The Sustainability Industry Reference Committee (IRC), supported by IBSA Manufacturing, is reviewing the qualifications in the MSS Sustainability Training Package related to competitive systems and practices.


Case for Change approved by AISC

The Competitive Systems and Practices Case for Change was approved by the  Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) who also requested the project be completed in phases. Training package development will proceed following agreement of the staged approach.

Why we are reviewing it

  • This subject area has the highest number of enrolments of the training package, accounting for 97% of enrolments.
  • New forms of human–machine and machine–machine interaction are emerging, leading to more sustainable and competitive business operations.
  • Stakeholders identified that there are currently no formal skill sets that enable skilled workers to implement specific initiatives and practices, including 5S and Kaizen.
  • There are untapped opportunities for businesses to upskill their entire workforce by implementing organisation-wide competitive systems and practices.
  • There is an increasing focus on advanced manufacturing and sustainable manufacturing processes.
  • Feedback indicates that several competitive systems and practices units have duplicate content.

What we are reviewing

The Case for Change is proposing a project to:

    1. review, redevelop and potentially rationalise the following qualifications in the MSS Sustainability Training Package:
      • MSS20316 Certificate II in Competitive Systems and Practices
      • MSS30316 Certificate III in Competitive Systems and Practices
      • MSS40316 Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices
      • MSS50316 Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices
      • MSS60316 Advanced Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices
      • MSS80316 Graduate Certificate of Competitive Systems and Practice
      • MSS80416 Graduate Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices
    2. review and update 114 units of competency to reflect current industry needs, and improve quality and clarity to:
      • broaden the application of processes across industries
      • update terminology to reflect current best practice
      • strengthen knowledge requirements and competency
      • update assessment requirements to include more practical elements
      • remove duplication across units
    3. develop one new core unit on Lean values for all qualifications
    4. consider developing skill sets in competitive systems and practices to enable skilled workers to implement initiatives and practices in specific Lean tools.

Governance and methodology

Case for Change development work is overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The process provides a robust, evidence-based approach to support the Australian Industry and Skills Committee’s (AISC) decision-making process.

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For more information contact:
Peter Komsta, Industry Project Manager
P: (03) 9815 7037 | E: [email protected]