The Sustainability Industry Reference Committee (IRC) supported by IBSA Manufacturing, is reviewing the MSS Sustainability Training Package. The Case for Change was approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in June 2021.


Current Status

The Sustainability Project has been submitted for consideration by the AISC 

This project has been submitted to the AISC for consideration at their October meeting.   

Please click here to review the Case for Endorsement.  

Please click here to review the Companion Volume Implementation Guide. 

This Case for Endorsement proposes the following changes to the Sustainable Operations and Environmental Monitoring and Technology suites within the MSS Sustainability Training Package:   

  • 4 revised qualifications   
    • Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations   
    • Diploma of Sustainable Operations   
    • Certificate IV Environmental Monitoring and Technology  
    • Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology   
  • 5 new units of competency to address the skills needs of a circular economy  
  • 41 revised units of competency  
  • 11 units of competency proposed for merging or deletion.

Components that do not require endorsement associated with this Case for Endorsement are:  

  • 3 new Skill Sets. 

This work was intended to be endorsed as MSS Sustainability Release 6.0, however, on advice from the Department it has been integrated into Release 5.0. The CVIG and components have been updated accordingly.   

Once approved, it will go to Ministers for endorsement before being made available on the National VET register. 

For more information contact Mark Shaddock, Industry Engagement Partner on m: +61 3 9815 7055 | E: [email protected] 

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Sustainability is a developing and dynamic field of practice as evidenced by recent changes in Australian legislation, bans on export of waste and the global shift towards a circular economy.

The Sustainability project will revise the Sustainable Operations and Environmental Monitoring and Technology qualifications and units of competency to ensure they are current and comprehensive.  Skills for the Circular Economy will also be addressed within existing and/or new units of competency and the need for Skill Sets will also be considered.

The draft Case for Change proposes to:

  • review/redevelop four qualifications:
    • MSS40118 – Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations
    • MSS50118 – Diploma of Sustainable Operations
    • MSS40218 – Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
    • MSS50218 – Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • review/redevelop 64 units of competency (25 in Sustainable Operations and in 39 Environmental Monitoring and Technology)
  • develop five new units of competency focussed on the circular economy.

Training package projects are overseen by the relevant Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and supported by a project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). They guide the project and provide industry expertise for developing the components. All projects are then referred to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval.