Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations

Job roles/employment outcomes

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

This qualification is typically used to develop skill and knowledge in the operations of dry cleaning enterprises.


To be awarded the Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations, competency must be achieved in nineteen (19) units of competency.

Ten (10) core units of competency

Nine (9) elective units of competency.

If the Certificate II in Dry Cleaning Operations has been achieved, an additional six (6) units are required. All mandatory units listed must be achieved - any Certificate III mandatory units not achieved at Certificate II must be completed as part of the additional six (6) units required for the Certificate III. Units that have been credited towards lower level qualifications must not be selected in the additional six (6) unit requirement. At least three (3) of the six (6) units must be selected from Group A.

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


Complete all ten (10) units from this list.

Unit code

Unit title

add topic LMTCL2003B

Identify fibres and fabrics

add topic LMTDC2004A

Operate dry cleaning machines

add topic LMTDC2010A

Identify fabric and garment cleaning requirements

add topic LMTDC2011A

Identify pre- and post-spotting requirements

add topic LMTDC2012A

Conduct safe handling of dry cleaning chemicals and solvents

add topic LMTDC3002A

Dry clean garments with special treatment requirements

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 MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Select nine (9) units as specified below.

A minimum of three (3) units must be chosen from Group A

A minimum of two (2) units must be chosen from Group B

A maximum of two (2) units may be chosen from Group D

A maximum of three (3) units may be chosen from Group E

The remainder may be chosen from Groups A, B and C.

NOTE: Competitive Manufacturing Training Package units, identified in Group D as MSACM coded units, 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 LMTCL3003B

Perform garment repairs and alterations

add topic LMTCL2001B

add topic LMTCL2003B

add topic LMTCL2004B

add topic LMTCL2001B

add topic LMTCL3004B

Press whole garments

add topic LMTCL2006B

add topic LMTDC3003A

Perform spotting function in dry cleaning operations

add topic LMTGN3001B

Control production in a section of a Textiles, Clothing and Footwear enterprise

add topic LMTGN3002B

Organise and plan own work to achieve planned outcomes

add topic LMTGN3005B

Plan tasks to assist production operations

add topic LMTGN3007B

Monitor and operate trade waste process

add topic LMTGN3009B

Supervise operations in a textiles, clothing and footwear enterprise

add topic MSAPMSUP382A

Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace


Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMTDC2001A

Provide customer service in a dry cleaning or laundry enterprise

add topic LMTDC2005A

Operate wet cleaning machines

add topic LMTDC2006A

Operate finishing equipment

add topic LMTDC2007A

Receive and sort articles for cleaning

add topic LMTDC2008A

Carry out final inspection of articles

add topic LMTDC2009A

Prepare articles for storage or despatch


Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMTCL2001B

Use a sewing machine

add topic LMTCL2002B

Provide hand sewing and finishing support

add topic LMTCL2004B

Sew components

add topic LMTCL2001B

add topic LMTCL2006B

Press work

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 MEM07033B

Operate and monitor basic boiler

add topic MEM07034A

Operate and monitor intermediate class boiler

add topic MEM07033B


Unit code

Unit title


add topic MSS402010A

Manage the impact of change on own work

add topic MSS403010A

Facilitate change in an organisation implementing competitive systems and practices

add topic MSS402001A

Apply competitive systems and practices

add topic MSS402002A

Sustain process improvements

add topic MSS403001A

Implement competitive systems and practices

add topic MSS403002A

Ensure process improvements are sustained

add topic MSS402021A

Apply Just in Time procedures

add topic MSS402030A

Apply cost factors to work practices

add topic MSS402031A

Interpret product costs in terms of customer requirements

add topic MSS402040A

Apply 5S procedures

add topic MSS402050A

Monitor process capability

add topic MSS402060A

Use planning software systems in operations

add topic MSS402061A

Use SCADA systems in operations

add topic MSACMT270A

Use sustainable energy practices

add topic MSS402080A

Undertake root cause analysis

add topic MSS402081A

Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy

add topic MSS403021A

Facilitate a Just in Time system

add topic MSS403030A

Improve cost factors in work practices

add topic MSS403032A

Analyse manual handling processes

add topic MSS403040A

Facilitate and improve implementation of 5S

add topic MSS404050A

Undertake process capability improvements

add topic MSS404052A

add topic MSS403051A

Mistake proof an operational process

add topic MSS404052A

Apply statistics to operational processes

add topic MSS404060A

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

add topic MSS404061A

Facilitate the use of SCADA systems in a team or work area

add topic MSS404081A

Undertake proactive maintenance analyses

add topic MSS404082A

Assist in implementing a proactive maintenance strategy

add topic MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Other Dry Cleaning units that are available at Certificates II (maximum 1 unit) and III (maximum 3 units)

Other TCF Training Package units that are available at Certificates II (maximum 1 unit), III (maximum 3 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 3 units) and IV (maximum 1 unit)


    Pathways into the qualification

    Direct entry into this qualification requires completion of a total of nineteen (19) units of competency according to the rules described below.

    Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed LMT21510 Certificate II in Dry Cleaning Operations or achieved equivalent industry experience.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification may include relevant supervisory, management or competitive manufacturing qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


communicate effectively and appropriately when dealing with customers

give verbal and/or written feedback

communicate with all relevant personnel, management and administration

confirm relevant industry and workplace requirements

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

complete standard documentation

use communication technologies efficiently

communicate dry cleaning outcomes and process problems

communicate dry cleaning requirements to others

ensure records are accurate and legible

undertake interactive workplace communication


establish effective working relationships with colleagues

work as part of a team

supervise and support team activities

identify team performance required to meet customer needs

explain and implement work team reporting requirements

monitor work team tasks in accordance with regulatory and workplace requirements

apply team leadership and development techniques

demonstrate and encourage others to work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

undertake appropriate and effective communication with team members

Problem solving

identify dry cleaning problems and make contributions to their solution

apply knowledge of fabrics, chemicals, stains and processes to problem solving

check machine performance and address faulty operations

use problem solving techniques

identify risks and implement risk control measures for processes, equipment and handling of chemicals

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

deal with and promptly resolve issues in a timely manner

use problem solving techniques to determine dry cleaning repair or cleaning requirements

identify and report potential environmental hazards

Initiative and enterprise

recognise problems in systems and documentation

investigate non-conformances to standards and take appropriate action

use decision making skills to support work flow

seek and provide feedback on procedures

collect and monitor information

rectify problems promptly and appropriately

monitor and adjust activity in response to operational variations

identify and assess existing and potential risks and seek advice

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

develop and promote continuous improvement

contribute towards production efficiencies, business opportunities and value adding

contribute to improvements in resource efficiency

Planning and organising

identify priority in which jobs are to be completed

plan work requirements and task sequences

monitor work and make adjustments to meet deadlines

ensure availability of resources to meet work requirements

monitor and maintain product quality

assess equipment performance and readiness for use

prepare equipment for operational readiness

plan work requirements for self and others as required

monitor quality outcomes

monitor resource use in own work

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


keep the work area clean and tidy at all times

conduct regular housekeeping activities

plan to ensure timelines are achieved

accept responsibility for quality of own work

implement and follow OHS practices and safe handling of chemicals during dry cleaning operations

manage own work

monitor information in work area

locate, interpret and apply relevant information

monitor own work against quality standards

conduct work in a manner which minimises waste

understand own work activities and responsibilities

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

manage work load priorities


recognise limits of own expertise

assess competencies in meeting job requirements

identify own skill requirements and seek skill development if required

ask questions to expand own knowledge


monitor and adjust machine functions

use machinery to meet productivity requirements

perform minor maintenance on machinery

work with technology safely and according to workplace standards

use communication technologies in the workplace

use machine or equipment in correct operational mode

demonstrate safe and effective use of tools and equipment to others