Certificate IV in Timber Processing

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


Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 14

3 core units plus

11 elective units, consisting of:

3 units from Group A

up to 8 units from Group A and/or Group B

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

Elective units must be relevant to work undertaken in the timber processing and production sectors of the industry, including sawmilling and processing, wood panel products, timber manufactured products and timber merchandising



Unit Code

Unit Title


add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic FPICOR4201B

Monitor safety, health and environment policies and procedures

add topic FPICOR4203B

Monitor quality and product care procedures



Unit Code

Unit Title

Logyard and/or Material Preparation

add topic FPICOT4205B

Coordinate log debarking operations

Sawing Operations

add topic FPISAW4202B

Plan and monitor saw log operations

add topic FPISAW4204B

Plan and monitor board conversion


add topic FPICOT3216B

Assess and maintain saw performance

add topic FPICOT3217B

Assess and maintain cutter performance

Timber Treatment & Drying

add topic FPICOT4206B

Plan and coordinate boiler operations

add topic FPICOT4207B

Plan and coordinate heat plant operations

add topic FPISAW4201B

Plan and monitor timber treatment plant operations

add topic FPISAW4203B

Coordinate timber drying operations

Grading & Testing

add topic FPITMM4204B

Sample and test products to specifications

add topic FPIWPP4202B

Perform laboratory testing

add topic PSPGOV521A

Collect statistical data

Board & Veneer Production

add topic FPIWPP4201B

Plan and coordinate panel production

Trusses & Frames

add topic FPICOT4201B

Produce complex truss and frame plans and details using computers

add topic FPICOT4202B

Design timber structures

Timber Products

add topic FPICOT4203B

Plan and coordinate product assembly

add topic FPITMM4201B

Construct prototypes and samples

add topic FPITMM4202B

Diagnose and calculate production costs

add topic FPITMM4203B

Install and commission CNC software


add topic SIRXINV004A

Buy merchandise

add topic SIRXMER004A

Manage merchandise and store presentation


Manage sales and service delivery

add topic TLIR4002A

Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

Machinery & Equipment

add topic AHCMOM402A

Supervise maintenance of machinery and equipment

add topic TLIC4006A

Drive multi-combination vehicle

Competitive Manufacturing

add topic MSS403010A

Facilitate change in an organisation implementing competitive systems and practices

add topic MSS403001A

Implement competitive systems and practices



Unit Code

Unit Title

Load Handling

add topic FPICOT4204B

Schedule and coordinate load shifting

add topic TLID4032A

Plan and conduct specialised lift

Safety & Quality Processes

add topic BSBRSK401A

Identify risk and apply risk management processes

add topic BSBMGT403A

Implement continuous improvement


Provide advanced first aid


Manage first aid services and resources

add topic TLIF4007A

Implement and coordinate accident-emergency procedures

add topic MSS015011A

Conduct a sustainability energy audit

add topic MSS405070A

Develop and manage sustainable energy practices

Administration & Business

add topic BSBCUS401B

Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

add topic BSBINM401A

Implement workplace information system

add topic BSBITS401B

Maintain business technology

add topic BSBPMG416A

Apply project procurement procedures

add topic BSBSMB406A

Manage small business finances

add topic BSBWOR401A

Establish effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBWOR402A

Promote team effectiveness

add topic BSBWRT401A

Write complex documents

add topic LGACOM409A

Prepare tender documentation

Training & Assessment

add topic BSBCMM401A

Make a presentation

add topic TAEASS401B

Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS402B

Assess competence

add topic TAEASS403B

Participate in assessment validation

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

add topic TAEDEL401A

Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

add topic TAEDEL402A

Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

add topic TAEDES401A

Design and develop learning programs

add topic TAEDES402A

Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

Planning & Analysis

add topic BSBMGT402A

Implement operational plan

add topic BSBRES401A

Analyse and present research information

add topic BSBSMB404A

Undertake small business planning

add topic BSBWOR301B

Organise personal work priorities and development


    This qualification has seven employment pathways for typical operational environments of timber processing. These are:

    Customer Service Manager (Wholesale)

    Sawmill Supervisor

    Production Supervisor

    Treatment Plant Supervisor

    Timber Advisor Supervisor

    Timber Manufacturing Supervisor

    Timber Supervisor (Wholesale)

    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:


Accurately record and report workplace information, and maintain documentation

Give and receive feedback constructively

Establish and maintain communication with others in accordance with forestry operation requirements

Record and report safety, health and environmental procedures in accordance with workplace procedures


Collect feedback on performance of team members from relevant sources and compare with established team learning needs

Encourage individuals to self evaluate performance and identify areas for improvement

Facilitate participation of individuals in the work of the team

Provide support to colleagues through coaching and mentoring skills


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

Immediately assess and rectify problems to avoid repetition of lost product

Monitor and assess safety, health and environmental issues and risks in the work area and report to appropriate personnel

Monitor safe workplace procedures and safe work instructions for controlling risks and protecting the environment

Initiative and enterprise

Coordinate product visual inspection before processing or completion

Monitor and assess hazards in the work area and report to designated personnel

Monitor and check environmental measures for corrective action

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

Planning and organising

Efficiently and safely monitor quality and product supply care

Monitor organisation of duties, equipment and materials in accordance with safety, health and environmental requirements and organisational procedures

Plan potential of materials to provide the highest value added return

Plan product recovery to optimise the resource value and minimise waste


Apply, monitor and coordinate quality system procedures to personal work

Monitor care for the environment to check for integration into all day-to-day activities

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

Use and maintain personal protective equipment and clothing


Identify and implement learning opportunities for others

Identify learning and development program goals and objectives to match specific knowledge and skill requirements of competency standards

Monitor training and operational controls to be in accordance with workplace procedures - training may include in-house or external training programs or one-on-one supervision

Systematically identify and implement learning and development needs in line with organisational requirements


Use and maintain relevant tools, machinery and equipment