Latest MSF Furnishing Transition and Training Updates for RTOs

All About the Latest Transition and Training Updates for the MSF Training Package in Australia

27 September 2023 MSF Training Package Update

RTOs, please be informed that the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) recently published updates to the furnishing (MSF) training package in Australia. Specifically, the MSF training package update outlines extended transition periods for five critical MSF qualifications.

Extended Transition Period for Critical MSF Qualifications

ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for the following qualifications:

  1. MSF40118 – Certificate IV in Interior Decorating
  2. MSF50218 – Diploma of Interior Design
  3. MSF30113 – Certificate III in Furniture Finishing
  4. MSF30818 – Certificate III in Flooring Technology
  5. MSF31113 – Certificate in Cabinet Making

The transition period for training, assessment, and certification issuance for these qualifications will conclude on 31 January 2024.

This decision exclusively applies to the following student cohorts:

  • Students who have commenced formal training and/or assessment in their course on or before 7th and 20th December 2023.
  • All students within this specified group must either successfully complete their training and receive certification or be seamlessly transferred to a replacement training product by the newly designated transition end date.

ASQA Ensuring Standards for Qualifications are Met

ASQA conducted thorough consultations with the following authorities:

Additionally, ASQA sought input from Skills Insight, the Jobs and Skills Council responsible for the MSF Furnishing Training Package.

What the MSF Training Package Update Means for RTOs

It is important to note that the qualifications mentioned above will remain on the RTOs’ scope of registration until the conclusion of the extended transition period. This ensures that RTOs can continue offering their students these qualifications during this period. ASQA’s approval of extended transition periods underscores its commitment to ensuring the well-being of learners and maintaining the quality and integrity of vocational education and training in Australia. RTOs are encouraged to adhere to the stipulated timelines and criteria to ensure a seamless student transition and compliance with ASQA regulations.

MSF30418 Transition and Training Update

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) extended the transition period for the qualification MSF30418 Certificate III in Glass and Glazing of the MSF Furnishing Training Package, as announced on its website on 7 March 2023.

ASQA’s decision, supported by industry stakeholders, regulators, and providers, allows for a longer training, assessment, and certification issuance period, ending on 31 July 2024. The qualification training update will remain on Registered Training Organisations’ registration scopes until the extended transition period ends.

ASQA approved the extension of the transition period for this qualification under the Guidance for Providers – Learner Transition. ASQA evaluates requests for extended transition periods only when a cohort of learners would genuinely experience a disadvantage if the extension were not granted.

The approval guarantees enrolled apprentices have enough time to finish their studies and obtain certification. It gives RTOs ample time to ensure they are fully prepared to provide their learners with industry-relevant training that meets the needs of students, employers, and the community.

MSF30422 – Certificate III in Glass and Glazing Training Update

The MSF30422 – Certificate III in Glass and Glazing of the MSF Training Package update superseded and is equivalent to MSF30418 Certificate III in Glass and Glazing in a third release on 2 June 2023.

The MSF30422 – Certificate III in Glass and Glazing qualification pertains to individuals engaged in manufacturing, processing, transporting, or installing various glass products. These individuals may work in glass processing, glazing, or decorative glazing in both residential and commercial settings.

Skilled workers apply technical knowledge to perform tasks using established routines, methods, and procedures. They also exercise discretion and judgment to modify and apply their skills and expertise to meet job requirements. They are accountable for their work within the confines of the organisation.

Licensing prerequisites may be applicable in some states and territories, particularly those associated with onsite work. Depending on the area, certain units within this qualification may also necessitate licensing or regulatory compliance. Glazing work in Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia requires licensing. Local regulations should be reviewed for more information.

The MSF30422 – Certificate III in Glass and Glazing training has eight core and 15 elective units.

Core Units

Updated core units Superseded core units Equivalency
HLTAID011 – Provide first aid HLTAID003 – Provide first aid Non-equivalent
MSFGG2014 – Cut thin glass by hand MSFGG2004 – Process thin glass by hand Non-equivalent
MSFGG2015 – Process glass by basic machines MSFGG2007 – Process glass by basic machines Equivalent
MSFGG3039 – Manually move glass MSFGG2005 – Apply basic glass handling

MSFGG3001 – Store and handle glass

Non-equivalent
MSFGN2001 – Make measurements and calculations (Release 2) MSFGN2001 – Make measurements and calculations (Release 1) Equivalent
MSMENV272 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSAENV272B – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Equivalent
MSMSUP102 – Communicate in the workplace MSAPMSUP102A – Communicate in the workplace Equivalent
MSMSUP106 – Work in a team MSAPMSUP106A – Work in a team Equivalent

Elective Units

Updated units Superseded units Equivalency
CPCCWHS2001 – Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry CPCCOHS2001A – Apply OHS requirements, policies, and procedures in the construction industry Equivalent
MSMWHS200 – Work safely LMTGN2001B – Follow defined OHS policies and procedures

MSAPMOHS200A – Work safely

Equivalent
MSFGG2013 – Move single glass sheets by mechanical means MSFGG2006 – Move single glass sheets by mechanical means Equivalent
MEM30031A – Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements MEM30031 – Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements Equivalent
MSFFM3024 – Construct jigs and fixtures LMFFM3033B – Construct jigs and fixtures Equivalent
MSFGG3023 – Apply and handle films MSFGG3007 – Apply and handle films and coated glass Non-equivalent
MSFGG3024 – Form glass MSFGG3008 – Form glass Equivalent
MSFGG3025 – Apply patterns and designs to glass MSFGG3009 – Apply patterns and designs to glass Equivalent
MSFGG3026 – Laminate glass MSFGG3010 – Set up and operate glass laminating equipment Equivalent
MSFGG3027 – Toughen glass MSFGG3011 – Set up and operate glass toughening equipment Equivalent
MSFGG3030 – Process glass by automatic machines MSFGG3006 – Process glass by automatic machines Equivalent
MSFGG3031 – Cut thick glass MSFGG3004 – Process thick glass Non-equivalent
MSFGG3032 – Mirror glass MSFGG3012 – Set up and operate glass mirroring equipment Equivalent
MSFGG3040 – Move block and bulk glass sheet by mechanical means MSFGG3003 – Move block and bulk glass sheet by mechanical means Equivalent
MSFSS3005 – Assemble non-security and security screens and grilles MSFGG2010 – Fabricate and install insect and security screens Non-equivalent

MSF Training Package Update Version 8.0

The MSF Furnishing Training Package update, as completed by Innovation & Business Skills Australia, added at least 11 qualifications and updated seven in a release on 21 December 2022.

Here are the training package updates:

Updated code and title Superseded code and title Equivalency
MSF10122 – Certificate I in Furnishing MSF10113 – Certificate I in Furnishing Equivalent
MSF20122 – Certificate II in Furnishing MSF20113 – Certificate II in Furnishing Equivalent
MSF20322 – Certificate II in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology MSF20313 – Certificate II in Furniture Making Equivalent
MSF20522 – Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways MSF20516 – Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways Equivalent
MSF30122 – Certificate III in Furniture Finishing MSF30113 – Certificate III in Furniture Finishing Equivalent
MSF30322 – Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology MSF31113 – Certificate III in Cabinet Making

MSF30213 – Certificate III in Furniture Making

MSF30313 – Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining

Equivalent
MSF30722 – Certificate III in Upholstery MSF30713 – Certificate III in Upholstery Equivalent
MSF40122 – Certificate IV in Interior Decoration MSF40118 – Certificate IV in Interior Decoration Equivalent
MSF40522 – Certificate IV in Piano Technology MSF31213 – Certificate III in Piano Technology Not equivalent
MSF50222 – Diploma of Interior Design MSF50218 – Diploma of Interior Design Equivalent
MSF60122 – Advanced Diploma of Interior Design MSF60118 – Advanced Diploma of Interior Design Equivalent
MSF20413 – Certificate II in Glass and Glazing LMF20411 – Certificate II in Glass and Glazing Equivalent
MSF30422 – Certificate III in Glass and Glazing MSF30418 – Certificate III in Glass and Glazing Equivalent
MSF30518 – Certificate III in Picture Framing MSF30513 – Certificate III in Picture Framing Equivalent
MSF31018 – Certificate III in Interior Decoration Retail Services MSF31013 – Certificate III in Interior Decoration Retail Services Equivalent
MSF40222 – Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Manufacturing MSF40213 – Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology Not equivalent
MSF40318 – Certificate IV in Kitchen and Bathroom Design MSF40313 – Certificate IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms, and Interior Spaces Equivalent
MSF50322 – Diploma of Furniture Design and Manufacturing MSF50313 – Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology Not equivalent

How RTOs Can Manage MSF Training Package Updates

ASQA has granted an extended transition period for continuing MSF30418 Certificate III in Glass and Glazing qualification students of the MSF Training Package to support the ongoing delivery of quality training and assessment in this area.

If you are an RTO delivering this qualification, consider these suggestions:

  • Review the details of the extended transition period and any changes to your training and assessment strategies.
  • Communicate the updated information to your continuing students and ensure they receive the necessary support to complete their qualification requirements.
  • Develop a comprehensive transition plan that includes details on how and when to roll out the new course and any necessary support or training to ensure a smooth transition for staff and students.
  • Wait for confirmation of the scope of registration from the relevant regulatory bodies to ensure that your courses meet all necessary standards and requirements.
  • Ensure that all trainers delivering the new courses are fully qualified and have the necessary skills and experience to help ensure students receive high-quality training and education.
  • Purchase training resources from Australia’s most trusted RTO resource publishers.

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