Certificate III in Food Processing

Certificate III in Food Processing

Course Code
Food & Fibre
Study Area(s)
Laboratory Sciences
Course Length
Full-time(12 months)

Start Date(s): Rolling enrolments
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End Date(s): Rolling enrolments
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Days and Time: Flexible

Course Overview

Start Date: February 2022
End date: December 2022

This course is suitable for existing brewery workers, those looking to enter into the microbrewery industry and those wanting to set up their own microbrewery. The course also suits brewery owners seeking to employ entry level staff, possibly as trainees.

This level is suitable for new entrants as well as those with industry experience. 

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

If you are enrolling in this course as part of a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
FDFFS3001AMonitor the implementation of quality and food safety programs (FDFFS3001A)70
FDFOHS3001AContribute To Ohs Processes (FDFOHS3001A)40
FDFOP2064AProvide And Apply Workplace Information (FDFOP2064A)30
FDFFS2001AImplement The Food Safety Program And Procedures (FDFFS2001A)30
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices (MSMENV272)30


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
FBPOPR2003Prepare and monitor beer yeast propagation processes (FBPOPR2003)50
FBPOPR2005Operate a beer filling process (FBPOPR2005)40
FBPOPR2011Identify key stages and beer production equipment in a brewery (FBPOPR2011)30
FBPOPR2013Operate a bright beer tank process (FBPOPR2013)30
FBPOPR2015Operate a beer filtration process (FBPOPR2015)40
FBPOPR2016Operate a beer maturation process (FBPOPR2016)40
FBPOPR2030Operate a brewery fermentation process (FBPOPR2030)50
FBPOPR2061Operate a wort production process (FBPOPR2061)50
FBPOPR2063Clean equipment in place (FBPOPR2063)30
FDFOP3004AOperate interrelated processes in a packaging system (FDFOP3004A)60
FDFTEC3003AApply raw materials, ingredient and process knowledge to production problems (FDFTEC3003A)60
MSL973013Perform basic tests (MSL973013)60

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course, assessments may include written, oral or practical assessments. These assessments are designed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required in order to achieve this qualification. Your teacher will provide you information on how you will be assessed for each unit.

There is the opportunity for re-assessment and appeal, which you can discus with your teacher.

There will be the requirement to undertake 20-30 days of work placement during this course. 



Additional comments

As part of this course there is an expectation that you will undertake 20-30 days of work placement. This work placement is your practical component of the course and your assessments.

We encourage students to find work placement in industry in their local area or where they are currently employed. Kangan Institute does have Industry Partners that we can recommend you contact to obtain work placement through. We do not arrange this on your behalf but will work with you to find suitable placement. 

With the theory classes been held on line in the evening, this is designed to give students more flexibility to find work placement or a range of placement opportunities during the course in one or several breweries. 

What will I study?

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 17 units of competency - 12 elective units and five core units.

You will develop core food processing skills such as food safety, food quality, sustainability and OHS together with specific Micro Brewing skills such as wort production, fermentation, beer maturation, filtration, packaging and product testing.


For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

To you check your eligibility click here.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.

The fees listed below relate to 2021 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2021 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2021: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
740 740 $3.27 $0.65 $10.27

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2021. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule.

There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course.

Applications from mature-aged students with work experience and seeking to cross-skill in a related field are encouraged.

Applications from exit VCE/School Leavers and new entrants to the Food Processing industry are encouraged to apply. Minimum age: 18 years old.

Industry clients, existing workers in the Food Processing industry who are seeking to up-skill are also encouraged to apply.

If you are enrolling in this course as part of a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

Where and how can I study?

Training is delivered using a blended delivery approach. (Online, on campus and work-placement).

  • Theory will be delivered 2 days per week (evening) delivered online via video conference.
  • Practical learning will be undertaken via work placement, 20-30 days in industry throughout the 12 months of study 


What employment opportunities will I have?

Food processing (micro-brewing) is a highly in-demand industry. With a Certificate III in Food Processing FBP30117 -  you may seek employment opportunities in breweries, Independent Brewers association and/or other related industries.

Career outcome on successful completion of the course can include:

  • Homebrewer or craft brewer
  • Brewer with Victorian breweries (entry level staff)
  • Assistant Brewers
  • Sales Representatives for example brewing equipment, raw material supplies and packaging
  • Brewery Technician
  • other related positions within the brewing industry 

If you are enrolling in this course as a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

Upon successful completion of this course you will have a Nationally recognised Certificate III in Food Processing FBP30117. This course is designed to give you a technical and practical understanding of the micro-brewing process and to prepare you to work as a skill brewery worker.  


What qualifications will I receive?

 On completion of this course, you will be awarded the nationally accredited Certificate III in Food Processing General FBP30117.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must complete:

  • Online Application (click the yellow 'Apply Here' button above. 

For more information call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au
If you are enrolling in this course as part of a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.