Qualification details

MEM50311 - Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design (Release 5)


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(View details for release 2) 16/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) 27/Sep/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleEssentialSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Essential column
BSBCMM401A - Make a presentationMake a presentationN/A
BSBCRT401A - Articulate, present and debate ideasArticulate, present and debate ideasN/A
BSBCRT402A - Collaborate in a creative processCollaborate in a creative processN/A
BSBCRT501A - Originate and develop conceptsOriginate and develop conceptsN/A
BSBDES402A - Interpret and respond to a design briefInterpret and respond to a design briefN/A
BSBDES502A - Establish, negotiate and refine a design briefEstablish, negotiate and refine a design briefN/A
BSBIPR401A - Use and respect copyrightUse and respect copyrightN/A
BSBIPR501A - Manage intellectual property to protect and grow businessManage intellectual property to protect and grow businessN/A
BSBPMG522A - Undertake project workUndertake project workN/A
BSBSMB403A - Market the small businessMarket the small businessN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 399411 Jeweller 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4983-11 Jeweller 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1003 Visual Arts And Crafts 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Product Design,Jewellery 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Jewellery Designer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 399411 Jeweller 07/Aug/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4983-11 Jeweller 07/Aug/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1003 Visual Arts And Crafts 07/Aug/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 27/Sep/2011 
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Modification History

Release 5 - Imported elective units replaced by current versions.

Release 4 - Elective unit MEM22006A replaced by MEM22015A in Group C.

Release 3 - Elective unit MEM30001A replaced by MEM30031A

Release 2 - CUV unit codes corrected in Group D


This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to apply design processes and technical production skills to the design and manufacture of custom-made jewellery and objects.

Job roles/employment outcomes 

This qualification targets those producing designs for jewellery which are likely to be for custom manufacture. It also includes skills required to produce designs according to the design brief. This person is likely to be employed in a production workshop or small business operation and working directly with clients to produce items as a designer/maker.


This qualification is typically used to develop skills and knowledge in jewellery enterprises. Skills gained from this qualification may be applied to specialist jewellery and object design briefs, including heritage jewellery, theatre and film commissions, exhibitions and churchware, as well as one-off individual client briefs.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification  

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit will be granted towards this qualification to those who have completed MEM30605 Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture, MEM40311 Certificate IV in Advanced Jewellery Manufacture (under development) or who can demonstrate equivalent vocational experience.

Pathways from the qualification  

Further training pathways from this qualification include MEM60211 Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, all work must comply with occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental regulations and legislation that apply to the workplace.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Diploma of Jewellery and object design  

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the jewellery and object design industry 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 reflect skill requirements for this level.

Employability Skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • Interpret and implement relevant industry and workplace standards, regulations and policies
  • Complete design documentation in a range of formats, including drawings, specifications and plans
  • Use communication technologies efficiently
  • Interpret and document design brief and specifications
  • Discuss and explore problems with items and designs
  • Discuss design requirements with clients and others in the design or production team
  • Maintain accurate and legible records
  • Establish effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Present design ideas
  • Complete computer aided and manual drawings
  • Interact and network with industry participants
  • Interpret information on production techniques and materials


  • Work independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrate and encourage others in working cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion
  • Support others in the design process
  • Undertake appropriate and effective communication with others in the design process
  • Provide and obtain feedback on processes, outcomes and specifications to support and improve team outcomes
  • Participate in sustainability improvements

Problem solving

  • Identify risks and implement risk control measures for machinery, equipment and processes
  • Identify and address problems and faults
  • Check performance of machinery and equipment and perform minor maintenance as required
  • Assess and evaluate skill requirements of self and others to perform tasks
  • Deal with and promptly resolve issues
  • Use problem-solving techniques to determine design requirements and production specifications
  • Apply knowledge of materials and processes to solve design problems
  • Assess quality of materials before using in items
  • Test designs and production specifications
  • Identify and report potential environmental hazards

Initiative and enterprise

  • Test procedures and design concepts to assess effectiveness in meeting objectives
  • Provide leadership in design and production processes
  • Collect and analyse information to guide design and business practices
  • Identify non-conformances to standards and initiate appropriate action
  • Identify and implement effective ways to achieve design and production outcomes
  • Rectify problems promptly and appropriately
  • Monitor and adjust activities in response to operational variations
  • Identify and address existing and potential risks
  • Provide leadership in continuous improvement practices
  • Assess and apply sustainable practices to work

Planning and organising

  • Monitor quality outcomes
  • Determine production requirements and plans for designs
  • Plan processes to achieve desired outcomes within agreed timeframes
  • Ensure workstation and equipment are set up so that work requirements are met
  • Manage design processes
  • Produce design samples
  • Develop and implement contingency plans when responding to incidents and problems
  • Identify and monitor resource use in own work


  • Maintain own work efficiency
  • Ensure the work area is kept clean and tidy at all times
  • Manage work load priorities
  • Monitor own work against workplace, industry and quality standards
  • Adjust processes or techniques as required according to variations in requirements
  • Conduct work in a manner which minimises waste
  • Implement and apply OHS practices in the workplace
  • Check accuracy of own documented information


  • Experiment with design ideas and review outcomes
  • Seek feedback on ideas and work outcomes
  • Assess own skill requirements and seek further development if required
  • Develop or adjust processes based on previous experience


  • Use appropriate tools, machines and equipment safely, efficiently and effectively
  • Use information and communication technologies
  • Perform minor maintenance on equipment
  • Work with technology safely and according to workplace standards
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) technology in the development of designs

Packaging Rules

The minimum requirements for achievement of the MEM50311 Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design are:

  • completion of all six (6)  core units of competency
  • completion of twenty (20)  elective units of competency, to bring the total number of units to twenty six (26) .

Units with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk. Note that when selecting elective units any prerequisite units must also be completed (refer to units for details).

Elective units of competency must be selected as follows:

  • at least three (3)  units of competency from Group A
  • at least three (3)  units of competency from Group B
  • at least three (3)  units of competency from Group C.

The eleven (11)  remaining elective units can be selected as follows, to bring the total number of elective units to twenty (20) :

  • Group A, B or C electives not previously selected
  • a maximum of three (3)  units from Group D
  • up to four (4)  appropriate elective units may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available in a Diploma or Certificate IV qualification.

Appropriate units are those that would be suitable for occupational outcomes in a jewellery and object design environment.

Note that the elective units listed below include all of the units that are approved for selection from the MEM05 Training Package for use in this qualification. This meets the NSSC requirement that one sixth of the total units must be able to be selected from other qualifications in the same Training Package.

Units that have been achieved through completion of other qualifications will be credited towards the Diploma when they are also included in the unit lists for this qualification.


  • Complete all six (6)  units of competency from this list:

Unit code  

Unit title 



Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment


Apply drawing and rendering techniques to jewellery or object design


Investigate quality and application of jewellery materials


Realise a body of creative work


Analyse cultural history and theory


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Group A: Specialist jewellery and object creative and design units 

  • Select a minimum of three (3)  units of competency from this list:

Unit code  

Unit title 



Use CAD to create and display 3D jewellery and object models


Create and present designs for jewellery and other 3D objects


Produce life drawings for presenting jewellery and object designs



Select materials and new technologies for jewellery and 3D object design applications


Produce a professional jewellery design and 3D object portfolio


Research and design sustainable objects


Produce renderings and technical drawings for jewellery and object design construction

Group B: Design process and drawing units 

  • Select a minimum of three (3)  units of competency from this list:

Unit code  

Unit title 



Interpret technical drawing


Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements


Originate and develop concepts


Interpret and respond to a design brief


Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief


Research and apply light and colour


Refine 2-D design ideas and processes


Refine 3-D design ideas and processes


Refine drawing techniques


Investigate drawing materials and processes


Present a body of own creative work


Produce ideation drawings

Group C: Jewellery and object production units 

  • Select a minimum of three (3)  units from this list:

Unit code  

Unit title 



Perform brazing and/or silver soldering


Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing


Manually finish/polish materials



Perform engineering measurements


Perform computations


Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials


Work safely with molten metals/glass


Use hand tools


Use power tools/hand held operations


Use tools for precision work



Perform jewellery metal casting



Produce jewellery wax model



Produce jewellery metal masters



Design and implement mechanisms in jewellery items


Create silversmithing objects


Apply chain manufacture process


Plan and apply casting techniques for jewellery and object designs


Use specialised techniques to produce jewellery and objects


Plan and implement chenier fabrication process


Source and estimate engineering materials requirements


Make scale models


Research and apply techniques for the design of wearable objects


Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery

Group D: General electives 

  • Select a maximum of three (3)  units of competency from this list:

Unit code  

Unit title 


Digital context and imaging 


Interact with computing technology


Render images using computer graphics software



Work with photomedia in art and design practice


Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images


Refine digital art techniques


Prepare files for publication


Capture photographic images


Apply photo imaging lighting techniques



Organise and communicate information


Make a presentation


Articulate, present and debate ideas


Collaborate in a creative process


Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work

Professional practice and management/industry context 


Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business


Use and respect copyright


Undertake project work


Market the small business


Monitor and manage small business operations


Manage small business finances


Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge


Conduct research


Select and organise finished work for storage


Prepare for sustainable professional practice


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Sell products and services

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