Certificate III in Polymer Processing

Job roles/employment outcomes

The Certificate III in Polymer Processing is intended for advanced operators who use production equipment to directly produce products. They would undertake more advanced operations, typically including start-up and shutdown in accordance with the operating procedures, and would apply their knowledge to anticipate problems. They would be expected to solve a range of foreseen and unforeseen problems, using product and process knowledge to develop solutions to problems which do not have a known solution, or a solution recorded in the procedures.

Certificate III also contains units of competency which are the beginning of the polymer technician stream and which contribute to a deeper knowledge of polymers and processes.

For people working in the industry in production support roles, MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing would be appropriate. This Certificate is available in MSA07 Manufacturing Training Package. The relevant MSA units of competency for this Certificate are available as electives in PMB07.

This industry manufactures a wide range of polymer products and components ranging from consumer products to components to be included in other commercial, industrial or consumer products. Much of it is long runs of standard products, but equally it may be short runs/one offs of specialised products. It uses a wide range of natural and synthetic polymers covering thermoplastics as well as thermosetting polymers.

The products from this industry may be components in automobiles, aeroplanes and marine craft as well as domestic appliances and industrial and commercial plant and equipment. It may also be electrical or data cabling. They may equally be consumer products such as paint brushes, tooth brushes, lunch boxes or carry bags.

People with this qualification may be expected to operate and problem solve production equipment and perform a range of support functions

Training programs for this qualification are suitable to be undertaken as part of a formal training contract with an employer under an Australian Traineeship or Apprenticeship arrangement.

Pathways into the qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry, or entry may also be gained through PMB20107 Certificate II in Polymer Processing.

Units of competency contained within this qualification may be common with other manufacturing qualifications and credit should be granted towards this qualification where competency has already been achieved. Credit should also be granted towards this qualification where competency has been achieved in units of competency contained within relevant skill sets.

The units of competency in this qualification reflect competencies which are practiced within the industry and recognition of prior learning (RPL) should be granted where there is sufficient evidence of competency from work-based experience.

Pathways from the qualification

Further qualification pathways from this qualification include PMB40107 Certificate IV in Polymer Technology

Additional qualification advice

MSA31108 Certificate III in Competitive Manufacturing and MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing are available for those who need a more generalist qualification covering the application of good manufacturing practice and lean principles.

Licensing considerations

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, units of competency in this qualification may provide the underpinning knowledge and skills required for various licences. Local regulations should be checked for details.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Certificate III in Polymer Processing competency must be achieved in twenty one (21) units of competency.

four (4) core units of competency

seventeen (17) elective units of competency, as specified below.

Note: Where prerequisite units apply, these must be considered in the total number of units chosen.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title


add topic MSACMT251A

Apply quality standards

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

add topic MSAPMSUP210A

Process and record information

Elective units of competency

Select seventeen (17) units of competency, as specified below:

a minimum of four (4) units from Group A

a minimum of one (1) unit from Group B

the remainder of units may be chosen from Groups A, B and C, to bring the total number of electives to seventeen (17).

Note: Up to six (6) of the elective units of competency can be chosen from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, as specified in Groups B and C.

Group A

Unit code

Unit title


add topic MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

add topic MEM09003B

Prepare basic engineering drawing

add topic MEM09002B

add topic MSAPMOPS363A

Organise on site work

add topic PMBPREP301C

Set up and prepare for production

add topic PMBPREP303C

Set up equipment for continuous operation

add topic PMBPREP304C

Set a die

add topic PMBPREP305B

Change extrusion die and setup

add topic PMBPROD300B

Produce products

add topic PMBPROD301C

Draw wire

add topic PMBPROD302C

Bunch and strand wire

add topic PMBPROD303C

Lay up and tape cables

add topic PMBPROD304C

Wind products onto drums

add topic PMBPROD305C

Colour optical fibre

add topic PMBPROD306B

Prepare and start equipment for production

add topic PMBPROD307C

Produce calendered products

add topic PMBPROD207B

add topic PMBPROD308B

Take a machine out of production

add topic PMBPROD309C

Produce electroplated products

add topic PMBPROD310C

Produce injection moulded products

add topic PMBPROD210B

add topic PMBPROD311C

Produce blow moulded products

add topic PMBPROD211B

add topic PMBPROD312C

Produce continuous thermoforming products

add topic PMBPROD212B

add topic PMBPROD313C

Produce extruded products

add topic PMBPROD213B

add topic PMBPROD314C

Produce compression moulded products

add topic PMBPROD315C

Produce polyurethane foam

add topic PMBPROD316C

Produce blown film

add topic PMBPROD216B

add topic PMBPROD317C

Print and decorate rigid products

add topic PMBPROD217B

add topic PMBPROD318C

Build first stage tyres

add topic PMBPROD319C

Build up rollers

add topic PMBPROD320C

Produce foam injected mouldings

add topic PMBPROD321B

Produce rotational moulded products

add topic PMBPROD221B

add topic PMBPROD323C

Produce powder coated products

add topic PMBPROD324B

Inspect tyres for retreading

add topic PMBPROD325B

Lay on tyre retreads

add topic PMBPROD326B

Inspect tyres

add topic PMBPROD327B

Produce finished tyres

add topic PMBPROD328C

Produce sheet feed vacuum forming products

add topic PMBPROD329C

Produce polystyrene shape moulded products

add topic PMBPROD229B

add topic PMBPROD330A

Make moulds for formed products

add topic PMBPROD331C

Produce printed and decorated film

add topic PMBPROD332C

Produce thermally bent products

add topic PMBPROD333B

Convert plastic film

add topic PMBPROD233B

add topic PMBPROD334A

Produce products using twin screw extruders

add topic PMBPROD335C

Build second stage tyres

add topic PMBPROD339A

Produce reinforced conveyor belts

add topic PMBPROD238A

add topic PMBPROD239A

add topic PMBPROD343C

Shut down plant area

add topic PMBPROD347B

Produce composites using hand lamination

add topic PMBPROD247C

add topic PMBPROD349B

Produce liquid surface coated products

add topic PMBPROD249B

add topic PMBPROD352A

Produce compounded materials

add topic PMBPROD252C

add topic PMBPROD353B

Compound materials using an internal mill blender

add topic PMBPROD253C

add topic PMBPROD354B

Compound materials using an open mill blender

add topic PMBPROD254C

add topic PMBPROD355B

Make pattern/plug for composites moulds

add topic PMBPROD247C

add topic MEM09002B

add topic PMBPROD356C

Construct moulds for composite products

add topic PMBPROD247C

add topic PMBPREP201B

add topic PMBPROD357C

Construct jigs and fixtures

add topic PMBPROD358C

Develop patterns

add topic MEM09002B

add topic PMBPROD360B

Produce centrifugally cast polyurethane products

add topic PMBPROD246C

add topic PMBPROD362B

Produce gravity cast polyurethane products

add topic PMBPROD246C

add topic PMBPROD367B

Remove and replace conveyor belts

add topic PMBPROD368B

Repair conveyor belt carcass

add topic PMBPROD265C

add topic PMBPROD369B

Repair conveyor belt covers

add topic PMBPROD265C

add topic PMBPROD370B

Produce injection blow moulded products

add topic PMBPROD270B

add topic PMBPROD372B

Produce fibre optic preforms

add topic PMBPROD373B

Draw optical fibre

add topic PMBPROD375B

Vulcanise products using an autoclave

add topic PMBPROD376A

Splice steel cord conveyor belts

add topic PMBPROD265C

add topic PMBPROD377A

Splice fabric ply conveyor belts

add topic PMBPROD265C

add topic PMBPROD378A

Splice solid woven conveyor belts

add topic PMBPROD265C

add topic PMBPROD380B

Produce composites using chopper gun/depositor

add topic PMBPROD280B

add topic PMBPROD384A

Operate multi-axis router

add topic PMBPROD385A

Program computer controlled equipment

add topic PMBPROD387B

Produce welded plastics materials

add topic PMBPROD287B

add topic PMBPROD390B

Produce composites using filament winding

add topic PMBPROD290B

add topic PMBPROD391B

Produce composites using resin infusion

add topic PMBPROD291B

add topic PMBPROD392B

Produce composites using pultrusion

add topic PMBPROD292B

add topic PMBPROD393B

Produce composites using vacuum bagging

add topic PMBPROD293B

add topic PMBPROD394B

Produce composites using resin transfer moulding

add topic PMBPROD294B

add topic PMBPROD395B

Produce composite sheet products

add topic PMBPROD295B

add topic PMBPROD396B

Produce composites using centrifugal casting

add topic PMBPROD296B

add topic PMBPROD397B

Produce composites using moulding compounds

add topic PMBPROD297B

add topic PMBPROD398B

Produce composites using pre-pregs

add topic PMBPROD298B

add topic PMBTECH301B

Use material and process knowledge to solve problems

add topic PMBTECH302A

Modify existing compounds

add topic PMBTECH303A

Make minor modifications to products

A maximum of two (2) units of competency may be chosen from the units in Groups A and B of PMB40107 Certificate IV in Polymer Technology (at least one of which must be from Group A).

Group B

Unit code

Unit title


add topic MEM03001B

Perform manual production assembly

add topic MEM03006B

Set assembly stations

add topic MEM03001B

add topic MEM18001C

add topic MEM11005B

Pick and process order

add topic MEM11006B

Perform production packaging

add topic MEM11007B

Administer inventory procedures

add topic MEM12023A

Perform engineering measurements

add topic MEM15001B

Perform basic statistical quality control

add topic MEM15003B

Use improvement processes in team activities

add topic MEM16007A

add topic MEM15004B

Perform inspection

add topic MSACMS201A

Sustain process improvements

add topic MSACMT220A

Apply quick changeover procedures

add topic MSACMT250A

Monitor process capability

add topic MSACMT260A

Use planning software systems in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT280A

Undertake root cause analysis

add topic MSAPMOHS300A

Facilitate the implementation of OHS for a work group

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

add topic MSAPMPER300C

Issue work permits

add topic RIIRIS201A

add topic MSAPMSUP300A

Identify and implement opportunities to maximise production efficiencies

add topic MSAPMSUP200A

add topic MSAPMSUP301A

Apply HACCP to the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP303A

Identify equipment faults

add topic MSAPMSUP309A

Maintain and organise workplace records

add topic MSAPMSUP310A

Contribute to the development of plant documentation

add topic MSAPMSUP330A

Develop and adjust a production schedule

add topic MSAPMSUP382A

Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP383A

Facilitate a team

add topic MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools

add topic PMBWASTE302C

Coordinate waste disposal

add topic PMBWELD301B

Butt weld polyethylene plastic pipelines

add topic PMBWELD302B

Electrofusion weld polyethylene pipelines

add topic PMBWELD303B

Install polyethylene (non-pressure) drainage pipelines

add topic PMBWELD304B

Design polyethylene (non-pressure) drainage pipelines

add topic PMBWELD303B

add topic PMBWELD305B

Install polyethylene plastic pressure pipelines

add topic PMBWELD306B

Design polyethylene plastic pressure pipelines

add topic PMBWELD305B

add topic PMBWELD307B

Install high temperature plastic pressure pipelines

add topic PMBWELD308B

Install PVC plastic pressure pipelines

add topic PMBWELD309B

Weld plastic using extrusion techniques

add topic PMBWELD310B

Design PVC plastic pressure pipelines

add topic PMBWELD308B

add topic PMBWELD311B

Design high temperature plastic pressure pipelines

add topic PMBWELD307B

add topic PMLTEST300B

Perform basic tests

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

Up to two (2) relevant units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate III.

Group C

Unit code

Unit title


add topic FPICOT2206B

Cross cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

add topic LMTGN2008B

Coordinate work of team/section

add topic MEM13003B

Work safely with industrial chemicals

add topic MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

add topic MEM16007A

Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

add topic MEM16008A

Interact with computer technology

add topic MEM18001C

Use hand tools

add topic MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

add topic MSACMT221A

Apply Just in Time (JIT) procedures

add topic MSACMT230A

Apply cost factors to work practices

add topic MSACMT240A

Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSAPMOHS100A

Follow OHS procedures

add topic MSAPMOHS110A

Follow emergency response procedures

add topic MSAPMOHS205A

Control minor incidents

add topic MSAPMOHS210B

Undertake first response to non-fire incidents

add topic MSAPMOHS212A

Undertake first response to fire incidents

add topic MSAPMOHS216A

Operate breathing apparatus

add topic MSAPMOHS217A

Gas test atmospheres

add topic MSAPMOHS220A

Provide initial first aid response

add topic MSAPMOPS100A

Use equipment

add topic MSAPMOPS101A

Make measurements

add topic MSAPMOPS102A

Perform tasks to support production

add topic MSAPMOPS200A

Operate equipment

add topic MSAPMOPS212A

Use enterprise computers or data systems

add topic MSAPMOPS244A

Layout and cut materials

add topic MSAPMPER200A

Work in accordance with an issued permit

add topic MSAPMPER201A

Monitor and control work permits

add topic MSAPMPER205A

Enter confined space

add topic MSAPMSUP100A

Apply workplace procedures

add topic MSAPMSUP101A

Clean workplace or equipment

add topic MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP106A

Work in a team

add topic MSAPMSUP172A


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


complete logs and reports

use technical information and manufacturer information

collect, analyse and organise information

communicate ideas and information

use workplace documentation effectively

maintain workplace records


identify and describe own role and role of others

work within a team

resolve conflicts between team members

apply teamwork strategies

Problem solving

recognise a problem or a potential problem

determine problems needing priority action

refer problems outside area of responsibility to appropriate person, with possible causes

seek information and assistance, as required, to solve problems

solve problems within area of responsibility

follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred

identify and isolate faults in equipment

use a range of formal problem-solving techniques

Initiative and enterprise

identify the most appropriate equipment

make adjustments to improve equipment performance

anticipate the impact of the process on the product

determine problems needing action

recommend required action

report problems outside area of responsibility

distinguish between causes of faults

Planning and organising

plan own work requirements

plan scope of equipment checks

plan and organise activities

identify tasks to achieve team goals

organise allocation of tasks

monitor completion of allocated tasks

develop and adjust a production schedule


plan own work requirements from production requests

operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards

select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures

plan to ensure effective production

apply workplace procedures

identify, document and monitor resource requirements

recognise limitations and seek timely advice


ask questions to gain information

identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding

participate in improvement procedures

participate in development of continuous improvement strategies


operate and adjust processes

start up and shut down equipment

set up equipment

monitor product/process quality

maintain function and operating principles of equipment and machine components

maintain workplace records