Qualification details

MSA50311 - Diploma of Production Management (Release 4)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSM50316 - Diploma of Production ManagementSupersedes and is equivalent to MSA50311 Diploma of Production Management. 01/Jun/2016

ReleaseRelease date
4 (this release) 11/Feb/2014
(View details for release 3) 05/Apr/2013
(View details for release 2) 08/May/2012
(View details for release 1) 14/Nov/2011

Units of competency

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MSAPMOHS401A - Assess riskAssess riskSupersededN/A
BSBFIM501A - Manage budgets and financial plansManage budgets and financial plansSupersededN/A
BSBWRK510A - Manage employee relationsManage employee relationsSupersededN/A
MSS405082A - Adapt a proactive maintenance strategy to the process operations sectorAdapt a proactive maintenance strategy to the process operations sectorSupersededN/A
MSS405031A - Undertake value analysis of product or process costs in terms of customer requirementsUndertake value analysis of product or process costs in terms of customer requirementsSupersededN/A
FNSORG501A - Develop and manage a budgetDevelop and manage a budgetSupersededN/A
MSS404052A - Apply statistics to operational processesApply statistics to operational processesSupersededN/A
TLIR4003A - Negotiate a contractNegotiate a contractSupersededN/A
TLIL5055A - Manage a supply chainManage a supply chainSupersededN/A
TLIR4009A - Implement purchasing systemsImplement purchasing systemsSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing) 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 1222-11 Production Manager (Manufacturing) 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0803 Business And Management 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Manufacturing Technology 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Manufacturing Operations Manager 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing) 12/Apr/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 1222-11 Production Manager (Manufacturing) 12/Apr/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0803 Business And Management 12/Apr/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 14/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

Release 4 - Correction to metadata to show PMAOPS500A as available in this qualification

Release 3 - One imported elective unit updated to current version. Equivalent.

Release 2 - MSACM units replaced by MSS units from MSS11v2 Sustainability Training Package.

Release 1 - New qualification


This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to plan, direct and coordinate production activities in a manufacturing environment. The qualification has been developed with the process manufacturing sector as a focus. It may also be applied to other organisations in the value chain.

The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through a combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies. The qualification may also be achieved through recognition processes.

Job roles/employment outcomes 

The MSA50311 Diploma of Production Management specifies the competencies required for employment in job roles related to assisting organisations to improve production.

Employment outcomes related to this qualification may include roles such as a production or operations manager.


This qualification provides skills that can be applied to the design and control of production systems within an organisation, including:

  • planning and scheduling
  • tracking and analysing
  • directing and operating.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

This qualification has no entry requirement. However, entrants for the qualification should already possess operational or technical skills related to the organisation seeking production improvements either through prior relevant experience or qualifications. For this reason the qualification is not suitable as an entry level qualification for school leavers.

The units of competency in this qualification reflect competencies which are practised within the industry and recognition of prior learning (RPL) should be granted where there is sufficient evidence of competency from work-based experience.

Additional qualification advice 

This qualification provides the skills needed to assist organisations to improve production where competitive manufacturing (lean) processes are not fully employed. It therefore complements but does not duplicate qualifications supplying skills related to competitive manufacturing. Where these skills are required MSA51108 Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing, should be considered.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • Manage implementation of production improvement procedures and develop and distribute related information
  • Develop standardised documentation on behalf of an area or group of work teams
  • Share and discuss information with others about enterprise activities
  • Develop and communicate workplace procedures
  • Provide information and clarifications to team leaders and other employees on workplace procedures in relation to production
  • Provide and interpret instructions, specifications, standard operating procedures and other work-related documents
  • Provide assistance or information to relevant personnel
  • Debrief on workplace changes with relevant stakeholders
  • Record production, emissions and other work-related information
  • Access and use workplace communication tools and equipment
  • Apply numeracy skills to work procedures
  • Provide information about team activities to managers, supervisors and customers


  • Identify roles of work teams where teamwork is used as the form of work organisation
  • Supervise and lead others in a production environment
  • Share work-related information with peers, including team members, supervisors and management
  • Identify hazards to employees and visitors
  • Identify the value chain and advise other employees as to how they can contribute to the final quality of the product
  • Review changes to work practices and work relationships with team leaders and other employees
  • Provide assistance with planning work operations, as required
  • Seek assistance with work operations from specialists and other employees, as required
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams, as required


  • Monitor production and maintenance activities
  • Analyse inconsistencies, non-compliances, faults or hazards
  • Identify factors within work area that are a constraint to work efficiency or reaching of production outcomes
  • Identify essential and non-essential practices
  • Implement methods of increasing features/benefits of products or processes
  • Monitor responsibilities of teams and make improvements to work organisation
  • Identify process steps which cause a problem and implement improvement processes
  • Monitor production performance and implement improvement processes
  • Compare shift or area required performance with actual performance
  • Identify situations where compliance to specifications or safety standards is unlikely
  • Identify, recommend and implement improvements
  • Identify causes of identified faults and take appropriate action
  • Investigate causes of deviations from targets and standards in relation to production
  • Undertake root cause analysis

Initiative and enterprise

  • Manage procedures and systems for optimum outcomes
  • Analyse feedback on procedures and systems
  • Analyse problems, implications or suggestions for improvements
  • Adjust work activities according to changes in customer requirements
  • Identify methods of increasing contribution of work teams to production
  • Identify and implement changes and improvements
  • Monitor processes and equipment to ensure cost efficiency
  • Implement and monitor work practices to reduce waste
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams to develop new products or processes

Planning and organising

  • Ensure work areas comply with sustainability obligations and requirements
  • Identify and manage processes, tools and materials
  • Implement improvements in accordance with procedures
  • Distinguish between essential and non-essential practices
  • Implement use of planning tools within work of teams
  • Determine and prioritise required actions
  • Collect, organise and analyse information from work activities
  • Monitor work activities according to safety and workplace standards
  • Set production targets and outcomes
  • Interpret data and information as required by own job
  • Ask questions to ensure there is understanding of work requirements in teams and among other employees


  • Recommend methods of increasing own contribution to the value chain
  • Adjust work processes according to procedures and customer requirements
  • Identify and manage impact of change in own work
  • Minimise waste in own work activity
  • Assess own work performance
  • Set personal objectives for work performance
  • Manage own time


  • Identify skill requirements of self and team members
  • Arrange skill development training for self and others
  • Adapt to changing work requirements
  • Ask questions to aid learning of others
  • Identify personal skill gaps and additional skill needs
  • Ask questions to ensure understanding of own work requirements
  • Monitor own work and identify areas for improvement
  • Seek feedback on work performance
  • Provide feedback on work performance to team leaders and team members


  • Monitor technology to ensure production according to legislative requirements and workplace standards
  • Identify equipment and processes appropriate for jobs and skill levels of employees
  • Provide appropriate equipment to ensure safety and efficiency according to skill levels of employees
  • Assess operational efficiency of technology within own skill level and that of team members
  • Analyse data and other information from equipment reports
  • Conduct failure mode effects analyses
  • Use information technology appropriate for job
  • Manage maintenance procedures appropriate to job and processes according to skill levels of team members

Packaging Rules

To be awarded the MSA50311 Diploma of Production Management, competency must be achieved in ten (10)  units of competency.

  • one (1)  core unit of competency
  • nine (9)  elective units of competency, as specified below

Elective units must include:

  • a minimum of two (2)  units from each of Group A, Group B and Group C
  • the balance of units, to a maximum of three (3) , can be selected from:
  • units from Group A, B or C, not previously selected
  • units available at Diploma level from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses.

Note : Units marked with an asterisk have one or more prerequisite requirements. Please refer to the individual units for details. Prerequisites are to be counted towards the total number required to complete the qualification.

Core units of competency 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective units of competency 

Group A 

Unit code 

Unit title 



Design a process layout


Optimise cost of product or service


Develop the application of enterprise control systems in an organisation


Facilitate the development of a new product



Trial new process or product


Manage budgets and financial plans


Develop and manage a budget


Schedule material deliveries


Implement asset management systems


Manage a supply chain


Implement and monitor logistics planning and process


Implement and supervise stocktaking procedures


Implement purchasing systems


Plan purchasing


Develop, implement and review purchasing strategies


Establish supply chains

Group B 

Unit code 

Unit title 



Apply cost factors to work practices


Apply statistics to operational processes


Undertake value analysis of a product or process costs in terms of customer requirements


Analyse cost implications of maintenance strategy


Determine and improve process capability



Manage application of six sigma for process control and improvement



Determine and establish information collection requirements and processes


Develop a proactive maintenance strategy


Adapt a proactive maintenance strategy to the process operations sector



Use structured problem solving tools


Develop and monitor quality systems


Implement continuous improvement


Optimise production systems

Group C 

Unit code 

Unit title 



Implement improvement systems in an organisation


Develop and manage sustainable energy practices


Develop workplace policy and procedures for environmental sustainability


Assess risk


Maintain the workplace OHS management system


Manage risk



Manage an information or knowledge management system


Manage people performance


Manage employee relations


Administer inventory procedures


Develop strategies for more sustainable use of resources


Evaluate sustainability impact of a process


Review procedures to minimise environmental impact of process


Design complex projects


Manage complex projects


Close complex projects


Manage facility and inventory requirements


Negotiate a contract


Manage a contract

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.