Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing

This qualification is designed for job roles in the forest sawmilling and processing sector of the forest and forest products industry.


Total number of units = 13

6 core units plus

7 elective units, consisting of:

2 units from Group A

up to 5 units from Group A and/or Group B

up to 3 units recommended for packaging at Certificate II, III or IV level from this or any other 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 Title


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 Title

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 and 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 wood chips

Timber Products


Apply wood and timber product knowledge

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


Build and maintain timber stacks

Timber Drying and Treatment

add topic AHCCHM303A

Prepare and apply chemicals

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 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 FPISAW3220C

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 Title

Machinery and Equipment


Cut material with a pole saw

add topic FPICOT3224B

Plan and monitor equipment maintenance


Operate a four-wheel drive on unsealed roads


Recover four wheel drive vehicles


Operate a four wheel drive in a towing situation

add topic MEM18011C

Shut down and isolate machines/equipment

Warehousing & Distribution

add topic FPICOT3236B

Coordinate stock control procedures

add topic RIIMPO321B

Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations

add topic TLIA3018A

Organise despatch operations

Load Handling

add topic RIIMPO323A

Conduct civil construction dozer operations

add topic TLID3011A

Conduct specialised forklift operations

add topic TLID3014A

Load and unload vehicles carrying special loads

add topic TLID3043A

Shift loads using gantry equipment

Safety and Quality Processes

add topic FPICOT3202B

Navigate in remote or trackless areas

add topic FPICOR3203B

Evaluate fire potential and prevention

add topic FPICOT3254A

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


Maintain and contribute to energy efficiency


Provide first aid


Provide advanced first aid

add topic TLID3035A

Operate a boom type elevating work platform

add topic TLIF1002B

Conduct housekeeping activities

Administration and Business

add topic BSBINM301A

Organise workplace information

add topic BSBITU306A

Design and produce business documents

Communication and Relationships

add topic BSBFLM303C

Contribute to effective workplace relationships

Competitive Manufacturing

add topic MSS402001A

Apply competitive systems and practices

add topic MSS404060A

Facilitate the use of planning software systems in a work area or team

Planning and Analysis

add topic BSBFLM305C

Support operational plan


    This qualification has eleven employment pathways for typical operational environments of sawmilling and processing. These are:


    Chipper Operator

    Head Rig Operator

    Kiln Operator

    Machine Operator (e.g. Finger Jointing, Moulding, Planing)

    Production Technician

    Sawmilling Technician


    Timber Grader

    Timber Products Technician

    Treatment Plant Operator

    Entry may be gained through progression from a lower level FPI qualification or recognition of existing industry experience or qualifications.

    This qualification may be suited to an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Licensing Information

Native FPI units may be subject to State/Territory licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirement.

Some imported units contained within the elective bank may be subject to State/Territory codes, regulations, licence and/or permit. These units must be implemented in line with the licensing requirements as outlined in the unit’s Parent Training Package.

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:


Gather, receive and respond to verbal and written instructions

Record and report quality and product care procedures according to workplace procedures

Use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others


Contribute to team outcomes

Communicate and work safely with others in the work area

Support team members in meeting expected outcomes


Limited responsibility for addressing issues, concerns and problems identified by team members or referring them to relevant persons as required

Identify and resolve problems

Record and report assessment outcomes and distribution problems according to workplace procedures

Visually evaluate material characteristics for defects and quality

Initiative and enterprise

Efficiently and safely follow quality and product care procedures

Monitor quality of output and follow product care procedures

Reject and dispose of sub-standard materials according to site requirements

Planning and organising

Record and report workplace information and maintain documentation

Follow quality and product care procedures according to environmental legislation and workplace procedures

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 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 according to organisational procedures

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

Record and report information regarding learning and competency development according to organisational requirements

Support the team to identify and resolve problems impeding its performance


Select equipment appropriate to work requirements and check for operational effectiveness according to manufacturer recommendations, which may include moisture meters and lifting equipment for the movement of materials