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Unit of competency details

AHCMER301A - Process customer complaints (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Is superseded by and equivalent to AHCMER301 - Process customer complaintsThis unit is equivalent to AHCMER301A Process customer complaints. 26/Jun/2016
Supersedes RTE3819A - Process customer complaints09/Jun/2011

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Jun/2011

Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080501 Sales  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080501 Sales  04/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the process of handling negative feedback/complaints from customers, whether formal or informal and defines the standard required to: apply organisational and/or industry procedures for customer complaints; investigate the details of and background to the complaint and refer to other parties if required; negotiate an outcome with the customer if appropriate; process the complaint according to enterprise policy; recommend appropriate action arising from the complaint.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit requires the ability to identify the customer's need(s) and to process the complaint to standard and in an appropriate time frame, or to recommend appropriate action(s) arising from the complaint.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Pre-Requisites

Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Respond to customer complaints

1.1. Complaints are processed in accordance with organisational policies and procedures established under legislation, regulations or codes of practice.

1.2. Necessary reports relating to the complaints are obtained, documented and reviewed.

1.3. Decisions are made, taking into account applicable law, company policies and codes.

1.4. Resolution of the complaint is negotiated and agreed where possible.

1.5. A register of complaints/disputes is maintained.

1.6. Customer is informed of outcome of investigation.

2. Refer complaints

2.1. Complaints that require referral to other personnel or external bodies are identified.

2.2. Referrals are made to appropriate personnel for follow up in accordance with individual level of responsibility.

2.3. All documents and investigation reports are forwarded.

2.4. Appropriate personnel are followed up to gain prompt decisions.

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • the ability to apply organisational and/or industry procedures to a range of situations, and to exercise judgement in this application, along with an ability to facilitate other people to undertake appropriate customer service
  • active listening
  • using open and/or closed questions
  • speaking clearly and concisely
  • using appropriate language and tone of voice
  • giving customers full attention
  • maintaining eye-contact (for face-to-face interactions)
  • non-verbal communication, e.g. body language, personal presentation (for face-to-face interactions)
  • negotiation techniques
  • clear, legible writing/language skills which allow for adequate communication with required people
  • literacy skills to the level required to process complaints
  • numeracy skills to the level required to interpret the customer complaints and take required actions.

Required knowledge 

  • State/Territory/Commonwealth legislation, regulations, industry codes of practice, standards and guidelines
  • organisational policy and procedures for dealing with complaints
  • the importance of customer complaints
  • the importance of good communication
  • the individual's role in processing customer complaints.

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy holistically all of the requirements of the performance criteria and required skills and knowledge and include achievement of the following:

  • apply organisational and/or industry procedures for customer complaints
  • investigate the details of and background to the complaint and refer to other parties if required
  • negotiate an outcome with the customer if appropriate
  • process the complaint according to enterprise policy
  • recommend appropriate action arising from the complaint.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Competency requires the application of work practices under work conditions. Selection and use of resources for some worksites may differ due to the regional or enterprise circumstances.

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole.

Types of complaints may include:

  • simple customer dissatisfaction that can be resolved on the spot, to scenarios where external bodies such as police are required.

Examples of complaints may include:

  • product quality or misunderstanding of its purpose, service dissatisfaction, price or quantity errors, delivery issues, manufacturers warranty or service.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Merchandising and sales

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field