Unit of competency details

MTMP2062C - Weigh carcase (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to AMPA2061 - Weigh carcaseThis unit is equivalent to MTMP2062C Weigh carcase. 03/Aug/2016
Supersedes MTMP2062B - Weigh 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 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030717 Plant And Machine Operations  07/Aug/2012 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to weigh a carcase.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit is applicable to workers weighing carcases in abattoirs, boning rooms, game processing plants and knackeries.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 


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. Check scales

1.1. Scales are checked regularly according to operational. procedures and state/territory regulations to ensure hot weights are accurate.

1.2. Scales are checked to ensure they read zero after taring.

1.3. Appropriate personnel are notified in accordance with work instructions if scales are inaccurate.

2. Test weights

2.1. Clean and undamaged mass are combined to determine maximum operational weight for production.

2.2. Scale readings are recorded at a minimum of two increments to ensure scales are checked accurately.

2.3. Test weights are certified in accordance with state regulations and workplace requirements .

3. Record check measure

3.1. All results of checking measures are accurately recorded according to workplace requirements.

3.2. Results are verified according to workplace requirements.

4. Operate carcase scales

4.1. Carcases are weighed according to workplace requirements.

4.2. Weights are recorded according to workplace requirements.

4.3. Carcases are tagged and labelled according to workplace and regulatory requirements.

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

Ability to:

  • weigh carcases and accurately complete scales records
  • demonstrate the correct scale check procedure
  • report equipment faults to supervisor
  • record and report recorded weights information
  • work effectively as an individual and as part of a team
  • 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 relevant communication skills 

Required knowledge 

Knowledge of:

  • concept of tare
  • regulatory requirements  of checking scales and weighing carcases
  • scale problems that can be encountered and the action required to maintain weighing standards
  • possible problems for the scales operation and the appropriate corrective action
  • weights recording process and where applicable the reporting process on the information gathered
  • Occupational Health and Safety  (OH &S ) requirements  in relation to weighing process

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 under normal production conditions.

Context of , and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must occur in the workplace under normal working conditions.

Method of assessment 

Recommended methods of assessment include:

  • quiz of underpinning knowledge
  • workplace demonstration
  • 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
  • Quality Assurance (QA) requirements
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • the ability to perform the task to production requirements
  • work instructions.

Communication skills  may include:

  • applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements
  • listening and understanding
  • reading and interpreting workplace information
  • sharing information
  • speaking clearly and directly
  • working with diverse individuals and groups.

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.

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.

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Co-requisite units

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Competency field

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