Unit of competency details

BSBPRO301A - Recommend products and services (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBPRO301 - Recommend products and servicesUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Mar/2009

Training packages that include this unit

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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  25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide advice and information within an organisation about the development and distribution of its products and services.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to individuals who are skilled operators and apply a broad range of competencies in various work contexts. They may exercise discretion and judgement using appropriate knowledge of products and services to provide technical advice and support to a team.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Develop and maintain knowledge of products and services

1.1. Actively and regularly research knowledge and understanding of industry products and services  using authoritative sources 

1.2. Use available product and service documentation  to identify and understand characteristics of products and services, and to make comparisons with other products and services

1.3. Accurately document and maintain information  on products and services in a format consistent with organisational requirements 

1.4. Apply acquired knowledge to improve quality within personal work areas

2. Recommend products and services

2.1. Ensure that recommendations on products and services are in line with organisational requirements

2.2. Provide recommendations that emphasise product and service issues  relevant to client needs

2.3. Ensure that evidence in support of recommendations is verifiable and presented in a suitable format

2.4. Structure recommendations to identify clear benefits to clients and the organisation

3. Advise on promotional activities

3.1. Provide advice that is clear, is supported by verifiable evidence and is compatible with organisational requirements

3.2. Ensure that promotional documentation and materials are appropriate to presentation of the organisation's products and services

3.3. Ensure that costs of promotional activities conform to budget resources

3.4. Estimate impact of promotional activities  from verifiable customer feedback sources 

3.5. Evaluate the benefits of promotional activities and incorporate in plans for future promotional activities

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • literacy skills to read and understand a variety of texts; to prepare general information and papers according to target audience; and to edit and proofread texts to ensure clarity of meaning, and accuracy of grammar and punctuation
  • technology skills to select and use technology appropriate to a task
  • communication skills to monitor and advise on customer service strategies
  • problem-solving skills to deal with customer enquiries or complaints
  • analytical skills to identify trends and positions of products and services.

Required knowledge 

  • key provisions of relevant legislation from all levels of government that may affect aspects of business operations, such as:
  • anti-discrimination legislation
  • ethical principles
  • codes of practice
  • privacy laws
  • occupational health and safety (OHS)
  • organisation's products and services
  • organisational policies and procedures for customer service including handling customer complaints
  • product and service standards and best practice models
  • principles and techniques of public relations and product promotion
  • mechanisms to obtain and analyse customer feedback.

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 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • assessing and reporting on customer satisfaction
  • identifying commercial characteristics of products and services
  • knowledge of product and service standards and best practice models.
  • preparing and structuring advice on products and services
  • researching market availability of products and services.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to an actual workplace or simulated environment
  • access to office equipment and resources
  • examples of promotional strategies
  • examples of documents relating to customer service standards and policies.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
  • assessment of written reports
  • demonstration of techniques
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • evaluation of promotional activities plans
  • observation of performance in role plays
  • observation of presentations
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of promotional strategies and sources of product information
  • review of documentation outlining information on products and services
  • review of products and services recommendations.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • sales and/or customer service units.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Industry products and services  may include:

  • competitor products and services
  • complementary products and services
  • emerging products and services
  • historical products and services
  • organisation's products
  • specified range of products and services within an organisation's offerings

Authoritative sources  may include:

  • authorised suppliers
  • industry associations
  • industry conferences
  • recognised industry media sources

Product and service documentation  may include:

  • colleagues' knowledge
  • consumer reports
  • industry reports
  • marketing data
  • operational guidelines
  • sales figures

Information  may include:

  • competitive features of products or services
  • cost and production data
  • distribution processes
  • innovations
  • problems with products or services
  • product trends
  • sales records (monthly forecasts, targets achieved)
  • sales trends

Organisational requirements  may include:

  • access and equity principles and practice
  • confidentiality and security requirements
  • defined resource parameters
  • ethical standards
  • filing and documentation storage processes
  • goals, objectives, plans, systems and processes
  • legal and organisational policies, guidelines and requirements
  • OHS policies, procedures and programs
  • payment and delivery options
  • pricing and discount policies
  • quality and continuous improvement processes and standards
  • quality assurance and/or procedures manuals
  • replacement and refund policy and procedures
  • who is responsible for products or services

Product and service issues  may include:

  • customer delivery
  • faults
  • market share data
  • organisational product knowledge
  • production down-time
  • sales figures

Promotional activities  may include:

  • advertisements
  • client functions
  • employee functions
  • media announcements
  • product launches
  • web pages

Verifiable customer feedback sources  may include:

  • audit documentation and reports
  • complaints
  • customer satisfaction questionnaires
  • lapsed clients
  • quality assurance data
  • returned goods
  • service calls

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Industry Capability - Product Skills and Advice

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units