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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Apply aircraft safety procedures
  2. Prepare for rappelling operation
  3. Emplane and complete on-board procedures
  4. Rappel from helicopter
  5. De-service rappel equipment

Range Statement

Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Hazards must include one or more of the following:





native fauna

poor visibility





weather conditions

wire/power lines/fences

Environmental conditions must include:

climate and weather variations

geographical and geological variations including sloping and unstable ground

variations due to vegetation and urban structures

ground conditions including dust and other particles

Aircraft emergency and rappelling contingency procedures must include:

aborted operation

aircraft collision

aircraft crash landing

aircraft fire

aircraft malfunction prior to take-off

damaged or kinked rope

emergency landing procedures

emergency retrieval of rappeller/s

engine failure over landing site

in a Defence context – procedures to evade hostile action against aircraft or self

loss of rappel control during descent

loss of visibility

rappeller collision with others or obstacles

rappeller hang-up

rappeller lost brake

rappeller injury on landing

rappeller inversion

rappeller lost balance during transition (premature exit)

rappelling rope caught in tree

Operational and rappel equipment must include one or more of the following:

commercial in-service rappelling harness

communications equipment

descending device/s

descent rope

improvised tubular webbing harness

incident response equipment

individual load carrying equipment (ILCE)

military equipment relevant to rappelling operation

search and rescue equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) must include:

eye protection goggles


hearing protection


high visibility clothing

leg bags

life jacket

personal lighting and beacons

protective clothing

rappelling gloves

Communications must include:

hand signals

interpersonal communications


Individual in-flight safety checks must include:

equipment checks

rappelling equipment checks

personal protective equipment checks

seatbelt/restraint device

Rappel exit positions must include:

forward exit

'L' position

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements, performance criteria and range of conditions on at least one occasion and include:

adapting to differences in equipment and operating environment in accordance with standard operating procedures

applying organisational tactics, techniques and procedures

applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards

approaching and exiting helicopter in a safe manner in accordance with workplace procedures and/or flight crew instructions

communicating effectively with others

completing relevant documentation

conducting rappel, operational and safety equipment individual pre-flight and in-flight checks

descending landing in a controlled manner in accordance with workplace procedures

following relevant legislation and workplace procedures

identifying, operating and controlling rappelling and operational equipment

implementing contingency plans

implementing work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures and relevant regulations

maintaining situational awareness when conducting rappelling operations

modifying activities depending on workplace contingencies, situations and environments

monitoring and anticipating operational problems and hazards and taking appropriate action

monitoring work activities in terms of planned schedule

operating helicopter restraint, safety and emergency equipment

reading, interpreting and following relevant regulations, instructions, procedures, information and signs

reporting and/or rectifying identified problems promptly, in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures

selecting and using required personal protective clothing and equipment conforming to industry and WHS/OHS standards

working collaboratively with others

working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self, others or damage to goods or equipment.

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements, performance criteria and range of conditions and include knowledge of:

assembly point or marshalling area

characteristics of helicopters including safety features and operating requirements

hazards that exist when rappelling from a helicopter

in a Defence context, relevant Defence Orders and Instructions

manufacturer instructions for equipment used for rappelling from a helicopter

problems that may occur when rappelling from a helicopter

relevant Australian Standards

relevant information/documents:

induction and training materials

operations manuals

workplace procedures and instructions, and job specification

relevant legislation, regulations, organisational policy and procedures in relation to rappelling from a helicopter

relevant WHS/OHS and environmental procedures and regulations

risks that exist when rappelling from a helicopter

safety equipment operation.