Unit of competency details

SIRXSLS001A - Sell products and services (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SIRXSLS201 - Sell products and services 12/Jun/2012
Supersedes and is equivalent to WRRS1B - Sell products and servicesUpdated and equivalent to WRRS1B 04/Jul/2010

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 05/Jul/2010

Training packages that include this unit

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ICP10 - Printing and Graphic ArtsPrinting and Graphic Arts 1.0-2.1 
FPI11 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 1.0 
MEM05 - Metal and Engineering Training PackageMetal and Engineering Training Package 5.0-10.0 
SFL10 - Floristry Training PackageFloristry Training Package 1.0 
SIS10 - Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training PackageSport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package 1.2-1.3 
SIH11 - Hairdressing Training PackageHairdressing Training Package 1.0-2.0 
WRH06 - Hairdressing Training PackageHairdressing Training Package 2.2 
CUL11 - Library, Information and Cultural Services Training PackageLibrary, Information and Cultural Services Training Package 1.0 
CHC08 - Community Services Training PackageCommunity Services Training Package 3.0-4.2 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
FPI05 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 3.0 
SIB10 - Beauty Training PackageBeauty Training Package 1.1-1.2 
AHC10 - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land ManagementAgriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management 2.0-3.0 
SIT07 - Tourism, Hospitality and Events Training PackageTourism, Hospitality and Events Training Package 2.3-3.0 
MTM11 - Australian Meat Industry Training PackageAustralian Meat Industry Training Package 1.0-2.0 
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LMT07 - Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training PackageTextiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package 3.1-4.1 
FDF10 - Food ProcessingFood Processing 1.0-3.0 
HLT07 - Health Training PackageHealth Training Package 4.0-5.1 
SIR07 - Retail Services Training PackageRetail Services Training Package 1.3 

Qualifications that include this unit

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MTM30811 - Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher)Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher)Superseded1-2 
SIT30407 - Certificate III in Tourism (Visitor Information Services)Certificate III in Tourism (Visitor Information Services)Deleted
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CUV40411 - Certificate IV in Photo ImagingCertificate IV in Photo ImagingSuperseded
SIH20111 - Certificate II in HairdressingCertificate II in HairdressingSuperseded1-2 
CHC30608 - Certificate III in Active VolunteeringCertificate III in Active VolunteeringSuperseded
SIT40307 - Certificate IV in HospitalityCertificate IV in HospitalitySuperseded
SIB20110 - Certificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skin CareCertificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skin CareSuperseded1-2 
CUV20311 - Certificate II in Opal Cutting and PolishingCertificate II in Opal Cutting and PolishingDeleted
SFI20611 - Certificate II in Seafood Industry (Sales and Distribution)Certificate II in Seafood Industry (Sales and Distribution)Superseded
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080501 Sales  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080501 Sales  25/Nov/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to sell products and services in a retail environment. It involves the use of sales techniques and encompasses the key selling skills from approaching the customer to closing the sale. It requires a basic level of product knowledge.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This competency applies to frontline sales personnel. It requires the recognition and demonstration of verbal and non-verbal communication skills to determine customer requirements, sell the benefits of products and services, overcome objections and close sales. Personal evaluation is utilised to maximise sales in accordance with industry codes of practice, relevant legislation and store policy.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 


Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

The required outcomes described in this unit contain applicable facets of employability skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit is packaged will assist in identifying employability skills requirements.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria




Apply product knowledge.


Demonstrate knowledge of the use and application of relevant products and services according to store policy  and legislative requirements .


Develop product knowledge  by accessing relevant sources of information .


Approach customer.


Determine and apply timing of customer  approach.


Identify and apply effective sales  approach.


Convey a positive impression to arouse customer interest.


Demonstrate knowledge of customer buying behaviour.


Gather information.


Apply questioning techniques to determine customer buying motives.


Use listening skills to determine customer requirements.


Interpret and clarify non-verbal communication cues.


Identify customers by name where possible.


Direct customer to specific merchandise.


Sell benefits.


Match customer needs to appropriate products and services.


Communicate knowledge of products features and benefits clearly to customers.


Describe product use and safety requirements to customers.


Refer customers to appropriate product specialist as required.


Answer routine customer questions  about merchandise accurately and honestly or refer to senior sales staff.


Overcome objections.


Identify and accept customer objections.


Categorise objections into price, time and merchandise characteristics.


Offer solutions according to store policy.


Apply problem solving  to overcome customer objections.


Close sale.


Monitor, identify and respond appropriately to customer buying signals.


Encourage customer to make purchase decisions.


Select and apply appropriate method of closing sale.


Maximise sales opportunities.


Recognise and apply opportunities for making additional sales.


Advise customer of complementary products or services according to customer's identified need.


Review personal sales outcomes to maximise future sales.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • selling techniques, including:
  • opening techniques
  • recognising buying signals
  • strategies to focus customer on specific merchandise
  • add-ons and complementary sales
  • overcoming customer objections
  • closing techniques
  • verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • handling difficult customers
  • negotiation skills
  • sales performance appreciation
  • questioning, listening and observation
  • literacy skills in regard to:
  • reading and understanding product information
  • reading and understanding store policies and procedures
  • recording information
  • numeracy skills in regard to:
  • handling payment for goods
  • weighing and measuring goods.

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • store policies and procedures, in regard to:
  • selling products and services
  • allocated duties and responsibilities
  • store merchandise and service range
  • specific product knowledge for area or section
  • relevant legislation and statutory requirements
  • relevant industry codes of practice
  • customer types and needs, including:
  • customer buying motives
  • customer behaviour and cues
  • individual and cultural differences
  • demographics, lifestyle and income
  • types of customer needs, e.g. functional, psychological.

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • applies product knowledge and uses appropriate sales approach to sell the benefits of products and services, overcome objections and close sales
  • uses questioning, listening and observation skills to determine customer requirements
  • consistently applies store policies and procedures in regard to selling products and services
  • maximises sales opportunities according to store policies and procedures
  • consistently applies industry codes of practice, relevant legislation and statutory requirements in regard to selling products and services
  • evaluates personal sales performance to maximise future sales.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • a retail work environment
  • relevant documentation, such as policy and procedures manuals
  • a range of customers with different requirements
  • a range of merchandise and products appropriate to the retail workplace
  • product labels and sources of product information.

Methods of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • observation of the candidate in the workplace
  • third-party reports from a supervisor
  • customer feedback
  • answers to questions about specific skills and knowledge
  • review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Assessing employability skills 

Employability skills are integral to effective performance in the workplace and are broadly consistent across industry sectors. How these skills are applied varies between occupations and qualifications due to the different work functions and contexts.

Employability skills embedded in this unit should be assessed holistically in the context of the job role and with other relevant units that make up the skill set or qualification.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised  wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.

Store policy  and procedures in regard to:

  • interaction with customers
  • selling products and services.

Legislative requirements  may include:

  • Trade Practices and Fair Trading Acts
  • tobacco laws
  • liquor laws
  • lottery legislation
  • industry codes of practice
  • OHS
  • sale of second-hand goods
  • sale of X and R rated products
  • trading hours
  • transport, storage and handling of goods.

Product knowledge  may include:

  • warranties
  • features and benefits
  • use-by dates
  • handling and storage requirements
  • stock availability
  • safety features
  • price.

Relevant sources of information  may include:

  • internet
  • staff members
  • store or supplier product manuals
  • product profiles
  • videos
  • demonstrations
  • labels
  • store tours.

Customers  may include:

  • new or repeat contacts
  • external and internal contacts
  • customers with routine or special requests
  • people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities.

Sales  transactions may be completed:

  • face to face
  • over the telephone
  • online.

Routine customer questions  may relate to:

  • price and price reductions
  • quality
  • availability
  • features and benefits.

Problem solving  may be affected by:

  • store policies and procedures
  • resource implications.

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