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

A review of the PMB Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking Training Package to address overly broad qualifications that do not meet industry needs.

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

• Public consultation dates have not yet been set for this project.
• This project is scheduled for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) by the end of 2020.

Feedback suggests the current qualifications:
• are too broad, without industry-specific skills
• contain redundant electives.

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

What’s the latest?
January 2020: IBSA Manufacturing is currently working on the draft components with key stakeholders. Public consultation dates will be circulated once known.


IBSA Manufacturing is pleased to support the Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicle and Laboratory (PMRVL) Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to undertake this review of the PMB Plastics Rubber and Cablemaking Training Package.

The IRC identified the need to review the entire training package. Feedback suggests the current qualifications are too broad, without industry-specific skills, and contain redundant electives. The work will involve training package development and review work for the following qualifications:
• PMB20116 Certificate II in Polymer Processing
• PMB30116 Certificate III in Polymer Processing
• PMB40116 Certificate IV in Polymer Technology
• PMB50116 Diploma of Polymer Technology
• PMB60116 Advanced Diploma of Polymer Technology.

The Polymer Project will also review and update 78 PMB-coded units of competency and develop new technical units, if required. Please read the Case for Change for more information on the training package components to be modified as well as the research undertaken to support this project.

Progress Updates

December 2019
IBSA has been working with key stakeholders to develop the Draft 1 components. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting is being scheduled to consider changes and confirm the consultation draft. Once approved, documents will be available for review and feedback via the IBSA website.

Previous Updates

July 2019
The TAC met in March and April to progress Draft 1 components. Changes to unit content and qualification structure are being considered, with a number of units likely to be proposed for removal. IBSA Manufacturing is continuing to engage with the TAC and industry stakeholders to ensure changes are based on sound industry recommendations.

December 2018
The TAC met on 27 November and confirmed an approach for the Draft 1 units. TAC members acknowledged the duplication between units and considered the need to amend content to better describe industry requirements. There was a strong recommendation that it is generally not appropriate for PMB units to be delivered as standalone units. Workers are required to have a comprehensive understanding of the entire job role. Draft 1 components are scheduled to be available for review in February 2019.

October 2018
A TAC has been formed and its first meeting was held on 28 August 2018. Reconfiguration of the qualifications is being considered, with streaming of electives, to ensure alignment with industry skill needs, current work practices and equipment. Work has also progressed on identifying duplication across training package products and identifying products that are obsolete and may be considered for removal. Draft 1 components are scheduled to be available by February 2019.

July 2018
Draft training package components for the Skills for the Polymer Industry Project are scheduled to be available for review and comment in early October 2018 (Draft 1) and early February 2019 (Draft 2).

At the same time we will conduct a series of forums and webinars to outline key changes to the training package.

Project Governance, Methodologies and Timelines

IBSA Manufacturing, in consultation with the PMRVL IRC, has established a TAC to provide subject-matter advice and technical expertise for developing and reviewing training package components. The TAC operates under the direction of the IRC and comprises organisations and nominated individuals with significant expertise and knowledge within the industry.

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

Key Dates
Public consultation dates will be added here once known.

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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