Diploma of Timber Truss and Frame Design

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


Total number of units = 19

5 core units plus

14 elective units, consisting of:

5 units from Group A

6 units from Group B

up to 3 units from Group A and/or Group B

up to 3 units recommended for packaging at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced 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 truss and frame industry.



Unit Code

Unit Name


add topic BSBCUS501C

Manage quality customer service

add topic BSBMGT502B

Manage people performance

add topic BSBMGT516C

Facilitate continuous improvement

add topic BSBWHS503A

Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk

add topic BSBWOR501B

Manage personal work priorities and professional development



Unit Code

Unit Name


add topic FPITMM5201B

Assess product feasibility of designs

add topic FPITMM5202B

Develop, trial and evaluate prototypes

add topic FPITMM5203B

Generate and transfer complex computer-aided drawings and specifications

add topic FPITMM5204B

Manage product design


add topic CPCCSV5011A

Apply building codes and standards to residential buildings

add topic CPCCSV5012A

Assess timber-framed designs for one and two storey buildings



Unit Code

Unit Name


add topic FPICOT5203B

Manage installation and commissioning of equipment

add topic FPICOT5204B

Organise enterprise maintenance programs

add topic FPITMM4202B

Diagnose and calculate production costs

add topic FPITMM5205B

Optimise CNC operations

add topic FPITMM5206B

Plan production


add topic BSBAUD501B

Initiate a quality audit

add topic BSBINM501A

Manage an information or knowledge management system

add topic BSBLED501A

Develop a workplace learning environment

add topic BSBMGT515A

Manage operational plan

add topic BSBMKG501B

Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities

add topic BSBSUS501A

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability


add topic CPCCSV5015A

Assess structural requirements for domestic scale buildings


add topic MSS405001A

Develop competitive systems and practices for an organisation

add topic MSS405004A

Develop business plans in an organisation implementing competitive systems and practices

add topic MSS402030A

Apply cost factors to work practices

add topic MSS404052A

Apply statistics to operational processes

add topic MSACMT630A

Optimise cost of product

add topic MSACMT631A

Undertake value analysis of product costs in terms of customer requirements

add topic MSS405062A

Develop a documentation control strategy for an organisation

add topic MSS015011A

Conduct a sustainability energy audit

add topic MSS405070A

Develop and manage sustainable energy practices

add topic MSS405075A

Facilitate the development of a new product

add topic MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools


    This qualification has one employment pathway for typical operational environments of timber truss and frame. This is:

    Designer (Timber Truss & Frame)

    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

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this qualification is the successful achievement of the following units contained in FPI40411 Certificate IV Timber Truss and Frame Design:


Design timber structures


Construct prototypes and samples


Use structured problem solving tools


Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low-rise building projects


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Plus at least one of the following units:


Prepare and advise on a broad range of timber roof truss details using computers


Prepare and advise on a broad range of timber floor system


Prepare and advise on a broad range of timber wall frame details using computers

or demonstration of equivalent competence

Note: The design unit selected will be determined by the industry sector and type of product being manufactured

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:


Document performance

Articulate expected standards of performance

Adjust and communicate strategies to stakeholders

Communicate opportunities for improvement


Manage team performance

Counsel individuals who continue to perform below expectations

Involve stakeholders and operational staff in risk management processes


Make decisions to overcome problems

Deal with complex and non-routine difficulties

Identify potential factors impacting on the effectiveness of controls

Initiative and enterprise

Develop strategies to manage organisational systems

Develop, procure and use resources effectively

Identify factors contributing to risk

Planning and organising

Develop work plans

Consider areas identified for further improvement when undertaking planning

Ensure plans achieve agreed specifications


Manage own performance and development

Measure and maintain personal performance in varying work conditions

Maintain appropriate work-life balance


Provide on the job coaching to improve performance

Monitor and coach individuals with poor performance

Lead and manage continuous improvement systems

Conduct formal and informal research


Source tools to assist in analysing potential hazards

Use technology efficiently and effectively to manage work priorities and commitments