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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Prepare and maintain resources for producing wood objects.
  2. Explore techniques to plan work with work.
  3. Realise wood objects.

Required Skills

Required skills

literacy skills sufficient to read product safety labels and equipment instructions

numeracy skills sufficient to calculate material quantities and cost

Required knowledge

physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials tools and equipment used in the production of wood objects

work space requirements for the production of wood objects including ways of organising and maintaining space

ways of exploring adapting and combining techniques and materials to achieve different effects in wood objects

general knowledge of the formal elements and principles of design and their specific application to wood objects

cleaning and maintenance techniques for tools and equipment used in the production of wood objects

general knowledge of the historical and theoretical contexts for wood objects

awareness of copyright moral rights and intellectual property issues

environmental issues associated with the tools and materials used in the production of wood objects

organisational and legislative occupational health and safety procedures in relation to the production of wood objects

Evidence Required

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

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

The following evidence is critical to the judgement of competence in this unit

production of wood objects which demonstrate a command of selected techniques and which are consistent with the conceptual vision

knowledge of materials and tools and how they are used and extended in the production of wood objects

Context of and specific resources for assessment

The assessment context must provide for

evaluation of visual language and technical execution of work pieces produced by the candidate

practical demonstration of skills using required tools equipment and materials to produce multiple wood objects or a single major work

Method of assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge and might include

direct observation of the production of wood objects in progress

questioning and discussion of the candidates intentions and work outcome

verbal and written reports

review of portfolios of evidence

third party workplace reports of performance by the candidate

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands eg literacy and the needs of particular groups eg people with disabilities and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties such as speakers of languages other than English remote communities and those with interrupted schooling

Assessment of this unit requires access to the materials resources and equipment needed to produce wood objects

Range Statement

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.

Tools and equipment may include:


measuring tools

power and hand tools for carving/marking and/or cutting wood and other materials including wood engraving and branding tools

power and/or hand tools for shaping wood and other materials

protective clothing

tools for assembling wood and other materials

wood turning tools and equipment.

Materials may include:

found objects and materials

other materials consistent with the conceptual vision, e.g. metals, leather, stone

oxidising agents and other patina agents

those for wood finishing e.g. sandpapers, stains, lacquers, paints

those required for assembling/joining wood and other materials, e.g. for binding: wire, rope, string thread, other fibres; other materials: nails, clips, brackets, screws

wood and wood products.

Wood objects may include:

carved panels, e.g. low or high relief, carved vessels

furniture, e.g. tables, lamps, chairs

implements, e.g. letter openers, cutlery



simple musical instruments

turned tableware

other functional items, e.g. walking sticks, boxes, trays, clocks.

Workplace procedures may relate to:

cost control

process-specific procedures




use of materials.

Safety requirements would be in accordance with:

Federal, State and Territory legislation, regulations and standards.

Organisation and maintenance of the work space may relate to:

dust extraction


process-specific procedures


Assessing the capabilities of the techniques, tools and materials may involve:

experimenting directly with work in progress

producing test pieces or samples

systematically testing a range of processes.

Extending capabilities of techniques refers to:

exploring the potential of techniques and discovering new ways of using techniques.

The conceptual vision may be determined by:

elements and principles of design

the relationship of the work to a theoretical and historical context

the subject matter or theme for the wood objects, e.g. the body; identity; land and place; political, cultural, social issues; spiritual concerns.

Criteria for the selection of techniques may relate to:

access to materials, tools and equipment for the techniques

consistency with the conceptual vision for the proposed wood objects

ease of application of the techniques

personal affinity with the techniques.

Within this unit the candidate would generally extend, build upon and combine a range of techniques which may include:



combining with other materials synthetic and/or natural

jig making

laminating of timber and timber products

making mock-ups and prototyping

model making

steam bending of timber

timber preparation

wood finishing

wood turning

wooden tool modification and/or making.

Planning the work may involve:

computer generated design

diagrammatical representation

drawing freehand

full scale mock ups

model making

prototypes drawing directly onto wood.