Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing

This qualification is designed for job roles in the sawmilling and processing sector of the forest and forest products industry.


Total number of units = 13

5 core units plus

8 elective units, consisting of:

3 units from Group A

up to 5 units from Group A and/or Group B

up to 2 units recommended for packaging at Certificate I, II or III level from this or any other endorsed Training Package or state/territory accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to work undertaken in the Sawmilling and Processing Sector of the industry.



Unit Code

Unit Title


add topic FPICOR2201B

Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry

add topic FPICOR2202B

Communicate and interact effectively in the workplace

add topic FPICOR2203B

Follow environmental care procedures

add topic FPICOR2205B

Follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic FPICOR2207B

Maintain quality and product care



Unit Code

Unit Title

Logyard and/or Material Preparation

add topic FPICOT2226B

Debark logs mechanically

add topic FPICOT3203B

Weigh loads

Sawing Operations

add topic FPICOT2202B

Rack material

add topic FPICOT2205B

Tail out materials

add topic FPICOT2208B

Resaw boards and timber

add topic FPICOT2218B

Cross cut materials with a fixed saw

add topic FPICOT2229B

Dock material to length

add topic FPICOT2238A

Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

add topic FPISAW2202B

Sort boards manually

add topic FPISAW2203B

Sort boards mechanically

add topic FPISAW2204B

Dock boards with mechanical feed

add topic FPISAW2207B

Round softwood logs

add topic FPISAW2208B

Split wood products

add topic FPISAW2209B

Dismantle, transport and assemble hand portable sawmill

Grading and Testing

add topic FPICOT2212B

Grade hardwood sawn and milled products

add topic FPICOT2213B

Grade softwood sawn and milled products

add topic FPICOT2214B

Grade cypress sawn and milled products

add topic FPICOT2215B

Visually stress grade hardwood

add topic FPICOT2216B

Visually stress grade softwood

add topic FPICOT2217B

Visually stress grade cypress

add topic FPISAW2201B

Grade round poles and debarked logs

Timber Products

add topic FPICOT2203B

Finish products

add topic FPICOT2207B

Dress boards and timber

add topic FPICOT2209B

Produce finger jointed timber

add topic FPICOT2211B

Produce pointed timber products

add topic FPICOT2222B

Produce laminated beams

add topic FPICOT2230B

Assemble products


Apply wood and timber product knowledge

add topic FPISAW2205B

Assemble materials using nail plates

add topic FPISAW2206B

De-stack seasoning racks

Timber Drying and Treatment

add topic AHCCHM201A

Apply chemicals under supervision

add topic FPISAW2210B

Prepare for timber treatment operations


add topic FPICOT2225B

Chip or flake wood



Unit Code

Unit Title

Warehousing and Distribution

add topic FPICOT2201B

Stack and bind material

add topic FPICOT2210B

Tally material

add topic FPICOT2227B

Process orders and despatch products

add topic FPICOT2228B

Store materials

add topic FPICOT2231B

Pack products


Build and maintain timber stacks

add topic TLIF1002B

Conduct housekeeping activities

Machinery and Equipment

add topic FPICOT2219B

Use hand-held tools

add topic FPICOT2237A

Maintain chainsaws


Cut material with a pole saw


Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads

add topic MEM18011C

Shut down and isolate machines/equipment

Load Handling

add topic TLIC2002A

Drive light rigid vehicle

add topic TLIC3003A

Drive medium rigid vehicle

add topic TLID2004A

Load and unload goods/cargo

add topic TLID2047A

Prepare cargo for transfer with slings

add topic TLID2010A

Operate a forklift

add topic TLID2012A

Operate specialised load shifting equipment

add topic TLID2013A

Move materials mechanically using automated equipment

add topic TLILIC2001A

Licence to operate a forklift truck

Safety & Quality Processes

add topic AHCWRK203A

Operate in isolated and remote situations

add topic FPICOT2233B

Navigate in forest areas


Maintain and contribute to energy efficiency


Provide first aid

Administration & Business

add topic BSBINM201A

Process and maintain workplace information

add topic BSBITU201A

Produce simple word processed documents

add topic BSBWOR204A

Use business technology

Competitive Manufacturing

add topic MSS402001A

Apply competitive systems and practices

Communication and Relationships


Interact with customers


    This qualification has five employment pathways for typical operational environments of sawmilling and processing. These are:

    Kiln Worker

    Timber Grader

    Treatment Plant Worker

    Production Worker

    Sawmill Worker

    Entry may be gained through progression from a lower level FPI qualification or recognition of existing industry experience or qualifications.

    This qualification may be suited to an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Licensing Information

Native FPI units may be subject to state or territory licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements.

Some imported units in the elective bank may be subject to state or territory codes, regulations, licences and/or permits. These units must be implemented in line with the licensing requirements outlined in the unit’s parent Training Package.

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills 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 may vary depending on the packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Convey information in simple language, and acknowledge and check message

Establish and maintain communication with others according to organisational policies and procedures

Identify and comply with safety signs and symbols

Use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others


Check key legal and procedural principles relating to work order with appropriate personnel, according to organisational requirements

Make constructive contributions to the group

Provide assistance to and seek assistance from co-workers to achieve work tasks

Share relevant workplace information with co-workers to achieve designated individual and team goals and objectives


Follow safe workplace procedures and safe work instructions for controlling risks

Identify and report occupational health and safety issues and risks in the work area to appropriate personnel

Identify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures

Identify and promptly report problems to appropriate personnel to avoid repetition of de-valued product

Initiative and enterprise

Apply safe work practices, including effective response procedures, to workplace risk and emergencies, according to applicable occupational health and safety and organisational requirements

Actively seek feedback on performance from appropriate personnel to confirm quality of performance and identify areas for improvement

Identify and report existing and potential hazards in the work area to appropriate personnel

Review factors affecting the achievement of work tasks and report to appropriate personnel

Planning and organising

Locate, record and report workplace information

Identify and comply with applicable legislative and procedural requirements in an ethical manner consistent with workplace standards

Follow safe workplace procedures for dealing with accidents and emergencies within scope of responsibilities


Follow and apply quality system procedures in personal work

Maintain work relationships

Follow environmental care procedures according to organisational requirements

Seek appropriate support to assist and improve own performance to achieve personal and organisational goals and objectives


Identify and establish opportunities for professional development in consultation with appropriate personnel according to organisational procedures

Practise and carry out emergency and evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency

Record and report information regarding learning and competency development according to organisational requirements


Maintain machinery and adjust equipment to minimise product damage and waste

Use relevant equipment to complete work tasks within designated timeframes, which may include telephones and other communications equipment, tools, machinery, vehicles, navigational aids, instruments, computers and computer software, printers, facsimile machines and photocopiers