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MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering

Course Outline


MEM40105-milling-machineThis qualification covers the skills and knowledge required for employment as a Higher Engineering Tradesperson or a Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Mechanical) – Level II, Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Fabrication) – Level II, Special Class Engineering Tradesperson (Electrical/Electronic) – Level II within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or at equivalent levels in other industries where Engineering Tradespersons work.

The qualification has been specifically developed to be delivered to people who are existing engineering tradespersons or delivered to apprentices in an Engineering Trade who choose to study at a higher level during their apprenticeship.

The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through an integrated combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship.  The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

See Skills Recognition section below for details about formal skills recognition.

Target Groups

  • Senior operators
  • Leading hands
  • Tradespersons
  • Supervisors

The key clients for this qualification are primarily existing workers operating at a high level of competence and productivity. Some new-entrants may also be enrolled once prerequisites have been met. The Certificate IV in Engineering has long been seen as a post trade qualification. Several options have been designed to cater for the relevant groups. Where required, various entry points will be identified for different students.

Prior Qualifications

No prior qualifications are required for entry in to this course. If you do not already hold an appropriate Certificate III in Engineering, you may enrol directly into the Certificate IV in Engineering and undertake the required extra Units of Competency. As a general guide refer to the information on our website about the MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade in combination with the details below about Course Structure.  Please then contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Students require language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to the descriptions below

Reading Writing Mathematics Oral Communication
Read and interpret texts that have several ideas which are non-routine, but simple. For example, read workplace newsletters or read an agenda for a meeting Produce and sequence several paragraphs to make meaning. For example, fill in an accident report form or write a set of procedures for a new work task for personal reference Use operations and % and fractions to solve problems.
For example, calculate and compare costs of similar items/services from two sources or measure items for work tasks using formal units (millilitres of hair dye, grams of flour etc)
Participate in oral exchanges where listener/speaker is required to vary and/or understand concepts which are simple, but non-routine.  For example, provide instructions for a new worker on how to perform a simple workplace task. Or listen to, and respond to a routine customer complaint

Post Certificate III Qualification – Certificate IV in Engineering additional Units of Competency (UoCs) only

The following information applies to a candidate who holds an appropriate Certificate III in Engineering and is matriculating into the Certificate IV.

This programme is a flexible delivery programme, delivered to suit the requirements of the student.

Trainees under a Traineeship Contract may take 6-24 months (according to traineeship requirements) to complete the qualification. Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applicants may complete the course in a lesser time subject to meeting eligibility criteria. The standard enrolment term for a post Trade programme is 16 months.

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) are offered to all students.

Credit Transfer in this instance means recognition of previously completed formal training in identical or equivalent UoCs (units of competency) to those that are included in the MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering. A copy of your certificate or statement of attainment that lists the relevant UoCs is required for Credit Transfer (CT) options to be evaluated.

RPL is a way of using your existing skills and knowledge to get a formal qualification. It considers qualifications and documentary evidence you already have in your portfolio.  Even without documentary evidence, where you believe you have most or all of the required knowledge and skills for the qualification you seek recognition for, you may apply for RPL.  Once your full application is evaluated, and following NAM Training’s Training Needs Analysis (TNA) interview, you may not need to receive training. You may only require assessment of your current knowledge and skills.

The RPL assessment process is no less rigorous than any other assessment.

The minimum requirements for this qualification will be met by holders of one of the following qualifications or equivalent, and the completion of additional Specialisation UoCs.   The additional UoCs are those not included in the Certificate III qualification already held.

MEM30105 Certificate III in Engineering – Production Systems
MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade
MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
MEM30405 Certificate III in Engineering – Electrical/Electronic Trade
MEM30605 Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture
MEM30705 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction
MEM30805 Certificate III in Locksmithing
MEM31010 Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair
AUR30505 Certificate III in Marine

The required number of Specialisation UoCs varies according to the total weighting (points value) of the selected UoCs. The average number required of these UoCs is 12.

NAM Training offers a selection of Specialisation UoCs for various industry streams

Examples of Specialisation UoCs

MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices    (Core UoC if not already held in the Certificate III)
MEM17001B Assist in development and deliver training in the workplace
MEM14002B Undertake basic process planning
MEM14003B Undertake basic production scheduling

This programme may be delivered in a variety of locations, including but not limited to entirely on-the-job at the student’s workplace in employer provided venues.  NAM Training offices may be utilised for RPL evaluations and oral questioning.  From time to time, Third party venues may also be utilised.

Delivery strategies and the training programme sequence are based upon the experience levels of students and/or employer instructions. UoC selection within Learning and Assessment Plans will reflect both workplace and industry standards.

Training delivery will consist of a combination of a face to face approach, of one-to-one and groups of students, depending on students’ needs and the availability of on-site facilities.

The trainer will negotiate the training and assessment arrangements in direct consultation with enterprise representatives who are responsible for current work skills training within the organisation as well as site management officials where relevant.

Where applicable, UoCs that are pre-requisites for other UoCs will be trained and assessed first or where required, as combined UoCs to suit individual worksite requirements.

This programme will be delivered entirely on-the-job at the trainee’s workplace in employer provided venues. From time to time, Third party venues may also be utilised.

Volume of Learning

The volume of learning here applies to a student who holds an appropriate Certificate III in Engineering and is matriculating into the Certificate IV.

The following information relates to a novice and may vary in accordance with the existing knowledge and skills of the trainee:

• 14 Training sessions of 2.5 hours covering the theory and skills components of the programme, totalling 35 hours over the traineeship contract. This is broken down into 2.5 supervised hours of training and assessment per month over 14 active learning months. The average number of visits by the RTO trainer with the Trainee will be 10 monthly visits per year.

  • Minimum of 40 supervised work based activities of on average of 4 hours each, totalling 160 hours over the traineeship contract
  • An average of 65 hours of reading and research is required over the traineeship contract
  • An average of 60 hours of associated consultation and post assessment validation over the traineeship contract

This totals an average of 320 hours over the traineeship contract.

A full RPL pathway may be undertaken without a Training Contract subject to a candidate meeting NAM Training’s eligibly criteria. Access to a relevant workplace operation and equipment may also be required.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) strategies may include credit transfer, evaluation of work samples, oral questioning, observation, evaluation of resume and third party report/s.

Assessment only

Assessment only strategies may include credit transfer, work samples, written assessment, oral questioning, observation, and third party reports.

Assessment modes

Assessment modes will be flexible to suit the needs of the student and employer. Assessment tools will consist of a combination of Knowledge Based Tests (KBT), Oral Questioning (OQ), Observation of Skills (Obs), Third Party Report (TPR), Portfolio (PF), Project (P) and Role Play (RP).

The following gives an overview of course fees. Full details and refund information are provided to employers in our Funding Schedule document or to private candidates by email or hard copy.

A candidate will usually already hold his or her Certificate III in Engineering or equivalent before enrolling in the MEM40105 Certificate IV Engineering. The following details presume that this will be the case.  Refer to details about MEM30305 Certificate III Engineering – Fabrication Trade if a candidate needs to complete this Qualification before enrolling in the Certificate IV.


Privately funded course fees

Where an individual student is paying for his/her fees, these fees will not be charged in instalments any greater than $1500 each.

Full training and assessment and pathway

Where a candidate already holds a Certificate III Engineering or equivalent, MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering is charged at a total of $2990.

A Registration Fee of $300 per candidate will be invoiced following registration with NAM Training.

Remaining fees are charged as UoCs are commenced.

Fees are calculated pro rata according to the number of Units of Competency in the enrolment. For example, if there are 10 UoCs in the qualification, each UoC will be charged at $2990, less the $300 Registration Fee divided by 10 which equates to $269 each.

Part RPL/part training and assessment or Full RPL pathways

An RPL Registration Fee applies at $300 per student.

Where a student completes some or all of the qualification via Recognition of  Prior Learning (RPL), a 25% RPL discount will apply to fees for any UoCs achieved via RPL.

Following the RPL Registration Fee, remaining fees are charged as UoCs are commenced at the rate applicable to the nominated pathway for each UoC, that is either full training and assessment rate, or the 25% RPL discounted rate.

Assessment may often commence on any UoCs nominated for RPL at the same time.

If a full RPL pathway has been established, after registration and payment of registration fee, the remaining cost of the Qualification will be discounted to $2317.50. Remaining fees are charged when UoCs are commenced.

Where an individual student is paying for his/her fees, these fees will not be charged in instalments any greater than $1500. In these instances, for full RPL pathway for example, once registration fee has been paid, the remaining course fees will be charged in two instalments, one of $1500, and the second of $817.50.

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