What we offer

Over and above its assignee duties, IMQAS is required to assist training institutions with practical training of learners who require training in meat inspection and food safety management in abattoirs or processing plants. The training services that we offer include:

  • Skills development (Internal)
  • Red Meat Examiner Course
  • Meat Classification QMS
  • Internship & Learnership projects
  • Graduate placement projects
  • Universities (Abattoir practical training)
Skills development (Internal)
In response to the SETAs’ mandate, IMQAS periodically identifies skills gaps within the organization and in so doing establishes training platforms to equip our staff with the required capacities to ensure a service of high standard to all our customers and to the meat industry
Red Meat Examiner Course
Meat inspection is a legislative requirement in terms of the Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act 40 of 2000). Meat examiners are trained to perform primary meat inspection under designation of the Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Public Health. The following areas of learning are covered in the 6 month course:
  • Primary Meat Inspection
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Meat Quality & Safety
  • Abattoir Layout
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Pest Control
  • Cleaning and sanitation
  • Waste management
  • Slaughter & Dressing
  • Condemned material handling
Meat Classification QMS
IMQAS complies with the requirements of a 3rd Party Service Provider, as prescribed in Table 6 of the “Regulations regarding the classification and marking of meat intended for sale in the Republic of South Africa” and has been appointed by South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC) as a service provider. IMQAS classification staff and services are audited on a 6 monthly basis. Skills development is therefor of great importance to be a registered service provider of meat classification services to our abattoirs.
Internship & Learnership projects
IMQAS has involved itself in training of critical skills for unemployed and employed staff in AgriSETA internship and learnership projects. The internship program involve training interns over a 12 month period in meat inspection and classification.

The program is made to enable the learners to have the skills and qualification to be employed in the industry. The training staff has provided Facilitation and Assessment services to RMAA learnership. This involves training abattoir workers who are part of the General Abattoir Processes learnership.

Graduate placement projects

Most graduates in the employment market do not have the necessary knowledge, skills, ability or qualification to conduct meat inspection. IMQAS is involved in the Work Integrated Learning module of Agricultural studies on behalf of a number of Universities. The students are exposed to the abattoir for a period of time, where they can acquire the necessary knowledge and skills.

The Graduate Placement project proved itself to be successful. Suitably qualified graduates from all Universities and Universities of Technology across South Africa were considered for graduate placement positions, to assist permanently appointed Meat Inspectors. They worked closely with the Meat Inspectors, to gain practical experience while they are not permanently employed. IMQAS considers these qualified and experienced candidates for vacancies. In the process, IMQAS provides work to qualified professionals from the community who are skilled but who can- not get a job and who lacks practical experience in their trade.

Universities (Abattoir practical training)

IMQAS strives to offer training that is current and of high standard to universities. We provide unique structured training that is based on Work Integrated Learning (WIL) principles. Our course material is dynamic and industry responsive ensuring that we remain abreast with international standards. This guarantees students that are functional and fit for purpose after training. We have worked with both Environmental Health and Animal Health students at Diploma and Degree level from various institutions including:


  1. UNISA
  2. Tsolo Agriculture and Rural Development Institute
  3. North West University