Qualification details

MSL20109 - Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement (Release 2)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 11/Mar/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced14/Jan/2011

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSL20116 - Certificate II in Sampling and MeasurementEquivalent to and replaces MSL20109 Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement. 29/Feb/2016
Supersedes PML20104 - Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement 13/Jan/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
MSAENV272B - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices N/A
MSL912001A - Work within a laboratory/field workplace (induction)Work within a laboratory/field workplace (induction) N/A
MSL913001A - Communicate with other peopleCommunicate with other people N/A
MSL913002A - Plan and conduct laboratory/field workPlan and conduct laboratory/field work N/A
MSL922001A - Record and present dataRecord and present data N/A
MSL933001A - Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purposeMaintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose N/A
MSL933002A - Contribute to the achievement of quality objectivesContribute to the achievement of quality objectives N/A
MSL933003A - Apply critical control point requirementsApply critical control point requirements N/A
MSL933004A - Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenancePerform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance N/A
MSL943001A - Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiationWork safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation N/A
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 311400 Science Technicians 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6399-79 Intermediate Service Workers Nec 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0199 Other Natural And Physical Sciences 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 311400 Science Technicians 02/Aug/2010 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6399-79 Intermediate Service Workers Nec 02/Aug/2010 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0199 Other Natural And Physical Sciences 02/Aug/2010 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 14/Jan/2011 
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Modification History

Release 2 - ISC upgrade

  • Minor formatting changes
  • Prerequisite unit now marked with an asterisk

Description

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of sampling and measurement as part of laboratory, production or field operations in the construction, manufacturing, resources and environmental industry sectors.

Job roles /employment outcomes 

The Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement offers entry level training for sampling and measurement skills applied across a range of industries. Employment outcomes targeted by this qualification include samplers and testers, production personnel, plant operators, production operators, field assistants, drivers, sample couriers, and many others.

Samplers and testers conduct limited sampling and testing as part of their duties in their particular industry. In some industry sectors (for example, mineral assay) this work forms a whole job role. They apply a restricted range of skills and operational knowledge to perform these tasks and do not generally work inside a laboratory. They:

  • follow set procedures to sample raw materials and products
  • may package, label, store and transport samples
  • use simple equipment (hydrometers, thermometers and pH meters) to make measurements and perform basic tests that take a short time and involve a narrow range of variables and easily recognised control limits
  • may make visual inspection of products and packaging.

Examples of the work of sampler/testers are given below.

  • A milk tanker driver conducts aseptic sampling of milk before loading and then conveys the samples to the laboratory.
  • An operator in a quarry may take samples from stockpiles and conveyors and conduct simple tests on different grades of aggregates.
  • A field officer working in environmental monitoring may visit a catchment area to collect water samples
  • Sampler/testers take air samples for testing for microbial monitoring of air conditioning or cooling towers.

Application 

This qualification is typically used to prepare new employees or develop the skills of existing workers within the construction, manufacturing, resources and environmental industry sectors.

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 Information

Pathways into the qualification 

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit for this qualification may include units contained within relevant skill sets.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further training pathways from this qualification include the MSL30109 Certificate III in Laboratory Skills or MSA30208 Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology (Laboratory Operations Stream).

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS QUALIFICATION SUMMARY 

Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :

Communication

  • Receive and pass on written and oral messages, provide relevant information in response to requests and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills including conflict resolution techniques
  • Record and store data, perform basic calculations of scientific quantities and present information in tables and graphs
  • Report using verbal responses, data entry into laboratory information management system (LIMS) or enterprise databases and brief written reports using enterprise proformas
  • Communicate with team members, supervisors and customers effectively and courteously
  • Interpret work instructions
  • Complete workplace documentation such as reports

Teamwork

  • Liaise with relevant personnel to arrange site access and permits
  • Seek advice and clarify instructions with supervisors

Problem solving

  • Deal with inquiries in accordance with enterprise customer service requirements
  • Rectify obvious errors and atypical data using enterprise procedures
  • Identify site hazards and review enterprise safety procedures
  • Report problems accidents or incidents

Initiative and enterprise

  • Identify and report opportunities for improvements in procedures, processes and equipment
  • Identify hazards associated with samples, preparation methods, reagents and equipment and implement enterprise control measures

Planning and organising

  • Plan and organise daily work activities to ensure the timely completion of tasks
  • Modify work plans to suit changing conditions and priorities
  • Assemble and organise specified sampling equipment and materials and maintain own work area

Self-management

  • Follow work instructions to perform scientific/technical tasks safely and efficiently
  • Follow enterprise procedures which reflect occupational health and safety (OHS), equal opportunity, anti-discrimination and non-harassment legislative requirements
  • Maintain confidentiality of all client/enterprise data and information
  • Use appropriate protective equipment to ensure personal safety when sampling, processing, transferring or disposing of samples

Learning

  • Clarify instructions with supervisors to ensure a complete understanding of the task
  • Identify training opportunities and career options
  • Seek advice if the required samples cannot be collected or if procedures require modification

Technology

  • Use communication, emergency, data recording, sampling measuring and laboratory equipment
  • Use computers and software to collect and report information

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

To be awarded a Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement competency must be achieved in a total of eight (8 ) units of competency, consisting of:

  • four  (4 ) core units of competency
  • four  (4 ) elective units of competency.

Units listed under core  are considered essential for all people who perform sampling and measurement. The units listed as electives  may only apply to some personnel according to the size and scope of the organisation.

Note : Units marked with an asterisk have one or more prerequisite requirements and must be included in the total number of units chosen. Please refer to individual units for details.

Core units of competency 

Select all four  (4 ) units of competency from this group.

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

MSL912001A

Work within a laboratory/field workplace (induction)

MSL922001A

Record and present data

MSL943002A

Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

Elective units of competency 

Select four  (4 ) elective units from Groups A and B as specified below:

  • a minimum of two  (2 ) units must be chosen from Group A
  • the remainder may be chosen from Groups A and B to bring the total number of electives to four  (4 ).

Note that two  (2 ) of the elective units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available at Certificate II.

Group A 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL952001A

Collect routine site samples

MSL952002A

Handle and transport samples or equipment

MSL972001A

Conduct routine site measurements

Group B 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSL913001A

Communicate with other people

MSL913002A

Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

MSL933001A

Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose

MSL933002A

Contribute to the achievement of quality objectives

MSL933003A

Apply critical control point requirements

MSL933004A

Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance

MSL943001A

Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation

MSL953001A

Receive and prepare samples for testing

MSL953002A

Operate a robotic sample preparation system

MSL963001A

Operate basic handblowing equipment

MSL963002A

Repair glass apparatus using simple glassblowing equipment

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MSL973001A

Perform basic tests

MSL973002A

Prepare working solutions

MSL973003A

Prepare culture media

MSL973004A

Perform aseptic techniques

MSL973005A

Assist with fieldwork

MSL973006A

Prepare trial batches for evaluation

MSL973007A

Perform microscopic examination

MSL973008A

Perform histological procedures

MSL973009A

Conduct field-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973010A

Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials

MSL973011A

Perform fire pouring techniques

MSL973012A

Assist with geotechnical site investigations

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