Qualification details

FPI30711 - Certificate III in Sawdoctoring (Release 3)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
3 (this release)Current 27/Aug/2013
(View details for release 2) Replaced27/Nov/2012
(View details for release 1) Replaced07/Feb/2012

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to FPI30705 - Certificate III in Sawdoctoring 06/Feb/2012
Is superseded by and equivalent to FWP30716 - Certificate III in Sawdoctoring 12/May/2016

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
BSBFLM312C - Contribute to team effectivenessContribute to team effectiveness Core
FPICOR2201B - Work effectively in the forest and forest products industryWork effectively in the forest and forest products industry Core
FPICOR2202B - Communicate and interact effectively in the workplaceCommunicate and interact effectively in the workplace Core
FPICOR3201B - Implement safety, health and environment policies and proceduresImplement safety, health and environment policies and procedures Core
FPICOT3201B - Hand sharpen knives and bladesHand sharpen knives and blades Elective
FPICOT3204B - Prepare and interpret sketches and drawingsPrepare and interpret sketches and drawings Core
FPICOT3210B - Sharpen cutting toolsSharpen cutting tools Elective
FPICOT3211B - Maintain sawdoctoring toolsMaintain sawdoctoring tools Core
FPICOT3212B - Replace saws, blades and guidesReplace saws, blades and guides Elective
FPICOT3213B - Manufacture cutting toolsManufacture cutting tools Elective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 323315 Saw Maker And Repairer 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4115-17 Saw Maker And Repairer 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0307 Mechanical And Industrial Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Sawmilling and Processing 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Sawdoctor 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 323315 Saw Maker And Repairer 03/Sep/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4115-17 Saw Maker And Repairer 03/Sep/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0307 Mechanical And Industrial Engineering And Technology 03/Sep/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 07/Feb/2012 
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Modification History

Release 2

New unit added to elective bank:

  • FPICOT3263

Release 1.1

One imported unit of competency updated:

  • MEM05006C replaces MEM05006B - Equivalent


This qualification is designed for job roles in the sawmilling and processing sector of the forest and forest products industry.

Pathways Information

This qualification has three employment pathways for typical operational environments of sawmilling and processing. These are:

  • Saw Maker
  • Saw Repairer
  • Sawdoctor

Entry may be gained through progression from a lower level FPI qualification or recognition of existing industry experience or qualifications.

This qualification may be suited to an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Native FPI units may be subject to state or territory licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements.

Some imported units in the elective bank may be subject to state or territory codes, regulations, licences and/or permits. These units must be implemented in line with the licensing requirements outlined in the unit’s parent Training Package.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Employability Skills Summary


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on the packaging options.

Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


  • Accurately interpret and convey information in written, sketch or oral form
  • Establish and maintain communication with others in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements
  • Record and report sketch and drawing preparation and interpretation activities to the appropriate personnel
  • Use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others


  • Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area
  • Contribute to team outcomes
  • Encourage and support team members to take responsibility for their own work and to assist each other in undertaking required roles and responsibilities
  • Review and clarify work order with appropriate personnel, which may include supervisors, suppliers, clients, colleagues and managers


  • Assess and control risks
  • Identify and resolve problems including methods for identifying omissions or areas of insufficient detail in sketches and drawings
  • Identify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures
  • Immediately assess and rectify problems to avoid repetition of damage to blades

Initiative and enterprise

  • Detect and assess hazards in the work area and report to appropriate personnel
  • Effectively identify omissions and areas of insufficient detail and demonstrate appropriate response procedures
  • Encourage team members to participate in the planning, decision making and operational aspects of the work team to their level of responsibility
  • Visually inspect products before processing or completion

Planning and organising

  • Check and conform with product specifications
  • Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for preparing and interpreting sketches and drawings
  • Prepare for maintenance
  • Review and accurately identify work requirements


  • Apply, follow and adhere to quality system procedures to personal work
  • Ensure own contribution to work team serves as a role model for others and enhances the organisation's image within the work team, the organisation and with clients/customers
  • Follow safe workplace procedures for dealing with environmental incidents, accidents, and emergencies within scope of responsibilities
  • Integrate care for the environment into all day-to-day activities


  • Identify opportunities for professional development
  • Implement training and operational controls in accordance with workplace procedures - training may include in-house or external training programs or one-on-one supervision, programs that maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislative changes at the local, State and federal level
  • Practise and record emergency and evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency
  • Support the team to identify and resolve problems which impede its performance


  • Accurately identify and interpret sketches or drawing features to provide a three-dimensional picture of components, assemblies or structures - sketches or drawings may be computer assisted, free hand or completed with simple drawing instruments
  • Use and maintain relevant tools, machinery and equipment
  • Use computerised design where appropriate

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 26

  • 10 core units plus
  • 16 elective units, consisting of:
  • up to 16 units from the elective units listed below
  • up to 2 units recommended for packaging at Certificate II, III or IV level from this or any other endorsed Training Package or state/territory accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to work undertaken in the sawdoctoring sector of the industry



Unit Code 

Unit Title 



Contribute to team effectiveness


Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry


Communicate and interact effectively in the workplace


Implement safety, health and environment policies and procedures


Prepare and interpret sketches and drawings


Maintain sawdoctoring tools


Sharpen and align blades and knives


Select timber for forestry operations


Apply principles of blade design to sawing procedures


Perform brazing and/or silver soldering



Unit Code 

Unit Title 



Hand sharpen knives and blades


Sharpen cutting tools


Replace saws, blades and guides


Manufacture cutting tools


Swage and shape saw blades


Assess and maintain saw performance


Assess and maintain cutter performance


Produce templates


Maintain and contribute to energy efficiency


Sharpen band saws


Sharpen circular saws


Align sawing production systems


File and set saws


Recondition guides


Sharpen tipped circular saws


Level and tension circular saws


Join band saw blades


Hard face saw teeth


Replace tungsten tips


Replace stellite tips


Maintain wide band saw blades


Profile saw blanks


Recondition band mill wheels


Maintain frame saw blades


Perform routine oxyacetylene welding


Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding


Perform routine gas metal arc welding

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