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Qualification details

MSS40218 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology (Release 4)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to MSS40216 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and TechnologyCode updated, core units updated, qualification template updated, qualification description simplified and changes to elective list. 21/Oct/2018

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
4 (this release) 05/Apr/2022
(View details for release 3) 21/Apr/2021
(View details for release 2) 30/Jul/2020
(View details for release 1) 22/Oct/2018


Units of competency

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MSS024019 - Collect and evaluate meteorological dataCollect and evaluate meteorological dataCurrentElective
MSL975045 - Perform laboratory-based ecological techniquesPerform laboratory-based ecological techniquesCurrentElective
MSS025013 - Assist with assessing and monitoring wetlandsAssist with assessing and monitoring wetlandsCurrentElective
MSS024014 - Implement environmental management plans and proceduresImplement environmental management plans and proceduresCurrentCore
MSL954004 - Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling planObtain representative samples in accordance with sampling planCurrentElective
MSMENV472 - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesImplement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesCurrentElective
MSL904002 - Perform standard calibrationsPerform standard calibrationsCurrentElective
MSS024017 - Collect spatial and discrete environmental dataCollect spatial and discrete environmental dataCurrentElective
MSS024013 - Work and communicate effectively as an environmental technicianWork and communicate effectively as an environmental technicianCurrentCore
MSL934004 - Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipmentMaintain and calibrate instruments and equipmentCurrentElective
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 311413 Life Science Technician 
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 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 311413 Life Science Technician 22/Oct/2018 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0301 Manufacturing Engineering And Technology 22/Oct/2018 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 22/Oct/2018 
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Modification History

Release 4. Update to first aid elective.

Release 3. Six low use units removed from elective bank as determined at December 2020 AISC meeting in response to Skills Ministers' objectives. Equivalent.

Release 2. Three elective units updated. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSS40218 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology (Release 1).

Release 1. Code updated, core units updated, qualification template updated, qualification description simplified and changes to elective list. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSS40216 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology.

Qualification Description

This qualification specifies the competencies required to conduct environmental sampling, testing and monitoring in a variety of industry sectors, including:

  • 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.

This qualification applies to 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.

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

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

Total number of units = 16

  • 8  core units
  • 8  elective units, consisting of.
  • a minimum of 5  units from Group A
  • the balance of units, to a maximum of 3 , may be selected from:
  • Group A, B or C
  • any endorsed Training Package or accredited course at Certificate IV level – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

Note : Units with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk*. Prerequisite units must be counted in the total number of units required for achievement of the qualification. Refer to individual units for details.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core units  

Unit code 

Unit title 

MSL943004

Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety

MSL952001

Collect routine site samples

MSL974022

Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

MSMENV272

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

MSS024013

Work and communicate effectively as an environmental technician

MSS024014

Implement environmental management plans and procedures

MSS024015

Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site

MSS024016

Process and present environmental data

Elective units  

Group A: Specialist elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

BSBWHS419

Contribute to implementing WHS monitoring processes

MSL904002

Perform standard calibrations

MSL924004

Use laboratory application software

MSL954004

Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan

MSL974018

Conduct geotechnical site investigations

MSL974019

Perform chemical tests and procedures

MSL974021

Perform biological procedures

MSL974024

Undertake field-based, remote-sensing monitoring

MSMENV472

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MSS024017

Collect spatial and discrete environmental data

MSS024018

Perform sampling and testing of water

MSS024019

Collect and evaluate meteorological data

MSS024020

Recognise common geological landforms and samples

MSS024022

Perform environmental biological techniques

MSS024023

Navigate in urban, regional and remote areas

MSS024024

Undertake simple environmental project activities

PSPRAD003

Perform basic radiation measurements

Group B 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

CPPWMT4009

Conduct waste audits

MSL975042

Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys

* MSL974022 Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

MSL975045

Perform laboratory-based ecological techniques`

* MSL974021 Perform biological procedures

MSL975051

Supervise geotechnical site investigations

* MSL974018 Conduct geotechnical site investigations

MSS015011

Conduct a sustainability energy audit

MSS015021

Measure and report carbon footprint of a product or product class

MSS015028

Conduct a sustainability water use audit

MSS015030

Conduct an emissions audit

MSS025005

Produce site maps

*MSS024017 Collect spatial and discrete environmental data

MSS025008

Monitor and evaluate noise

MSS025009

Perform sampling and testing of air

MSS025012

Perform environmental microbiological tests

* MSS024022 Perform environmental biological techniques

MSS025013

Assist with assessing and monitoring wetlands

MSS025014

Perform sampling and testing of contaminated sites

* MSS024020 Recognise common geological landforms and samples

MSS025017

Assist with assessing site environmental indicators

*MSS024015 Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site

MSS025019

Report environmental data

*MSS024016 Process and present environmental data

MSS025020

Provide environmental information to customers

MSS025021

Collect and evaluate groundwater data

MSS025022

Perform sampling and testing of soils

*MSS024020 Recognise common geological landforms and samples

MSS025023

Plan and conduct environmental project work

PSPRAD007

Monitor radiation

Group C 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

CUAPHI302

Capture photographic images

HLTAID011

Provide first aid

MSL934004

Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment

MSL973013

Perform basic tests

MSL973014

Prepare working solutions

MSL973016

Perform aseptic techniques

MSL973019

Perform microscopic examination

MSL973024

Perform site investigation activities

PUAFER009

Participate as a member of a facility emergency response team

TAEDEL301

Provide work skill instruction

Qualification Mapping Information

Release 3. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSS40218 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology (Release 2).

Release 2. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSS40218 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology (Release 1).

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to MSS40216 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology.

Links

The MSS Sustainability Companion Volume implementation Guides are available from VETNet: - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=5b04f318-804f-4dc0-9463-c3fb9a3fe998