Unit of competency details

MTMP2029B - Shave carcase (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to AMPA2023 - Shave carcaseThis unit is equivalent to MTMP2029B Shave carcase. 03/Aug/2016
Supersedes MTMP2029A - Shave carcase 21/Jul/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 22/Jul/2011


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110105 Butchery 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110105 Butchery 07/Aug/2012 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to shave a carcase that has been scalded.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit is applicable to workers on a slaughter floor shaving scalded carcases such as pigs and 'skin on' goats.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 


Sharpen knives

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Shave carcase

1.1. Carcases leaving the de-hairing process are monitored to ensure de-hairing meets workplace requirements  and defects reported (where part of work instruction).

1.2. Carcases are shaved according to work instruction.

1.3. Carcases are shaved safely according to workplace Occupational Health and Safety  (OH &S ) requirements .

1.4. Own work is monitored to ensure the effective removal of hair.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

Ability to:

  • monitor de-hairing process
  • shave a carcase according to work instructions and OH&S procedures
  • report problems with the de-hairing or scalding process
  • work effectively as an individual and as part of a team
  • apply relevant regulatory requirements 
  • monitor own work
  • take action to improve own work performance as a result of self-evaluation, feedback from others, or in response to changed work practices or technology.
  • use communication  skills relevant to the task

Required knowledge 

Knowledge of:

  • the company's Quality Assurance (QA) requirements for hair removal
  • the work instructions for shaving carcases
  • relevant regulatory requirements
  • the OH&S requirements for working around scalding equipment

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

The meat industry has specific and clear requirements for evidence. A minimum of three forms of evidence is required to demonstrate competency in the meat industry. This is specifically designed to provide evidence that covers the demonstration in the workplace of all aspects of competency over time.

These requirements are in addition to the requirements for valid, current, authentic and sufficient evidence.

Three forms of evidence means three different kinds of evidence - not three pieces of the same kind. In practice it will mean that most of the unit is covered twice. This increases the legitimacy of the evidence.

All assessment must be conducted against Australian meat industry standards and regulations.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Competency must be demonstrated at the normal chain speed.

Context of , and specific resources for assessment 

Competency must be assessed in the workplace under normal production conditions.

Method of assessment 

Recommended methods of assessment include:

  • assignment
  • debrief
  • quiz of underpinning knowledge
  • simulation
  • verified work log or diary
  • workplace project
  • workplace referee or third-party report of performance over time.

Assessment practices should take into account any relevant language or cultural issues related to Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander, gender, or language backgrounds other than English. Language and literacy demands of the assessment task should not be higher than those of the work role.

Guidance information for assessment 

A current list of resources for this unit of competency is available from MINTRAC www .mintrac .com .au  or telephone 1800 817 462.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Workplace requirements  may include:

  • enterprise-specific requirements
  • OH&S requirements
  • QA requirements
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • the ability to perform the task to production requirements
  • work instructions.

OH &S requirements  may include:

  • enterprise OH&S policies, procedures and programs
  • OH&S legal requirements
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include:
  • coats and aprons
  • ear plugs or muffs
  • eye and facial protection
  • head-wear
  • lifting assistance
  • mesh aprons
  • protective boot covers
  • protective hand and arm covering
  • protective head and hair covering
  • uniforms
  • waterproof clothing
  • work, safety or waterproof footwear
  • requirements set out in standards and codes of practice.

Regulatory requirements  may include:

  • Export Control Act
  • hygiene and sanitation requirements
  • relevant regulations
  • requirements set out in AS 4696:2007 Australian Standard for Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption
  • state and territory regulations regarding meat processing.

Communication  skills may include:

  • listening and understanding
  • sharing information
  • speaking clearly and directly
  • working and communicating with diverse individuals and groups.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field