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:
- MSF40118 – Certificate IV in Interior Decorating
- MSF50218 – Diploma of Interior Design
- MSF30113 – Certificate III in Furniture Finishing
- MSF30818 – Certificate III in Flooring Technology
- 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:
- Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)
- Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia (TAC)
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.
|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
|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|
|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
|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
|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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