Unit of competency details

SIRXIND004 - Plan a career in the retail industry (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 31/Mar/2016

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes SIRXIND102 - Plan a career in the retail industry• Not Equivalent • Unit updated to meet Standards for Training Packages • Competency Field changed to Working in Industry (IND) • Minor change to Performance Criteria to streamline language and better define essential outcomes and performance • Updated knowledge requirements to reflect unit revisions. 30/Mar/2016

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120501 Career Development Programmes 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120501 Career Development Programmes 09/Aug/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Not applicable.


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and document current skills and interests, explore retail career options and plan for career progression in the retail industry.

The unit applies to any individual exploring career options in the retail industry.

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

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Working in Industry

Unit Sector


Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Explore career opportunities and preferences.

1.1.Identify, source and review information about retail career options.

1.2.Explore education and training requirements for current and emerging retail career options.

1.3.Evaluate levels of personal aptitude and interest for retail career options, tasks and responsibilities.

1.4.Reflect on and evaluate levels of personal interest in different retail career options.

1.5.Document career preferences and relevant education and training requirements.

2. Identify skill development requirements.

2.1.Identify opportunities for skill development for selected retail career preferences.

2.2.Evaluate, record and discuss current skills and knowledge against competencies relevant to career preferences.

2.3.Document skill development options for selected career preferences.

3. Plan retail career progression.

3.1.Review and select options for immediate and future skill development.

3.2.Plan timelines for skill development progression.

3.3.Collate skills assessment and career planning documentation and update regularly with evidence of skill development.

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.



Technology skills to:

  • conduct online research.

Unit Mapping Information

No equivalent unit.


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Not applicable.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

  • research information about retail career options from three different sources
  • explore three different retail career pathways
  • develop and document a personal retail career based on identified preferences outlining skill development options and timeline for progression.

Knowledge Evidence

Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • sources of credible information on the retail industry
  • retail industry structure and job roles at different and in different sectors:
  • sales
  • buying
  • visual merchandising
  • marketing
  • management
  • changing and emerging job roles in the retail industry
  • sources of advice on career planning
  • role of skill development in career planning and sources of advice
  • methods and tools for self-evaluation of skills and aptitude
  • internet research methods.

Assessment Conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in a services industries environment. This can be:

  • an industry workplace
  • a simulated industry environment.

Assessment must ensure access to the internet.

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations’ requirements for assessors.


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