To be awarded the add topic FWP30316 Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing, competency must be achieved in thirteen (13) units of competency.

six (6) core units of competency

seven (7) units of competency from the elective group, consisting of:

2 units from Group A

5 units from Group A and/or Group B, the total of which can include 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 BSBFLM312

Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic FWPCOR2201

Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry

add topic FWPCOR2202

Communicate and interact effectively in the workplace

add topic FWPCOR3201

Implement safety, health and environment policies and procedures

add topic FWPCOR3202

Conduct quality and product care procedures

add topic FWPCOR3204

Visually assess materials



Unit Code

Unit Title

Logyard and/or Material Preparation

add topic FWPCOT3203

Weigh loads

add topic FWPCOT3227

Receive and measure logs

Sawing Operations

add topic FWPSAW3202

Produce sawn green boards

add topic FWPSAW3203

Break down logs

add topic FWPSAW3204

Saw flitches and cants

add topic FWPSAW3227

Select and saw logs in multi-species operations

add topic FWPSAW3229

Operate a portable sawmill

Grading and Testing

add topic FWPCOT3208

Test strength of joints

add topic FWPCOT3225

Mechanically stress grade timber

add topic FWPCOT3229

Mechanically stress grade panels

add topic FWPCOT3240

Grade heavy structural/engineered products

add topic FWPCOT3245

Grade, sort and mark materials

add topic FWPCOT3246

Test heavy structural/engineered products

add topic FWPCOT3250

Prepare timber to meet import/export compliance requirements

add topic FWPSAW3223

Assess wood chips

Timber Products

add topic FWPCOT2241

Apply wood and timber product knowledge

add topic FWPCOT3205

Dress boards using multi-headed machines

add topic FWPCOT3206

Cut material using high speed optimiser

add topic FWPCOT3207

Set up, operate and maintain finger jointing operations

add topic FWPCOT3209

Set up, operate and maintain end matching operations

add topic FWPCOT3230

Operate automated stacking equipment

add topic FWPCOT3234

Cut material using CNC sizing machines

add topic FWPCOT3235

Machine material using CNC machining and processing centres

add topic FWPCOT3253

Convert timber residue into products for further use

add topic FWPSAW3226

Saw logs using CNC optimising systems

add topic FWPCOT3264

Build and maintain timber stacks

Timber Drying and Treatment

add topic AHCCHM303A

Prepare and apply chemicals

add topic FWPCOT3231

Operate steam boiler

add topic FWPCOT3232

Operate heat plant

add topic FWPCOT3248

Dry timber in solar assisted kilns

add topic FWPCOT3249

Select timber preservation techniques

add topic FWPSAW3201

Treat timber

add topic FWPSAW3205

Dry hardwood

add topic FWPSAW3206

Dry softwood


add topic FWPCOT3201

Hand sharpen knives and blades

add topic FWPCOT3211

Maintain sawdoctoring tools

add topic FWPCOT3212

Replace saws, blades and guides

add topic FWPCOT3213

Manufacture cutting tools

add topic FWPCOT3215

Swage and shape saw blades

add topic FWPCOT3216

Assess and maintain saw performance

add topic FWPCOT3217

Assess and maintain cutter performance

add topic FWPCOT3233

Sharpen and align blades and knives

add topic FWPCOT3237

Produce templates

add topic FWPSAW3207

Sharpen band saws

add topic FWPSAW3208

Sharpen circular saws

add topic FWPSAW3209

Align sawing production systems

add topic FWPSAW3210

File and set saws

add topic FWPSAW3211

Recondition guides

add topic FWPSAW3212

Sharpen tipped circular saws

add topic FWPSAW3213

Level and tension circular saws

add topic FWPSAW3214

Join band saw blades

add topic FWPSAW3217

Hard face saw teeth

add topic FWPSAW3218

Replace tungsten tips

add topic FWPSAW3219

Replace stellite tips

add topic FWPSAW3220

Maintain wide band saw blades

add topic FWPSAW3221

Profile saw blanks

add topic FWPSAW3222

Recondition band mill wheels


add topic FWPSAW3215

Screen wood chips

add topic FWPSAW3216

Transfer wood chips

add topic FWPSAW3223

Assess wood chips

add topic FWPSAW3224

Coordinate and monitor the wood chip stockpile



Unit Code

Unit Title

Machinery and Equipment

add topic FWPCOT2240

Cut material with a pole saw

add topic FWPCOT3224

Plan and monitor equipment maintenance

add topic FWPCOT3259

Operate a four-wheel drive on unsealed roads

add topic FWPCOT3260

Recover four wheel drive vehicles

add topic FWPFGM3214

Operate a four wheel drive in a towing situation

add topic MEM18011C

Shut down and isolate machines/equipment

Warehousing & Distribution

add topic FWPCOT3236

Coordinate stock control procedures

add topic RIIMPO321E

Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations

add topic TLIA3018

Organise despatch operations

Load Handling

add topic RIIMPO323D

Conduct civil construction dozer operations

add topic TLID3011

Conduct specialised forklift operations

add topic TLID3014

Load and unload vehicles carrying special loads

add topic TLID3043

Shift loads using gantry equipment

Safety and Quality Processes

add topic FWPCOT3202

Navigate in remote or trackless areas

add topic FWPCOR3203

Evaluate fire potential and prevention

add topic FWPCOT3254

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

add topic FWPCOT3263

Maintain and contribute to energy efficiency

add topic HLTAID003

Provide first aid

add topic HLTAID006

Provide advanced first aid

add topic TLID3035

Operate a boom type elevating work platform

add topic TLIF1002

Conduct housekeeping activities

Administration and Business

add topic BSBINM301

Organise workplace information

add topic BSBITU306

Design and produce business documents

Communication and Relationships

add topic BSBFLM303

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 BSBFLM305

Support operational plan

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.