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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Prepare for hoisting operations
  2. Perform hoisting operations
  3. Respond to hoisting emergencies and abnormal situations
  4. Conclude hoisting operations

Range Statement

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

Hoisting operations must include one or more of the following:

hi-line transfer

litter kit/equipment deployment/redeployment

personnel deployment/redeployment

rescue equipment deployment/redeployment

stores deployment/redeployment

Hoisting equipment must include one or more of the following:

double lift harness

emergency slings

extension strop

hi-line transfer equipment

rescue litter

rescue net

rescue sling/strop

rope harness sling

single rescue sling


transfer equipment and message bag

Hoisting emergencies and abnormal situations must include one or more of the following:

aircraft electrical/mechanical failure

aircraft malfunction

aircraft system failure

communications equipment failure

fouled cable

fouled hoist

hoist equipment malfunction

hoistee incapacitation

intercom system failure during hoisting operations

operator incapacitation

runaway hoist

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:

applying crew resource management (CRM) principles

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

applying relevant helicopter aeronautical knowledge

applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures

assembling hoisting equipment

communicating effectively with others

completing relevant documentation

deploying and redeploying hoist cable to full length:

in ground effect

out of ground effect

determining wind speed and direction

identifying and using required communications technology

implementing contingency plans

maintaining situational awareness

modifying activities depending on operational contingencies, risk situations and environments

monitoring work activities in terms of planned schedule

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

operating hoist and associated primary and alternate hoist controls

operating hoisting accessories

planning own work, predicting consequences and identifying improvements

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

reporting and/or rectifying identified problems, faults or malfunctions promptly, in accordance with workplace procedures

using communication skills for conning

working collaboratively with others

working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or 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:

abnormal/emergency situations and responses

aircraft approach and overshoot considerations

aircraft control voice and communications procedures

aircraft safety including day and night considerations

approved operational procedures and processes for different hoisting operations

aviation risk management processes

CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards Schedule 3 Aeronautical Knowledge relevant to helicopter operations

correct hoist and equipment configuration

crew resource management (CRM) principles

helicopter capabilities and limitations

hoist capabilities and limitations

hoist emergency procedures

hoisting considerations within a range of operational environments:

bushfire affected areas

confined areas


mountainous areas

over water

over land


ship/boat transfers

meaning of non-verbal communications signals relevant to aircraft hoist configuration:

aircraft go around

all clear

boom in/out

cease movement

come up/down

emergency descent

hoist in/out

hoist up/down

move left/right

ready to be hoisted

stop hoisting

organisational policy and procedures for conducting hoisting operations

typical problems that may occur and actions and appropriate solutions

work heath and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) issues applicable to hoisting operations.