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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Establish evaluation criteria for design
  2. Evaluate design
  3. Evaluate design concepts for construction and production suitability
  4. Determine and report on design suitability

Required Skills

Required skills

collect organise and understand information related to design a furnishing products

communicate ideas information and advice to client to enable confirmation of design selection plans and specifications

prepare evaluation documentation

work with others and in a team to evaluate design proposals

work with clients to review designs

apply listening and analysis techniques to anticipate production and construction problems and plan around them

recognise and respond to circumstances outside instructions or personal competence

adopt a proactive relationship with the clients to recognise issues and create alternatives

plan activities covering the choice of evaluation method the preparation and layout of the design information

use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete evaluation models

clarify and confirm evaluation instructions

plan evaluation within given task parameters

accept responsibility for given tasks

set monitor and satisfy personal work goals

satisfy the competency requirements for the job

maintain current knowledge of production methods

maintain current knowledge of evaluation methods

seek learning opportunities

use the workplace technology related to the electronic communication with colleagues and clients as well as documenting and presenting information

Required knowledge

State or Territory OHS legislation regulations standards and codes of practice relevant to the design and construction of furnishing products

design methodology

furniture styles and movements

visual aesthetics of furnishing products

environmental and ethical issues in making a furnishing product

materials used to produce furnishing products

production methodologies of furniture makers

assessment and evaluation techniques

overhead components and costing techniques

contemporary techniques for collating and preparing visual information

established communication channels and protocols

problem identification and resolution

document control methods

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

Overview of assessment

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

Comply with legislation regulations standards codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for planning of evaluation of design proposals

Use of calculators computer programs and other aids in the calculation of proposal rankings

Documentation of evaluation criteria clearly from original design brief

Assessment and documentation of evaluation of product proposals or concepts to move forward in the design process

Recommendations for design improvements for concepts construction production and final design presented

Work effectively with others

Modify activities to cater for variations in workplace contexts and environment

Context of and specific resources for assessment

The application of competency is to be assessed in the workplace or simulated workplace

Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices safety requirements and environmental constraints

Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge other than confirmatory questions will usually be conducted in an offsite context

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements

The following resources should be made available

workplace location or simulated workplace

realistic product proposals

specific information covering materials constructions and production methods

design brief and client instructions

details of the product requirements

Method of assessment

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed assessment guidelines of the Furnishing Industry Training Package

Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts together with application of underpinning knowledge

Assessment methods must be by direct observation of tasks and include questioning on underpinning knowledge to ensure its correct interpretation and application

Assessment may be applied under project related conditions real or simulated and require evidence of process

Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance but is able to be transferred to other circumstances

Assessment may be in conjunction with other related units of competency eg LMFFMA Research product needs LMFFMA Create ideas in response to a brief and inspirational information

Assessment may be in conjunction with other related units of competency e.g. LMFFM4021A Research product needs, LMFFM4022A Create ideas in response to a brief and inspirational information

Guidance information for assessment

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.

Legislative requirements

are to be in accordance with applicable legislation from all levels of government that affect enterprise operation. Requirements may include but not be limited to award and enterprise agreements, industrial relations, Australian Standards, confidentiality and privacy, OHS, the environment, equal opportunity, anti-discrimination, relevant industry codes of practice, duty of care, heritage, copyright, design right and patent law

OHS requirements

are to be in accordance with Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation and regulations, enterprise safety policies and procedures

Enterprise requirements

may include but not be limited to legal, enterprise, guidelines, policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility, quality assurance, procedural manuals, quality and continuous improvement processes and standards, OHS, emergency and evacuation, ethical standards, recording and reporting, access and equity principles and practices, equipment use, maintenance and storage, environmental management (waste disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

Design brief

may include but not be limited to client needs and objectives, client aims and objectives and criteria for evaluation, milestones for the design project, organisational or personal profiles and aims, image requirements and function, target market, budget, timeline and consultation requirements


may include but not be limited to proportion and aesthetics


may include but not be limited to ergonomics and practicality


may include but not be limited to traditional, contemporary, modern, functional, commercial and artistic

Environmental impact

may include but not be limited to how the use of raw materials effects the ecology and environment and how its continued use will affect the area it has been sourced from, energy consumption in achieving the material, greenhouse gases created, waste levels, resource utilisation and transport effects. Similarly what impact will be felt by reducing or stopping material from the source

Cultural relevance

may include but not be limited to demography, geography (local, regional, national), religious, climatic, societal, lifestyle, attitudinal, gratification, honour, living conditions, infrastructure, status and habitude

Economic significance

may include but not be limited to the potential financial return which the product could return, including sales volume and profitability

Design methodology

is to include but not be limited to the approach taken in addressing the design brief


may include but not be limited to native timber (native and imported), man-made timber products, plastic, metal, alloys, stones, glass, textiles, fibreglass, foam, cardboard, paper products or any other manipulable substance

Technical integrity

is to include but not be limited to the intended structural qualities and construction methods of a designed product

Construction constraints

are the types of construction methods of joining parts and sub-assemblies together to make the structure and form of the product produced within the enterprise. These will depend on the skills and knowledge of the makers within the enterprise

Production constraints

are the methods of producing the individual parts and sub-assemblies of a product. These are dependent on the enterprise's machinery and skills and knowledge of their operators

Production ability

is to include but not be limited to how readily a design can be produced, the cost in producing it, the availability of equipment and skilled personnel


may include but not be limited to hand tools, static machinery, portable power tools and computer numerically controlled equipment

may also include procedures for lock out protecting operators and co-workers from accidental injury by isolating the machine from the power source

Manufacturing process

may include but not be limited to the methods by which the product will be produced, these steps usually entail working from working drawings and specifications, producing components utilising machine operations, assembly of the components and finishing techniques


may include but not be limited to paints, waxes, lacquers, stains, pigments, oils and plastic coatings

Weighted assessment

must be developed from original criteria to rank the proposals allowing for the weighting of each criteria