Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing

Not Applicable


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 13

6Core units plus

2Elective units from Group A plus

5Elective units from Group A and/or Group B, which can include up to 3 relevant units recommended for packaging at Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV from an endorsed Training Package or State/Territory accredited course

Elective units must be relevant to work undertaken in the Sawmilling and Processing Sector of the industry



Unit Code

Unit Name


add topic BSBFLM312C

Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic FPICOR2201B

Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry

add topic FPICOR2202B

Communicate and interact effectively in the workplace

add topic FPICOR3201B

Implement safety, health and environment policies and procedures

add topic FPICOR3202B

Conduct quality and product care procedures

add topic FPICOR3204B

Visually assess materials



Unit Code

Unit Name

Logyard and/or Material Preparation

add topic FPICOT3203B

Weigh loads

add topic FPICOT3227B

Receive and measure logs

Sawing Operations

add topic FPISAW3202B

Produce sawn green boards

add topic FPISAW3203B

Break down logs

add topic FPISAW3204B

Saw flitches and cants

add topic FPISAW3227B

Select and saw logs in multi-species operations

add topic FPISAW3229B

Operate a portable sawmill

Grading & Testing

add topic FPICOT3208B

Test strength of joints

add topic FPICOT3225B

Mechanically stress grade timber

add topic FPICOT3229B

Mechanically stress grade panels

add topic FPICOT3240B

Grade heavy structural/engineered products

add topic FPICOT3245B

Grade, sort and mark material

add topic FPICOT3246B

Test heavy structural/engineered products

add topic FPICOT3250A

Prepare timber to meet import/export compliance requirements

add topic FPISAW3223B

Assess woodchips

Timber Products

add topic FPICOT3205B

Dress boards using multi-headed machines

add topic FPICOT3206B

Cut material using high speed optimiser

add topic FPICOT3207B

Set up, operate and maintain finger jointing operations

add topic FPICOT3209B

Set up, operate and maintain end matching operations

add topic FPICOT3230B

Operate automated stacking equipment

add topic FPICOT3234B

Cut material using CNC sizing machines

add topic FPICOT3235B

Machine material using CNC machining and processing centres

add topic FPICOT3253A

Convert timber residue into products for further use

add topic FPISAW3226B

Saw logs using CNC optimising systems

Timber Drying & Treatment

add topic FPICOT3231B

Operate steam boiler

add topic FPICOT3232B

Operate heat plant

add topic FPICOT3248A

Dry timber in solar assisted kilns

add topic FPICOT3249A

Select timber preservation techniques

add topic FPISAW3201B

Treat timber

add topic FPISAW3205B

Dry hardwood

add topic FPISAW3206B

Dry softwood

add topic RTC3704A

Prepare and apply chemicals


add topic FPICOT3201B

Hand sharpen knives and blades

add topic FPICOT3211B

Maintain sawdoctoring tools

add topic FPICOT3212B

Replace saws, blades and guides

add topic FPICOT3213B

Manufacture cutting tools

add topic FPICOT3215B

Swage and shape saw blades

add topic FPICOT3216B

Assess and maintain saw performance

add topic FPICOT3217B

Assess and maintain cutter performance

add topic FPICOT3233B

Sharpen and align blades and knives

add topic FPICOT3237B

Produce templates

add topic FPISAW3207B

Sharpen band saws

add topic FPISAW3208B

Sharpen circular saws

add topic FPISAW3209B

Align sawing production systems

add topic FPISAW3210B

File and set saws

add topic FPISAW3211B

Recondition guides

add topic FPISAW3212B

Sharpen tipped circular saws

add topic FPISAW3213B

Level and tension circular saws

add topic FPISAW3214B

Join band saw blades

add topic FPISAW3217B

Hard face saw teeth

add topic FPISAW3218B

Replace tungsten tips

add topic FPISAW3219B

Replace stellite tips

add topic FPISAW3220B

Maintain wide band saw blades

add topic FPISAW3221B

Profile saw blanks

add topic FPISAW3222B

Recondition band mill wheels


add topic FPISAW3215B

Screen wood chips

add topic FPISAW3216B

Transfer wood chips

add topic FPISAW3223B

Assess wood chips

add topic FPISAW3224B

Coordinate and monitor the wood chip stockpile



Unit Code

Unit Name

Machinery & Equipment

add topic FPICOT3224B

Plan and monitor equipment maintenance

add topic FPIFGM3208B

Perform complex 4x4 operations

add topic RIIVEH305A

Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle

Warehousing & Distribution

add topic FPICOT3236B

Coordinate stock control procedures

add topic RIIMPO321A

Conduct civil construction wheel loader operations

add topic TLIA1807C

Organise despatch operations

Load Handling

add topic RIIMPO323A

Conduct civil construction dozer operations

add topic TLID1107C

Conduct specialised forklifting operations

add topic TLID1407C

Load and unload vehicles carrying special loads

add topic TLID4307B

Shift loads using gantry equipment

Safety & Quality Processes

add topic FPICOR3203B

Evaluate fire potential and prevention

add topic FPICOT3202B

Navigate in remote or trackless areas

add topic FPICOT3254A

Implement environmentally sustainable work practices in the work area/work site

add topic HLTFA402B

Apply advanced first aid (unit has add topic HLTFA301B Apply first aid as a pre-requisite)

add topic TLID3507C

Operate a boom type elevating work platform

Administration & Business

add topic BSBINM301A

Organise workplace information

add topic BSBITU306A

Design and produce business documents

Communication & Relationships

add topic BSBFLM303C

Contribute to effective workplace relationships

Competitive Manufacturing

add topic MSACMS200A

Apply competitive manufacturing practices

add topic MSACMT460A

Facilitate the use of planning software systems in manufacturing (unit has add topic MSACMT260A Use planning software systems in manufacturing as a pre-requisite)

Planning & Analysis

add topic BSBFLM305C

Support operational plan


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on the packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Accurately record and report workplace information, and maintain documentation

Gather, receive and respond to verbal and written instructions with correct actions

Record and report quality and product care procedures in accordance with workplace procedures

Use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others


Contribute to team outcomes

Effectively communicate and work safely with others in the work area

Encourage and support team members to take responsibility for their own work and to assist each other in undertaking required roles and responsibilities

Support team members in meeting expected outcomes


Address issues, concerns and problems identified by team members or refer to relevant persons as required

Identify and resolve problems

Record and report assessment outcomes and distribution problems in accordance with workplace procedures

Visually evaluate material characteristics for defects and quality

Initiative and enterprise

Efficiently and safely conduct quality and product care procedures

Monitor quality of output and follow product care procedures

Provide feedback to team members to encourage, value and reward team members' efforts and contributions

Reject and dispose of sub-standard materials in accordance with site requirements

Planning and organising

Efficiently conduct quality and product care procedures in accordance with environmental legislation and workplace procedures

Identify team purpose, roles, responsibilities, goals, plans and objectives in consultation with team members

Monitor on-site movement of material to ensure intended flow is achieved

Review work order and clarify with appropriate personnel


Ensure own contribution to work team serves as a role model for others and enhances the organisation's image within the work team, the organisation and with clients/customers

Follow safe workplace procedures for dealing with environmental incidents, accidents, and emergencies within scope of responsibilities

Integrate care for the environment into all day-to-day activities


Establish opportunities for professional development in consultation with appropriate personnel in accordance with organisational procedures

Practice and record emergency and evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency

Record and report information regarding learning and competency development in accordance with organisational requirements

Support the team to identify and resolve problems which impede its performance


Select equipment appropriate to work requirements and check for operational effectiveness in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations - equipment may include moisture meters and lifting equipment for the movement of materials