Certificate III in Coopering

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform coopering using a variety of specialist machines to work timber and utilising basic welding techniques in the barrel making process.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The LMF31308 Certificate III in Coopering reflects vocational outcomes for those performing coopering job roles in a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures and within known time constraints.

This qualification is typically used to develop skills and a breadth, depth and complexity of knowledge in coppering techniques and would cover selecting, adapting and transferring this skill and knowledge to new environments and providing technical advice and some leadership in resolution of specific problems. Application would be across a range of roles in a variety of contexts with some complexity in the extent and choice of options available and may involve some responsibility for others. Participation in teams including group or team coordination may be required.

Pathways into the qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit can be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed LMF21308 Certificate II in Coopering or achieved equivalent industry experience.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification may include other furnishing qualifications at Certificate IV and Diploma level and relevant supervisory, management or competitive manufacturing qualifications.

Licensing considerations

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the LMF31308 Certificate III in Coopering, competency must be achieved in twenty-five (25) units of competency.

fifteen (15) core units of competency

ten (10) elective units of competency.

Note: Where prerequisite units apply, these have been listed, and must be considered in the total number of units.


Complete all fifteen (15) units from this list.

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFCP2001A

Use coopering sector hand and power tools

add topic LMFCP2002A

Produce barrels using non-fired processes

add topic LMFCP3001A

Apply product knowledge to production operations

add topic LMFCP3002A

Select and season timbers for furniture production

add topic LMFCP3003A

Produce barrels using fired processes

add topic LMFFM2006B

Hand make timber joints

add topic LMFGG2002B

Apply First Aid

add topic LMFGN2002B

Move and store materials and products

add topic LMFGN3001B

Read and interpret work documents

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

add topic MSAPMOPS101A

Make measurements

add topic MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP106A

Work in a team

add topic TLID307E

Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances


Select ten (10) units from Groups A, B and C as specified below.

Group A

Select a minimum of four (4) units from Group A

Unit code

Unit title

Unit code

add topic LMFFM2010B

Set up, operate and maintain basic static machines

add topic LMFFM2012B

Set up, operate and maintain pressure and clamping machines

add topic LMFFM3020B

Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines

add topic LMFFM3022B

Set up, operate and maintain joining machines

add topic LMFFM3033B

Construct jigs and fixtures

Group B

Select up to six (6) units form Groups B and C

Unit code

Unit title


add topic LMFCP3004A

Maintain and repair barrels

add topic LMFFF2004B

Prepare surfaces for finishing

add topic LMFFM2002B

Assemble furnishing components

add topic LMFFM2003B

Select and apply hardware

add topic LMFFM2005B

Join solid timber

add topic LMFFM2007B

Follow plans to assemble production furniture

add topic LMFFM3023B

Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines

add topic LMFFM3024B

Set up, operate and maintain multi-head planning and moulding machines

add topic LMFFM3025B

Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines

add topic LMFFM3032B

Produce and maintain cutting tools

add topic LMFGN3002B

Estimate and cost job

add topic MEM05007C

Perform manual heating and thermal cutting

add topic MEM05012C

Perform routine manual metal arc welding

add topic MEM05050B

Perform routine gas metal arc welding

add topic MEM06001B

Perform hand forging

add topic MEM18001C

Use hand tools

Group C

Up to five (5) relevant units may be chosen from units not already selected from Groups A or B, or units available in this Training Package or other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses. Those units must be aligned at Certificate II level (maximum 1 unit), Certificate III level (maximum 5 units) or Certificate IV level (maximum 1 unit).

Units selected from other Training Packages and accredited courses via Group C must be relevant to the qualification outcome and not duplicate units available within this qualification.

If Competitive Manufacturing units are chosen (identified as MSACM in the code), these should only be selected on the basis of work requirements.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


collect, organise and understand information related to work orders, basic plans and safety procedures

collect, organise and understand detailed technical information related to the materials and the products used in and related to coopering operations

communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications, coordination of work with site supervisor, other workers and customers, and the reporting of work outcomes and problems

maintain records related to product and materials quality


work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity


use pre-checking and inspection techniques to ensure the tools are serviceable and ready to use

use checking and inspection techniques to ensure barrels comply with specifications and that instances of non-compliance are remedied

identify, anticipate and respond to faults in timber and/or seasoning processes

identify, anticipate and respond to the problems related to timber and material properties

identify and analyse faults in barrels

select and apply the most appropriate barrel maintenance and repair techniques

use sensory evaluation techniques to identify basic wine faults

identify, anticipate and respond to the impact of the barrel properties on the product (wine and spirits)

Initiative and enterprise

recognise and respond to circumstances outside instructions or personal competence

Planning and organising

plan and organise activities including the preparation and layout of own worksite and the obtaining and use of tools and materials to avoid any backtracking, work flow interruptions or wastage during the production cycle

use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area and volume, and estimate other material requirements


clarify and confirm specified work instructions

plan work within given task parameters

apply systematic and effective time management

accept responsibility for given tasks

set, monitor and satisfy personal work goals


satisfy the competency requirements for the job

maintain current knowledge of coopering tools and barrel production materials

maintain current knowledge of coopering processes and techniques

seek learning opportunities


use the workplace technology related to the selection, preparation and use of coopering products and materials including hand and power tools, calculators, measuring devices and technical support systems