Course Title: Perform spotting function in dry cleaning operations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: OHTH5640C

Course Title: Perform spotting function in dry cleaning operations

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3285 - Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

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Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to perform spotting techniques on articles received for dry cleaning. It includes identifying a wide range of stains on a variety of fabrics, determining spotting requirements and suitable spotting agents, and carrying out spotting procedures.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTDC3003A Perform spotting function in dry cleaning operations


1. Identify spotting agents

Performance Criteria:

1.1.            Types of spotting agents are identified and classified

1.2.            Applications of spotting agents to specific stain types are determined

1.3.            Application procedures for spotting agents are identified

1.4. Safety and handling requirements of spotting agents are considered


2. Identify stain

Performance Criteria:

2.1.            Procedures for identifying the type of stain are followed

2.2. Type of stain and its characteristics are correctly identified


3. Determine spotting requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1.            Special fabrics are identified

3.2.            Fabric requirements are determined prior to selection of spotting agent

3.3.            Appropriate spotting agent is identified according to stain characteristic and fabric requirements

3.4.            Spotting requirements for common stains are identified and appropriate method selected

3.5.            Advanced spotting processes and procedures are considered and appropriate method selected

3.6. Information is sought to support skill development when stains or spotting techniques are difficult to identify


4. Prepare to carry out spotting procedure

Performance Criteria:

4.1.            Work area is prepared according to procedural requirements and resource requirements

4.2.            Factors affecting spotting procedures are identified and control measures implemented

4.3.            Personal protective equipment is correctly applied

4.4. Spotting agents are prepared and mixed according to manufacturers' instructions, workplace procedures and occupational health and safety (OHS) practices.


5. Carry out spotting procedure

Performance Criteria:

5.1.            Fabrics or materials are handled according to fabric requirements

5.2.            Machine or equipment is operated in accordance with manufacturer's instructions, workplace procedures and OHS practices

5.3. Spotting technique is applied correctly in accordance with workplace procedures and spotting agent

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to Identify stains on articles, identify and understand the uses of spotting agents, determine spotting requirements and carry out spotting procedures using the equipment in a dry cleaning enterprise.

Details of Learning Activities

In general your training is contextualised according to the company’s production processes undertaken as a part of the trainees normal work duties.

Your tasks are selected for training and explanation of the task to be undertaken is given by the trainer and the correct procedure discussed. The task is demonstrated by the trainer and underpinning skills and knowledge are developed.

When the trainer is confident you are capable of undertaking the task safely you will then do the task. During this time your work would be monitored by the trainer and questioning and further instruction given.

You will also be given workplace based tasks and activities to complete and practice between visits. Any activities and work performed between visits are reviewed and further training is undertaken accordingly.

RMIT University learning resources are used to support your training

Teaching Schedule

In general you will be taught by 6 means within a workplace training context as follows:

1. Introduction and overview of course. Basics of skills required and course content 2 hours
2. Use of learning resources and basic skills development 2 hours
3. Workshop 6 hours
4. Complete manuals 4 hours
5. Supervised skill development to competency 44 hours
6. Consolidation of skills and assessment 2 hours

You will practice skills and understanding as a part of your workplace duties between sessions. Activities and work performed between visits are reviewed in the following session and further training is undertaken accordingly.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be in the form of observation of work you have performed and by questioning for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed by observation as you demonstrate your ability to prepare for wet cleaning, operate and monitor a wet cleaning machine plus sort and inspect articles (you can check the performance criteria above for more details of these skills). You will be questioned for for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the Program Coordinator.

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