Certificate III in Polymer Processing

PMB30116 Certificate III in Polymer Processing (Industrial Conveyor Belt Technician)


Industrial Conveyor Belt Technician work involves operation of vulcanisers, belt winders and roller machines (for recoating pulleys) and repair and servicing of conveyor belts of all types and sizes. Duties involve validating raw material, recommending splice lengths, and monitoring pressure and temperature. Some Belt Splicers specialise in steel cord and fabric splicing. They can also be involved in the removal and re-installation of reconditioned belts onto conveyor systems.

The Certificate III course contains units of competency that are also recognised in Certificate IV in Polymer Technology qualification. This provides a pathway for further study and skills and knowledge development.

This course has been developed in conjunction with one of the world leaders in conveyor maintenance services and components and provides the participant with the highest level of skills that enable them to be successful in the workplace.

Where this course is delivered as part of a company wide delivery, the units may be contextualised (within the packaging rules) to add additional value to the employer.

Qualification Specifications

The Certificate III in Polymer Processing is intended for advanced operators who use production equipment to directly produce products. They would undertake more advanced operations, typically including start-up and shutdown in accordance with the operating procedures, and would apply their knowledge to anticipate problems. They would be expected to solve a range of foreseen and unforeseen problems, using product and process knowledge to develop solutions to problems which do not have a known solution, or a solution recorded in the procedures.

Certificate III also contains units of competency which are the beginning of the polymer technician stream and which contribute to a deeper knowledge of polymers and processes.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must consider the following:

  • Candidates must be over 18
  • Candidates must have a minimum year 11 Secondary School or equivalent
  • Candidates must meet the literacy and numeracy benchmarks. Candidates must be able to read, write and speak English proficiently and have adequate numeracy skills at a level that enables you to:
    • interpret and compare numerical information and data, perform technical calculations and calibration measurements and calculate technical specifications
  • Training and assessment is classroom and/or workplace based, participants must work within the industry
  • Candidates must be prepared to complete shift work on a rotating roster
  • Candidates must be physically able to undertake heavy lifting
  • Candidates must be able to work in an extreme temperature environment


Pathways into the Qualification

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry, or entry may also be gained through PMB20116 Certificate II in Polymer Processing. REMA TIP TOP employees are offered the opportunity to undertake this course through traineeship or apprenticeship arrangements according to individual state requirements.

Pathways from the Qualification

Further qualification pathways from this qualification include PMB40116 Certificate IV in Polymer Technology.

Modes of Study

Theory Component

  • In our fully maintained training facility practicing their skills within a safe working environment
  • Instructor led classroom session
  • Blended

Practical Component

  • On the work site
  • Other location bye agreement with the employer


Assessments will include:

Ongoing assessment in the classroom and on-the-job using a combination of the methods listed below:

  • Direct questioning or conversation
  • Observation of skills
  • Written question/answer
  • Review of products, portfolio or projects
  • Logbook entries
  • Scenarios, role plays
  • Third party report – supervisor interviews

Course Duration

  • Between 12 – 18 months for those currently employed in the industry sector
  • Between 24 – 36 months for those entering the industry sector
  • Up to 24 – 36 months for those on a traineeship (depending on individual state traineeship requirements)

Typically the learning would be completed over 1200 – 2400 hours.

Participants may complete the program earlier than these timelines through achievement of RPL or Credit Transfer.

Study Locations

  • By arrangement at the employers workplace or selected site
  • Western Australia – Welshpool Complex
  • New South Wales – Beresfield Training Room
  • Queensland – Brisbane Training Room
  • Queensland – Mackay Training Room

Course Structure

  • 21 units: 4 core and 17 elective units

Units of Competency

Core Units

  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMWHS200 Work safely
  • MSMSUP210 Process and record information
  • MSS402051 Apply quality standards

Elective Units (select 11 units):

  • PMBPROD265 Operate portable vulcanising equipment
  • PMBPROD367 Remove and replace conveyor belts
  • PMBPROD368 Repair conveyor belt carcass
  • PMBPROD376 Splice steel cord conveyor belts
  • PMBPROD377 Splice fabric ply conveyor belts
  • MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
  • MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres
  • PMBPROD241 Lay up rubber lining or lag pulleys
  • PMBHAN103 Shift materials safely by hand
  • MEM13003B Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
  • MEM15004B Perform inspection
  • MSMPER205 Enter confined space
  • MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
  • MSMOPS244 Lay out and cut materials
  • MSMSUP106 Work in a team
  • PMDPROD209 Operate cable winding equipment
  • MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit
  • MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
  • MEM18001C Use hand tools
  • PMBPROD369 Repair conveyor belt covers
  • PMBPREP205 Assemble materials and equipment for production
  • MSMOPS363 Organise on site Work
  • PMBPROD378 Splice solid woven conveyor belts
  • MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
  • PMBPROD304 Wind products onto drums

Course Fees

All fees associated with REMA TIP TOP Industrie Pty Ltd employees undertaking this qualification are internal fees only and are included in the employee’s remuneration package and incentives.

For external students wishing to undertake this qualification, the fee is $5000.

Qualification Issuance

To be eligible to receive the PMB30116 Certificate III in Polymer Processing, issued by Rema Tip Top Academy, participants must successfully complete all core units and elective units as specified in the PMB – Plastics, Rubber and Cable making Training Package – Release 1.0

Participants who do not successfully complete all the requirements for the qualification will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for the units that have been successfully completed and assessed.

If you are interested in undertaking this qualification, please contact us for a pre-enrolment interview.

Our Obligations

Rema Tip Top Academy is responsible for providing quality training and assessment in compliance with the Standards for RTOs 2015 .

RPL & Credit Transfer

Nationally endorsed qualifications, skill sets, and units of competency are recognised and portable across the country—regardless of where they were issued. If you feel that you have previous skill, knowledge or demonstrated competency, and can provide suitable evidence, contact RTT Academy to discuss RPL and/or Credit Transfer.

Additional Information

  • Students can access further information at the top of this web page, including the Complaints & Appeals Policy & Procedure.
  • All materials and equipment are supplied. Students are required to wear comfortable clothing while attending face to face sessions.
  • On-site and in the training facility workshop, company issues clothing and PPE must be worn.
  • Students will have access to a mentor if required.
  • Any support requirements must be discussed with RTT Academy before enrolling to ensure we can meet your needs.
  • Student rights as consumers are in accordance with current State laws.

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