Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing - FWP30316

Timber Training Creswick Ltd

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree

This qualification is designed for job roles in the sawmilling and processing sector of the forest and forest products industry.Job rolesThis qualification has twelve employment pathways for typical operational environments of sawmilling and processing. These are:Benchman Chipper Operator Head Rig OperatorKiln Operator Machine Operator (e.g. Finger Jointing, Moulding, Planing) Production Technician Sawmilling Technician Optimisation TechnicianSawyer Timber Grader Timber Products Technician Treatment Plant OperatorLicensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements may apply to units in this qualification in some states and territories at the time of publication and may differ according to jurisdiction.Some imported units in the elective bank may be subject to licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements. These units must be implemented in line with the licensing requirements outlined in the unit\u2019s parent Training Package.


  • 13 units: 6 core
  • 7 elective


  • Conduct civil construction dozer operations
  • Implement safety, health and environment policies and procedures
  • Operate a boom type elevating work platform
  • Conduct quality and product care procedures
  • Transfer wood chips
  • Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
  • Navigate in remote or trackless areas
  • Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry
  • Build and maintain timber stacks
  • Coordinate and monitor the wood chip stockpile
  • Support operational plan
  • Convert timber residue into products for further use
  • Set up, operate and maintain end matching operations
  • Mechanically stress grade panels
  • Profile saw blanks
  • Contribute to team effectiveness
  • Dress boards using multi-headed machines
  • File and set saws
  • Cut material with a pole saw
  • Align sawing production systems
  • Swage and shape saw blades
  • Replace stellite tips
  • Prepare and apply chemicals
  • Shift loads using gantry equipment
  • Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
  • Load and unload vehicles carrying special loads
  • Grade, sort and mark materials
  • Recover four wheel drive vehicles
  • Manufacture cutting tools
  • Maintain sawdoctoring tools
  • Communicate and interact effectively in the workplace
  • Maintain wide band saw blades
  • Select timber preservation techniques
  • Mechanically stress grade timber
  • Recondition guides
  • Saw flitches and cants
  • Produce sawn green boards
  • Implement environmentally sustainable work practices in the work area/work site
  • Dry softwood
  • Join band saw blades
  • Hard face saw teeth
  • Treat timber
  • Visually assess materials
  • Sharpen band saws
  • Saw logs using CNC optimising systems
  • Sharpen tipped circular saws
  • Assess and maintain saw performance
  • Test heavy structural/engineered products
  • Receive and measure logs
  • Conduct specialised forklift operations
  • Break down logs
  • Assess and maintain cutter performance
  • Hand sharpen knives and blades
  • Operate a four wheel drive in a towing situation
  • Operate heat plant
  • Organise despatch operations
  • Coordinate stock control procedures
  • Set up, operate and maintain finger jointing operations
  • Facilitate the use of planning software systems in a work area or team
  • Machine material using CNC machining and processing centres
  • Operate steam boiler
  • Prepare timber to meet import/export compliance requirements
  • Recondition band mill wheels
  • Conduct housekeeping activities
  • Dry hardwood
  • Replace saws, blades and guides
  • Provide advanced first aid
  • Replace tungsten tips
  • Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads
  • Operate a portable sawmill
  • Plan and monitor equipment maintenance
  • Sharpen and align blades and knives
  • Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • Grade heavy structural/engineered products
  • Design and produce business documents
  • Organise workplace information
  • Select and saw logs in multi-species operations
  • Dry timber in solar assisted kilns
  • Provide first aid
  • Test strength of joints
  • Weigh loads
  • Produce templates
  • Apply competitive systems and practices
  • Operate automated stacking equipment
  • Screen wood chips
  • Cut material using CNC sizing machines
  • Apply wood and timber product knowledge
  • Level and tension circular saws
  • Evaluate fire potential and prevention
  • Maintain and contribute to energy efficiency
  • Cut material using high speed optimiser
  • Assess wood chips
  • Sharpen circular saws

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Creswick Domestic: $5,000
International: $5,000
  • Full-time : 2 years

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