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This is a Nationally Recognised Training course

Course Description

Certificate III in Process Manufacturing is a nationally recognised qualification that provides participants with a mixture of introductory and more advanced skills in competitive systems and practices.

This qualification reflects the role of experienced workers who use a range of equipment and provide support functions directly related to producing products.   They would undertake more advanced roles than workers with a Certificate II in Process Manufacturing, working in accordance with operating procedures and applying knowledge to anticipate problems and solve a range of foreseen and unforeseen problems.   These learners may be new or existing workers enrolling under a traineeship or full fee for service arrangement.


Units of Competencies

The requirements for achievement of the MSM30116 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing are 21 units which consist of:

  • Completion of four (4) core units
  • Seventeen (17) elective units of competency, as specified below
    • A minimum of five (5) units from Group A
    • A maximum of twelve (12) units from Group B

The hours displayed are nominal, actual  delivery hours delivered may differ depending on delivery mode.

Core Units - 4 Compulsory Units

Unit CodeUnit NameCore/ElectiveNominal Hours
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesCore30
MSS402051AApply quality standardsCore30
MSMWHS200Work safelyCore30
MPMSUP210Process and record informationCore30


Elective Units

Group A Units – minimum of 5 units must be chosen

Unit CodeUnit NameCore/ElectiveNominal Hours
MEM03001BPerform manual production assemblyelective40
MEM03006BSet assembly stationselective20
MEM09002BInterpret technical drawingelective40
MEM11005BPick and process orderelective40
MEM11006BPerform production packagingelective20
MEM11007BAdminister inventory procedureselective40
MEM12023APerform engineering measurementselective30
MEM15001BPerform basic statistical quality controlelective20
MEM15003BUse improvement processes in team activitieselective40
MEM15004BPerform inspectionelective20
MSMSUP300Identify and apply process improvementselective40
MSMSUP303Identify equipment faultselective40
MSMSUP309Maintain and organise workplace recordselective20
MSMSUP310Contribute to the development of plant documentationelective30
MSMSUP330Develop and adjust a production scheduleelective30
MSMSUP382Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplaceelective40
MSMSUP383Facilitate a teamelective30
MSMSUP390Use structured problem solving toolselective40
MSMWHS300Facilitate the implementation of WHS for a work groupelective40


Group B Units – maximum of 12 units must be chosen

Unit CodeUnit NameCore/ElectiveNominal Hours
MEM13003BWork safely with industrial chemicals and materialselective20
MEM16006AOrganise and communicate informationelective20
MEM16007AWork with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environmentelective10
MEM16008A      Interact with computing technologyelective20
MEM18001CUse hand toolselective20
MEM18002BUse power tools/hand held operationselective20
MSMENV172     Identify and minimise environmental hazardselective20
MSMOPS100     Use equipmentelective30
MSMOPS101     Make measurementselective30
MSMOPS102     Perform tasks to support productionelective30
MSMOPS200     Operate equipmentelective40
MSMOPS201     Cut polymer materialselective20
MSMOPS202     Fabricate polymer materialselective40
MSMOPS212     Use enterprise computers or data systemselective30
MSMOPS244     Layout and cut materialselective30
MSMSUP100     Apply workplace context to own jobelective20
MSMSUP101     Clean workplace or equipmentelective20
MSMSUP106     Work in a teamelective30
MSMSUP200     Achieve work outcomeselective30
MSMSUP204     Pack products or materialselective20
MSMSUP205     Transfer loadselective20
MSMSUP230     Monitor process operationselective30
MSMSUP240     Undertake minor maintenanceelective30
MSMSUP273     Handle goodselective20
MSMSUP280     Manage conflict at workelective20
MSMSUP291     Participate in continuous improvementelective30
MSMSUP292     Sample and test materials and productelective40
MSMWHS100    Follow WHS procedureselective20
MSMWHS110    Follow emergency response procedureselective20
MSMWHS201 Conduct hazard analysiselective20
MSMWHS205 Control minor incidentselective30
MSMWHS210 Undertake first response to non-fire incidentselective20
MSMWHS212 Undertake first response to fire incidentselective30
MSS402002     Sustain process improvementselective40
MSS402020     Apply quick changeover procedureselective40
MSS402021Apply Just in Time procedureselective30
MSS402030Apply cost factors to work practiceselective40
MSS402040     Apply 5S procedureselective40
MSS402050     Monitor process capabilityelective30
MSS402051     Apply quality standardselective30
MSS402080     Undertake root cause analysiselective50


The Certificate III in Process Manufacturing can typically be completed in 12 – 24 months.  This may vary if you have applied for Credit Transfers or Recognition of Prior Learning.

Mode of Delivery

Delivery will mainly be :

  • Face to face: class room
  • On-the-job: technical experts/workplace supervisor/trainer
  • Blended: this approach is offered for those who cannot attend scheduled face to face session/s

Types of Assessments

Oral questioning, workbook activities, practical tasks

Observation and or demonstration of performance, simulation, third party report, projects

There will be other methods of assessment depending on the type of delivery and specific workplace focus or job role.

Course fees are made up of two components; tuition and materials fees.Due to the different level of Government subsidies available to students,there are three possible fee levels for tuition fees; concession, standard and full fee. Only one will beapplicable to you.

Please visit our Fees & Charges page for more information. Government funding and assistance varies between states, and we recommend that you contact AiGTS in order to consult on the appropriate funding that suits your personal requirements.

Full fee-paying students - Fees can be made by paying an initial payment of $1000 and remaining amountsvia 3 instalments in accordance with the Service Level Agreement.

FFS - $4,300.00

Full fees are applicable to students who do not meet State or Commonwealth funding eligibility criteria.

Entry Requirements

There is no qualification entry requirement. It is assumed that the learner is engaged as an apprentice under a Training Contract and that the learner is receiving appropriate structured on-the-job training while undertaking this qualification.

Pre Training Review

All applicants are required to complete a mandatory pre-training review which is completed prior to enrolment to ensure applicants meet the requirements to undertake the qualification.

Language, literacy and numeracy

All applicants are required to complete a Language, literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolling.  This qualification requires sound communication and interpersonal skills, the capacity to read and interpret written instructions and the ability to analyse and write reports in context to the job role.

Study Pathways

Pathways into the qualification
This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.  Credit for relevant units of competency achieved should be granted towards this qualification for those who have completed MEM10105 Certificate I in Engineering, MEM10205 Certificate I in Boating Services, MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering, MEM20205 Certificate II in Engineering - Production Technology or other relevant qualifications.  Credit towards this qualification may also include units of competency contained within relevant pre-vocational and pre-apprenticeship programs and Statements of Attainment.

Pathways from the qualification
Further training pathways available to learners who undertake this qualification include but not limited to: MSM40116 Certificate IV in Process Manufacturing (not on RTO Scope of Registration).

Employment Pathways

The following list of employment pathways are examples of career goal/s and opportunities available for those who complete this AQF qualification:

  • Process Operator - General

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL in simple terms involves the assessment of previously unrecognised skills and knowledge that an individual has achieved outside formal education and training system.  Find out more about RPL.

Student Support
The following learning support will be available to learners:

  • LL&N referral to an organisation which is equipped to provide such support
  • Reasonable adjustment and additional support provided in the event it is found that a student is having major difficulties in completing the qualification
  • Face to face, email and telephone support, in the event a student/client has requested such support or it is deemed they need this support to complete the qualification
  • Mentoring in the workplace or by the Trainer/Assessor
  • Counselling services (to be organised in consultation with the employer and when required by the student).
Application for entry to this course is available at any time. Please contact AiGTS on 1300 134 756 in order to discuss options for commencement. You can also submit your expression of interest online.