Unit of competency details

MSTLA2006 - Perform conditioning and drying processes (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to LMTLA2006A - Perform conditioning and drying processesSupersedes and is equivalent to LMTLA2006A Perform conditioning and drying processes 03/Jul/2016
Is superseded by MSTLA3006 - Control conditioning and safe drying processesSupersedes MSTLA2006 Perform conditioning and drying processes 30/Jan/2020

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 04/Jul/2016


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 039909 Cleaning  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 039909 Cleaning  17/Nov/2016 
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Unit of competency

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to LMTLA2006A Perform conditioning and drying processes


This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required for conditioning and drying products according to laundry procedures and quality requirements.

The unit of competency applies to operating machines for the conditioning and drying processes, and preparing for the finishing process.

Work may be conducted in small to large scale enterprises and may involve individual and team activities. Work is performed within defined procedures under direct supervision.

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

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Laundry operations

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.


Determine job requirements 


Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)


Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times


Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs


Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


Prepare for conditioning and drying process 


Interpret and follow production schedule and workload priorities


Follow schedules for cleaning dryer filters


Perform procedures for drying machine start-up in accordance with manufacturer specifications and workplace procedures


Access operator manuals, as required


Classify and sort product according to finishing requirements


Operate dryer 


Implement appropriate laundry operating procedures


Follow drying programs for given product type and size of load


Load and unload dryers using manual handling techniques or by correctly operating loading and unloading equipment


Select appropriate cycle, timing and temperature for loads, where required


Operate and monitor dryer in accordance with operating instructions and follow product cool down procedures


Identify and report dryer operating faults and complete records

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.

Workplace procedures include one or more of the following: 

  • requirements prescribed by legislation, awards, agreements and conditions of employment
  • SOPs
  • work instructions
  • oral, written and visual communication
  • quality practices, including responsibility for maintenance of own work quality and contribution to quality improvement of team or section output
  • housekeeping
  • tasks related to environmental protection, waste disposal, pollution control and recycling
  • WHS practices

Australian Standards include: 

  • the relevant industry or Australian Standards that are current at the time this unit is being undertaken

Machines include one or more of the following: 

  • dryers
  • loading and unloading equipment
  • conveyors
  • transfer equipment

Drying program includes the following: 

  • drying cycles
  • temperature
  • time

Laundry operating procedures include the following: 

  • manual handling techniques
  • laundry procedures for loading and unloading
  • machine safety checks
  • auto lint filters
  • spontaneous combustion prevention
  • identification of faults
  • safe use of machines
  • quality control requirements

Unit Mapping Information

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to LMTLA2006A Perform conditioning and drying processes


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1. Supersedes and is equivalent to LMTLA2006A Perform conditioning and drying processes

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:

  • reading and following work instructions, standard operating procedures (SOPs), safe work practices and other reference material
  • applying relevant standards
  • interpreting production schedules and work load priorities
  • using drying machines and related equipment on at least two (2) occasions
  • classifying and sorting product
  • loading machine appropriately and selecting appropriate program
  • monitoring process operation and identifying faults
  • implementing laundry operation and workplace procedures
  • maintaining accurate records.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence must be provided that demonstrates knowledge of:

  • safe work practices and procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • relevant Australian standards
  • machine operation, program selection, and monitoring procedures
  • laundry operating procedures
  • level of operator responsibility for equipment maintenance and monitoring
  • characteristics and hazards of working with heat and steam
  • procedures for product cool down and minimisation of spontaneous combustion
  • work health and safety (WHS) and environmental aspects of related to workplace and machine and equipment operation and manual handling, including consumable or hazardous materials
  • workplace procedures
  • practices for recording and reporting.

Assessment Conditions

  • Assessors must:
  • satisfy the assessor competency requirements that are in place at the time of the assessment, as set by the VET regulator
  • have vocational competency in performing conditioning and drying processes, at least to the level being assessed, with relevant industry knowledge and experience.
  • Assessment should occur in operational workplace situations. Where this is not possible, or where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment must occur in a sufficiently rigorous simulated environment reflecting realistic operational workplace conditions. This must cover all aspects of workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
  • 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.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=a203ec5c-de7d-406b-b3e1-8f1a9b76e92e