Qualification details

PPM30116 - Certificate III in Pulping Operations (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 06/May/2016

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to FPP30110 - Certificate III in Pulping Operations 05/May/2016

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBADM405 - Organise meetingsOrganise meetings Elective
BSBCMM201 - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplace Elective
BSBFLM305 - Support operational planSupport operational plan Elective
BSBFLM309 - Support continuous improvement systems and processesSupport continuous improvement systems and processes Elective
BSBFLM311 - Support a workplace learning environmentSupport a workplace learning environment Elective
BSBFLM312 - Contribute to team effectivenessContribute to team effectiveness Core
BSBRES401 - Analyse and present research informationAnalyse and present research information Elective
BSBRSK401 - Identify risk and apply risk management processesIdentify risk and apply risk management processes Elective
BSBWHS401 - Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirementsImplement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements Elective
BSBWHS404 - Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk controlContribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control Elective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 839411 Paper And Pulp Mill Worker 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Paper Products 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Chemical Recovery Operator (Pulp and Paper),Electricity Generation / Turbine Operator,Stock Preparation Operator (Pulp and Paper),Water Services Operator (Pulp and Paper),Waste Paper Operator,Pulping Operator,Primary Resources Operator (Pulp and Paper),Steam Generation / Boilerhouse Operator (Pulp and Paper) 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 839411 Paper And Pulp Mill Worker 14/Oct/2016 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 14/Oct/2016 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 06/May/2016 
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Modification History

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Qualification Description

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge of individuals who perform production roles in a pulping operation. Work activities involve the application of technical skills and knowledge using some discretion and judgement. Individuals in these roles generally provide technical advice and support to a team and work under general supervision. They would be expected to apply technical knowledge to rectify a range of predictable and unforeseen problems relating to start up, operation and shutdown activities.

Job roles 

A key focus of the qualification, and therefore vocational outcomes, is on skills for performing production operations, mainly through start-up & shut down of pulping and ancillary equipment and processes, and will reflect the duties of a production employee or technician in one or more of the following areas:

Pulping operations; waste paper recycling; primary resources; stock preparation and handling; fibre preparation

Co-located job roles 

Electricity Generation/Turbine Operator; Steam Generation/Boilerhouse Operator; Water Services Operator; Chemical Recovery Operator; Chemical Preparation worker

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

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

To be awarded the PPM30116 Certificate III in Pulping Operations, competency must be achieved in thirteen (13)  units of competency.

  • five (5)  core units of competency
  • eight (8)  elective units of competency

All units within at least one Industry Specific group must be selected. Remaining electives may be selected from the Elective Units list and can include up to two (2)  units from an endorsed Training Package or State/Territory accredited course.


  • PPMPRS210 Identify and rectify problems in the workplace
  • PPMNUM320 Measure and calculate routine workplace data
  • MSS402051 Apply quality standards
  • BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness
  • PPMWHS210 Participate in WHS processes


Chemical recovery operations  

  • PPMREC320 Prepare and start up chemical recovery operations
  • PPMREC330 Co-ordinate and implement chemical recovery shutdowns

Electrical power generation  

  • PPMEPG320 Manage a power generation system startup
  • PPMEPG330 Co-ordinate power generation system shutdown

Pulping operations 

  • PPMPUL320 Prepare and start up pulping system operations
  • PPMPUL330 Co-ordinate and implement pulping plant shutdowns

Primary resource operations 

  • PPMRES340 Troubleshoot and rectify primary resource operations

Steam generation  

  • PPMSTM320 Manage steam boiler startup
  • PPMSTM330 Shut down and bank steam boiler

Stock preparations operations 

  • PPMSPR320 Prepare and start up stock preparation system for production
  • PPMSPR330 Co-ordinate and implement stock preparation system shutdown

Waste paper operations 

  • PPMWPO320 Prepare and start up waste paper operations
  • PPMWPO330 Co-ordinate and implement waste paper shutdown
  • Water services  
  • PPMWAS340 Troubleshoot and rectify water systems


Some units in this group are either generic and/or considered suitable for both papermaking and pulping, thereby enhancing job transition and career progression  

Business support 

  • PPMREL210 Contribute to effective working relationships
  • BSBFLM305 Support operational plan
  • BSBFLM309 Support continuous improvement systems and processes
  • BSBFLM311 Support a workplace learning environment
  • BSBRES401 Analyse and present research information
  • BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • BSBWRK402A Empower workers
  • BSBWRK403A Communicate with workers
  • BSBWRK404A Promote equality of opportunity and fair treatment for all workers
  • BSBWRK406A Participate in the bargaining process
  • BSBWRK407A Provide advice to union members
  • BSBWRK408A Undertake negotiations
  • BSBWRK409 Prepare for and participate in dispute resolution

Computer / process control equipment 

  • PPMCSK310 Operate process control equipment
  • MSAPMOPS212A Use organisation computers or data systems

Chemical preparation 

  • PPMCPR210 Prepare chemical products

Chemical recovery operations 

  • PPMREC210 Monitor and control chemical recovery operations
  • PPMREC440 Troubleshoot and rectify chemical recovery operations


  • BSBCMM201 Communicate in the workplace

Electrical power generation  

  • PPMEPG210 Monitor and control power generation system

Emergency procedures / safety 

  • BSBWHS405 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
  • BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
  • MSAPMOHS110A Follow emergency response procedures
  • PMAOHS211B Prepare equipment for emergency response

Electrical power generation  

  • PPMEPG440 Troubleshoot and rectify power generation system

Environmental monitoring 

  • PPMENV210 Identify and monitor environmental discharges/emissions
  • PPMENV320 Monitor and control environmental hazards

First aid 

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • MSAPMOHS220A Provide initial first aid response

Load shifting 

  • PPMMHV210 Operate overhead crane
  • TLID2010 Operate a forklift
  • TLID3011 Conduct specialised forklift operations
  • TLID2013 Move materials mechanically using automated equipment
  • TLID3024 Use specialised liquid bulk transfer equipment (gravity/pressurised)
  • TLID2003 Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
  • TLID3031 Rig load
  • TLID3035 Operate a boom type elevating work platform
  • TLID2047 Prepare cargo for transfer with slings

Laboratory operations 

  • MSL904001 Perform standard calibration
  • MSL973001 Perform basic tests


  • PPMNUM210 Estimate and calculate basic data
  • MSACMT452A Apply statistics to processes in manufacturing

Planning and organising 

  • MEM14005A Plan a complete activity
  • MEM30020A Develop and manage a plan for a simple manufacturing related project
  • BSBADM405 Organise meetings

Preventative maintenance / operator maintainer 

  • PPMPRM210 Undertake operator level preventative maintenance
  • PPMPRM220 Perform lubrication
  • MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
  • MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
  • MEM18001C Use hand tools
  • MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
  • MEM18055B Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
  • MSS402081A Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy

Primary resource operations 

  • PPMRES210 Prepare and operate the woodchip production system

Production support 

  • PPMPRS320 Solve systemic problems in the workplace
  • PPMPRV210 Operate ancillary equipment
  • PPMPRV320 Co-ordinate and direct clothing changes
  • MEM18011C Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
  • MSS403002A Ensure process improvements are sustained
  • MSS402020A Apply quick changeover procedures
  • MSS402040A Apply 5S procedures
  • MSS402050A Monitor process capability
  • MSACMT432A Analyse manual handling processes
  • MSS403040A Lead 5S in a manufacturing environment
  • MSS403051A Mistake proof an operational process

Pulping operations 

  • PPMPUL210 Monitor and control pulping operations
  • PPMPUL440 Troubleshoot and rectify pulping processes


  • PPMQAS210 Apply basic quality practices
  • PPMQAS420 Co-ordinate in-process quality assurance


  • CPPSEC2011B Control access to and exit from premises
  • CPPSEC2015A Patrol premises
  • CPPSEC3007A Maintain security of environment

Steam generation  

  • PPMSTM210 Monitor and control boiler operation
  • PPMSTM440 Troubleshoot and rectify boiler plant systems

Stock preparations operations 

  • PPMSPR210 Monitor and control stock preparation systems
  • PPMSPR440 Troubleshoot and rectify stock preparation systems


  • MSACMT270A Use sustainable energy practices
  • MSACMT271A Use sustainable environmental practices
  • MSS014003A Optimise sustainability of a process or plant area
  • MSAENV472B Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Training and assessment 

  • TAEASS301 Contribute to assessment
  • TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDEL404 Mentor in the workplace

(The following 3 units count as 1 unit)

  • TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402 Assess competence
  • TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation

Turbine operations 

  • UEPOPS341A Shut down a steam turbine
  • UEPOPS411B Run up a steam turbine

Waste paper operations 

  • PPMWPO210 Monitor and control waste paper operations
  • PPMWPO440 Troubleshoot and rectify waste paper operations


  • PPMWHS310 Contribute to WHS processes
  • PPMWHS320 Maintain WHS processes

Qualification Mapping Information

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Equivalence status  

PPM30116 Certificate III in Pulping Operations

FPP30110 Certificate III in Pulping Operations

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages

Equivalent qualification


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