Unit of competency details

MEM14004A - Plan to undertake a routine task (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineeringMEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment; MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task; MEM15002A Apply quality systems; MEM15024A Apply quality procedures; MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment. Not equivalent. 25/Jun/2019

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 01/Dec/2005

Training packages that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
MSM - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 1.0-8.0 
MSA07 - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 6.0-8.4 
MEM05 - Metal and Engineering Training PackageMetal and Engineering Training Package 3.0-11.1 
MEM - Manufacturing and EngineeringManufacturing and Engineering 1.0-1.2 
MST - Textiles, Clothing and FootwearTextiles, Clothing and Footwear 1.0-1.1 
LMT07 - Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training PackageTextiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package 3.1-4.1 
HLT07 - Health Training PackageHealth Training Package 4.0,5.0-5.1 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnUsage RecommendationRelease
MEM30605 - Certificate III in Jewellery ManufactureCertificate III in Jewellery ManufactureSuperseded1-2 
MSM30216 - Certificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating ApplicationCertificate III in Surface Preparation and Coating ApplicationCurrent1-4 
LMT40107 - Certificate IV in Textile Technology and ProductionCertificate IV in Textile Technology and ProductionSuperseded1-2 
MEM30405 - Certificate III in Engineering - Electrical/Electronic TradeCertificate III in Engineering - Electrical/Electronic TradeSuperseded1-3 
MSM41015 - Certificate IV in Recreational VehiclesCertificate IV in Recreational VehiclesSuperseded1-8 
MEM10205 - Certificate I in Boating ServicesCertificate I in Boating ServicesSuperseded1-2 
MEM50105 - Diploma of Engineering - Advanced TradeDiploma of Engineering - Advanced TradeSuperseded1-5 
LMT50407 - Diploma of Textile Technology and Production ManagementDiploma of Textile Technology and Production ManagementSuperseded1-2 
HLT32112 - Certificate III in Prosthetic-Orthotic TechnologyCertificate III in Prosthetic-Orthotic TechnologyDeleted
MEM30905 - Certificate III in Boating ServicesCertificate III in Boating ServicesSuperseded1-3 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 31/Aug/2006 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers a person planning their own work where tasks involve one or more steps or functions and are carried out routinely on a regular basis. It includes the concepts of following routine instructions, specifications and requirements.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit covers essential skill and knowledge that underpin all units within the Metal and Engineering Training Package.

Instructions, such as standard operation sheets, are provided. Clear specifications and requirements, including quality and time allowances are also provided. The task and associated planning activity are carried out under supervision. The plan may or may not be documented. The task involves one or more steps or functions carried out routinely on a regular basis. The planning activity does not require judgment to be made in relation to priorities or time limitations.

Band :

Unit Weight : There is no unit weighting for this unit.

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. Identify task requirements

1.1. Instructions and procedures are obtained, understood and where necessary clarified.

1.2. Relevant specifications for task outcomes are obtained, understood and where necessary clarified.

1.3. Task outcomes are identified.

1.4. Task requirements such as completion time and quality measures are identified.

2. Plan steps required to complete task

2.1. Based on instructions and specifications provided, the individual steps or activities required to undertake the task are understood and where necessary clarified.

2.2. Sequence of activities is identified.

2.3. Plan is checked to ensure it complies with specifications and task requirements.

3. Review plan

3.1. Effectiveness of plan is reviewed against specifications and task requirements.

3.2. If necessary, plan is revised to better meet specifications and task requirements.

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

Look for evidence that confirms skills in:

  • obtaining instructions for tasks from correct source of information (job card, supervisor, work colleagues and others)
  • clarifying tasks and required outcomes with appropriate personnel where necessary
  • identifying relevant specifications from documentation, job cards, or other information source
  • preparing plans for tasks
  • sequencing activities
  • comparing planned steps against specifications and task requirements
  • communicating and interpreting information appropriate to the scope of this unit

Required knowledge 

Look for evidence that confirms knowledge of:

  • correct sources of information for a particular task
  • procedures for obtaining instructions and clarification
  • specifications for the task
  • hazards and established control measures associated with the routine task, including housekeeping
  • safe work practices and procedures

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 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to plan to undertake a routine task.

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

Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently perform all elements of the unit as specified by the criteria, including required knowledge, and be capable of applying the competency in new and different situations and contexts.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

This unit may be assessed on the job, off the job or a combination of both on and off the job. Where assessment occurs off the job, that is the candidate is not in productive work, then an appropriate simulation must be used where the range of conditions reflects realistic workplace situations. The competencies covered by this unit would be demonstrated by an individual working alone or as part of a team. The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate.

This unit could be assessed in conjunction with any other units addressing the safety, quality, communication, materials handling, recording and reporting associated with planning to undertake a routine task or other units requiring the exercise of the skills and knowledge covered by this unit.

Method of assessment 

Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, samples and questioning. Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit of competency. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required. The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Guidance information for assessment 

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.


  • Specific product or process information, such as:
  • outcome and performance requirements
  • quality requirements and checks
  • quantity
  • Specifications are conveyed verbally or on familiar standard forms, such as on job sheets


  • General requirements necessary to carry out routine tasks, such as:
  • dedicated tools and equipment
  • materials and parts
  • work procedures
  • completion time
  • safety measures and equipment
  • Requirements and instructions are supplied verbally or on familiar standard forms, such as on job sheets. Instructions are carried out under supervision and in accordance with established procedures

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field