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Qualification details

MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSS40216 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and TechnologySupersedes and is equivalent to MSS40211 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology. 21/Jun/2016

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 18/Jul/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
BSBOHS406C - Use equipment to conduct workplace monitoringUse equipment to conduct workplace monitoringN/A
CUVPHI05B - Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalentUse a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalentN/A
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidN/A
MSAENV272B - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practicesN/A
MSAENV472B - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesImplement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesN/A
MSL904001A - Perform standard calibrationsPerform standard calibrationsN/A
MSL924002A - Use laboratory application softwareUse laboratory application softwareN/A
MSL935004A - Maintain instruments and equipmentMaintain instruments and equipmentN/A
MSL943002A - Participate in laboratory/field workplace safetyParticipate in laboratory/field workplace safetyN/A
MSL952001A - Collect routine site samplesCollect routine site samplesN/A
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Classifications

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 Environmental Protection 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Sustainability Officer,Environmental Technician 

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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Description

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to conduct environmental sampling, testing and monitoring in a variety of industry sectors.

Job roles/employment outcomes 

The MSS40211 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology provides technical training across a range of industry sectors, such as:

  • environmental monitoring, sampling and field testing (e.g. air, water, soil and rocks)
  • geotechnical services
  • natural resource management
  • water supply and treatment, storm and wastewater management
  • solid and hazardous waste management.

Job roles targeted by this qualification include environmental assistants, environmental technicians and similar personnel employed by enterprises and Commonwealth, state/territory/local governments in the sectors listed above. Many of these employees are engaged in the monitoring of environmental impacts at industrial sites. They operate monitoring equipment, collect samples and conduct tests both in the field and at site laboratories. Other employees may collect a range of field data relating to the suitability of land and water use and process and present this data using geographical information systems (GIS) software.

In broad terms, they may: 

  • plan and conduct site sampling, field testing and measurements (e.g. meteorological)
  • plan field work, arrange access to sites, logistics, equipment and supplies
  • assemble, test, pack and transport equipment and supplies
  • navigate using maps and global positioning systems (GPS)
  • collect, process and present spatial/attribute data using GPS and GIS
  • conduct field surveys of flora, fauna, water and soils
  • calibrate and operate a wide variety of field-based instrumentation
  • troubleshoot, repair, maintain and adapt instrumentation
  • log and process data using a variety of computer hardware and software
  • interpret data to identify significant anomalies and trends
  • report results and make logical conclusions
  • define and solve problems of limited complexity where the information available is less obvious, but not contradictory, and can be determined by direct reasoning
  • work under the direction and regular supervision of environmental officers, environmental site coordinators, site managers, or environmental scientists, engineers and planners
  • work in a team and may have responsibility for their own work outputs.

Application 

This qualification is typically used to prepare new employees or develop the skills of existing workers performing an environmental assistant role in a variety of industry sectors.

This qualification recognises that the industry sectors listed above employ environmental assistants and technicians who have broad technical knowledge and skills in the area of environmental sampling and testing and some understanding of the industry processes and/or ecosystems that they are working with. These personnel do not have the more substantial knowledge of environmental monitoring; complex instrumentation; data analysis; environmental impacts and the strategies for minimising these impacts; and remediation/rehabilitation of sites, that is provided by the MSS50211 Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology for environmental officers.

Training programs for this qualification are suitable to be undertaken as part of a formal training contract with an employer under an Australian Traineeship or Apprenticeship arrangement.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification  

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit may be granted towards this qualification by those who have completed the MSL20109 Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement. Credit for this qualification may include units contained within relevant Skill Sets.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further training pathways from this qualification include MSS50211 Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology.

Additional qualification advice 

Because specialisation is a requirement in some industry sectors for the MSS40211 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) may choose to issue a generic:

  • Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology

or, where elective units of competency are packaged to suit a particular industry sector or specialisation, RTOs may choose to issue a:

  • Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology (specialising in xxxxxxx)

Industry sector/specialisations could include, but are not limited to:

  • water
  • air
  • odour
  • soil
  • noise.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification.

Entry Requirements

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

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: 

Communication 

  • Receive and pass on written and oral messages, provide relevant information in response to requests and demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Record and store data, perform basic calculations of scientific quantities and present information in tables and graphs
  • Report using verbal responses, data entry into enterprise information management system and brief written reports
  • Communicate with team members, supervisors and customers, other site personnel and members of the public
  • Interpret enterprise procedures and material safety data sheets (MSDS)

Teamwork 

  • Work effectively with other people who may have diverse work styles and cultures
  • Promote cooperation and good relations in the team

Problem solving 

  • Deal with inquiries and requests for information in accordance with enterprise customer service requirements
  • Rectify simple equipment faults and errors in data using enterprise procedures
  • Recognise and report non-conformances or problems to appropriate personnel

Initiative and enterprise 

  • Access and provide relevant information within scope of responsibility and in accordance with enterprise procedures, including confidentiality requirements
  • Recognise potential incidents and take appropriate corrective action
  • Identify and report opportunities for improvements in procedures, processes, quality and equipment
  • Identify hazards associated with sites, samples, preparation methods, reagents and equipment and implement enterprise control measures

Planning and organising 

  • Plan and organise daily work activities to ensure the timely completion of tasks
  • Modify work plans to suit changing conditions and priorities
  • Assemble, check and organise specified equipment and materials

Self-management 

  • Follow enterprise procedures that reflect equal opportunity, anti-discrimination and non-harassment legislative requirements
  • Maintain enterprise standards of personal hygiene
  • Conduct work based on ethical values and principles and ensure quality and integrity of own work
  • Review own strengths, weaknesses and work practices for opportunities to continuously improve performance
  • Maintain security and confidentiality of all client/enterprise data and information
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety when collecting, processing, testing, transferring or disposing of samples or conducting survey work

Learning 

  • Clarify instructions with supervisors to ensure a complete understanding of the task
  • Update knowledge and skills and take advantage of skill development opportunities
  • Coach others in participating in occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental management issues

Technology 

  • Use communication, emergency, data recording, sampling and testing equipment, monitoring instruments and calibration standards
  • Use computers, software and enterprise information management systems to collect, process and report information

Packaging Rules

To be awarded the MSS40211 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology, competency must be achieved in a total of sixteen (16) units of competency.

  • eight (8)  core units of competency
  • eight (8)  elective units of competency, as specified below.

Units listed under core  are considered essential for all environmental assistants. The units listed as electives  may only apply to some personnel according to the size and scope of the particular enterprise and industry sector.

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

Core units of competency  

  • Complete the following eight (8)  units of competency.

Unit code 

Unit title 

P 

MSS024001A

Work and communicate effectively as an environmental technician

MSS024002A

Implement environmental management plans and procedures

MSS024003A

Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site

MSS024004A

Process and present environmental data

MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

MSL943002A

Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

MSL952001A

Collect routine site samples

MSL974007A

Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

Elective units of competency 

  • Complete eight (8)  elective units of competency, made up of:
  • a minimum of five (5)  units from Group A
  • the balance of units, to a maximum of three (3)  may be selected from:
  • Group A units, not previously selected
  • Group B and C units, listed below.

A maximum of three (3)  Group B and C electives may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are relevant and available at Certificate IV. This could include relevant units available in AHC10 Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

Group A: Specialist elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

P 

MSS014006A

Contribute to sustainability related audits

MSS024005A

Collect spatial and discrete environmental data

MSS024006A

Perform sampling and testing of water

MSS024007A

Collect and evaluate meteorological data

MSS024008A

Recognise common geological landforms and samples

MSS024009A

Assist with assessing and monitoring stormwater systems

MSS024010A

Perform environmental biological techniques

MSS024011A

Navigate in urban, regional and remote areas

MSS024012A

Undertake simple environmental project activities

BSBOHS406C

Use equipment to conduct workplace monitoring

MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MSL904001A

Perform standard calibrations

MSL924002A

Use laboratory application software

MSL954001A

Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan

MSL974002A

Conduct geotechnical site investigations

*

MSL974003A

Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL974006A

Perform biological procedures

*

MSL974009A

Undertake field-based, remote sensing monitoring

PSPRAD703A

Perform basic radiation measurements

Group B: Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

P 

MSS015001A

Measure and report carbon footprint

MSS015010A

Conduct a sustainability water use audit

MSS015011A

Conduct a sustainability energy audit

MSS015012A

Conduct an emissions audit

MSS015018A

Inform and advise organisation and community representatives on sustainability issues

MSS025001A

Assist with assessing site environmental indicators

*

MSS025002A

Assess the environmental risk or impact of a project activity or process

*

MSS025003A

Report environmental data

*

MSS025004A

Provide environmental information to customers

MSS025005A

Produce site maps

*

MSS025006A

Collect and evaluate groundwater data

MSS025007A

Perform sampling and testing of soils

*

MSS025008A

Monitor and evaluate noise

MSS025009A

Perform sampling and testing of air

MSS025010A

Assist with odour source assessment

MSS025011A

Assist with odour field assessment

MSS025012A

Perform environmental microbiological tests

*

MSS025013A

Assist with assessing and monitoring wetlands

MSS025014A

Perform sampling and testing of contaminated sites

*

MSS025015A

Plan and conduct environmental project work

MSS025016A

Perform sampling and testing of stationary emissions

MSL975011A

Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys

*

MSL975017A

Perform laboratory-based ecological techniques

*

MSL975023A

Supervise geotechnical site investigations

*

PRMWM01B

Plan waste audit

PRMWM02B

Carry out waste audit

PSPRAD707A

Monitor radiation

Group C: Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

P 

CUVPHI05B

Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent

HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

MSL935004A

Maintain instruments and equipment

MSL973001A

Perform basic tests

MSL973002A

Prepare working solutions

MSL973004A

Perform asceptic techniques

MSL973007A

Perform microscopic examination

MSL973012A

Assist with geotechnical site investigations

PRMWM01B

Plan waste audit

PRMWM02B

Carry out waste audit

PSPRAD707A

Monitor radiation

PUAWER009B

Participate as a member of a workplace emergency initial response team

TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

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