Sustainability for an organisation is impacted by its own operations, suppliers, customers, regulations, and the local community and ecological environment. The new qualifications target the skills required to improve an organisation’s sustainability performance. There are three Sustainable Operations qualifications each targeting a different level of focus within an organisation.
MSS40111 Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations
This qualification provides skills for employees who are:
working at the team or area level
required to contribute to sustainability related auditing or reporting
implementing sustainability related changes within their own team, work area or section.
It provides specific sustainability related skills and is designed to complement qualifications supplying production, maintenance, logistics or other technical skills to industry.
This qualification applies to learners who have responsibilities for implementing sustainability related actions in part of a large organisation or in an entire small or medium enterprise.
MSS50111 Diploma of Sustainable Operations
This qualification provides skills for employees who are working in a managerial, technician or paraprofessional role in regards to sustainability across the whole of the enterprise.
It targets employees who have enterprise level responsibility for:
developing a business case for sustainability changes
auditing and reporting
conducting life cycle analyses
designing a sustainable product or process
working with value chain members on sustainability
liaison with other organisations and community representatives.
It meets industry needs for a qualification that provides technical skills to conduct enterprise wide sustainability related activities, including:
auditing and other carbon and carbon equivalent measuring
formal reporting against standards and regulations
design for sustainability.
The qualification has a mixture of general and specific sustainability units of competency, including specific auditing units for energy emissions, water and transport related audits.
MSS70111 Vocational Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Operations
This qualification targets the senior manager who must set a strategic direction on sustainability for the organisation, and provide leadership and planning for the deployment of the sustainability strategy. The Vocational Graduate Certificate is not an entry level qualification and assumes that the learner has one or more of the following:
an Advanced Diploma or Diploma in sustainability or relevant technical field
a Bachelor Degree in a relevant technical field
other relevant higher education qualifications, often with relevant vocational practice
relevant extensive vocational practice, without formal qualifications but which result in appropriate entry level skills.
The qualification assumes that learners are already familiar with the basic concepts of sustainability (e.g. triple bottom line, concept of emissions, carbon and carbon equivalence, and environmental impact) and also familiar with the operations and processes used within the organisation.