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Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program

Surface finishing workers are engineering fabrication trades workers found in the fabrication of metal products and in a wide range of metal engineering production operations. They work in the fabrication of heavy, light and cast metal products, and in general metal engineering production. They finish products to improve appearance, adhesion, or hardness, enhance corrosion, tarnish, chemical or wear resistance, modify electrical conductivity, remove burrs and other surface flaws, and control the surface friction.

Funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET), the program uses Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to assess and recognise existing skills and identifies the gap training required to complete the qualification. Course details


Acacia Ridge, Bracken Ridge, Eagle Farm

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Key dates

Acacia Ridge Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Bracken Ridge Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Eagle Farm Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland SkillsTech is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • 21 years or over
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen/permanent Australian resident/refugee, humanitarian or temporary visa holders
  • Permanently reside or be living in Queensland.


Acacia Ridge
247 Bradman St
Acacia Ridge QLD 4110

Bracken Ridge
157 Norris Road
Bracken Ridge QLD 4017

Eagle Farm
776 Kingsford Smith Drive
Eagle Farm QLD 4009

Resources required

Materials list:

  • calculator
  • blue pen
  • pencil HB and 2H
  • eraser
  • notebook
  • sharpener
  • yellow highlighter
  • USB stick (recommended).

Students failing to meet these minimum standards of dress will not be permitted entry in to practical classes.

Personal protective equipment:

  • protective eyewear - safety glasses - students must wear these at all times in the workshop, or any eye hazard area as specified by the teacher
  • protective footwear - covered uppers, steel capped toes and non-slip shoes to AS2210
  • hand protection – long leather gloves to AS2161
  • hair protection - long hair (i.e. hair below collar length) must be restrained (hat, headband, or hair tie)
  • protective clothing - industrial type clothing (100% cotton drill).
  • ear protection - ear muffs or ear plugs (recommended)
  • disposable masks (recommended)


Important Information

The Trades Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program (the Program) is an opportunity for experienced individuals to get a formal trade qualification. It does this by:

  • assessing the skills of experienced individuals who can demonstrate substantial competency in a priority trade qualification

  • providing gap training of no more than one-third of the competencies to complete the trade qualification

Benefits to workers:

  • gap training options available

  • no cost involved for recognition of existing skills

  • Participants who complete the program will receive a nationally recognised qualification. 

Benefits to employers:

  • increase supervision ratio for meeting apprenticeship requirements

  • increases worker knowledge, capability and productivity.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all units listed on your individual training plan.

MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment Mandatory
MEM14004A Plan to undertake a routine task Mandatory
MEM15002A Apply quality systems Mandatory
MEM15024A Apply quality procedures Mandatory
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information Mandatory
MEM16007A Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment Mandatory
MEM14005A Plan a complete activity Mandatory
Stage 1
MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements Mandatory
MEM12024A Perform computations Mandatory
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology Mandatory
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Mandatory
Stage 2
MEM13003B Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials Elective
MEM08002C Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating Elective
MEM08011B Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means Elective
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing Elective
MEM11011B Undertake manual handling Elective
MEM18001C Use hand tools Elective
MEM18002C Use power tools/hand held operations Elective
MEM11012B Purchase materials Elective
MEM11016B Order materials Elective
Stage 3
MEM08010B Manually finish/polish materials Elective
MEM08012B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (basic) Elective
MEM08013B Prepare surfaces by abrasive blasting (advanced) Elective
MEM08014B Apply protective coatings (basic) Elective
MEM08015B Apply protective coatings (advanced) Elective
MEM08016B Control blast coating by-products, materials and emissions Elective
MEM12001B Use comparison and basic measuring devices Elective
Stage 4
MEM17003A Assist in the provision of on the job training Mandatory
MEM11010B Operate mobile load shifting equipment Elective
MEM15004B Perform inspection Elective
MEM18011C Shut down and isolate machines/equipment Elective
MEM11001C Erect/dismantle scaffolding and equipment Elective
MEM15005B Select and control inspection processes and procedures Mandatory
MEM07001B Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment Elective
MEM08007B Control surface finish production and finished product quality Elective


Please note prerequisites / corequisites exist for this unit. For more information contact the Client Service Centre on 1800 654 447. For a full description of this course visit the Training Website.

Department of Education and Training, provides free RPL assessment to eligible participants. 

Gap Training is a cost of $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit.

Department of Education and Training funding is available until 31 May 2018.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


On successful completion of this course you receive a MEM30305 - Certificate III in Engineering - Surface Finishing qualification.

Enrol now

Enrol now, if you:

  • meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked the important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked the course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the Student Rules and Withdrawals and Refund Policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

To assist students with their career and educational goals, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech offers a range of support services, including Literacy, Numeracy, Tutorials & in-class support. If you would like further information or to make an appointment please phone 1800 782 000.

All done? Call 1800 654 447 to enrol today!


Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 6 November 2017

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