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“The Meat Processing program gave me the broad skills needed to open my own butcher shop. I was able to make virtually any type of product needed. The cutting-edge food safety components helped us differentiate ourselves in industry and keep us on top. We are grateful to the resources Olds College shared with us, and continue to use them to advance our business.”

- Greg Pahl, Production Manager/Owner, Medicine Hat Meat Traders Ltd.

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Meat Processing Video

 

 

Program Description

Offerings:

Winter: January Start

Spring: May Start

Fall: September Start

The Olds College Meat Processing certificate is unique in North America packing the whole process stream from slaughter to retail into 15 weeks. Where big plants once dominated the industry, the revival of the art is back; teaching hands-on practical technique and science for the highest premium quality cuts. As a successful graduate you will gain the experience needed to start your own entrepreneurial business venture or take your skills to Canada’s third largest industry!

Commencing in the Fall 2016 (September), students will have the option of completing either a Livestock Slaughter designation or a Meat Merchandising & Marketing designation.

This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

Applications Now Open!


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Admission Requirements

  •  Applicants should be 18 years of age or older and in good physical condition.

 

International Student Information

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Career Opportunities

  • Professional retail or industry meat cutter
  • Value added meat processor
  • Sausage maker
  • Slaughter man
  • Own and operate a business venture

Graduates are also well placed to pursue further education options such as a Meat Science degree or with further training graduates can qualify as trained meat inspectors.

Career Coach

Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.

Career Coach: Meat Processing Certificate

 

Alternate Admissions Status

Alternate Admission Status applies if you do not meet the Alberta high school requirements of the program to which you are applying, or if you received your high school education through home based learning. Alternate Admission Status students may be required to meet specific program admission requirements. To apply under this status, you must submit a transcript(s) showing any completed high school and post-secondary courses, a letter in support of your application outlining aspects of your background and experience that might have prepared you for the program and a resume of work experience. Documents such as letters of reference from previous educators or employers, and/or a portfolio of related academic/project work may be included with your application.

National Meat Training Centre - Retail Store

Olds College is the National Meat Training Centre for Canada. Come learn from our well tied to the industry instructors.

Be sure to visit our campus retail store!

Monday to Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Olds College Animal Sciences Building

Applications Now Open!


Enrolment Advisor

Bobby-Joe Borodey
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-556-4610
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Fax: (403) 556-4711
Email: animals@oldscollege.ca

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Ask Us or Visit Us

Still have questions? Ask Us. Or take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Register online or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR.