Apprentice Meat Cutter

Business Entrepreneurialism and Management

An Apprentice Meat Cutter is responsible for preparing standard cuts of meat, including beef, poultry, pork and fish, to be sold in either a self-serve or specialty counter. You will gain experience in retail and merchandising, using the tools of the industry, and identifying different cuts and types of beef, poultry, pork, fish, and game during the season. 

A Butcher Shop & Deli on campus provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

Successful completion of your hours makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency. 


Must be 17.5 years old to enroll and 18 years old to work in industry.

Virtual Enrollment Session Attendance

Advisor Meat Cutter

Navigator Office Hours: 
Mon - Fri: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Office Number:  (602) 286-8633

Enrollment Sessions: Mondays, from 3 - 4 p.m.Thursdays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

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Clock Hour Program

Clock-based Certificates of Competency are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.

Program Location

Central City Campus 


Apprentice Meat Cutter

Certificate #1720 | 804 hr / 9 mo | $4,770

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) for Apprentice Meat Cutter explores proper safety and maintenance of hand tools and all power equipment used in the meat cutting industry, including a variety of knives, meat saws, meat grinders, meat tenderizers, and meat slicers. Identify, cut, wrap, weigh and display all retail cuts of meat for sale in a retail environment. Maintain and merchandise a retail meat case and manage inventory. Gain experience filling customer orders. Break down and process a variety of meats like elk, deer, antelope and javelina, whole cattle, hogs, and lamb. Perform tasks while maintaining industry safety and sanitation standards.
*Months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A $15 Registration Fee is charged per academic year.
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