MST30516 - Certificate III in Leather Production

Have experience in leather production? Get recognition for it.

Your experience working within a hide, skin and leather processing environment, or enterprise focused on the production of leather goods, might already make you eligible for a Certificate III in Leather Production via RPL. This is an ideal way for those with experience in tanning, cutting, sewing, and grading leather, applying finishes, and making prototypes to achieve formal recognition for their work in the textiles, clothing and footwear industry.

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To be awarded the MST30516 Certificate III in Leather, competency must be achieved in nineteen (19)  units of competency:

  • four (4)  core units of competency
  • fifteen (15)  elective units of competency.

Note : Where prerequisite units are identified they must be counted in the total number of units required for achievement of the qualification..


Core units

Unit code 

Unit title 


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Work safely


Organise and plan own work to achieve planned outcomes


Apply quality standards


Elective units

Select fifteen (15)  units as specified below.

  • A minimum of four (4)  units must be chosen from Group A
  • The remaining eleven (11)  units may be selected from:
  • units not previously selected from Group A
  • units from Group B
  • up to five (5)  units from this Training Package, other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses, where those units are available at Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level.

Units selected from other Training Packages and accredited courses must be relevant to the qualification outcome and not duplicate units available within this qualification.



Group A 


Unit code 

Unit title 



Control production in a section of a TCF enterprise



Estimate and cost job



Supervise operations in a TCF enterprise



Plan tasks to assist production operations



Determine suitability of hide, skin and leather for specific requirements



Determine tanning requirements for hide, skin and leather



Make a prototype



Cut leather by hand



Sew leather by hand



Apply finishes to leather products



Grade leather



Apply pattern specifications to saddlery operations



Assemble saddle components



Group B 


Unit code 

Unit title 



Operate mobile load shifting equipment



Work in a team



Package and handle TCF items for storage or despatch



Work in the TCF industry



Perform minor maintenance



Perform test or inspection to check product quality



Select, transfer and remove materials and products



Coordinate work of team or section



Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace



Work safely with chemicals in TCF operations



Undertake receival, storage, handling and preservation of materials or products



Perform fellmongering processes



Operate machines to prepare hides or skins for tanning



Sort, grade or class hides, skins or leather



Trim hides, skins or leather



Use drum or vessel to prepare or tan hides or skins



Operate machine to crust hides, skins or leather



Use drum or vessel to crust hides, skins or leather



Perform drying operations



Finish hides, skins or leather



Cut by machine



Sew leather by machine



Perform table work



Operate leather production machines



Split leather pieces



Identify materials used in leather goods production



Skive leather pieces



Coordinate waste disposal




There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

This qualification does not require any licensing

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