Certificate III in Food Processing

Course Code FBP30117
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 710 hours

Course Overview

The FBP30117 Certificate III in Food Processing is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Food Production Operator in supervised environments in the food processing industry.

This course is not offered to the general public. It is offered to people currently employed in the food manufacturing industry as on the job training, and delivered only as a contract arrangement with an enterprise.

Students will not complete the full qualification, but will be awarded a Statement of Attainment for the units they successfully complete.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The FBP30117 Certificate III in Food Processing is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Food processing industry. Job roles may include:

  • Production support
  • Food production
  • Packaging operations
  • Machine operations

Working in this industry may involve shift work and weekends. It may require a reasonable level of fitness as the ability to perform physical duties is sometimes required. Some job roles may also require staff to hold a Forklift License or Food Handling Certificate.

Further studies
After gaining the FBP30117 Certificate III in Food Processing, you might wish to undertake further study in the FDF40110 Certificate IV in Food Processing.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and scheduled appointments with the Trainer and Assessor.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Darren Payne
Location: Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 710 $2.80 $1,988.00 $7.00 $4,970.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 710 $0.56 $397.60 $7.00 $4,970.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 710 $2.80 $1,988.00 $7.00 $4,970.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 710 $0.56 $397.60 $7.00 $4,970.00
Full Fee 710 $3.50 $2,485.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 710 $1.00 $710.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Be assessed to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course

Enrolling students are also required to be employed in the food processing industry. This program does not provide, or include, industry placement.

Units of Competency

FBP30117 – Core Units

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
FDFOP2064A – Provide and apply workplace information

FBP30117 – Elective Units

MSS402020 – Apply quick changeover procedures
FDFTEC3003A – Apply raw materials, ingredient and process knowledge to production problems
FDFPPL3004A – Lead work teams and groups
FBPOPR2040 – Operate a heat treatment process
FBPOPR2043 – Operate an homogenising process
FDFOP3003A – Operate inter-related processes in a production system
FDFPPL3001A – Participate in improvement processes

Assessment Methods

Assessments methods may include:

  • Practical demonstration
  • Verbal questions
  • Written
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in an enterprise-only course is undertaken with the organisation requesting this for their workers.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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