Advances in Woodmachining and Sawdoctoring Project

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Case for change

Advances in woodmachining and sawdoctoring were identified as key skill priorities in the 2018-2021 Forest and Wood Products IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see pages 63-66). In addressing these skill needs, this project will review the Certificate III in Woodmachining and the Certificate III in
Sawdoctoring, and 46 units of competency. Skills Impact and the Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see pages 63-66)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will assess the current skills requirements for wood machinists and sawdoctors as a result of technological advancements and a business imperative to operate in a competitive environment. This project will result in revised woodmachining and sawdoctoring qualifications, which underpin industry’s apprenticeships and traineeships programs for these trades. The qualifications will be reviewed so that they reflect all job functions, as well as current skills and knowledge requirements.

Scroll down to view the list of qualifications and units of competency that support the wood machinist and sawdoctor job role and will be reviewed in this project.

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Relevant Occupations
  • Sawdoctors
  • Wood Machinists


Key deliverables

The project will review 2 qualifications, the Certificate III in Woodmachining and the Certificate III in Sawdoctoring, and 46 units of competency listed for these qualifications. A qualification for new entrants at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 2 may also be developed



July – August 2018
Initial scoping

August – December 2019

Development of draft qualifications and units of competency
(Technical Advisory Committee Consultations)

January – February 2019
Drafts available for broad consultation

March 2019
Validation of final drafts

April – June 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components and AISC submission


Qualifications and units

Below is a list of the qualifications and units proposed for revision.

Qualifications that may be developed as part of this project include (but are not limited to):


Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with the TAC and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available in January and February 2019, and again for validation of final drafts in March 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the units. It is important that training provides a skilled  and flexible workforce for the future. The units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would love your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us.


The Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will oversee this project, as part of their responsibilities to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.


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