Course Title: Perform spotting function in dry cleaning operations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: MANU7425C

Course Title: Perform spotting function in dry cleaning operations

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3395 - Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

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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

In this course you will acquire 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:

MSTDC3001 Perform spotting function in dry cleaning operations


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)
1.2 Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times
1.3 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs
1.4 Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Prepare to perform spotting function

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify types of spotting agents and classify
2.2 Determine applications of spotting agents to specific types of stains
2.3 Identify application procedures for spotting agents
2.4 Consider safety and handling requirements of spotting agents
2.5 Identify common fabrics and special fabrics
2.6 Prepare work area, resources, materials and equipment according to requirements and workplace procedures


3 Determine spotting requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify type of stain and its characteristics, and determine fabric type
3.2 Identify appropriate spotting agent according to stain characteristic and fabric requirements
3.3 Identify spotting requirements for common stains and select appropriate method
3.4 Consider advanced spotting processes and procedures and select appropriate method, where necessary
3.5 Seek information to support skill development when stains or spotting techniques are difficult to identify
3.6 Implement control measures for factors that affect spotting procedures


4 Carry out spotting procedure

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Prepare spotting agents and mix according to manufacturer instructions and workplace procedures
4.2 Handle fabrics or materials according to fabric requirements
4.3 Operate machine or equipment in accordance with manufacturer instructions and workplace procedures
4.4 Apply spotting technique in accordance with workplace procedures and spotting agent directions
4.5 Dry, hang or store article correctly, label and take to the correct area for dry cleaning
4.6 Record and report non-removable stains and defects according to workplace procedures

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. 


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 the course is taught over 6 means:

1 Introduction and overview of course. Basics of skills required and course content 2 hrs
2 Use of learning resources and basic skills development 2 hrs
3 Workshop 6 hrs
4 Complete manuals 4 hrs
5 Supervised skill development to competency 54 hrs
6 Consolidation of skills and assessment 2 hrs

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 is ongoing throughout the course and will include activities to show theoretical understanding, practical demonstration and questioning. Full assessment briefs will be provided.

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Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed by observation as you demonstrate your ability to follow standard perating procedures, prepare to perform spotting function, determine spotting requirements and carry out spotting procedures. (you can check the performance criteria above for ore details of these skills). You will be questioned 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.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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