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Professional Meat Cutting & Merchandising Retail Meatcutting

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
For careers that are a cut above. You want to be a professional meat cutter. You'll work with beef, bison, pork, lamb, seafood, and poultry and learn how to produce cured, smoked, and processed meat and sausage. You'll also learn about merchandising and purchasing meat products. Professional Meat Cutting and Merchandising is 15 weeks in the classroom, immediately followed by a 3-week (90 hours) industry placement. This program has an emphasis on sanitation, safety, and quality control. You will have the opportunity to train in the NAIT Retail Meat Store, and you will benefit from the work experience placement for on-the-job training. Graduates of the Professional Meat Cutting and Merchandising program find employment in the meat industry or meat processing plants, retail businesses such as supermarkets, speciality sausage shops, delicatessens, and independent meat markets. The principles of professionalism are key, along with respect, responsibility, and accountability in this field. At NAIT, Professional Meat Cutting and Merchandising classes begin early in the morning, which is reflective of typical work hours in industry. The NAIT Meat Lab environment can often be loud, and requires standing for long periods of time, while using saws, meat grinders and slicers, knives, and many other types of kitchen equipment. Individuals should also be comfortable interacting with the public regarding the customer service aspect of both the program and the industry. Activities in the program and the field involve proficiency in the following: use of basic math skills such as measurement calculation, clear and concise written and verbal communication, and an ability to adhere to public health and safety standards. Meat cutting and merchandising environments may involve lifting and moving objects up to 25 kg (55 lbs.). These skills are essential to be successful in the Professional Meat Cutting and Merchandising program and to fulfill all the requirements of working in the meat cutting profession. (Please contact NAIT should you wish to discuss possible accommodations).

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11762 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5G2R1, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
  • Grade 10 Language Arts (English 10-2)
  • Grade 10 Mathematics (Any of: Math 10C, Math 10-3, Math 20-4, Applied Math 10, Math 13, or Math 24)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency


  • English or Math Academic Upgrading Placement Tests may be used in place of Grade 10 Language Arts or Grade 10 Math requirements, should results be successful and satisfy the appropriate grade level.


  • 5 credits of Advanced Food level courses taken within the Career and Technology Studies program may be used to satisfy the minimum entrance requirements.

Transfer & Credit Options may be available, please see for more information.

Please see program page for additional requirements and consideration.

Application Deadline

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Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2024/08/01 to 2025/07/31*.

  • Tuition $2,736.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,297.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,150.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated May 01, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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