The Institute of Meat


The Institute of Meat (IoM) is the professional body for people from the meat industry and related fields of activity. As well as encouraging and helping to fund education and training throughout the industry it plays a valuable role as a forum for like-minded people to meet, exchange ideas and gain a wider appreciation of the meat industry.

Guidance, understanding, information, learning and career development are at the heart of what the IoM stands for, not only for young entrants but also for those already established in the industry at all levels of career development.

It seeks to further a greater understanding of all aspects of the meat industry as well as the wider supply chain from farming through processing, manufacturing, the foodservice sector and retailing. IoM members are entitled to letters after their name and to display a certificate depicting the Heraldic Arms of the Institute.

The IoM hosts the annual Meat Training Council Awards at Butchers’ Hall, home of the Worshipful Company of Butchers. The Institute of Meat was formed in 1946 as the meat industry’s education and examining body. These functions were taken over by the Meat Training Council in 1992.




App.Inst.M – for students studying to attain qualifications within the meat industry


M.Inst.M – for applicants with jobs in or associated with the meat industry


G.M.Inst.M – for applicants with meat industry qualifications

Master Butcher

MB.Inst.M – for members who have attained the Institute of Meat Accredited Master Butcher qualification


F.Inst.M – awarded by the Institute of Meat for service to the meat industry. Applicants can not apply for this category of membership. It is awarded at the discretion of the applications committee