What will I learn?

A one-of-a-kind educational experience in Canada, the Butchery and Charcuterie Management certificate will provide you with comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge in meat science, processing and management - all required for entry into this rapidly growing trade.

At SAIT, we continue to set the standard for excellence in culinary education. The Butchery and Charcuterie Management program is another example of training based on what employers are looking for and preparing our students for success in the global hospitality industry.

During this full-time one-year certificate program, you will work in state-of-the-art facilities as you gain practical skills in value-added butchery, carcass identification and breaking, sanitation and much more. Specific to charcuterie, you will learn extensive curing and product creation methods for salamis, sausages, prosciutto, cured and smoked products along with a host of other proteins. We focus on sustainability and help you understand where the product came from, how to process it and how to get the most value from it.

By preparing proteins for our dynamic Market Place at SAIT and the new student-run butcher shop, you will also learn how to properly cut and present proteins, as well as gain skills in customer service and business management.

Your career:

You will be prepared for a diverse range of career options in butchery and charcuterie after graduation. You may find work locally or abroad as a:

  • butcher
  • culinarian
  • in-store Meat Cutter
  • consultant
  • owner/operator
  • meat inspector
  • merchandiser

Student success:

This program is very hands-on with students spending approximately 25 hours per week in our labs.

The retail meat industry is a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a focus on customer service and quality of food.

You must be in good physical condition for this physically demanding trade.

You will be required to groom and dress according to industry expectations while in your practical training.

The material is presented at a fairly rapid rate, so for the greatest level of success you must be present and take responsibility for your learning experience.

You must be able to read, write and comprehend the English language at a level exceeding basic conversational English.

Which department am I in?

School of Hospitality and Tourism

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$19,147.00 (US$ 14,134) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

8 September 2020

Venue

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

1301-16 Avenue NW,

CALGARY,

Alberta (AB),

T2M 0L4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum of two years post-secondary education from a recognized university, institute or college. SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading. English language requirement: International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 in each skill/category; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum score of 20 in each category; Pearson Test of English (PTE): A score of 53 in each section; Michigan English Language Assessment (MELAB): A score of 76 in each section.

For international students

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

English language requirement:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 in each skill/category

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum score of 20 in each category

Pearson Test of English (PTE): A score of 53 in each section.

Applications for Fall 2020 are accepted Oct. 2, 2019 to July 1, 2020.

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About this uni

SAIT equips its students for success in a global marketplace through industry expertise and hands-on learning, supported by world-class facilities.

  • Located in Calgary, the 4th largest city in Canada
  • Attracts international students from over 97 countries
  • Relevant, industry-led programs
  • Easy access to beautiful natural landscapes