Review of Meat Processing qualification


National Certificate in Meat Processing (Meat Industry Standards) [Ref: 0969]


The New Zealand Industry Training Organisation has completed the review of the qualification listed above.


Date new versions published                                                          September 2010


The next qualification review is planned to take place during 2015.


Summary of review and consultation process


This qualification was reviewed as a result of the review and replacement of the standards in the Meat Industry Generic domain which relate to Meat Industry Standards.  This resulted in the need to extensively review the qualification.  Changes to the qualification were endorsed by the Meat Industry Advisory Group, which is comprised of both industry and provider representatives, in March 2010.


Main changes resulting from the review


·      The qualification was updated to remove expiring standards and include their respective replacements.


National Certificate in Meat Processing (Meat Industry Standards) [Ref: 0969]


Review category


See Key to Qualification Review Categories at the end of report


Changes to structure and content

·      The level increased from 3 to 4.

·      The credit total of the qualification decreased from 73 to 51.

·      An overarching credit rule was added specifying 51 credits with a minimum of 40 at level 4 or above.

·      The name of Elective 1 was changed to Meat Industry Generic Elective.

·      The minimum credits required to meet Meat Industry Generic Elective was increased from 23 to 24.

·      Elective 2 was replaced by a balance rule.

·      The following standards, which replaced Compulsory and Elective 2 standards, were added to the Meat Industry Generic Elective: standard 26290 replaced standards 17681 and 19451; standard 26291 replaced standards 17682 and 19457; standard 26293 replaced standards 17684 and 19453; standard 26294 replaced standards 17685 and 19454; standard 26295 replaced standards 17686 and 19455; standard 26296 replaced standards 17687 and 19456; and standard 26297 replaced standards 17688 and 19458.

·      The Compulsory was reduced to a single standard, 26292, which replaced standards 19683 and 19452.

·      Standard 17689 was moved from the Compulsory to Meat Industry Generic Elective.

·      Standards 12624-12626, 16506, and 16528 were removed from Elective 1.

·      The balance allows candidates to choose standards from the Quality Management, Public Sector Compliance Management, Meat Industry Generic domains, and also the Occupational Health and Safety subfield.




People currently working towards version 2 of this qualification may complete that version or transfer their results to version 3.  The last date for assessments to take place for version 2 is December 2011.


This qualification contains standards that replace earlier standards.  For the purposes of this qualification, people who have gained credit for the expiring standards are exempt from the requirement to gain credit for the replacement standards - see table below.


Credit for

Exempt from

17681, 19451


17682, 19457


17683, 19452


17684, 19453


17685, 19454


17686, 19455


17687, 19456


17688, 19458



It is anticipated that no existing candidates will be disadvantaged by these transition arrangements.  However, anyone who feels that they have been disadvantaged may appeal to the New Zealand Industry Training Organisation (NZITO) at the address below.  Appeals will be considered on a case by case basis.


New Zealand Industry Training Organisation

PO Box 488

Waikato Mail Centre

Hamilton 3240


Telephone       07 839 7370



Key to Qualification Review Categories


Category A

The qualification is published as a new version with the same NQF ID

Changes are made to SSB name, contact details or purpose statement

No change is made to title, rules or components of the qualification

No transition arrangements are required

Category B

The qualification is published as a new version with the same NQF ID

Changes are made to title, rules or components

The new version of the qualification recognises a similar skill set to that recognised by the previous version

The SSB is confident that people awarded the new or previous version are comparable in terms of competence

Transition arrangements are required if candidates must gain additional/different credits for the new version

Category C

A new (replacement) qualification is published with new NQF ID

Significant changes are made to the qualification in terms of components, structure, type or level

The SSB views people with the replacement qualification as being significantly different in terms of competence from those with the replaced qualification

Transition arrangements are required

Transition may be limited to phase-out dates

Category D

Qualification will expire.

There is no replacement qualification

Qualification is no longer required by industry

The qualification is designated as expiring and a last date for meeting the qualification requirements is set