Qualification details

PPM40116 - Certificate IV in Pulping Operations (Release 1)


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

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to FPP40110 - Certificate IV 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
BSBCMM401 - Make a presentationMake a presentation 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
BSBLDR402 - Lead effective workplace relationshipsLead effective workplace relationships Elective
BSBLDR403 - Lead team effectivenessLead team effectiveness Elective
BSBREL401 - Establish networksEstablish networks 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
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 711311 Paper Products MacHine Operator 
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 Paper Products 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Stock Preparation Senior Operator (Pulp and Paper),Waste Paper Senior Operator,Pulping Senior Operator,Water Services Operator (Pulp and Paper),Steam Generation / Boilerhouse Senior Operator, Crew/Team Leader (Pulp and Paper),Primary Resources Operator (Pulp and Paper),Chemical Recovery Senior Operator (Pulp and Paper),Electricity Generation / Turbine Senior Operator, Crew/Team Leader (Pulp and Paper),Resource Senior Operator (Pulp and Paper) 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 711311 Paper Products MacHine Operator 14/Oct/2016 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 14/Oct/2016 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 06/May/2016 
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Release 1

This qualification first released with PPM Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Training Package Release 1.0

Qualification Description

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge of individuals who perform high level technical production roles in a pulping operation. Work activities involve the application of technical skills and detailed knowledge using discretion and judgement. Individuals in these roles are generally pivotal to the production process, providing complex technical advice and support to a team. They would be expected to apply detailed technical knowledge to solve a range of complex problems relating to equipment, process, output and quality. Work would be carried out independently under general or limited supervision.

Job roles 

A key focus of the qualification, and therefore vocational outcomes, is on skills for troubleshooting and rectifying production pulping production processes, and will reflect the duties of a senior operator/technician or production specialist in one or more of the following areas:

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

Co-located job roles 

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

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 PPM40116 Certificate IV in Pulping Operations, competency must be achieved in ten (10)  units of competency.

  • six (6)  core units of competency
  • four(4)  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.


  • PPMPRS320 Solve systemic problems in the workplace
  • TLIE4006 Collect, analyse and present workplace data and information
  • PPMWHS320 Maintain WHS processes
  • PPMQAS420 Co-ordinate in-process quality assurance
  • MEM12024A Perform computations
  • MSAENV472B Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Chemical recovery operations 

  • PPMREC440 Troubleshoot and rectify chemical recovery operations

Electrical power generation 

  • PPMEPG440 Troubleshoot and rectify power generation system

Pulping operations 

  • PPMPUL440 Troubleshoot and rectify pulping processes

Steam generation 

  • PPMSTM440 Troubleshoot and rectify boiler plant systems

Stock preparations operations 

  • PPMSPR440 Troubleshoot and rectify stock preparation systems

Waste paper operations 

  • PPMWPO440 Troubleshoot and rectify waste paper operations


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 

  • PPMQAS430 Oversee quality assurance process
  • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
  • BSBFLM305 Support operational plan
  • BSBFLM309 Support continuous improvement systems and processes
  • BSBFLM311 Support a workplace learning environment
  • BSBREL401 Establish networks
  • BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • BSBLDR402 Lead effective workplace relationships
  • BSBLDR403 Promote team effectiveness
  • 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
  • MSAPMSUP382A Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace

Coated paper processes 

  • PPMCPP440 Troubleshoot and rectify coated paper processes

Computers / process control equipment 

  • PPMCSK310 Operate process control equipment

Emergency procedures / safety 

  • PPMWHS410 Identify, assess and control WHS risk in own work
  • BSBWHS402 Assist with compliance with WHS laws
  • BSBWHS403 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
  • BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • BSBWHS405 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
  • BSBWHS510 Contribute to implementing emergency procedures
  • BSBWHS409 Assist with workplace monitoring processes
  • BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
  • MSAPMOHS110A Follow emergency response procedures

Environmental monitoring 

  • PPMENV320 Monitor and control environmental hazards

First aid 

  • MSAPMOHS220A Provide initial first aid response

Laboratory operations 

  • MSL904001 Perform standard calibrations

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


  • PPMNUM430 Calculate and analyse production and financial performance
  • MSS404052A Apply statistics to operational processes

Planning and organising 

  • PPMPLN420 Plan a complex activity
  • BSBADM405 Organise meetings
  • MEM14005A Plan a complete activity
  • MEM30020A Develop and manage a plan for a simple manufacturing related project
  • PSPPM402B Manage simple projects

Production support 

  • PPMPRV320 Co-ordinate and direct clothing changes
  • MEM18011C Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
  • MSS403011A Facilitate implementation of competitive systems and practices
  • MSS403002A Ensure process improvements are sustained
  • MSS402020A Apply quick changeover procedures
  • MSS402040A Apply 5S procedures
  • MSS402050A Monitor process capability
  • MSS403032A Analyse manual handling processes
  • MSS403040A Facilitate and improve implementation of 5S
  • MSS403051A Mistake proof an operational process


  • MSAPMSUP400A Develop and monitor quality systems


  • MSACMT270A Use sustainable energy practices
  • MSACMT271A Use sustainable environmental practices
  • MSS014003A Optimise sustainability of a process or plant area

Training and assessment 

  • TAEASS505 Lead and coordinate assessment systems and services
  • TAEDES502 Design and develop learning resources
  • TAEASS301 Contribute to assessment
  • TAEASS502 Develop assessment tools
  • TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • TAEDEL404 Mentor in the workplace
  • TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs
  • TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
  • TAETAS501 Undertake organisational training needs analysis
  • 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


  • PPMWHS420 Manage WHS processes

Qualification Mapping Information

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Equivalence status  

PPM40116 Certificate IV in Pulping Operations

FPP40110 Certificate IV in Pulping Operations

Updated to meet Standards for Training Packages

Equivalent qualification


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