Unit of competency details

MSACMT230A - Apply cost factors to work practices (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSS402030A - Apply cost factors to work practices 01/May/2012

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

Training packages that include this unit

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PMB07 - Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking Training PackagePlastics, Rubber and Cablemaking Training Package 1.1 
ICP10 - Printing and Graphic ArtsPrinting and Graphic Arts 2.0-2.1 
FPI11 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 1.0 
LMF02 - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 6.0-8.1 
PUA00 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 8.1 
MSA07 - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 6.0-8.1 
PMA08 - Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training PackageChemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package 2.0-3.1 
MEM05 - Metal and Engineering Training PackageMetal and Engineering Training Package 3.0-8.1 
MSS11 - Sustainability Training PackageSustainability Training Package 1.0 
PMC10 - Manufactured Mineral ProductsManufactured Mineral Products 1.0 
FPP10 - Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training PackagePulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package 1.0-1.1 
AUM12 - Automotive ManufacturingAutomotive Manufacturing 1.0 
FPI05 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 3.0 
AUM08 - Automotive ManufacturingAutomotive Manufacturing 1.1 
DEF12 - Defence Training PackageDefence Training Package 2.0 
SFI11 - Seafood Industry Training PackageSeafood Industry Training Package 1.0 
LMT07 - Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training PackageTextiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package 3.1-4.0 
FDF10 - Food ProcessingFood Processing 3.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

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MSA61108 - Advanced Diploma of Competitive ManufacturingAdvanced Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing1-2 
ICP30312 - Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia)Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Multimedia)
LMT20607 - Certificate II in Clothing Production (Intermediate)Certificate II in Clothing Production (Intermediate)
MSA20107 - Certificate II in Process ManufacturingCertificate II in Process Manufacturing1-2 
FDF20110 - Certificate II in Food ProcessingCertificate II in Food Processing
LMT30507 - Certificate III in Clothing ProductionCertificate III in Clothing Production
LMF60308 - Advanced Diploma of Furniture Design and TechnologyAdvanced Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology
LMT31210 - Certificate III in Dry Cleaning OperationsCertificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations
LMF40508 - Certificate IV in Furniture Design and TechnologyCertificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology
MSA30208 - Certificate III in Manufacturing TechnologyCertificate III in Manufacturing Technology1-2 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080315 Project Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080315 Project Management  28/Apr/2009 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the knowledge and skills needed for an individual to identify cost components and to be able to determine in general terms the cost impacts of alternative actions.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

In a typical scenario, a person is required to contribute to and be involved in the assessment of cost factors in their work. This may be done individually or in a team environment.

The person is able to assess the relative costs of the alternatives and use this as one of the key factors in making decisions. Decisions are made within the scope of the employee's authority and according to procedures. Typical decisions include those that contribute to the efficient organisation of own work and the improvement of production time and cycle times.

This unit requires the application of skills associated with problem solving to identify cost factors and cost implications of own work and self management to apply cost effective practices.

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 in own work area major cost components of product or process

1.1. Identify cost components  in the product or process  in own work area

1.2. Recognise the impact of current or alternative actions on costs

2. Identify constraints to cost efficiency

2.1. Identify required production/process rate and major costs

2.2. Identify costs factors under the control of the individual or team

2.3. Relate identified costs factors to impact on overall cost  of production/process

2.4. Identify cost factors that are a constraint to cost efficiency in own work area

3. Apply cost efficient work practices

3.1. Express the implications of possible actions/changes to improve cost efficiency in simple financial terms

3.2. Identify non-financial implications of proposed changes in discussion with relevant people

3.3. Select actions which minimise overall costs

3.4. Monitor actions to ensure cost efficiency in own work area is maintained

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • basic numeracy
  • problem solving
  • communication

Required knowledge 

  • cost components of products made
  • costs concepts such as expense and income
  • major cost contributors to product (eg energy)
  • the difference between internally and externally controlled costs
  • difference between overhead, labour and consumables

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, the range statement and the assessment guidelines for this training package.

Overview of assessment requirements 

The person will as part of their routine decision making aim to minimise costs. There should be evidence of their doing so.

What are the specific resource requirements for this unit ?

Access to a workplace implementing competitive manufacturing strategies. No other specific resources are required.

What critical aspects of evidence are required to demonstrate competency in this unit ?

Evidence of being able to identify costs factors relevant to an individual's job.

Evidence of having made appropriate decisions to minimise overall costs.

In what context should assessment occur ?

Assessment will need to occur in a workplace or by use of a work based case study.

Are there any other units which could or should be assessed with this unit or which relate directly to this unit ?

This unit may be assessed concurrently with appropriate units on continuous improvement.

What method of assessment should apply ?

Assessors must be satisfied that the person can consistently perform the unit as a whole, as defined by the Elements, Performance Criteria, skills and knowledge. A holistic approach should be taken to the assessment.

Assessors should gather sufficient, fair, valid, reliable, authentic and current evidence from a range of sources. Sources of evidence may include direct observation, reports from supervisors, peers and colleagues, project work, samples, organisation records and questioning. Assessment should not require language, literacy or numeracy skills beyond those required for the unit.

The assessee will have access to all techniques, procedures, information, resources and aids which would normally be available in the workplace.

The method of assessment should be discussed and agreed with the assessee prior to the commencement of the assessment.

What evidence is required for demonstration of consistent performance ?

Evidence should be available over a period of time or from more than one process or product.

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.

Cost components 

Cost components include fixed and variable costs such as power/energy, materials, plant and equipment, production or process time including impact on salary and wages, office expenses such as telephone and government taxes and charges.


Process may include a production, maintenance, logistics or office process in a manufacturing environment.

Overall cost 

Overall cost may include the assessment of negative and positive financial implications. It also includes negative long term issues, such as Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), environmental and regulatory issues.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit Sector 

CM Tools

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Functional area

Functional Area