Summary

Who
The Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory (PMRVL) Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing.

What
A review of PMA30116 Certificate III in Process Plant Operations to reflect current industry needs.

The numbers
• 1 updated qualification*
• 27 revised units of competency
• 5 new units.
*This includes only qualifications undergoing active review. Further qualifications may be affected by unit code and title changes.

When
• Public consultation was conducted in June and September 2019 and is now closed.
• Stage 1 of this project was submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in December 2019.

Why
The components relating to this qualification were revised based on a need to:
• better match industry requirements
• maximise training outcomes
• continue to be supported by industry
• focus on critical skills gaps
• align the qualification with the outcomes of the LNG Framework.

How
IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology
Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy.

What’s the latest?
March 2020: The AISC has approved this project and it is currently awaiting Ministerial approval.


Details

IBSA Manufacturing was pleased to support the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory (PMRVL) Industry Reference Committee (IRC) in undertaking the Chemical, Hydrocarbons & Refining 2017 Project (as Stages 1 and 2).

Review work and consultation identified that industry required a restructure of the Certificate III in Process Plant Operations to integrate a number of specialisations into the qualification. Although attempts were made to draft the specialisations, it became clear that the specialisations would require the development of an estimated further 15 new units of competency to address the identified skills gaps. These new units of competency were considered through the WA LNG Jobs Taskforce. This taskforce was established in 2019 by the Government of Western Australia to establish the state as an LNG hub, with industry and government working collaboratively to maximise the benefits that flow from the local LNG industry.

To allow sufficient time for this development work to be undertaken with industry support, IBSA Manufacturing sought and was granted a project variation to take a staged approach to the work. This meant that the work covered by the current Activity Order was split into two stages. Stage 1 contained a reduced number of units in line with the development work completed to date and was submitted to the AISC for consideration in December 2019. The remaining work will progress as Stage 2.

View Stage 2 here.

The project:
• reviewed and update 27 existing PMA units of competency, and developed 5 new units of competency
• updated the 5 units of competency identified for development, based on an updated set of priorities identified in the LNG Framework and put forward by industry. This followed feedback, supported by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and IRC, that the focus of the proposed 5 new units of competency on drone technology/remote monitoring was a marginal imperative
• updated the Certificate III in Process Plant Operations to include the 5 new units of competency in the elective bank
• responded to issues raised throughout the consultation processes by focusing on the foundation and technical skills required to work safely while operating and troubleshooting plant and equipment, and responding to abnormal situations and incidents in the workplace.


Progress Updates

March 2020
The AISC has approved this project and it is currently awaiting Ministerial approval. Once approval is received, the training package components will be made available on the National Register of VET, training.gov.au.

Previous Updates

December 2019
The draft Case for Endorsement, PMA Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package components and Companion Volume Implementation Guide were submitted to the AISC this month for approval.

October 2019
Consultation for Draft 2 training package components for the Chemicals, Hydrocarbon & Refining 2017 Project is now closed.

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment. The feedback will be collated and reviewed by the TAC to shape the final versions, then submitted to the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicles and Laboratory IRC to confirm their support for submission to the AISC.

The Case for Endorsement and related training package components are scheduled for submission to the AISC in December 2019.

Once the Case for Endorsement has been approved, the training package components will be uploaded to the TGA website.

September 2019
Consultation for Draft 2 training package components for the Chemicals, Hydrocarbons & Refining 2017 Project ended on 2 October 2019

July 2019
Consultation for Draft 1 training package components for the Chemical, Hydrocarbons & Refining Project ended on 1 July 2019.

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided comment.

All feedback will be considered by the TAC and Round 2 public consultation will be made available in August 2019.

March 2019
The new TAC met on 18 February to discuss the industry requirements for PMA30116 Certificate III in Process Plant Operations. A number of draft units were considered, including proposed new units, and the agreed approach will provide a foundation for the redevelopment of remaining units. Specialisations have been proposed for the qualification and will be further considered by the TAC. Draft 1 components are scheduled to be available in April.

December 2018
This project will now focus on the review of the Certificate III in Process Plant Operations and associated units. A TAC is being reconvened and will comprise nominated individuals who have significant expertise and knowledge of the industry. The TAC is scheduled to meet in February 2019.

May 2018
The LNG sector is progressing its analysis of required skills and knowledge for operators, mainly at Certificate III and IV levels. It is expected that outcomes from this industry project can closely align to the review of the PMA qualifications and units of competency. IBSA Manufacturing will continue to work with the LNG sector, as well as stakeholders in the chemicals and refining sectors, to ensure revised training package components align with industry objectives.

December 2017
IBSA Manufacturing, in consultation with the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC established a TAC, which met for the first time in late August. The TAC operates under the direction of the IRC and comprises organisations and nominated individuals who have significant expertise and knowledge working within the industry.

Draft training package components are scheduled to be available for public comment in early 2018.

October 2017
The TAC has been established and will operate under the direction of the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory IRC.

The TAC is comprised of organisations and nominated individuals who have significant expertise and knowledge working within the industry. and will provide specific subject-matter advice and technical expertise for developing and reviewing the training package components. The first TAC meeting to identify changes in job roles and assist in the functional and task analysis of current and future job roles in the sector was held in August. At this meeting, it was recommended that work be delayed to consider the outcomes of a current industry project.

The industry project will provide a job role analysis for workers in the oil and gas sector, and outcomes will inform and provide significant insight for further training package development. This request was supported by the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicles and Laboratory IRC and the project timelines have been extended to September 2018.


Project Governance, Methodologies and Timelines

IBSA Manufacturing, in consultation with the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory (PMRVL) Industry Reference Committee (IRC), established a TAC to provide subject-matter advice and technical expertise for developing and reviewing the training package components for each of the segments in this project. The TAC operated under the direction of the IRC and comprised organisations and nominated individuals with significant expertise and knowledge within the industry.

This project followed the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy and used the IBSA Manufacturing Training Package Development Methodology. The process provided robust evidence to support the AISC’s decision-making process.

Key Dates
The AISC approved this project in March 2020 and it is currently awaiting Ministerial approval.


Staying in Touch

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For more information contact:
Mark Shaddock, Industry Engagement Partner
P: 0499 599 298
E: [email protected]

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