Certificate III in Process Manufacturing

The Certificate III in Process Manufacturing is intended for advanced production workers who use a range of equipment and provide support functions directly related to producing products. They would undertake more advanced roles, working in accordance with the operating procedures and would apply their knowledge to anticipate problems and solve a range of foreseen and unforeseen problems.

This qualification is for:

production support workers - people working in manufacturing and filling the vital production support roles but who may not have the opportunity to develop competency in sufficient technical units related directly to producing products

those employees who operate across more than one category within process manufacturing or 'specialised processes' and elsewhere when required.

It is designed for use across the three process manufacturing sectors:

chemical, hydrocarbons and oil refining

plastics, rubber and cablemaking

manufactured mineral products.

Licensing considerations

There are no specific licenses that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements depending on the work context. Local regulations should be checked for details.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Certificate III in Process Manufacturing, competency must be achieved in twenty one (21) units of competency.

four (4) core units of competency

seventeen (17) elective units of competency, six (6) of which can be selected from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, as specified below.

Note: Where prerequisite units are identified they must be counted in the total number of units required for completion of the qualification.

Core units of competency

Select all four (4) units from the following list.

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSACMT251A

Apply quality standards

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

add topic MSAPMSUP210A

Process and record information

Group A - Elective units

Select a minimum of five (5) units from the following list.

Unit code

Unit title


Support units

add topic MEM03001B

Perform manual production assembly

add topic MEM03006B

Set assembly stations

add topic MEM11005B

Pick and process order

add topic MEM11006B

Perform production packaging

add topic MEM11007B

Administer inventory procedures

add topic MEM12023A

Perform engineering measurements

add topic MEM15001B

Perform basic statistical quality control

add topic MEM15003B

Use improvement processes in team activities

add topic MEM15004B

Perform inspection

add topic MSACMS201A

Sustain process improvements

add topic MSACMT220A

Apply quick changeover procedures

add topic MSACMT250A

Monitor process capability

add topic MSACMT260A

Use planning software systems in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT280A

Undertake root cause analysis

add topic MSAPMOHS300A

Facilitate the implementation of OHS for a work group

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

add topic MSAPMPER300C

Issue work permits

add topic RIIRIS201A

add topic MSAPMPER400A

Coordinate permit process

add topic MSAPMSUP300A

Identify and implement opportunities to maximise production efficiencies

add topic MSAPMSUP301A

Apply HACCP to the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP303A

Identify equipment faults

add topic MSAPMSUP309A

Maintain and organise workplace records

add topic MSAPMSUP310A

Contribute to the development of plant documentation

add topic MSAPMSUP330A

Develop and adjust a production schedule

add topic MSAPMSUP382A

Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP383A

Facilitate a team

add topic MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools

add topic MSL973001A

Perform basic tests

add topic TAADEL301C

Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills

Technical units

add topic MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

add topic MEM09003B

Prepare basic engineering drawing

add topic MEM09002B

add topic MSAPMOPS363A

Organise on site work

A maximum of two (2) relevant units may be selected from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available for inclusion at Certificates III or IV.

Group B - Other electives

Select a maximum of twelve (12) units from the following list.

Unit code

Unit title

Support units

add topic LMTGN2008B

Coordinate work of team/section

add topic MEM13003B

Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

add topic MEM16006A

Organise and communicate information

add topic MEM16007A

Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

add topic MEM16008A

Interact with computing technology

add topic MEM18001C

Use hand tools

add topic MEM18002B

Use power tools/hand held operations

add topic MSACMT221A

Apply Just in Time (JIT) procedures

add topic MSACMT230A

Apply cost factors to work practices

add topic MSACMT240A

Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSAPMOHS100A

Follow OHS procedures

add topic MSAPMOHS110A

Follow emergency response procedures

add topic MSAPMOHS205A

Control minor incidents

add topic MSAPMOHS210A

Undertake first response to non-fire incidents

add topic MSAPMOHS212A

Undertake first response to fire incidents

add topic MSAPMOHS216A

Operate breathing apparatus

add topic MSAPMOHS217A

Gas test atmospheres

add topic MSAPMOHS220A

Provide initial First Aid response

add topic MSAPMOPS100A

Use equipment

add topic MSAPMOPS101A

Make measurements

add topic MSAPMOPS102A

Perform tasks to support production

add topic MSAPMPER200C

Work in accordance with an issued permit

add topic MSAPMPER201A

Monitor and control work permits

add topic MSAPMPER202A

Observe permit work

add topic MSAPMPER205C

Enter confined space

add topic MSAPMSUP100A

Apply workplace procedures

add topic MSAPMSUP101A

Clean workplace or equipment

add topic MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP106A

Work in a team

add topic MSAPMSUP172A

Identify and minimise environmental hazards

add topic MSAPMSUP200A

Achieve work outcomes

add topic MSAPMSUP201A

Receive or despatch goods

add topic MSAPMSUP204A

Pack products or materials

add topic MSAPMSUP205A

Transfer loads

add topic MSAPMSUP230A

Monitor process operations

add topic MSAPMSUP240A

Undertake minor maintenance

add topic MSAPMSUP273A

Handle goods

add topic MSAPMSUP280A

Manage conflict at work

add topic MSAPMSUP291A

Participate in continuous improvement

add topic MSAPMSUP292A

Sample and test materials and product

add topic PMBHAN103C

Shift materials safely by hand

add topic TLID1007C

Operate a forklift

add topic RIIRIS201A

Conduct local risk control

Technical units

add topic FPICOT2206B

Cross cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

add topic MSAPMOPS200A

Operate equipment

add topic MSAPMOPS212A

Use enterprise computers or data systems

A maximum of four (4) relevant units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where they are available for inclusion at Certificate II.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required by the process manufacturing industries for this qualification. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each Employability Skill are representative of the industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


complete logs and reports

use technical information and manufacturer's information

collect, analyse and organise information

communicate ideas and information

effective use of workplace documentation

maintain workplace records


identify and describe own role and role of others

work within a team

resolve conflicts between team members

use teamwork strategies

Problem solving

recognise a problem or a potential problem

determine problems needing priority action

refer problems outside area of responsibility to appropriate person, with possible causes

seek information and assistance as required to solve problems

solve problems within area of responsibility

follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred

identify and isolate faults in equipment

use a range of formal problem solving techniques

Initiative and enterprise

identify the most appropriate equipment

make adjustments to improve equipment performance

anticipate the impact of the process on the product

determine problems needing action

recommend required action

report problems outside area of responsibility

distinguish between causes of faults

Planning and organising

plan own work requirements

plan scope of equipment checks

plan and organise activities

identify tasks to achieve team goals

organise allocation of tasks

monitor completion of allocated tasks

develop and adjust a production schedule


plan own work requirements from production requests

operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards

select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures

plan to ensure effective production

apply workplace procedures

identify resource requirements, document and monitor

recognise limitations and seek timely advice


ask questions to gain information

identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding

participate in improvement procedures

participate in development of continuous improvement strategies


operation and adjustment of processes

start up and shut down equipment

set up equipment

monitor product/process quality

function and operating principles of equipment, machine components

maintain computer based workplace records