Unit of competency details

MSS402050 - Monitor process capability (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSS402050A - Monitor process capabilitySupersedes and is equivalent to MSS402050A Monitor process capability 21/Jun/2016

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 22/Jun/2016

Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
PPM - Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training PackagePulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package 2.0 
PMC - Manufactured Mineral ProductsManufactured Mineral Products 1.0 
PMB - Plastics, Rubber and CablemakingPlastics, Rubber and Cablemaking 1.0 
MSS - SustainabilitySustainability 1.0-2.0,3.0 
MSM - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 2.1-5.0 
MSF - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 3.0-4.0 
FWP - Forest and Wood Products Training PackageForest and Wood Products Training Package 4.0-5.0 
FBP - Food, Beverage and PharmaceuticalFood, Beverage and Pharmaceutical 1.0-2.0,3.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
PPM40216 - Certificate IV in Papermaking OperationsCertificate IV in Papermaking Operations 
PPM40116 - Certificate IV in Pulping OperationsCertificate IV in Pulping Operations 
PPM30216 - Certificate III in Papermaking OperationsCertificate III in Papermaking Operations 
PPM30116 - Certificate III in Pulping OperationsCertificate III in Pulping Operations 
PPM20216 - Certificate II in Papermaking OperationsCertificate II in Papermaking Operations 
PPM20116 - Certificate II in Pulping OperationsCertificate II in Pulping Operations 
PMC40116 - Certificate IV in Manufactured Mineral ProductsCertificate IV in Manufactured Mineral Products 
PMC30116 - Certificate III in Manufactured Mineral ProductsCertificate III in Manufactured Mineral Products 
PMC20116 - Certificate II in Manufactured Mineral ProductsCertificate II in Manufactured Mineral Products 
PMB40116 - Certificate IV in Polymer TechnologyCertificate IV in Polymer Technology 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080307 Organisation Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080307 Organisation Management  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSS402050A Monitor process capability


This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required for gathering of data and the interpretation of simple information to determine the compliance of the process and the taking of action as defined by the procedures where the information reveals the process is out of control parameters.

This unit applies to an individual in an organisation adopting specific competitive systems and practices, usually either six sigma or statistical process control/three sigma, as a means of determining and improving the capability of their process to customer requirements. The individual is involved in collecting specified data and performing specified manipulations to the data (typically by plotting on a chart or by entering into a nominated computer program). The information is typically presented to team members in terms of graphs/charts which they are expected to interpret at a basic level and then take action in accordance with procedures to restore the process to being under control parameters.

This unit requires the application of skills associated with entering and monitoring operational data and information and requires initiative, enterprise and problem solving in identifying production variations and making improvement recommendations.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Competitive systems and practices

Unit Sector

Not applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Collect and process data 


Take specified measurements/readings/observations, as required.


Enter data in log, computer or other record.


Manipulate and/or chart data as required by procedures.


Identify variations that are not random and take action 


Examine chart and/or reliability information.


Distinguish between random variations and those with an identifiable cause.


Take action specified in procedures when a variation with an identifiable cause occurs.


Assist in process improvement 


Collect data for process capability improvement trials.


Make recommendations for improvement.


Implement revised capability monitoring procedures.

Foundation Skills

This section describes those required skills (language, literacy and numeracy) that are essential to performance.

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

This field allows for different work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included.

Competitive systems and practices include one or more of: 

  • lean operations
  • agile operations
  • preventative and predictive maintenance approaches
  • statistical process control systems, including six sigma and three sigma
  • Just in Time (JIT), kanban and other pull-related operations control systems
  • supply, value, and demand chain monitoring and analysis
  • 5S
  • continuous improvement (kaizen)
  • breakthrough improvement (kaizen blitz)
  • cause/effect diagrams
  • overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)
  • takt time
  • process mapping
  • problem solving
  • run charts
  • standard procedures
  • current reality tree.

Procedures (written, verbal, visual, computer based, etc.) include one or any combination of: 

  • work instructions
  • standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • safe work method statements
  • formulas/recipes
  • batch sheets
  • temporary instructions
  • any similar instructions provided for the smooth running of the plant.

Process capability includes one or more of: 

  • the capability of the process to deliver to customer defined requirements
  • process stability against standardised practices and documentation to eliminate variation against customer requirements
  • statistical capability to deliver product within a specified range
  • a statistical technique to determine the range within which a product might be expected to fall.

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSS402050A Monitor process capability


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=5b04f318-804f-4dc0-9463-c3fb9a3fe998


Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSS402050A Monitor process capability

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and include the ability to assist in one (1) or more process improvements and to routinely:

  • collect and process data
  • identify non-random variations and take the action specified in the procedures
  • make recommendations for improvements.

Knowledge Evidence

Must provide evidence that demonstrates knowledge relevant to their job role sufficient to fulfil their job role under routine only supervision, including:

  • defects and defective product
  • variation and the related statistical distribution
  • control charting (or similar) methods
  • analysis of information to identify trends or other non-random results
  • determination of identifiable causes from variation information
  • process capability determination from variation data.

Assessment Conditions

  • The unit should be assessed holistically and the judgement of competence shall be based on a holistic assessment of the evidence.
  • The collection of performance evidence:
  • should occur over a range of situations which include typical disruptions to normal, smooth operation of the workplace
  • will typically include a supervisor/third-party report focussing on consistent performance and problem recognition and solving. A supervisor/third-party report must be prepared by someone who has a direct, relevant, current relationship with the person being assessed and who is in a position to form a judgement on workplace performance relevant to the unit of competency
  • must include routine collection of data and identification of non-random variation in own workplace
  • must include participation in a process capability improvement project
  • will typically include the use of appropriate statistical tools, aids and apps.
  • Assessment should occur in operational workplace situations.
  • Knowledge evidence may be collected concurrently with performance evidence (provided a record is kept) or through an independent process such as workbooks, written assessments or interviews (provided a record is kept).
  • Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
  • Conditions for assessment must include access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required, including relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications associated with this unit.
  • Foundation skills are integral to competent performance of the unit and should not be assessed separately.
  • Assessors must satisfy the assessor competency requirements that are in place at the time of the assessment as set by the VET regulator.
  • The assessor must demonstrate both technical competency and currency.
  • Technical competence can be demonstrated through:
  • relevant VET or other qualification/Statement of Attainment AND/OR
  • relevant workplace experience
  • Currency can be demonstrated through:
  • performing the competency being assessed as part of current employment OR
  • having consulted with an organisation providing relevant environmental monitoring, management or technology services about performing the competency being assessed within the last twelve months.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=5b04f318-804f-4dc0-9463-c3fb9a3fe998