Certificate III in Woodmachining

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


Total number of units = 27

9 core units plus

18 elective units, consisting of:

13 units from Group A

up to 5 units from Group B

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

Elective units must be relevant to work undertaken in the woodmachining sector of the industry



Unit Code

Unit Name


add topic BSBFLM312C

Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic FPICOR2201B

Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry

add topic FPICOR2202B

Communicate and interact effectively in the workplace

add topic FPICOR3201B

Implement safety, health and environment policies and procedures

add topic FPICOR3202B

Conduct quality and product care procedures

add topic FPICOT3201B

Hand sharpen knives and blades

add topic FPICOT3204B

Prepare and interpret sketches and drawings

add topic FPICOT3247B

Select timber for forestry operations

add topic FPISAW3228B

Apply principles of blade design to sawing procedures



Unit Code

Unit Name

Sawing Operations

add topic FPICOT2207B

Dress boards and timber

add topic FPICOT2208B

Resaw boards and timber

add topic FPICOT3205B

Dress boards using multi-headed machines

add topic FPICOT3206B

Cut material using high speed optimiser

add topic FPICOT3207B

Set up, operate and maintain finger jointing operations

add topic FPICOT3209B

Set up, operate and maintain end matching operations

add topic FPICOT3214B

Take off material quantities

add topic FPICOT3239B

Create drawings using computer aided design systems

add topic FPICOT3244B

Cut material to profile

add topic FPITMM2202B

Machine material

add topic FPITMM3202B

Manufacture using joinery machines


add topic FPICOT3210B

Sharpen cutting tools

add topic FPICOT3212B

Replace saws, blades and guides

add topic FPICOT3213B

Manufacture cutting tools

add topic FPICOT3216B

Assess and maintain saw performance

add topic FPICOT3217B

Assess and maintain cutter performance

add topic FPICOT3233B

Sharpen and align blades and knives

add topic FPICOT3237B

Produce templates

add topic FPISAW3208B

Sharpen circular saws

add topic FPISAW3210B

File and set saws

add topic FPISAW3213B

Level and tension circular saws

add topic FPISAW3218B

Replace tungsten tips



Unit Code

Unit Name

Sawing Operations

add topic FPICOT2205B

Tail out materials

add topic FPICOT2219B

Use hand-held tools

add topic FPICOT2232B

Cut material to shape using a saw

add topic FPICOT3234B

Cut material using CNC sizing machines

add topic FPICOT3235B

Machine material using CNC machining and processing centres

add topic FPISAW3226B

Saw logs using CNC optimising systems

add topic FPITMM3201B

Convert timber

add topic FPIWPP2210B

Cut panels to profile

Timber Products

add topic FPICOT2224B

Band edges of panels

add topic FPITMM4203B

Install and commission CNC software

Select a maximum of 2 of the following:

Timber Grading & 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 BSBWOR204A

Use business technology

Administration & Business

add topic FPITMM3203B

Estimate and cost job


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

    Wood Machinist

    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:


Communicate information from line manager/management to the team

Establish and maintain communication with others in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements

Record and report quality and product care procedures in accordance with workplace procedures

Use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others


Actively encourage and support team members to participate in team activities and communication processes and to take responsibility for their actions

Contribute to team outcomes

Make constructive contributions to the group

Support team members in meeting expected outcomes


Address issues, concerns and problems identified by team members or refer to relevant persons as required

Effectively carry out pre start-up checks

Identify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures

Plan product recovery to optimise the resource value and minimise waste

Initiative and enterprise

Encourage team members to participate in the planning, decision making and operational aspects of the work team to their level of responsibility

Identify problems, environmental issues and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures

Locate, assess and report safety, health and environment issues and risks in the work area to appropriate personnel

Provide feedback to team members to encourage, value and reward team members' efforts and contributions

Planning and organising

Accurately locate, record and report information

Check and conform with product specifications

Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for selecting blades for sawing procedures

Identify and assess organisational environmental goals


Apply, follow and adhere to quality system procedures to personal work

Ensure own contribution to work team serves as a role model for others and enhances the organisation's image within the work team, the organisation and with clients/customers

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

Integrate care for the environment into all day-to-day activities


Implement training and operational controls in accordance with workplace procedures - training may include in-house or external training programs or one-on-one supervision, programs that maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislative changes at the local, State and federal level

Practise and record emergency and evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency

Record and report information regarding learning and competency development in accordance with organisational requirements

Support the team to identify and resolve problems which impede its performance


Record and report safety, health and environmental procedures in accordance with workplace procedures - may be manual, using a computer-based system or another appropriate organisational communication system

Safely and efficiently use relevant equipment to complete work tasks within designated timeframes