Qualification details

MSS40111 - Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations (Release 3)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
3 (this release)Current 13/Dec/2013
(View details for release 2) Replaced02/May/2012
(View details for release 1) Replaced18/Jul/2011

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSS40116 - Certificate IV in Sustainable OperationsSupersedes and is equivalent to MSS40111 Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations. 21/Jun/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
BSBRSK401A - Identify risk and apply risk management processesIdentify risk and apply risk management processes N/A
LMFFDT4003A - Assess and record the lifecycle of a productAssess and record the lifecycle of a product N/A
LMFFT4007B - Sample, inspect and test products to specificationsSample, inspect and test products to specifications N/A
LMTGN4002A - Participate in product engineeringParticipate in product engineering N/A
LMTGN4016A - Contribute to the development of products or processesContribute to the development of products or processes N/A
MEM13002B - Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplaceUndertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace N/A
MEM30016A - Assist in the analysis of a supply chainAssist in the analysis of a supply chain N/A
MSAENV472B - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesImplement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices N/A
MSAPMOHS401A - Assess riskAssess risk N/A
MSAPMSUP301A - Apply HACCP to the workplaceApply HACCP to the workplace N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 311413 Life Science Technician 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3112-15 Life Science Technical Officer 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0301 Manufacturing Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Sustainability 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Team Leader / Supervisor (Sustainability) 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 311413 Life Science Technician 07/Aug/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3112-15 Life Science Technical Officer 07/Aug/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0301 Manufacturing Engineering And Technology 07/Aug/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 21/Jun/2011 
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Modification History

Release 3 - Addition of unit of competency MSS014007A Implement social sustainability in work practices to Group A electives


This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to lead the implementation of sustainability related initiatives in a section of an organisation. The qualification has been developed with manufacturing operations as a focus. However, because of the range of organisations in a typical manufacturing value chain it may also be applied to other types of organisations. The qualification is also appropriate for a technician or similar person who as part of a broader job role needs to undertake sustainability related work.

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.

Job roles/employment outcomes 

The MSS40111 Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations specifies the competencies required to identify, implement and report on sustainability related initiatives within a section of an enterprise, such as a defined work area, work team or stage of production. It may also apply to a small or medium enterprise. It includes assisting organisations to meet their obligations under sustainability related regulatory arrangements, government or similar incentives or other initiatives that apply to the employee’s area of operation.

The qualification also applies where an overview of sustainability related issues is required without the detailed technical underpinning skills, such as resource (e.g. water and carbon) mapping along a value chain, or mass balancing across a site or large enterprise. Where these skills are require the MSS50111 Diploma of Sustainable Operations should be considered.

Employment outcomes related to this qualification may include specialist roles such as a sustainability officer or sustainability project assistant. The qualification also provides specialist sustainability competencies to technical, supervisory or operational employees who do not have whole of enterprise responsibilities.


This qualification provides sustainability skills that can be applied in the following organisations and environments:

  • manufacturing enterprises
  • organisations in a manufacturing value chain, such as:
  • suppliers
  • customers
  • distributors, warehouses, transport suppliers and other logistics support organisations
  • professional service suppliers to manufacturing, for example, legal, engineering, accounting, auditing and education and training suppliers.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification  

This qualification has no formal entry requirement. However, it should be noted that this qualification does not supply operational or technical skills. Most enterprises will expect technical skills relevant to their operations or equivalent vocational experience and for this reason the qualification is unlikely to be suitable for direct entry from school.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further training pathways from this qualification include the MSS50111 Diploma of Sustainable Operations.

Additional qualification advice 

This qualification provides the skills needed to measure current sustainability performance and to establish processes for improved sustainability performance within small and medium enterprises as well as sections or stages of production in larger organisations. It complements but does not duplicate qualifications supplying production, maintenance, logistics or other technical skills to industry. Where these skills are required appropriate qualifications from Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) and other Industry Skill Council (ISC) Training Packages should be considered.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification.

Entry Requirements

This qualification has no formal entry requirements.

Employability Skills Summary

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by 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: 


  • Oversee implementation of sustainability improvement procedures in section or for stage of production and develop and distribute related information
  • Distribute and explain standardised documentation on behalf of an area or a work team
  • Share and discuss information with others about enterprise activities
  • Communicate workplace procedures
  • Provide information and clarifications to other employees on workplace procedures in relation to sustainability
  • 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 for a work area
  • 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 other employees and visitors
  • 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

Problem solving 

  • Monitor team production and maintenance activities and 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 team and make improvements to work organisation
  • Identify process steps which cause a problem and suggest improvement processes
  • Monitor sustainability performance and identify improvement opportunities and 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 sustainability
  • Undertake root cause analysis

Initiative and enterprise 

  • Manage team or area procedures and systems for optimum outcomes
  • Provide feedback on procedures and systems
  • Analyse problems, implications or suggestions for improvements
  • Adjust work activities according to changes in operating procedures or requirements
  • Identify methods of increasing contribution of team to sustainability
  • 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 area complies with sustainability obligations and requirements
  • Implement improvements in accordance with procedures
  • Distinguish between essential and non-essential practices
  • Implement use of planning tools within work of team
  • Determine and prioritise required actions
  • Collect, organise and analyse information from work activities
  • Monitor work activities according to safety and workplace standards
  • Monitor 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 skills 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 sustainability according to legislative requirements and workplace standards
  • Identify equipment and processes appropriate for team jobs and skill levels of team members
  • 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
  • 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 MSS40111 Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations, competency must be achieved in ten (10)  units of competency.

  • three (3)  core units of competency 
  • seven (7)  elective units of competency, as specified below.

Note: Units with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk. Refer to the unit for details.

Core units of competency 

Complete all three (3)  of the following units of competency

Unit code

Unit title


Improve sustainability through readily implementable change


Evaluate sustainability impact of a work or process area


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective units of competency 

  • Complete seven (7)  units of competency, made up of:
  • a minimum of three (3)  units from Group A
  • the balance of units, to a maximum of four (4 ), may be selected from:
  • Group A units, not previously selected
  • Group B units listed below.

Group A: Specialist elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 



Optimise sustainability of a process or plant area


Develop team strategies for more sustainable use of resources


Apply proactive maintenance strategies to sustainability


Contribute to sustainability related audits


Implement social sustainability in work practices


Develop required sustainability reports


Implement environmental management plans and procedures


Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site


Assist in implementing a proactive maintenance strategy


Support proactive maintenance


Assess and record the lifecycle of a product


Assess risk


Apply HACCP to the workplace


Apply critical control point requirements


Contribute to the ongoing development of HACCP plans


Undertake environmental field-based monitoring


Undertake field-based, remote-sensing monitoring


Review procedures to minimise environmental impact of process

Group B: Other elective units  

Unit code

Unit title



Identify risk and apply risk management processes


Sample, inspect and test products to specifications


Participate in product engineering


Contribute to the development of products or processes


Undertake occupational health and safety activities in the workplace


Assist in the analysis of a supply chain


Coordinate environmental management activities


Apply cost factors to work practices


Use planning software systems in manufacturing


Use SCADA systems in operations


Undertake root cause analysis


Implement competitive systems and practices


Ensure process improvements are sustained


Facilitate use of a Balanced Scorecard for performance improvement


Facilitate change in an organisation implementing competitive systems and practices


Facilitate implementation of competitive systems and practices


Lead team culture improvement


Monitor a levelled pull system of operations


Improve cost factors in work practices


Facilitate and improve implementation of 5S


Facilitate breakthrough improvements


Mistake proof a production process


Undertake process capability improvements



Apply statistics to operational processes


Use six sigma techniques



Facilitate the use of planning software systems in a work area or team


Facilitate the use of SCADA systems in a team or work area


Undertake proactive maintenance analyses

A maximum of two (2) Group B elective units may be selected from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available for inclusion at Certificate IV level.

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