Certificate III in Manufactured Mineral Products

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of advanced operations within the manufactured mineral products industries.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The Certificate III in Manufactured Mineral Products is intended for advanced operators and operations technicians who use production equipment to directly produce products. At this level, operators/technicians would undertake more advanced operations, typically including startup and shutdown in accordance with the operating procedures, and would apply their knowledge to anticipate problems. They would be expected to solve a range of foreseen and unforeseen problems, using product and process knowledge to develop solutions to problems which do not have a known solution, or a solution recorded in the procedures.

This qualification is typically used to develop employees performing an advanced operational role that includes an ability to work independently and conduct technical problem solving according to the needs of the work in the manufactured mineral products industries.

Operators may specialise in one of the following areas:


precast concrete

premixed concrete

clay products

ceramic products

float (flat) glass

glass containers


plaster (both fibrous plaster and plaster boards)

fibre cement boards

ground minerals

abrasive grinding wheels and cutting discs

other areas.

Specialisations must be reflected by the selection of units identified for specialised streams.

Training programs for this qualification are suitable to be undertaken as part of a formal training contract with an employer under an Australian Traineeship or Apprenticeship arrangement.

Pathways into the qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed MSA20107 Certificate II in Process Manufacturing, PMC20110 Certificate II in Manufactured Mineral Products or other relevant qualifications. Credit for this qualification may also include units contained within relevant skill sets.

Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification include PMC40110 Certificate IV in Manufactured Mineral Products, MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing or MSA40108 Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology or other relevant qualifications.

Additional qualification advice

An industry specialisation should include a range of units (typically production or other units relevant to the specialisation) that focus more on the industry speciality than a generic qualification.

An industry specialisation does not change the title of the qualification although RTOs may choose to record the specialisation.

MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing, in the MSA07 Manufacturing Training Package is available for production support employees at this level and should be used where the job requirements do not allow for the development of competency in sufficient technical units of competency.

MSA31108 Certificate III in Competitive Manufacturing is available for employees at this level who already possess technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification.

Licensing considerations

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, some units of competency in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements. Local regulations should be checked for details.


Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Certificate III in Manufactured Mineral Products competency must be achieved in twenty (20) units of competency:

six (6) core units of competency

fourteen (14) elective units of competency from Groups A and B, chosen as specified below.


Where prerequisite units apply, these must be considered in the total number of units chosen.

Core units of competency

Select six (6) core units of competency as specified below.

All five (5) of these units must be chosen.

Unit code



add topic MSAENV272A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

add topic MSAPMSUP100A

Apply workplace procedures

add topic MSAPMSUP101A

Clean workplace or equipment

add topic MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

Select one (1) of the following units. Note that only add topic MSAPMOPS101A OR PMAOPS101C may be included in this qualification, not both.

Unit code



add topic MSAPMOPS101A

Make measurements

add topic PMAOPS101C

Read dials and indicators

Elective units of competency

Group A - Specialist electives

A minimum of one (1) unit must be selected from the list below.

Unit code



add topic MSL974005A

Perform physical tests

add topic PMAOPS305B

Operate process control systems

add topic PMC553000C

Set up and tune a process

add topic PMC553010C

Process raw meal into product

add topic PMC552010C

add topic PMC553020C

Prepare moulds and dies

add topic PMC553021C

Set up and tune glazing equipment

add topic PMC553040C

Set up and optimise glass forming process

add topic PMC553041C

Set up and optimise glass furnace process

add topic PMC553042C

Set up and optimise secondary process

add topic PMC553050C

Produce architectural precast concrete

add topic PMC553051B

Produce structural precast concrete

add topic PMC553070B

Design and construct moulds for fibrous plaster products

add topic PMC552024C

add topic PMC553072B

Model fibrous plaster products

add topic PMC553080B

Set up and optimise finishing process

Up to one (1) specialist elective unit may be chosen from Group A in PMC40110 Certificate IV in Manufactured Mineral Products

Group B - Other electives

The balance of units, to a maximum of thirteen (13), may be drawn in any combination from:

units not already chosen from Group A above

Group B units listed below, with a maximum of nine (9) from Group B2

Group B1

Unit code



add topic MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

add topic MSAPMOHS300A

Facilitate the implementation of OHS for a work group

add topic MSAPMOHS200A

add topic MSAPMPER300B

Issue work permits

add topic MNMC205A

add topic MSAPMSUP300A

Identify and implement opportunities to maximise production efficiencies

add topic MSAPMSUP200A

add topic MSAPMSUP303A

Identify equipment faults

add topic MSAPMSUP310A

Contribute to development of plant documentation

add topic MSAPMSUP330A

Develop and adjust a production schedule

add topic MSAPMSUP382A

Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace

add topic MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools

add topic MSL973001A

Perform basic tests

add topic PMC563081C

Carry out stock control

add topic TAAASS301B

Contribute to assessment

add topic TAADEL301C

Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills

Up to two (2) relevant units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available at Certificate III or IV.

Group B2

Unit code



add topic MNMC205A

Conduct local risk assessment

add topic MSACMT230A

Apply cost factors to work practices

add topic MSACMT231A

Interpret product costs in terms of customer requirements

add topic MSACMT240A

Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment

add topic MSACMT250A

Monitor process capability

add topic MSACMT251A

Apply quality standards

add topic MSACMT260A

Use planning software systems in manufacturing

add topic MSACMT270A

Use sustainable energy practices

add topic MSACMT271A

Use sustainable environmental practices

add topic MSACMT280A

Undertake root cause analysis

add topic MSACMT281A

Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy

add topic MSAPMOHS110A

Follow emergency response procedures

add topic MSAPMOPS100A

Use equipment

add topic MSAPMOPS200A

Operate equipment

add topic MSAPMOPS212A

Use enterprise computers or data systems

add topic MSAPMPER200B

Work in accordance with an issued permit

add topic MSAPMPER201A

Monitor and control work permits

add topic MSAPMPER202A

Observe permit work

add topic MSAPMPER205B

Enter confined space

add topic MSAPMSUP106A

Work in a team

add topic MSAPMSUP200A

Achieve work outcomes

add topic MSAPMSUP201A

Receive or despatch goods

add topic MSAPMSUP210A

Process and record information

add topic MSAPMSUP230A

Monitor process operations

add topic MSAPMSUP240A

Undertake minor maintenance

add topic MSAPMSUP280A

Manage conflict at work

add topic MSAPMSUP292A

Sample and test materials and product

add topic MSL952001A

Collect routine site samples

add topic PMAOPS105C

Select and prepare materials

add topic PMAOPS216B

Operate local control system

add topic PMBHAN103C

Shift materials safely by hand

add topic PMC552002C

Operate equipment to blend/mix materials

add topic PMC552003C

Operate grinding equipment

add topic PMC552004C

Prepare for production

add topic PMC552005C

Process greenware/green products

add topic PMC552006C

Operate an autoclave

add topic PMC552007B

Heat accelerate the curing of precast concrete

add topic PMC552008B

Operate crushing equipment

add topic PMC552010C

Operate a calcining kiln

add topic PMC552020C

Operate slip casting equipment

add topic PMC552021C

Operate manual glazing equipment

add topic PMC552022C

Prepare materials for clay and ceramic production

add topic PMC552023C

Finish products after firing

add topic PMC552024C

Hand mould products

add topic PMC552030C

Operate a firing kiln

add topic PMC552031C

Operate extrusion equipment

add topic PMC552032C

Operate pressing equipment

add topic PMC552040C

Operate glass melting process

add topic PMC552041C

Operate process ovens

add topic PMC552042C

Operate blown insulation equipment

add topic PMC552043C

Operate float forming equipment

add topic PMC552044C

Operate fibre forming equipment

add topic PMC552045C

Operate container forming equipment

add topic PMC552046C

Operate glass printing equipment

add topic PMC552047C

Operate primary annealing equipment

add topic PMC552048C

Operate glass finishing equipment

add topic PMC552049C

Operate on-line stacking and assembly equipment

add topic PMC552050C

Schedule, cut and bend reinforcement

add topic PMC552051C

Finish green concrete products

add topic PMC552052C

Cast moulded concrete products

add topic PMC552053C

Finish cured concrete products

add topic PMC552054C

Spin concrete pipes

add topic PMC552055C

Conduct benching operations

add topic PMC552056B

Assemble, fabricate and place reinforcement

add topic PMC552057B

Finish casting operation

add topic PMC552058B

Demould concrete products

add topic PMC552060C

Batch mix concrete

add topic PMC552061C

Deliver concrete to site

add topic PMC552065B

Prepare asphalt

add topic PMC552070B

Operate forming equipment

add topic PMC552071B

Operate wet and dry end equipment

add topic PMC552072B

Produce fibrous plasterboard

add topic PMC552090B

Use and maintain tools and equipment for refractory operations

add topic PMC552091B

Prepare for, install and repair refractory brickwork/blockwork

add topic PMC552092B

Prepare for and install mouldable refractory materials

add topic PMC552093B

Prepare for and cast refractory materials

add topic PMC552094B

Prepare for and apply shotcrete for installation

add topic PMC561072C

Store materials for production

add topic PMC561080B

Organise self

add topic PMC562070B

Move materials

add topic PMC562071C

Operate bulk materials handling equipment

add topic PMC562075B

Maintain kiln refractory

add topic PMC562081B

Deliver customer service

add topic PMC562083C

Allocate and complete team tasks

add topic TLIC307C

Drive medium rigid vehicle

add topic TLIC407D

Drive heavy rigid vehicle

add topic TLID1007C

Operate a forklift

Note: Only one of add topic TLIC307C or TLIC407D may be included in this qualification, not both.

Up to four (4) relevant units may be selected from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available at Certificate II, III or IV.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


maintain communication about multiple subjects and with multiple audiences

complete incident and other reports

use technical information and manufacturer information

collect, analyse and organise information

communicate ideas and information

use and contribute to workplace documentation

maintain workplace records


identify and describe own role and role of others

work within a team

resolve conflicts between team members

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

identify appropriate theory base for problem

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 process conditions for equipment

determine problems needing action

recommend required action

report problems outside area of responsibility

distinguish between causes of faults

Planning and organising

prioritise actions to achieve required outcomes

plan own work requirements and assist others to plan theirs

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 job requests

operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards

select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures

plan to ensure effective production

apply standard procedures

identify resource requirements

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

assist others develop competency


operate and adjust equipment

start up and shut down equipment

set up equipment

monitor quality

function and operating principles of equipment

maintain workplace records