Vocational Graduate Certificate in Surface Coating Technology

This qualification was developed in response to an existing industry need which has previously been met by a non-Training Package qualification. It has strong industry support and the qualification and its units of competency reflect the industry demanded requirements.

The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Surface Coating Technology has been developed as a technical qualification for use in the Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package (PMA08). This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform advanced technical and para-professional operations within the surface coating (paint) sector

Job roles/employment outcomes

The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Surface Coating Technology has been developed as a technical qualification for technicians and other technical people who come to the industry with a relevant qualification, or relevant extensive vocational practice without formal qualifications, and need specialist surface coating knowledge.

The process surface coating technologist will analyse performance and failure of surface coatings and surface coating products and will assist in the development on new and modified products.

The Advanced Diploma of in Competitive Manufacturing MCM60104 is available for team leaders and managers at this level where the job requires sophisticated manufacturing practice skills rather than technical skills.

This qualification is typically used to develop employees performing a highly technical role that includes an ability to lead others and conduct technical problem solving according to the needs of the work in the manufactured mineral products industries. It is specifically aimed at those requiring specialist surface coatings knowledge and skills.

People with this qualification may be expected to work in one of the following sectors:

decorative surface coatings

non-decorative/industrial surface coatings

special purpose surface coatings

other related areas.

Pathways into the qualification

The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Surface Coating Technology offers advanced technical training to people who have completed a suitable technical qualification such as a Bachelor of Science degree or the PMA60110 Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology or other relevant qualifications, or who have significant relevant industry experience without formal qualifications. Credit for this qualification may include units contained within relevant skill sets.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification include MSA60108 Advanced Diploma of Manufacturing Technology, MSA61108 Advanced Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing or other relevant qualifications, including appropriate vocational graduate qualifications.

Additional qualification advice

MSA61108 Advanced Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing is available for team leaders and managers at this level who already possess technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification.

Licensing considerations

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


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Surface Coating Technology competency must be achieved in eleven (11) units of competency:

Three (3) core units of competency

Eight (8) elective units of competency chosen as specified below.

Core units of competency




add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

add topic PMAOPS751A

Apply physiochemical knowledge to select raw materials for surface coatings

add topic MSL936001A

Maintain quality system and continuous improvement processes within work/functional area

Elective units of competency

Select eight (8) units as specified below:

A minimum of one (1) from Group A

The remainder may be chosen from Groups A, B and C (with a maximum of four (4) from Group C) to bring the total number of electives to eight (8).

Note that two (2) units can be chosen from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses as specified in Group C.

Group A




add topic PMAOPS752A

Develop a decorative coating

add topic PMAOPS753A

Develop a non-decorative coating or ink

Group B




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Contribute to the development of products and applications

add topic MSL976003A

add topic MSL977002A

Troubleshoot equipment and production processes

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add topic MSL977004A

Develop or adapt analyses and procedures

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add topic PMAOPS755A

Provide surface coatings application advice

Group C




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Evaluate and select appropriate test methods and/or procedures

add topic PMAOPS350B

Match and adjust colour

add topic PMAOPS450B

Solve colour problems

add topic PMAOPS550B

Develop a colour formulation

add topic PMAOPS350B

add topic PMAOPS450B

A maximum of two (2) units may be chosen from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate IV or above.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


communicate technically with both technicians and customers.

determine problems/issues

explain requirements and problem solutions

complete all reports.

communicate with stakeholders

obtain 'sign off' from all relevant persons.

ensure project records are complete


work autonomously or as part of a team

liaise and cooperate with other team members

identify own role and responsibility within a team

undertake appropriate and effective communication with team members


identify and define problems

apply knowledge of materials, product purpose and processes

suggest solutions to problems

clarifying and addressing potential issues

Initiative and enterprise

determine problems needing action

recommend required action

recognise problems in systems and documentation

critically analyse information

develop continuous improvement strategies

investigate, rectify and report non-conformance

use analytical and decision making skills

recommend corrective and/or optimization actions

Planning and organising

organise and prioritise require work

coordinate actions or various people

plan work activities

identify requirements for resources and organise their availability

analyse surface coating systems


operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards

select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures

identify resource requirements, document and monitor

consistent performance should be demonstrated


research and evaluate surface coating systems

ask questions to gain information

identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding

recognise limits of own professional expertise and consult specialists as necessary

participate in improvement procedures

access technical manuals/specifications to expand knowledge


use testing equipment

determine requirements for activities and projects.

interpret test/trial results

interpret procedures and specifications

recommend a modified process