New look for industry Skills Standards and Qualifications from early 2016

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Improved format will not require RTOs or industry to change their current systems and processes

Over the past two years ForestWorks has undertaken work to rewrite our industry’s skills standards and qualifications into a new format determined by the Australian Government.

The new format offers a clearer and simpler layout, with strengthened assessable aspects, designed to improve the quality of outcomes for industry.


While the format has changed, the content has largely remained the same. All revised units, skill sets and qualifications are equivalent to present standards and RTOs’ scope will be automatically updated, with no anticipated impact on existing funding arrangements.

Michael Hartman, CEO of ForestWorks, said great care was taken during the reformatting process to ensure the fundamental meaning or content of the standards didn’t change.

“We worked with industry and RTOs throughout the entire process, to ensure the skills standards remain equivalent and that they satisfy the requirements of the job role.”

“A key part of our work is ensuring skills standards and qualifications remain up-to-date. So some minor updates and improvements were made to some units and qualifications, but these will not affect the outcomes in total for a particular unit or qualification.”

“We really appreciate the time industry dedicated to provide their expertise, feedback, advice and support,” he said.

The reformatted units of competency, skill sets and qualifications can be viewed on the ForestWorks website, by clicking the ‘See units in the new format’ button on the homepage.

The revised qualifications, units of competency and skill sets are packaged up into similar groupings as in the past, but with each package having a new name. These are expected to be published to in early 2016.

  • PPM Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Training Package
  • FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package

View the revised units