MSF30919 Certificate III in Blinds Awnings Security Screens and Grilles

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to estimate, fabricate, assemble and install blinds, awnings, shade sails, shutters, and screens and grilles using a range of materials, fixtures and fittings.

Work is usually performed in a defined range of skilled operations, where a range of methods, tools, materials and information are used to complete routine activities.  Discretion and judgement are required in selecting equipment, services and contingency measures and resolving mostly predictable problems within known time constraints.

This program aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the industry for new workers, and both upskills and recognises the abilities of workers already employed in the sector. Recognition of this program as a nationally accredited program assists the industry in continuing in a strategic direction of having unique, industry specific licenses, regulations, codes and standards.

This program has been tailored for two types of student, who must be employed in the industry (see training plan outline): Experienced Program For learners to complete the experienced program, they must be employed on a full time basis within the industry and have a minimum of 3 years industry experience and an industry relevant qualification (e.g. a certificate in Manufacturing or Building and Construction or Furnishing Customer Service) or a minimum of 5 years industry experience. Entry Program For learners to complete the entry (extended) program they must be new employees to the industry (employed on a full-time basis with less than 5 years industry experience and no industry relevant qualification). Learners who qualify for the experienced program may also opt for this option as it is delivered at a slower pace.


This Program is for people who will perform industry tasks such as:

  • set up, operate and maintain blinds and awnings sector static machines
  • use blinds, awnings, security screens and grilles sector hand and power tools
  • cut single layer fabrics and machine sew materials
  • construct vertical-style blinds, roll-up and pull-down style blinds and awnings
  • install a range of products on and off site, including: – metal structures and features – exterior blinds and awnings – interior blinds

The industry learner groups identified for this program are:

  • experienced within the sector (12 month program) – with existing skills and knowledge seeking a qualification – wishing to gain further knowledge and a qualification – wishing to advance career prospects
  • inexperienced new employees within the sector (24 month program) – wishing to gain skills and knowledge and seeking a formal qualification, and those – seeking entry to the industry through an apprenticeship pathway.

Learners will be invited to attend regular workshops in their own workplace or a central training facility (depending on the number of staff from their organisation attending, participate in self-study (using resources developed by Frontline and some online research) and practice in the workplace. They will be visited regularly by an assessor who will observe them performing their normal work, assess their competence and provide feedback on their performance. Workplace supervisors will be trained in coaching and mentoring skills by the trainer prior to being approved as a training supervisor (this is a one-day workshop) and will be expected to provide support to learners while they are practicing in the workplace.

Learner and Assessment resources have been developed by The Frontline Group, in consultation with industry experts and have been thoroughly reviewed and mapped to required competencies for national recognition and have undergone validation process by industry. Frontline’s delivery resources:

  • Learner Guide
  • Facilitator guide and activity handouts
  • An environment conducive to learning
  • Access to Trainers/Assessors
  • Induction pack for industry
  • PD for workplace supervisors

Additional learning facilitation resources and tools have been created to help learners engage in the study experience, which include:

  • Templates
  • Activities that involve collaboration and team work
  • Policies and procedures from industry
  • Sample workplace documentation
  • Supplementary material

Learners are assessed across a wide range of tasks integrated into practice, in order to increase reliability and validity of assessment. The evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time, and, in a learning and assessment pathway, these must be separated by further learning and practice.

Assessment materials are The Frontline Group Learner Assessment Workbook and Assessor Marking Guide. Assessments included within these resources are:

  • Knowledge Check – This Assessment can include different question types such as short answers and multiple choice.
  • Project – This Assessment will provide the learner with practical and relevant work based activity. This assessment can include observation, creation of a portfolio of evidence or role play.
  • Third Party Report – The workplace supervisor or senior technician will observe the learner regularly in the workplace and complete this report to aid the assessor in making a judgement of competence.

Instruments for assessment tasks are clear and explicit ensuring learners know what is expected and the criteria by which they will be assessed. Learners are to regularly submit completed assessments over the duration of the program. This will be closely monitored by the assessor to support them in keeping up with their training. To demonstrate competence in each unit the learner must satisfactorily meet the requirements of the assessments relevant to the unit of competency. Competency checklists are used to confirm competency for each unit/s.