergens in the workplace
Participate in a HACCP team
Receive and store stock
Workplace safety and environmentFDFOHS3001A
Contribute to OHS processes
Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Workplace communication and teamworkFDFOP2064A
Provide and apply workplace information
Participate in work teams and groups
Support and mentor individuals and groups
Work in a socially diverse environment
Workplace calculationsFDFOP2061AUse numerical applications in the workplace
Process improvementFDFPPL3001A
Participate in improvement processes
Use structured problem-solving tools
Quality assuranceFDFOP3003A

Operate interrelated processes in a production system
Apply quality systems and procedures

Duration: A combination of both on-the-job and off-the-job training is required to complete the qualification.The program is delivered over a 12 –18 month period, depending on business requirements. A total of 8 full days of off-the-job training workshops are required. We recommend either half day (8:00am – 12:00pm) or full day sessions (8:00am – 4:00pm) to best fit into operational requirements.

Note: This qualification is current from 23rd January 2018

Venue: All training workshops are run on-site at your workplace

Clothing and Equipment: Each learner must wear their usual uniform and footwear for the workshops

Recognition of Prior Learning

Courses may be shortened considerably through students gaining exemption from units, or parts of units, under recognition of prior learning provisions. The main focus of RPL is to determine the student’s current level of competency, so that courses can be tailored (and where possible shortened) to gain maximum benefit from each training investment.

Download our RPL Brochure to find out more.

Support For Participants

The Australian Food Training Centre aims to ensure that our courses and training programs meet the needs of a changing, dynamic and diverse workforce. We therefore encourage students from non-English speaking backgrounds to enrol (or with any other unique learning needs) and can arrange learner support through each student’s workplace. This support includes areas such as literacy/numeracy skills and in general study skills.

Employment Prospects and Future Educational Opportunities

The Certificate III in Food Processing supports students and businesses in career planning and development by offering employees the opportunity to develop their food processing skills on the job without having to do extensive external studies.

Upon course completion, higher studies are available including the Certificate IV and Diploma of Food Processing and other specialist courses. This course positions students well to advance their careers in the fields of food manufacturing, packaging or food technology.

Course Admission Requirements / Pre-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for entry to this course, however applicants (employees) will be required to attend an information session and undertake a Basic Skills assessment to confirm they have suitable Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills to cope with the reading, writing and numeracy demands of the qualification. This assessment occurs prior to any offers of course enrolment being given.

Our Fees

Our services are provided through either government funded training schemes or through fee-for-service arrangements.

Download our Course Fees brochure to find out more.

Subsidised Training

For eligible students, this course is subsidised by the South Australian Government.

Visit www.skills.sa.gov.au for eligibility and subsidy criteria or contact the Skills and Employment Info Line on 1800 673 097 for assistance.

Please contact the Australian Food Training Centre on 08 8288 0288 for any further information you may require.