Certificate III in Wood Panel Products

This qualification is designed for job roles in the wood panel products 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 wood panel products 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 FPICOT2225B

Chip or flake wood

add topic FPICOT3203B

Weigh loads

add topic FPICOT3227B

Receive and measure logs

add topic FPICOT3253A

Convert timber residue into products for further use


Build and maintain timber stacks

Grading and Testing

add topic FPICOT3229B

Mechanically stress grade panels

add topic FPICOT3245B

Grade, sort and mark material

add topic FPICOT3250A

Prepare timber to meet import/export compliance requirements

add topic FPIWPP3229B

Classify flake

Board/Veneer Production

add topic FPICOT3206B

Cut material using high speed optimiser

add topic FPICOT3234B

Cut material using CNC sizing machines

add topic FPICOT3235B

Machine material using CNC machining and processing centres

add topic FPICOT3249A

Select timber preservation techniques

add topic FPISAW3226B

Saw logs using CNC optimising systems

add topic FPIWPP2201B

Cut panels

add topic FPIWPP3201B

Produce veneer from debarked logs

add topic FPIWPP3204B

Form board

add topic FPIWPP3205B

Match and join veneer

add topic FPIWPP3207B

Clip veneer

add topic FPIWPP3211B

Maintain caul plates and screens

add topic FPIWPP3213B

Heat treat material

add topic FPIWPP3216B

Press material using the daylight process

add topic FPIWPP3217B

Process production effluent

add topic FPIWPP3218B

Plan and coordinate machining of panels

add topic FPIWPP3219B

Blend and test binding mixes

add topic FPIWPP3221B

Trim new panels to size

add topic FPIWPP3223B

Immunise veneer

add topic FPIWPP3226B

Operate a continuous press

add topic FPIWPP3230B

Produce decorative veneers

add topic FPIWPP3231B

Produce veneer from prepared flitches

Lamination and Finishing

add topic FPICOT3228B

Plane/sand panels

add topic FPIWPP3202B

Paint panels

add topic FPIWPP3206B

Laminate and veneer board surfaces

add topic FPIWPP3208B

Punch peg holes in panels

add topic FPIWPP3209B

Prepare resin and additives

add topic FPIWPP3210B

Laminate board

add topic FPIWPP3214B

Treat paper

add topic FPIWPP3215B

Cut paper

add topic FPIWPP3220B

Plan and coordinate panel painting

add topic FPIWPP3222B

Press laminated ply

add topic FPIWPP3224B

Profile sand products

add topic FPIWPP3225B

Produce profile sanding shoes and wheels

add topic FPIWPP3227B

Vacuum paint

Timber Drying and Treatment

add topic FPICOT3231B

Operate steam boiler

add topic FPICOT3232B

Operate heat plant

add topic FPICOT3248A

Dry timber in solar assisted kilns

add topic FPIWPP3212B

Dry material

add topic FPIWPP3228B

Dry wood flakes

Timber Products


Apply wood and timber product knowledge


add topic FPIWPP3203B

Produce fibre from chips


add topic FPICOT3212B

Replace saws, blades and guides

add topic FPICOT3216B

Assess and maintain saw performance

add topic FPICOT3217B

Assess and maintain cutter performance



Unit Code

Unit Title

Machinery and Equipment


Cut material with a pole saw

add topic FPICOT3224B

Plan and monitor equipment maintenance

add topic FPICOT3233B

Sharpen and align blades and knives

add topic MEM18011C

Shut down and isolate machines/equipment

Warehousing & Distribution

add topic FPICOT3230B

Operate automated stacking equipment

add topic FPICOT3236B

Coordinate stock control procedures

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 TLID2012A

Operate specialised load shifting equipment

add topic TLID3014A

Load and unload vehicles carrying special loads

add topic TLID3043A

Shift loads using gantry equipment

Safety and Quality Processes

add topic CPPSEC3007A

Maintain security of environment

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 AHCCHM303A

Prepare and apply chemicals

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 MSS402060A

Use planning software systems in operations

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 seven employment pathways for typical operational environments of wood panel products. These are:

    Engineered Timber Products Technician / Operator

    Kiln Operator

    Production Technician / Operator (Laminates)

    Production Technician / Operator (Panel and Board)

    Production Technician / Operator (Veneer)

    Timber Fabricator

    Timber Fabricator (Laminates)

    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 or territory licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements.

Some imported units in the elective bank may be subject to state or territory codes, regulations, licences and/or permits. These units must be implemented in line with the licensing requirements 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

Encourage and support team members to take responsibility for their own work and 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 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

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 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

Practise 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’s recommendations, which may include moisture meters and lifting equipment for the movement of materials