Qualification details

MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology (Release 1)


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Is superseded by and equivalent to MSS50216 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and TechnologySupersedes and is equivalent to MSS50211 Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology 21/Jun/2016

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1 1 (this release) 18/Jul/2011

Units of competency

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PRMWM02B - Carry out waste auditCarry out waste auditN/A
MSS025007A - Perform sampling and testing of soilsPerform sampling and testing of soilsN/A
PUAWER009B - Participate as a member of a workplace emergency initial response teamParticipate as a member of a workplace emergency initial response teamN/A
MSL974009A - Undertake field-based, remote-sensing monitoringUndertake field-based, remote-sensing monitoringN/A
MSS024009A - Assist with assessing and monitoring stormwater systemsAssist with assessing and monitoring stormwater systemsN/A
MSS024007A - Collect and evaluate meteorological dataCollect and evaluate meteorological dataN/A
MSL973002A - Prepare working solutionsPrepare working solutionsN/A
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidN/A
CUVPHI05B - Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalentUse a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalentN/A
PRMWM01B - Plan waste auditPlan waste auditN/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 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Environmental Protection 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Environmental Officer,Environmental Compliance Officer (Local Government) 

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 421 Diploma 21/Jun/2011 
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This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to apply a range of methods and technologies to conduct environmental sampling, testing and monitoring in most industry sectors and to assist environmental scientists, engineers and planners with site assessment, minimising environmental impacts of processes and remediation/rehabilitation of sites.

Job roles/employment outcomes 

The MSS50211 Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology provides technical training across a range of industry sectors, such as:

  • environmental monitoring, sampling and field testing (e.g. air, odour, water, soil and noise)
  • geotechnical services
  • natural resource management
  • occupational hygiene monitoring (e.g. air, noise and radiation)
  • water supply and treatment, storm and wastewater management
  • solid and hazardous waste management
  • site remediation and rehabilitation
  • resource efficiency (e.g. energy, water and waste auditing).

Job roles targeted by this qualification include environmental officers, environmental protection officers, environmental compliance officers, environmental technicians and similar personnel employed by enterprises and Commonwealth, state/territory/local governments in the sectors listed above. These personnel often work with environmental scientists, engineers, planners and community groups to manage and conserve natural systems and resources, minimise pollution, remediate/rehabilitate sites and trial practical strategies to protect and improve ecosystems. Their work often involves environmental monitoring and technology, internal auditing and continuous improvements to enhance compliance and minimise the environmental impacts of processes. Government employees may be more involved with external inspection and auditing of enterprises and negotiating appropriate responses to instances of non-compliance.

In broad terms, they may:

  • plan and schedule work and project activities (e.g. inspections and field surveys) and determine equipment, materials and consumable requirements
  • develop site or field plans/instructions for specific environmental management activities
  • assist with the design of environmental monitoring programs for sites/areas
  • contribute to the assessment of environmental impacts of development and human activities
  • undertake part or total ecological studies for a site
  • conduct site inspections and full or part environmental audits of processes
  • conduct field surveys of flora, fauna, water and soils
  • collect samples/specimens, such as air, odour, water, groundwater, waste, soil residues, noise, biological, microbiological and geological
  • set up, test, conduct calibration checks and operate a wide range of environmental monitoring equipment, field test instruments, data loggers, and/or remote sensing stations
  • troubleshoot, repair, maintain and/or adapt instrumentation
  • conduct tests/measurements involving air, odour, water, groundwater, waste, soil residues, noise, microbiological, geological and meteorological samples
  • collect, process and present spatial/attribute data using global positioning systems (GPS) and geographical information systems (GIS)
  • analyse data to identify trends, unexpected results and report conclusions
  • provide environmental management information to site personnel, enterprises, industry organisations and communities
  • provide environmental management information to site personnel and community members
  • conduct technical training and work skill instruction
  • suggest strategies to minimise environmental impacts and for the remediation or rehabilitation of sites/areas
  • explain inspection/audit findings, negotiate outcomes with enterprise representatives, and issue notices, as necessary
  • prepare costings and proposals, manage the finances for small projects, and report and present project progress and outcomes.


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

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 or the MSS40211 Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology. Credit for this qualification may include units contained within relevant Skill Sets.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further training pathways from this qualification include qualifications in the higher education sector and the MSS70211 Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management.

Career paths for environmental technicians are becoming increasingly constrained unless they undertake university study. With this in mind, particular attention has been given to stating the critical aspects of competency and essential knowledge required for each unit of competency in sufficient detail to maximise articulation and credit transfer arrangements between the vocational education and training (VET) and higher education sectors.

Additional qualification advice 

Because specialisation is a requirement in some industry sectors for the Diploma, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) may choose to issue a generic:

  • Diploma of 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:

  • Diploma of 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.


  • Communicate appropriately with site personnel and community members in order to respond effectively to requests for environmental information
  • Write procedures using an unambiguous, logical sequence of instructions that meet statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Record and store data, perform calculations of scientific quantities and present information in maps, diagrams, tables and graphs
  • Report using verbal responses, data entry into the enterprise information management system and brief written reports
  • Contribute information to reports for clients
  • Liaise with contractors, consultants, community representatives, regulator representatives and members of the public


  • Work effectively with team members who may have diverse work styles, cultures and perspectives when reporting problems, hazards and environmental incidents and results or contributing to system improvements
  • Promote cooperation and good relations in the team

Problem solving

  • Adjust sampling/monitoring procedures or substitute alternative instruments and measurement standards to suit local site conditions (but within scope of responsibility/technical competence)
  • Recognise potential or actual environmental management non-conformances, assess their significance and recommend preventative or corrective actions
  • Apply specialised technical knowledge to critically analyse and resolve complex problems and non-conformances where solutions are not obvious or readily available
  • Troubleshoot sampling/monitoring equipment and instruments in the field and make basic repairs

Initiative and enterprise

  • Recommend appropriate preventative/corrective actions to improve sampling, field testing and/or monitoring activities
  • Identify hazards associated with samples, sample collection methods, reagents and equipment and implement enterprise control measures
  • Research current, alternative sampling/monitoring methods and equipment
  • Research environmental monitoring and management case studies and models of good practice
  • Suggest improvements in productivity and quality

Planning and organising

  • Plan surveys and field studies
  • Identify, assemble, check and stow all required field equipment and materials for safe transport
  • Modify work plans to suit changing conditions and priorities
  • Assemble, organise, check and optimise monitoring equipment for specific sites or use
  • Plan work sequences to optimise efficiency without sacrificing quality


  • Communicate in an efficient and polite manner, taking into account cultural diversity and disabilities and the wide range of views that stakeholders may have about environmental issues
  • Follow enterprise procedures which reflect equal opportunity, anti-discrimination and non-harassment legislative requirements
  • 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
  • Regularly (re)assess risks; step back and consider options; and use controls, safe work procedures and appropriate personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety


  • Seek and respond to feedback from supervisor and other site personnel about performance
  • Update knowledge and skills and take advantage of skill development opportunities
  • Provide information to other site personnel about their environmental management obligations


  • Select and use computers and software to collect, process, present, report and/or store information
  • Select, use and optimise sampling and monitoring equipment, field-test instruments, data loggers and/or remote sensing equipment

Packaging Rules

To be awarded the MSS50211 Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology, competency must be achieved in a total of twenty (20)  units of competency.

  • eleven (11)  core units of competency
  • nine (9)  elective units of competency, as specified below.

Units listed under core  are considered essential for all environmental officers. 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 eleven (11)  units of competency.

Unit code 

Unit title 



Implement environmental management plans and procedures


Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site


Process and present environmental data


Assist with assessing site environmental indicators



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



Report environmental data



Provide environmental information to customers


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety


Collect routine site samples


Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

Elective units of competency 

  • Complete nine (9)  elective units of competency, made up of:
  • a minimum of five (5)  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 and C units, listed below, with a maximum of three (3)  units from Group C.

A maximum of four (4)  Group B and C electives may be selected from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are relevant and available at Diploma level and above. 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 



Measure and report carbon footprint


Conduct a sustainability water use audit


Conduct a sustainability energy audit


Conduct an emissions audit


Inform and advise organisation and community representatives on sustainability issues


Produce site maps



Collect and evaluate groundwater data


Perform sampling and testing of soils



Monitor and evaluate noise


Perform sampling and testing of air


Assist with odour source assessment


Assist with odour field assessment


Perform environmental microbiological tests



Assist with assessing and monitoring wetlands


Perform sampling and testing of contaminated sites



Plan and conduct environmental project work


Perform sampling and testing of stationary emissions


Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys



Perform laboratory-based ecological techniques



Supervise geotechnical site investigations



Plan waste audit


Carry out waste audit


Monitor radiation

Group B: Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 



Contribute to sustainability related audits


Work and communicate effectively as an environmental technician


Collect spatial and discrete environmental data


Perform sampling and testing of water


Collect and evaluate meteorological data


Recognise common geological landforms and samples


Assist with assessing and monitoring stormwater systems


Perform environmental biological techniques


Navigate in urban, regional and remote areas


Undertake simple environmental project activities


Use equipment to conduct workplace monitoring


Perform standard calibrations


Use laboratory application software


Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan


Conduct geotechnical site investigations



Perform chemical tests and procedures


Perform biological procedures



Undertake field-based, remote sensing monitoring


Perform basic radiation measurements

Group C: Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 



Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent


Apply first aid


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Maintain instruments and equipment


Perform basic tests


Prepare working solutions


Perform asceptic techniques


Perform microscopic examination


Assist with geotechnical site investigations


Plan waste audit


Carry out waste audit


Monitor radiation


Participate as a member of a workplace emergency initial response team


Provide work skill instruction

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