Certificate III in Cotton Ginning

Job roles/employment outcomes

Certificate III reflects vocational outcomes for those performing supervision roles, specialised technical tasks or multi-skilled roles within a cotton ginning environment.

This qualification is typically used to develop skill and knowledge in the application of specialised technical, operational and supervisory skills within cotton ginning enterprises.

Pathways into the qualification

Direct entry into this qualification requires completion of a total of twenty-three (23) units of competency according to the rules described below.

Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed LMT20407 Certificate II in Cotton Ginning or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification include LMT40207 Certificate IV in Cotton Ginning, MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing, or other relevant qualifications.

Licensing considerations

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements in some environments. Local regulations should be checked for details.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Certificate III in Cotton Ginning, competency must be achieved in twenty-three (23) units of competency.

Sixteen (16) core units of competency

Seven (7) elective units of competency as specified below.

If Certificate II has been achieved, an additional ten (10) units are required. All core units listed must be achieved. Any Certificate III core units not achieved at Certificate II must be completed as part of the additional ten (10) units required for the Certificate III. Units that have been credited towards lower level qualifications must not be selected in the additional ten (10) unit requirement. A minimum of two (2) units must be selected from Group B units.

Note: Where prerequisite units apply, these have been noted, and must be considered in the total number of units.


Complete all sixteen (16) units from this list

Unit code

Unit title

add topic LMTCG2001A

Identify cotton characteristics

add topic LMTCG2002A

Gin cotton

add topic LMTCG2003A

Control bale or mote press operations

add topic LMTCG3001A

Identify factors that impact on cotton quality

add topic LMTCG3002A

Perform advanced operational maintenance of cotton ginning machines and equipment

add topic LMTGN2001B

Follow defined OH&S policies and procedures

add topic LMTGN2002B

Apply quality standards

add topic LMTGN2003B

Work in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry

add topic LMTGN2010B

Perform tasks to support production

add topic LMTGN3002B

Organise and plan own work to achieve planned outcomes

add topic MEM11010B

Operate mobile load shifting equipment

add topic MEM12023A

Perform engineering measurements

add topic MEM13001B

Perform emergency first aid

add topic MEM18001C

Use hand tools

add topic MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Select seven (7) units as specified below:

A minimum of three (3) units must be selected from Group A and B

A maximum of four (4) units may be selected from Group C

The remainder must be selected from Group A and B.

NOTE: Competitive Manufacturing Training Package units, identified as MSACM in the code should be selected on the basis of work requirements. Those at Certificate II level (units in the 200 series) are appropriate for operators. MSACM units for those in Certificate III level positions such as team leaders should be selected from both the 200 series and the 400 series.


Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMTGN2004B

Work in a team environment

add topic LMTGN2008B

Coordinate work of team or section

add topic LMTGN2009B

Operate computing technology in a textiles, clothing and footwear workplace

add topic MEM05004C

Perform routine oxy acetylene welding

add topic MEM05007C

Perform manual heating and thermal cutting

add topic MEM05012C

Perform routine manual metal arc welding

add topic MEM05050B

Perform routine gas metal arc welding

add topic MEM07001B

Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment

add topic MEM18001C

add topic MSACMC210A

Manage the impact of change on own work

add topic MSACMS200A

Apply competitive manufacturing practices

add topic MSACMS201A

Sustain process improvements

add topic MSACMT220A

Apply quick changeover procedures

add topic MSACMT221A

Apply Just in Time (JIT) procedures

add topic MSACMT230A

Apply cost factors to work practices

add topic MSACMT231A

Interpret product costs in terms of customer requirements

add topic MSACMT240A

Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSACMT250A

Monitor process capability

add topic MSACMT260A

Use planning software systems in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT261A

Use SCADA systems in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT270A

Use sustainable energy practices

add topic MSACMT280A

Undertake root cause analysis

add topic MSACMT281A

Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy


add topic LMTCG3003A

Assist in overhauling or repairing cotton ginning fluid power equipment

add topic LMTGN3001B

Control production in a section of a textiles, clothing and footwear enterprise

add topic LMTGN4010A

Implement and monitor OH&S in the workplace

add topic MEM05008C

Perform advanced manual thermal cutting, gouging and shaping

add topic MEM05007C

add topic MEM09002B

Interpret engineering drawing

add topic MEM18049B

Disconnect/reconnect fixed wire equipment (up to 1000v ac and 1500v dc)

add topic MEM9002B

add topic MEM10002B

add topic MEM12002B

add topic MEM18001C

add topic MEM18055B

Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components

add topic MEM09002B

add topic MEM12023A

add topic MEM18001C

add topic MEM18002B

add topic MSACMC410A

Lead change in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSACMS400A

Implement a competitive manufacturing system

add topic MSACMS401A

Ensure process improvements are sustained

add topic MSACMT421A

Facilitate a Just in Time (JIT) system

add topic MSACMT430A

Improve cost factors in work practices

add topic MSACMT432A

Analyse manual handling processes

add topic MSACMT440A

Lead 5S in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSACMT450A

Undertake process capability improvements

add topic MSACMT452A

add topic MSACMT451A

Mistake proof a production process

add topic MSACMT452A

Apply statistics to processes in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT460A

Facilitate the use of planning software systems in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT260A

add topic MSACMT461A

Facilitate SCADA systems in a manufacturing team or work area

add topic MSACMT261A

add topic MSACMT481A

Undertake proactive maintenance analyses

add topic MSACMT482A

Assist in implementing a proactive maintenance strategy

add topic MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Other Cotton Ginning units that are available at Certificates II (maximum 1 unit), III (maximum 4 units) and IV (maximum 1 unit)

Other TCF Training Package units that are available at Certificates II (maximum 1 unit), III (maximum 4 units) and IV (maximum 1 unit)

Units from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses that are available at Certificates II (maximum 1 unit), III (maximum 4 units) and IV (maximum 1 unit)


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


Employability Skills Summary - Certificate III in Cotton Ginning

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills as identified by the Cotton Ginning industries 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 reflect skill requirements for this level.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


understand personal requirements of relevant industry and workplace standards, regulations and policies

complete standard documentation

use communication technologies efficiently

communicate problems with cotton

communicate to others ginning operational requirements

ensure ginning records are accurate and legible

establish effective working relationships with colleagues

undertake interactive workplace communication

demonstrate effective and appropriate communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with people from a range of backgrounds

read, interpret and communicate production schedules


explain and implement work team reporting requirements

monitor work team tasks in accordance with regulatory and workplace requirements

demonstrate and encourage others in working cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

undertake appropriate and effective communication with team members

liaise with and provide support to other team members

keep team members informed of changes to work practices

identify team performance required to meet customer needs

provide leadership to others in the team

encourage the sharing of information between team members

plan and support team activities


identify risks and implement risk control measures for machinery and equipment

identify and address machinery problems and faults

check performance of machinery

assess and evaluate skills requirements of self and others to perform tasks

deal with and promptly resolve issues

identify and report potential environmental hazards

use problem solving techniques to determine ginning requirements

provide problem solving support to team members

investigate problem causes

implement changes

examine tools and machinery for damage, missing components or other defects

Initiative and enterprise

seek and provide feedback on procedures

collect and monitor information

identify non-conformances to standards and take appropriate action

rectify problems promptly and appropriately

monitor and adjust activity in response to operational variations

identify and address existing and potential risks

monitor information and records to identify trends that may require remedial action

develop and promote continuous improvement

gather and analyse information on machinery or process problems

record information on the quality and other indicators of production performance

adjust and implement production schedules changes

Planning and organising

monitor quality outcomes

allocate tasks to operators

implement contingency plan promptly when incidents occur

identify training needs for the work team and seek training support

monitor equipment condition and performance

identify hazards and implement appropriate hazard control measures

organise self and others to meet production schedules

identify and rectify stock shortages in advance

sequence work to maximise safety and productivity

select and use appropriate hand and power tools

identify labour requirements to achieve product manufacture and perform required services

determine materials, chemicals, quality and production requirements

identify and monitor resource use in own work

apply time management skills to ensure work flow


monitor information in work area

keep the work area clean and tidy at all times

conduct regular housekeeping activities during shift

locate, interpret and apply relevant information

monitor own work against quality standards

understand own work activities and responsibilities

identify and apply safety procedures, including the use of protective equipment

manage work load priorities

conduct work in a manner which minimises waste

interpret and apply relevant acts and regulations

develop and implement workplace procedures and instructions

establish own work schedule

accept responsibility for quality of work


Recognise limits of own expertise

Assess competencies in meeting job requirements

Ask questions to expand own knowledge

Identify own training needs and seek skill development if required

Listen to feedback from others

Identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding

Identify and address skill development needs of others in the team


Use software applications effectively

Properly start up, operate and shut down computers

Work with technology safely and according to workplace standards

Establish standard operating procedures

Carry out pre-operational checks on equipment and machines

Operate equipment and machines safely, efficiently and to productivity requirements

Monitor and adjust machine functions

Perform machine maintenance and problem solving

Clean and check equipment and machines