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Qualification details

PMA40108 - Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology (Release 3)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to PMA40102 - Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology 10/Nov/2010
Is superseded by and equivalent to PMA40113 - Certificate IV in Process Plant TechnologyNew pathway for metalliferous processing/refining included. All other sector pathways remain equivalent. 23/Jun/2013

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 26/Jul/2012
(View details for release 2) 11/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) 11/Nov/2010

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

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FDFPHGMP1A - Follow work procedures to maintain Good Manufacturing PracticeFollow work procedures to maintain Good Manufacturing Practice N/A
FDFPHGMP2B - Implement Good Manufacturing Practice proceduresImplement Good Manufacturing Practice procedures N/A
FDFPHGMP3A - Monitor the implementation of Good Manufacturing Practice proceduresMonitor the implementation of Good Manufacturing Practice procedures N/A
MEM05012C - Perform routine manual metal arc weldingPerform routine manual metal arc welding N/A
MEM07033B - Operate and monitor basic boilerOperate and monitor basic boiler N/A
MEM07034A - Operate and monitor intermediate class boilerOperate and monitor intermediate class boiler N/A
MEM09002B - Interpret technical drawingInterpret technical drawing N/A
MEM09003B - Prepare basic engineering drawingPrepare basic engineering drawing N/A
MEM11011B - Undertake manual handlingUndertake manual handling N/A
MEM16005A - Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activitiesOperate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities N/A
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 399211 Chemical Plant Operator 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4987-01 Supervisor, Chemical, Petroleum And Gas Plant Operators 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Chemical, Hydrocarbon and Oil Refining 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Chemical, Hydrocarbons, Refinery Plant Technician 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 399211 Chemical Plant Operator 25/Jun/2009 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4987-01 Supervisor, Chemical, Petroleum And Gas Plant Operators 25/Jun/2009 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 25/Jun/2009 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 11/Nov/2010 
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Modification History

Release 3 - MEM elective unit code corrected: MEM11011B

Release 2 - Addition of new electives: PMASUP244A, PMASUP444A, NWP357B

Description

The Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology has been developed as a technical qualification for use in the Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package (PMA08).

Job roles/employment outcomes 

The Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology is intended for plant technicians.

The technician will typically be involved in solving complex problems which require theoretical knowledge, combined with an understanding of the production process and equipment across the plant.

Application 

This qualification is typically used to develop employees performing a technical role that includes an ability to work independently and conduct technical problem solving according to the needs of the work in the manufactured mineral products industries.

Non-technical team leaders, coordinators and supervisors may be better served by a qualification in competitive manufacturing. The Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing MCM40104 is available for team leaders at this level where the job requires sophisticated manufacturing practice skills rather than technical skills.

People with this qualification may be expected to work in one of the following sectors:

  • fine chemicals
  • heavy chemicals
  • petrochemicals
  • polymer manufacture
  • hydrocarbon extraction
  • hydrocarbon transmission
  • hydrocarbon processing/refining
  • minerals processing/refining
  • metals smelting/processing
  • other related areas.

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 PMA30110 Certificate III in Process Plant Operation, MSA30107 Certificate III in Process Manufacturing, MSA30208 Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology or other relevant qualifications. Credit for this qualification may also include units contained within relevant skill sets.

Pathways from the qualification 

Further training pathways from this qualification include PMA50110 Diploma of Process Plant Technology, MSA51108 Diploma of Competitive Manufacturing, MSA50108 Diploma of Manufacturing Technology or other relevant qualifications, including appropriate vocational graduate qualifications.

Additional qualification advice 

MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing is available for team leaders at this level who already possess technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, in some jurisdictions some units of competency in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements. Local regulations should be checked for details.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:

Communication

  • maintain communication about multiple subjects and with multiple audiences
  • complete incident and other reports
  • communicate technical information
  • update workplace documentation
  • maintain workplace records

Teamwork

  • identify and describe own role and role of other
  • assist others identify role
  • lead team teams either formally or on an ad hoc basis
  • resolve conflicts between teams

Problem-solving

  • recognise persistent problems or those not definable by direct observation.
  • determine problems needing priority action.
  • investigate and analyse problems and potential solutions.
  • work with technical experts to define problems and develop possible solutions
  • apply appropriate theory base for problem
  • follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred.
  • identify and isolate faults in entire plant
  • use a range of formal problem solving techniques

Initiative and enterprise

  • proactive in fine tuning of entire plant
  • seeks out areas requiring improvement
  • anticipate the impact of the process on customers and value chain members

Planning and organising

  • prioritise actions to achieve required outcomes for plant
  • plan work requirements for plant
  • plan plant maintenance or shutdowns/turnarounds
  • identify tasks to achieve plant goals.
  • allocate tasks.
  • monitor completion of allocated tasks
  • develop and adjust schedules

Self-management

  • plan own work requirements from plant requirements
  • operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards
  • select and use appropriate techniques
  • identify resource requirements, document and monitor
  • recognise limitations and seek timely advice

Learning

  • maintain and develop own competency
  • assist others to develop their required competencies
  • lead improvement procedures/strategies

Technology

  • improvements to and fine tuning of entire process
  • start up and shut down planning and coordinating a shut down/start up of plant
  • solving of problems not directly observable
  • monitor product/process quality
  • function and operating principles of unit, system or plant area
  • maintain workplace records

Packaging Rules

To be awarded the Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology competency must be achieved in twenty six (26)  units of competency:

  • five (5)  core units of competency
  • twenty one (21)  elective units of competency hosen as specified below.

Note 

Where prerequisite units apply, these must be considered in the total number of units chosen.

Core units of competency 

Unit code 

Unit title 

MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

MSAPMOHS110A

Follow emergency response procedures

MSAPMOHS200A

Work safely

MSAPMSUP100A

Apply workplace procedures

MSAPMSUP102A

Communicate in the workplace

Elective units of competency 

Select twenty one (21)  units as specified below:

  • A minimum of one (1)  from Group A
  • The remainder may be chosen from Groups A, B and C (with a maximum of eighteen (18)  from Group C) to bring the total number of electives to twenty one (21). 

Note that up to five (5)  units can be chosen from other qualifications in this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, as specified in Groups B and C.

Group A – Specialist electives 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSAPMOPS400A

Optimise process/plant area

MSAPMSUP390A

MSAPMOPS401A

Trial new process product

PMAOPS402A

Respond to abnormal process situations

MSAPMSUP390A

PMAOPS405A

Operate complex control systems

PMAOPS410B

Monitor remote production facilities

PMAOPS411B

Manage plant shutdown and restart

PMAOPS433A

Manage wells and gathering systems

PMAOPS434A

Commission wells and gathering systems

PMAOPS450B

Solve colour problems

One  (1)  unit may be chosen from Group A in PMA50110 Diploma of Process Plant Technology

Group B 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

MSACMC411A

Lead a competitive manufacturing team

MSACMC413A

Lead team culture improvement

MSACMS401A

Ensure process improvements are sustained

MSACMT430A

Improve cost factors in work practices

MSACMT440A

Lead 5S in a manufacturing environment

MSACMT441A

Facilitate continuous improvement in manufacturing

MSACMT450A

Undertake process capability improvements

MSACMT452A

MSACMT451A

Mistake proof a production process

MSACMT452A

Apply statistics to processes in manufacturing

MSACMT460A

Facilitate the use of planning software systems in manufacturing

MSACMT260A

MSACMT481A

Undertake proactive maintenance analyses

MSACMT482A

Assist in implementing a proactive maintenance strategy

MSAENV472B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

MSAPMOHS400A

Contribute to workplace OHS management system

MSAPMOHS300A

MSAPMOHS401A

Assess risk

MSAPMOPS404A

Co-ordinate maintenance

MSAPMOPS405A

Identify problems in fluid power system

MSAPMOPS406A

Identify problems in electronic control systems

MSAPMPER400A

Coordinate permit process

MSAPMPER300C

MSAPMSUP400A

Develop and monitor quality systems

MSL954001A

Obtain representative samples in accordance with a sampling plan

PMAOHS420B

Develop first aid procedures and manage resources

PMAOMIR407B

Audit incident preparedness and established response system

PMAOMIR418B

Coordinate incident response

PMAOMIR424B

Develop and maintain community relationships

PMAOMIR430B

Conduct and assess incident exercises

PMAOMIR444B

Develop incident containment tactics

PMAOMIR449B

Monitor legal compliance obligations during incidents

PMASUP410B

Develop plant documentation

PMASUP420B

Minimise environmental impact of process

PMASUP432B

Coordinate pipeline projects

PMASUP440B

Commission/recommission plant

PMASUP441C

Decommission plant

PMASUP444A

Plan plant preparation and isolation

PMASUP445A

Participate in HAZOP studies

PMAOPS280A

TAEASS401A

Plan assessment activities and processes

TAEASS402A

Assess competence

TAEASS403A

Participate in assessment validation

Up to one (1)  relevant unit may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where that unit is available at Certificate IV or Diploma.

Group C 

Unit code 

Unit title 

Prerequisites 

FDFPHGMP1A

Follow work procedures to maintain Good Manufacturing Practice

FDFPHGMP2B

Implement Good Manufacturing Practice procedures

FDFPHGMP3A

Monitor the implementation of Good Manufacturing Practice procedures

MEM05012C

Perform routine manual metal arc welding

MEM07033B

Operate and monitor basic boiler

MEM07034A

Operate and monitor intermediate class boiler

MEM07033B

MEM09002B

Interpret technical drawing

MEM09003B

Prepare basic engineering drawing

MEM09002B

MEM11011B

Undertake manual handling

MEM16005A

Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities

MEM18011C

Shutdown and isolate machines/equipment

MSACMS201A

Sustain process improvements

MSACMT230A

Apply cost factors to work practices

MSACMT231A

Interpret product costs in terms of customer requirements

MSACMT240A

Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment

MSACMT250A

Monitor process capability

MSACMT251A

Apply quality standards

MSACMT260A

Use planning software systems in manufacturing

MSACMT270A

Use sustainable energy practices

MSACMT271A

Use sustainable environmental practices

MSACMT280A

Undertake root cause analysis

MSACMT281A

Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy

MSAPMOHS100A

Follow OHS procedures

MSAPMOHS205A

Control minor incidents

MSAPMOHS210B

Undertake first response to non-fire incidents

MSAPMOHS212A

Undertake first response to fire incidents

MSAPMOHS216A

Operate breathing apparatus

MSAPMOHS217A

Gas test atmospheres

MSAPMOHS220A

Provide initial first aid response

MSAPMOHS300A

Facilitate the implementation of OHS for a work group

MSAPMOPS100A

Use equipment

MSAPMOPS102A

Perform tasks to support production

MSAPMOPS200A

Operate equipment

MSAPMOPS212A

Use enterprise computers or data systems

MSAPMPER200C

Work in accordance with an issued permit

MSAPMPER201A

Monitor and control work permits

MSAPMPER202A

Observe permit work

MSAPMPER205C

Enter confined space

MSAPMPER300C

Issue work permits

RIIRIS201A

MSAPMSUP101A

Clean workplace or equipment

MSAPMSUP106A

Work in a team

MSAPMSUP172A

Identify and minimise environmental hazards

MSAPMSUP200A

Achieve work outcomes

MSAPMSUP201A

Receive or despatch goods

MSAPMSUP204A

Pack products or materials

MSAPMSUP205A

Transfer loads

MSAPMSUP210A

Process and record information

MSAPMSUP240A

Undertake minor maintenance

MSAPMSUP280A

Manage conflict at work

MSAPMSUP291A

Participate in continuous improvement

MSAPMSUP292A

Sample and test materials and product

MSAPMSUP300A

Identify and implement opportunities to maximise production efficiencies

MSAPMSUP200A

MSAPMSUP301A

Apply HACCP to the workplace

MSAPMSUP303A

Identify equipment faults

MSAPMSUP309A

Maintain and organise workplace records

MSAPMSUP310A

Contribute to development of plant documentation

MSAPMSUP330A

Develop and adjust a production schedule

MSAPMSUP382A

Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace

MSAPMSUP383A

Facilitate a team

MSAPMSUP390A

Use structured problem solving tools

MSL952001A

Collect routine site samples

MSL973001A

Perform basic tests

NWP357B

Monitor, operate and control reverse osmosis and nano-filtration processes

PMAOHS211B

Prepare equipment for emergency response

PMAOHS213B

Undertake fire control and emergency rescue

PMAOHS214B

Undertake helicopter safety and escape

PMAOHS215B

Apply offshore facility abandonment and sea survival procedures

PMAOHS221B

Maintain first aid supplies and records

PMAOHS310B

Investigate incidents

PMAOHS311B

Lead emergency teams

PMAOHS312B

Command the operation of survival craft

PMAOHS320C

Provide advanced first aid response

PMAOHS321B

Provide first aid response in remote and/or isolated area

PMAOMIR210B

Control evacuation to muster point

PMAOMIR301B

Undertake initial rescue

PMAOMIR302B

Respond to a helideck incident

PMAOMIR317B

Facilitate search and rescue operations

PMAOMIR320B

Manage incident response information

PMAOMIR321B

Manage communication systems during an incident

PMAOMIR346B

Assess and secure an incident site

PMAOPS101C

Read dials and indicators

PMAOPS105C

Select and prepare materials

PMAOPS201B

Operate fluid flow equipment

PMAOPS202B

Operate fluid mixing equipment

PMAOPS203B

Handle goods

PMAOPS204B

Use utilities and services

PMAOPS205B

Operate heat exchangers

PMAOPS206B

Operate separation equipment

PMAOPS207B

Operate powered separation equipment

PMAOPS208B

Operate chemical separation equipment

PMAOPS210B

Operate particulates handling equipment

PMAOPS211B

Operate manufacturing extruders

PMAOPS213B

Package product/material

PMAOPS216B

Operate local control system

PMAOPS217B

Operate wet milling equipment

PMAOPS220B

Monitor chemical reactions in the process

PMAOPS221B

Operate and monitor prime movers

PMAOPS222B

Operate and monitor pumping systems and equipment

Co-requisite unit PMAOPS221B

PMAOPS223B

Operate and monitor valve systems

PMAOPS224B

Provide fluids for utilities and support

PMAOPS230B

Monitor, operate and maintain pipeline stations and equipment

PMAOPS231B

Control gas odourisation

PMAOPS232B

Produce product by filtration

PMAOPS233A

Monitor wells and gathering systems

PMAOPS234A

Monitor and operate low pressure compressors

PMAOPS240B

Store liquids in bulk

PMAOPS241A

Operate Joule-Thomson effect device

PMAOPS280B

Interpret process plant schematics

PMAOPS290B

Operate a biotreater

PMAOPS300B

Operate a production unit

PMAOPS301B

Produce products by distillation

PMAOPS201B

Co-requisite PMAOPS205B

PMAOPS302B

Operate reactors and reaction equipment

PMAOPS303B

Operate furnaces to induce reaction

PMAOPS304B

Operate and monitor compressor systems and equipment

Co-requisite unit PMAOPS221B

PMAOPS305B

Operate process control systems

PMAOPS307B

Transfer bulk fluids into/out of storage facility

PMAOPS201B

PMAOPS308B

Organise storage and logistics of general materials

PMAOPS309B

Operate particulates handling/ storage equipment

PMAOPS312B

Undertake ship loading/unloading operations

PMAOPS319A

Adjust batch

PMAOPS320B

Conduct artificial lift

PMAOPS321B

Undertake well management

PMAOPS323A

Operate and monitor heating furnace

PMAOPS324A

Operate a gas turbine

PMAOPS325B

Generate electrical power

PMAOPS326B

Produce product using gas absorption

PMAOPS327B

Produce product using fixed bed dehydration

PMAOPS329B

Produce product using liquid extraction

PMAOPS330B

Communicate pipeline control centre operations

PMAOPS333A

Operate wells and gathering systems

PMAOPS335A

Conduct pipeline pigging

PMAOPS340B

Operate cryogenic processes

PMAOPS350B

Match and adjust colour

PMAOPS390B

Operate a biochemical process

PMASMELT260B

Form carbon anodes

PMASMELT261B

Bake carbon anodes

PMASMELT262B

Clean and strip anode rods

PMASMELT263B

Spray carbon anodes

PMASMELT264B

Start up reduction cells

PMASMELT265B

Operate reduction cells

PMASMELT266B

Deliver molten metal

PMASMELT267B

Cast aluminium ingots

PMASMELT268B

Vertical direct casting

PMASMELT269A

Operate cell tending equipment

PMASMELT270A

Supply product from reduction cells

PMASUP236B

Operate vehicles in the field

PMASUP237B

Undertake crane, dogging and load transfer operations

PMASUP241B

Maintain pipeline easements

PMASUP242B

Monitor pipeline civil works

PMASUP243B

Monitor and maintain pipeline coatings

PMASUP244A

Prepare and isolate plant

PMASUP305A

Operate offshore cranes

PMASUP311A

Operate communications hub

PMASUP341B

Monitor and maintain instrument and control systems

MSAPMPER300C

PMASUP342B

Monitor and maintain electrical systems

MSAPMPER300C

PMASUP343B

Monitor and maintain cathodic protection systems

PMASUP344B

Monitor and control repairs and modifications on operational pipe

PMASUP345A

Monitor vibration

PMASUP346A

Control corrosion

PMASUP347A

Undertake corrosion inspection in a petrochemical environment

PSPGOV308B

Work effectively with diversity

RIIOHS204A

Work safely at heights

RIIRIS201A

Conduct local risk control

TAEASS301A

Contribute to assessment

TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

TLID1007C

Operate a forklift

UEPOPS319A

Operate and Monitor Gas Production Plant

UEPOPS340A

Operate and Monitor a Steam Turbine

Up to four (4)  relevant units may be chosen from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available at Certificates III and IV.