Meat Cutter Training Course

Course Overview

Offered on-demand, the online meat cutter training course includes multiple demonstrational videos on pork and beef carcass breakdown into primal, subprimal and retail cuts. This interactive certificate training program also includes material and exercises covering meat inspection, food safety, beef grading, fabrication, meat grinding, aging meat, retail display and labeling.

This interactive certificate training program covers:

  • Meat Inspection
    • Federal
    • Custom exempt
    • Retail exempt
  • Food Safety
    • Food hazards
    • Allergens
    • Microbial growth
    • Types of bacteria
    • Foodborne illness
  • Beef Grading
    • Yield grading
    • Quality grading
    • Carcass valuation
  • Fabrication
    • Beef (13 videos)
    • Pork (8 videos)
    • Bandsaw Operation (1 video)
  • Meat Grinding
    • Ground beef
    • Fresh sausage
    • Grind sizes 
    • Grinder operation (1 video)
    • Formulations 
  • Aging meat
  • Retail display
  • Merchandizing
    • Fresh meat color
    • Cooked meat color 
    • Packaging
    • Lighting
    • Product rotation & location
    • Display and storage time
    • Customer interaction
    • Yield tests and pricing
  • Labeling
    • Labeling specifications
    • Lot coding
    • Label requirements
    • Nutritional information 
    • Label approval 
    • Label claims 

This training is designed for current and aspiring meat cutters as well as anyone looking for educational information on meat science topics. This training will also benefit employees with cut identification, packaging, and labeling to aid in sales, marketing, and customer service. Upon successful completion, each individual will receive a Certificate of Completion. 

Course Format

Self-paced online course (estimated 6-8 hours)


$125.00 per user

$100   2-5 users 

$90     6+ users


To register for this course you will need to create an account, sign in with your email/password, and complete the registration process. To watch a video tutorial, demonstrating an overview of the registration process, click on the following link: Online Course Registration Video Tutorial. Step-by-step instructions are below.

STEP #1: Create your Michigan State University Guest Account by selecting the Create Your MSU Guest Account button below. (For detailed instructions visit the following web page: Instructions: Creating Your Guest Account.) Once you have created your guest account, return back to this page.

Create Your MSU Guest Account

STEP #2: Click on the button below to login to the registration system with your Guest Account (your email) and Password. Upon registration you will receive an email with instructions on how to login to the course.

Register For The Online Meat Cutter Training Course

STEP #3: Once you are registered you may login to the course.

Login To The Course

More Information

For more information, please contact Jeannine Schweihofer or Andrea Garmyn

Technical Assistance

If you have any technical problems, please contact the Michigan State University IT Service Desk from 7am-12am Monday through Friday and 10am-12am on Saturday/Sunday, any day that the University is open.

  • Phone: (517) 432-6200
  • Phone (toll free): 1 (844) 678-6200
  • Email Web Form

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my username/NETID?

Your username (or NET ID) is the email address you used to create your account during registration (you use the same email address/password for registering and for taking the course).

What URL do I go to for logging into the course?

Go to: You will see the Michigan State University at the top of the page. Login with the email address and password you set during the registration process.

I received a “not authenticated” response when trying to login – what do I do?

A “not authenticated” message is typically an issue with a password not being entered correctly.

I forgot my password – where can I reset it?

If you need to reset your password at any time go to and select the option for "Need help Signing in."