Certificate III in Local Government (Health and Environment)

The Certificate III in Local Government (Health and Environment) reflects the role of employees in local government who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures as well as working within known time constraints.


12 units of competency are required for the award of this qualification

1 core unit

11 elective units

Choose 11 elective units from the lists below, including:

3 or more elective units from Group A

NOTE: unit add topic LGACORE104B is RECOMMENDED in the selection if it has not been previously undertaken

a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 units from Group B (Specialist Health and Environment)

the remaining elective units, at Certificate III level, from Group C (General Electives) orfrom elsewhere within this Training Package or any other endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course


The three elective units may be imported. No more than one elective unit may be drawn from an AQF level below or above the AQF level of this qualification.

No specialist, general elective or imported elective units used in the packaging of a qualification are to be included in the packaging of subsequent qualifications undertaken by the candidate.

Only three units from Group A used in the packaging of a qualification for a candidate can be used in the packaging of a subsequent and higher level qualification for the candidate.

The inclusion of additional electives may need to be considered to meet the specific needs of a State or Territory.

Unit Code

Core Units

add topic LGACORE102B

Follow defined OHS policies and procedures

Unit Code

Group A Elective Units

add topic LGACOMP008A

Apply conflict resolution strategies

add topic LGACOMP009A

Implement effective communication techniques

add topic LGACORE101B

Access learning and career development opportunities

add topic LGACORE103B

Provide service to local government customers

add topic LGACORE104B

Work effectively in local government

add topic LGACORE105B

Work with others in local government

Unit Code

Group B (Specialist Health and Environment) Elective Units

add topic LGAEHRH302B

Undertake water sampling and routine reporting

add topic LGAEHRH303A

Undertake vector control duties

add topic LGAEHRH304A

Perform weed control duties

add topic LGAEHRH305A

Present environmental health education information

add topic LGAEHRR303B

Monitor areas under council jurisdiction

add topic LGAEHRW201A

Collect waste refuse or recyclables

add topic NWP208A

Perform basic wastewater tests

add topic NWP218B

Perform and record sampling

Unit Code

Group C (General Elective) Elective Units

add topic BSBCUS301A

Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic BSBITU201A

Produce simple word processed documents

add topic BSBITU203A

Communicate electronically

add topic BSBITU301A

Create and use databases

add topic BSBOHS405B

Contribute to the implementation of emergency procedures

add topic BSBWRT301A

Write simple documents

add topic FPIHAR2206A

Operate a mobile chipper/mulcher

add topic LGACOMP007A

Participate in policy development

add topic LGAGOVA303B

Coordinate production of communication materials

add topic LGAREGS303B

Enforce legislation to achieve compliance

add topic RTE2315A

Operate a compost bagging process

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply First Aid

Prerequisite Unit/s


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Engaging in discussions with others who may be internal or external to the organisation

Responding to queries from others

Using clear verbal and non-verbal communication

Reading and interpreting a range of information at a level which is relevant to the job/role and which may include parts of legislation, policies and procedures

Writing to suit audience needs

Sharing knowledge and information with others, which may include providing advice to the public through education programs

Participating in consultations with clients and stakeholders

Applying negotiation techniques to defuse and resolve conflicts


Working cohesively with others

Liaising with relevant personnel

Understanding the roles of team members and referring tasks to others where appropriate

Being able to work with people from different backgrounds

Problem solving

Resolving work-related problems

Establishing contingency plans and responding to contingencies

Forming and testing assumptions in an effort to resolve problems

Implementing conflict resolution strategies

Anticipating and responding to potential sources of conflict

Identifying hazard reduction and cost recovery actions

Initiative and enterprise

Identifying need to refer tasks that fall outside scope of job/role to others

Being proactive

Planning and organising

Planning and organising own work tasks

Time management

Participating in priority and goal setting

Gathering and organising information in order to complete set tasks

Organising schedules to ensure work is completed on time

Identifying and accessing required resources

Coordinating tasks and processes

Planning for and conducting inspections at regular intervals

Self management

Monitoring own work and adjusting accordingly to meet agreed standards and expectations

Managing own work area

Identifying the need for additional support to enhance own performance


Attending relevant on and off-the-job training sessions

Taking responsibility for own learning


Using technology relevant to the job/role, which may include developing spreadsheets, recording information, maintaining databases, performing backups, work processing, using GPS and council mapping systems

Adapting to the use of new technology as appropriate