Assessor Resource

Conduct blast survey

Assessment tool

Version 1.0
Issue Date: April 2019

This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles, within:

Civil construction

Coal mining

Extractive industries

Metalliferous mining

This unit covers conducting blast survey in resources and infrastructure industries. It includes: planning and preparing for operations; operating the survey equipment; and carrying out basic maintenance.

You may want to include more information here about the target group and the purpose of the assessments (eg formative, summative, recognition)


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Evidence Required

List the assessment methods to be used and the context and resources required for assessment. Copy and paste the relevant sections from the evidence guide below and then re-write these in plain English.

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to worksite operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:

knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions for conducting blast survey

implementation of requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient conducting of blast survey

working with others to undertake and complete blast survey that meets all of the required outcomes

consistent timely completion of blast survey that safely, effectively and efficiently meets the required outcomes

Context of and specific resources for assessment

This unit must be assessed in the context of the work environment. Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated environment provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of workplace performance, including task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.

The assessment environment should not disadvantage the participant. For example, language, literacy and numeracy demands of assessment should not be greater than those required on the job.

Customisation of assessment and delivery environment to sensitively accommodate cultural diversity.

Aboriginal people and other people from a non English speaking background may have second language issues.

Assessment of this competency requires typical resources normally used in the work environment. Selection and use of resources for particular worksites may differ due to site circumstances.

Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities.

Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required.

Method of assessment

This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency. The assessment strategy for this unit must verify required knowledge and skill and practical application using more than one of the following assessment methods:

written and/or oral assessment of the candidate's required knowledge

observed, documented and/or first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:

implementation of appropriate requirement, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient achievement of required outcomes

consistently achieving the required outcomes

first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:

working with others to undertake and complete blast survey

Guidance information for assessment

Consult the SkillsDMC User Guide for further information on assessment including access and equity issues.

Submission Requirements

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Assessment task 1: [title]      Due date:

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Assessment Tasks

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Required skills

Specific skills are required to achieve the performance criteria in this unit, particularly for the application in the various circumstances in which this unit may be applied. This includes the ability to carry out the following as required to conduct blast survey:

apply legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures

apply survey equipment operating procedures

apply field geometry methods

apply equipment records requirements

access, interpret and apply technical information

use relevant hand tools

apply diagnostic techniques

apply eye/hand co-ordination

apply hazard identification procedures

apply computer software

apply workplace communications

work wearing personal protective equipment

apply procedures for working in confined spaces

apply procedures for working at heights

apply using linear and angular survey measurements

read and interpret plans

apply plan documents updating requirements

Required knowledge

Specific knowledge is required to achieve the Performance Criteria of this unit, particularly its application in a variety of circumstances in which the unit may be used. This includes knowledge of the following, as required to conduct blast survey:

site and equipment safety requirement

equipment and characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations

operational and maintenance procedures

environmental requirements and procedures

survey techniques for set up and collection of data

linear measurement

angular measurement

manual and electronic means of conducting survey

plans and maps

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Relevant compliance documentation

may include:

legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures

manufacturer's guidelines and specifications

Australian standards

code of practice

Employment and workplace relations legislation

Equal Employment Opportunity and Disability Discrimination legislation

Geological data may include:

rock type





Survey equipment is not limited to electronic equipment and may include:


Boretrak equipment




"fishing" poles string lines and plumb bobs

survey markers

contour maps

bore hole log



Survey may be used to establish:

rock type/geological formation shapes

drill angel

drill depth

face stability

hole size


Copy and paste from the following performance criteria to create an observation checklist for each task. When you have finished writing your assessment tool every one of these must have been addressed, preferably several times in a variety of contexts. To ensure this occurs download the assessment matrix for the unit; enter each assessment task as a column header and place check marks against each performance criteria that task addresses.

Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Access, interpret and apply compliance documentation relevant to conduct blast survey 
Interpret and apply relevant geological data required to complete the allocated task 
Receive, interpret and clarify survey parameters 
Carry out survey equipment checks 
Set up appropriate signage 
Carry out the set up and start of equipment 
Survey blast area to task requirements 
Prepare survey reports, report to appropriate personnel and maintain records 
Complete work in accordance with the agreed plans and outcomes and within the operating capacities of the equipment 
Carry out operations in accordance with quality requirements 
Diagnose, rectify or report equipment faults to appropriate personnel 
Carry out inspections and fault finding 
Carry out routine servicing and housekeeping 
Carry out minor maintenance 
Maintain records 


Assessment Cover Sheet

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