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Qualification details

MSS70211 - Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management (Release 2)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Is superseded by and equivalent to MSS80216 - Graduate Certificate in Environmental ManagementSupersedes and is equivalent to MSS70211 Graduate Certificate In Environmental Management 21/Jun/2016

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 02/May/2012
(View details for release 1) 18/Jul/2011

Units of competency

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LGAPLEM506A - Improve community knowledge and skills in environmental management practicesImprove community knowledge and skills in environmental management practicesN/A
MSS027004A - Contribute to environmental decision makingContribute to environmental decision makingN/A
MSS025007A - Perform sampling and testing of soilsPerform sampling and testing of soilsN/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
MSS027008A - Coordinate noise management activitiesCoordinate noise management activitiesN/A
MSS015005A - Develop required sustainability reportsDevelop required sustainability reportsN/A
MSL974007A - Undertake environmental field-based monitoringUndertake environmental field-based monitoringN/A
MSS027005A - Contribute to improving environmental performanceContribute to improving environmental performanceN/A
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 139912 Environmental Manager 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 1299-17 Environment, Parks And Land Care Manager 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0509 Environmental Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 221 Graduate Certificate 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Environmental Protection 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Senior Environmental Officer,Environmental Site Coordinator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 139912 Environmental Manager 07/Aug/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 1299-17 Environment, Parks And Land Care Manager 07/Aug/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0509 Environmental Studies 07/Aug/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 221 Graduate Certificate 21/Jun/2011 
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Modification History

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Description

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required by technical specialists who already have a relevant higher education or vocational qualification, or have extensive vocational experience without formal qualifications and require the competence to coordinate environmental monitoring and management activities at a site, or for a significant environmental management program or project.

This qualification was developed in response to a widespread industry shortage of technicians and (para) professionals who have the detailed knowledge and practical skills required to oversee day-to-day environmental monitoring and management programs and remediation or rehabilitation activities. It has strong industry support.

Job roles/employment outcomes 

The MSS70211 Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management provides training in advanced environmental monitoring, technology and data analysis techniques for individuals who have some previous training or work experience in environmental monitoring and technology at AQF V or higher. Job roles targeted by this qualification include environmental site coordinators, environmental managers and senior environmental officers employed by enterprises/authorities in a wide range of industry sectors, such as:

  • environmental monitoring and management services (e.g. air, water, soil and noise)
  • environmental compliance, auditing and inspection
  • 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 or rehabilitation
  • resource efficiency consultancy (e.g. energy, water and waste auditing).

Note that the term ‘manager’ is used to refer to management of a function, project and /or program and does not necessarily imply line management.

The specific job role of personnel will depend on whether they are employed in the private or public sector and which industry sector. They may individually, or as part of a team:

  • interpret and implement environmental monitoring, management and/or sustainability policies, plans and strategies for sites, catchment areas and regions
  • plan, resource and execute a wide range of environmental management activities (e.g. sampling, monitoring, impact/risk assessments, remediation and rehabilitation) for sites, catchment areas and regions
  • undertake complex environmental management project work
  • monitor legislative requirements and develop responses on behalf of the enterprise/authority
  • ensure enterprise legislative compliance through performance monitoring and auditing
  • process, verify and analyse monitoring data
  • develop and trial environmental management options
  • liaise with regulatory bodies about permits, approvals and compliance matters
  • liaise with local stakeholders, contractors and consultants about environmental issues and/or technical matters
  • present environmental information to clients and members of the community
  • contribute to environmental decision making
  • provide information and training to site personnel (e.g. environmental management obligations and responsibilities, specific sampling/monitoring methods and instrument use)
  • develop, implement and improve procedures and work instructions for enterprise personnel who conduct, sampling, field testing, hazard control, waste minimisation, site remediation and environmental audits/inspections
  • define and solve complex problems by investigating, developing and/or testing alternatives that may involve incomplete or ill-defined information
  • contribute to improving enterprise/authority environmental performance
  • prepare costings and proposals, and manage project finances
  • report environmental performance and the progress and outcomes of projects within broad scope of accountability.

Environmental site coordinators, environmental managers and senior environmental officers require a detailed knowledge of the environmental management policies and legislative requirements that are relevant to their enterprise or authority’s business activities and must be able to explain these to other site personnel. They require highly specialised knowledge of environmental monitoring methods, instrumentation and processing of large data sets. They must also understand the complexity of industry processes and/or ecosystems that they are working with; the likely environmental impacts of development and human activities (e.g. air, soil, noise, water and resource use); as well as strategies for minimising these impacts and the remediation or rehabilitation of sites/areas. They need well developed operational planning and complex problem-solving skills, supervision and communication skills along with liaison, negotiation skills and report writing skills. They work under broad direction from environmental scientists, engineers and planners.

Application 

This qualification applies to environmental site coordinators, environmental managers and senior environmental officers who oversee environmental monitoring and management activities at a site or for a significant environmental management program or project.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Entry Requirements

Entrants to the MSS70211 Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management are required to have one of the following:

  • relevant extensive vocational practice without formal qualifications
  • a relevant Diploma, such as MSS50211 Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology, together with significant relevant vocational practice
  • a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Management, Environmental Science or Science in a relevant discipline, such as chemistry, ecology or geology
  • a relevant higher education qualification, with relevant vocational practice.

For the purposes of this qualification, the term ‘vocational practice’ is defined as performing a wide range of environmental sampling, monitoring, field-testing, inspection/auditing and/or data processing tasks for enterprises in any of the industry sectors listed above.

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

  • Liaise with local stakeholders, contractors and consultants about complex environmental issues and/or technical matters
  • Liaise with regulatory bodies about permits, approvals and compliance matters
  • Present environmental information to clients and members of the community
  • Liaise with suppliers about technical matters (e.g. equipment, samples and laboratory test results)
  • Interpret complex sampling, monitoring and test methods and environmental management procedures
  • Explain environmental management responsibilities and specified management actions to site personnel
  • Prepare complex technical reports and contributions to major project documents
  • Obtain sign-off for results and/or outputs from relevant persons

Teamwork

  • Work autonomously or as part of a team
  • Contribute to complex risk/impact assessment studies and environmental decision making
  • Contribute to developing and/or validating sampling, monitoring and field testing procedures
  • Contribute to improving environmental performance at sites

Problem solving

  • Analyse and solve coordination problems to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of day-to-day environmental management activities
  • Investigate data quality issues
  • Determine root causes of problems with sampling, monitoring and/or field-testing procedures and/or instrument performance
  • Evaluate options for improving environmental performance and quality, including corrective and/or preventative actions

Initiative and enterprise

  • Research current and new environmental management case studies or technical developments and assess their significance for the site, project, program or own job role
  • Network with other technical specialists to extend personal knowledge
  • Recognise opportunities improving environmental performance and quality and recommend improvement strategies

Planning and organising

  • Prioritise, plan and coordinate environmental management activities
  • Determine resource requirements for activities, projects, programs and organise/optimise resource use in work area
  • Organise schedules to optimise work outputs without sacrificing quality
  • Adjust plans to suit new information, changing conditions and priorities

Self-management

  • Manage own time and establish own work schedule
  • Monitor and evaluate own work quality
  • Maintain professional and ethical standards in own work
  • Comply with legislative requirements, codes of practice and organisational policies and procedures

Learning

  • Identify opportunities for continuing learning and development
  • Maintain knowledge of environmental issues, current management strategies and new developments in environmental monitoring instruments and techniques relevant to job role

Technology

  • Set up and optimise sampling, monitoring and field-testing instruments/equipment to obtain reliable results
  • Conduct routine maintenance of monitoring instruments used in job role and conduct straightforward repairs
  • Use instrument control software, enterprise information management systems, information directories, databases, online data search facilities and computer networks

Packaging Rules

To be awarded the MSS70211 Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management, competency must be achieved in a total of twelve (12)  units of competency.

  • five (5)  core units of competency
  • seven (7)  elective units of competency, as specified below.

The core  units listed below are considered to be essential for all environmental site coordinators, environmental managers and senior environmental officers. The units listed as electives  may only apply to some personnel according to the size and scope of their particular enterprise and the industry sectors that they work in.

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

Core units of competency  

  • Complete all five (5)  of the following units of competency.

Unit code 

Unit title 

P 

MSS027001A

Coordinate environmental management activities

MSS027002A

Apply environmental legislation, codes and standards

MSS027003A

Provide environmental advice to clients

MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MSL944001A

Maintain laboratory/field workplace safety

  • Elective units of competency 

  • Complete seven (7) elective 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: Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

P 

MSS027004A

Contribute to environmental decision making

MSS027005A

Contribute to improving environmental performance

MSS027006A

Coordinate water quality management activities

*

MSS027007A

Coordinate air quality management activities

*

MSS027008A

Coordinate noise management activities

*

MSS027009A

Coordinate site remediation or rehabilitation activities

*

MSS027010A

Undertake complex environmental project work

MSS027011A

Select, commission and maintain environmental monitoring instruments

MSS027012A

Implement and monitor the site OHS management system

*

MSAENV672B

Develop workplace policy and procedures for environmental sustainability

BSBOHS605B

Apply occupational hygiene principles to control OHS risk

LGAPLEM506A

Improve community knowledge and skills in environmental management practices

PUAWER010B

Lead a workplace emergency initial response team

RIINHB408A

Supervise environmental drilling operations

RIIPRM501A

Implement, monitor, rectify and report on contracts

Group B: Elective units 

Unit code 

Unit title 

P 

MSS015005A

Develop required sustainability reports

MSS015018A

Inform and advise organisation and community representatives on sustainability issues

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

MSS025013A

Assist with assessing and monitoring wetlands

MSS025014A

Perform sampling and testing of contaminated sites

*

MSS025016A

Perform sampling and testing of stationary emissions

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

MSL974007A

Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

MSL974009A

Undertake field-based, remote sensing

MSL975011A

Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys

*

PSPRAD707A

Monitor radiation

A maximum of two (2)  Group B units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available at Diploma level and above.

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.