Advanced Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing

The Competitive Manufacturing units of competency are categorised into three groups:

Systems units (MSACMS)

Change/interpersonal units (MSACMC)

Tools units (MSACMT)

The Advanced Diploma requires a total of 30 units comprised of:

a minimum number of CM systems units from the specified list

a minimum number of CM change/interpersonal units from the specified list

a minimum number of CM tools units from the specified list

other CM units as specified and up to eight relevant units from another Training Package.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded an Advanced Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing, competency must be achieved in 30 elective units of competency chosen as specified from the groups listed below.

Note that units with an asterisk have prerequisite requirements. The prerequisites for these units are to be counted in the total number of units. Refer to the prerequisite table or the individual units.

Elective units

Group A - CM Systems

A minimum of two of the following units must be chosen:

add topic MSACMS600A

Develop a competitive manufacturing system

add topic MSACMS601A

Analyse and map a value chain


add topic MSACMS602A

Manage a value chain


add topic MSACMS603A

Develop manufacturing related business plans

add topic MSACMS604A

Manage competitive manufacturing processes in a jobbing shop environment


add topic MSACMS605A

Develop a balanced score card for use in competitive manufacturing


add topic MSACMS606A

Introduce competitive manufacturing to a small or medium enterprise

Group B - CM Change/interpersonal

A minimum of two units of the following units must be chosen:

add topic MSACMC610A

Manage relationships with non-customer external organisations

add topic MSACMC611A

Manage people relationships

add topic MSACMC612A

Manage workplace learning

add topic MSACMC613A

Facilitate holistic culture improvement in a manufacturing enterprise

add topic MSACMC614A

Develop a communications strategy to support production

Group C - CM Tools

A minimum of four units of the following CM Tools units must be chosen:

add topic MSACMT452A

Apply statistics to processes in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT620A

Develop quick changeover procedures

add topic MSACMT621A

Develop a Just in Time (JIT) system


add topic MSACMT622A

Design a process layout

add topic MSACMT623A

Develop a levelled pull system of manufacturing

add topic MSACMT630A

Optimise cost of product


add topic MSACMT631A

Undertake value analysis of product costs in terms of customer requirements


add topic MSACMT632A

Analyse cost implications of maintenance strategy

add topic MSACMT640A

Manage 5S system in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSACMT641A

Implement a continuous improvement system

add topic MSACMT650A

Determine and improve process capability


add topic MSACMT652A

Design an experiment


add topic MSACMT653A

Apply six sigma to process control and improvement


add topic MSACMT660A

Develop the application of enterprise systems in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT661A

Determine and establish information collection requirements and processes

add topic MSACMT662A

Develop a documentation control strategy for a manufacturing enterprise

add topic MSACMT670A

Develop and manage sustainable energy practices

add topic MSACMT671A

Develop and manage sustainable environmental practices

add topic MSACMT675A

Facilitate the development of a new product


add topic MSACMT681A

Develop a proactive maintenance strategy

add topic MSACMT682A

Adapt a proactive maintenance strategy to the process manufacturing sector


add topic MSACMT683A

Adapt a proactive maintenance strategy for a seasonal or cyclical manufacturing operation


add topic MSAENV672B

Develop workplace policy and procedures for environmental sustainability

Group D - Balance of units

The balance of units (up to a maximum of 22) may be drawn from any combination of:

the CM units listed above

a maximum of 10 units from the other CM elective units listed below (note that a only two of the 10 can be chosen from the 200 series units)

units from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, as specified below.

Other CM elective units

add topic MSACMC210A

Manage the impact of change on own work

add topic MSACMC410A

Lead change in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSACMC411A

Lead a competitive manufacturing team

add topic MSACMC413A

Lead team culture improvement

add topic MSACMS200A

Apply competitive manufacturing practices

add topic MSACMS201A

Sustain process improvements

add topic MSACMS400A

Implement a competitive manufacturing system

add topic MSACMS401A

Ensure process improvements are sustained

add topic MSACMS405A

Lead a manufacturing team using a balanced score card approach

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 MSACMT251A

Apply quality standards

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 MSACMT271A

Use sustainable environmental practices

add topic MSACMT280A

Undertake root cause analysis

add topic MSACMT281A

Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy

add topic MSACMT421A

Facilitate a Just in Time (JIT) system

add topic MSACMT423A

Monitor a manufacturing levelled pull 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 MSACMT441A

Facilitate continuous improvement in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT450A

Undertake process capability improvements


add topic MSACMT451A

Mistake proof a production process

add topic MSACMT453A

Use six sigma techniques


add topic MSACMT460A

Use planning software systems in manufacturing


add topic MSACMT461A

Facilitate SCADA systems in manufacturing team or work area


add topic MSACMT481A

Undertake proactive maintenance analyses

add topic MSACMT482A

Assist in implementing a proactive maintenance strategy

add topic MSACMT483A

Support proactive maintenance

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools

A maximum of eight relevant units may be selected from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages where those units are available at Certificates IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma. Units chosen should be relevant to the workplace and would normally be drawn from the appropriate sector Training Package, or possibly the Business Services Training Package.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


MSA61108 Advanced Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by industry 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:


Design and manage implementation of OH&S procedures

Develop and distribute safety information

Develop standardised documentation in an enterprise

Share and discuss information with others about enterprise activities

Develop and communicate workplace procedures

Provide information and clarifications to employees on workplace procedures

Develop instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures and other work related documents

Provide assistance or information to relevant personnel

Discuss workplace changes with relevant stakeholders

Design records for production and other required work related information

Develop workplace communication tools and procedures

Apply numeracy skills to work procedures

Provide information about activities to managers, shareholders, supervisors and customers


Identify work organisation appropriate for processes and equipment, and employee skill and employment arrangements

Supervise and lead others in a production environment

Share production or work related information with peers including team members, supervisors and management

Eliminate or manage hazards to employees and visitors to ensure safety

Map the value chain and identify means by which employees can contribute to the final quality of the product

Identify, document and explain required changes to work practices and work organisation to team leaders and other employees

Provide assistance with planning work operations as required

Seek assistance with work operations from specialists and other employees as required

Participate in multidisciplinary teams as required


Establish and manage production and maintenance activities

Analyse inconsistencies, non-compliances, faults or hazards

Investigate major failures, safety incidents and quality non compliances

Identify factors that are a constraint to work efficiency or reaching of production outcomes

Establish processes to identify essential and non-essential practices

Develop methods of increasing features/benefits of products or processes

Analyse responsibilities of teams and make improvements to work organisation

Analyse process steps which cause a problem and identify improvement processes

Establish OH&S performance and improvement processes

Compare enterprise or factory required performance with actual performance

Identify situations where compliance to specifications or safety standards is unlikely

Identify recommend and implement improvements

Distinguish and analyse random and identifiable causes of work problems

Identify causes of identified faults and implement appropriate action

Investigate causes of quality deviations

Undertake root cause analysis

Identify deviations and fault patterns

Initiative and enterprise

Manage procedures and systems for optimum outcomes

Design and implement feedback systems for workplace activities

Analyse problems and suggestions for improvements

Adjust production activities according to changes in customer requirements

Identify methods of increasing contribution of the enterprise to the value chain

Identify and implement changes and improvements

Monitor processes and equipment to ensure cost efficiency

Design and implement 5 S procedures in an enterprise or factory

Establish workplace practices to identify and reduce waste

Establish multidisciplinary teams to develop new products or processes

Planning and organising

Plan work organisation to meet required standards

Establish systems to ensure work areas comply with OH&S procedures

Identify and manage processes, equipment and materials

Establish procedures to identify improvements

Monitor and adjust production/processes to meet customer requirements

Distinguish between essential and non-essential practices

Design planning tools for use within work teams

Manage implementation of 5 S procedures in factory or enterprise

Determine and prioritise required actions

Establish procedures to collect, organise and analyse information from work activities


Monitor work activities according to safety and workplace standards

Set production targets and outcomes

Interpret data and information as required by own job

Ask questions to ensure there is understanding of work requirements in teams and among other employees

Recommend methods of increasing own contribution to the value chain

Adjust work processes according to procedures and customer requirements

Identify and manage impact of change on own work

Minimise waste in own work activity

Assess own work performance

Set personal objectives for work performance

Manage own time


Identify skill requirements of self and employees

Arrange skill development training for self and others

Adapt to changing work requirements

Ask questions to aid learning of others

Identify personal skill gaps and additional skills needs

Ask questions to ensure understanding of own work requirements

Monitor own work and identify areas for improvement

Seek feedback on work performance

Provide feedback on work performance to other employees


Establish processes to monitor technology to ensure safety according to legislative requirements and workplace standards

Identify equipment and processes appropriate for jobs and skill levels of employees

Provide appropriate equipment to ensure safety and efficiency according to skill levels of employees

Assess operational efficiency of technology

Act on reports of faulty operation of equipment

Analyse data and other information from equipment reports

Conduct failure mode effects analyses

Use information technology appropriate for job

Establish maintenance procedures appropriate to equipment. job and processes according to skill levels of employees