Assess dentition


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess dentition and record the results.

This unit is applicable to meat workers on a slaughter floor.

All work should be carried out to comply with workplace and hygiene requirements.

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision, exercise limited autonomy and have some accountability for their own work.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

This unit must be delivered and assessed in the context of Australian meat processing standards and regulations.

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Expose all incisor teeth

1.1 Expose incisor teeth

1.2 Differentiate permanent incisors from milk teeth

1.3 Count the number of permanent incisors correctly

1.4 Assess dentition to workplace, regulatory and workplace health and safety requirements

1.5 Follow sterilisation techniques prior to, and during, the assessment of dentition

2. Record the dentition

2.1 Identify the number of permanent incisor teeth and accurately record or mark carcase in accordance with workplace requirements

Evidence of Performance

The candidate must assess dentition and record the results.

The candidate must:

work cleanly to assess dentition and to avoid the risks of contamination of the carcase

identify and record the number of permanent incisor teeth according to work instructions

apply numeracy skills relevant to relevant to work instructions

Evidence of Knowledge

The candidate must demonstrate a basic factual, technical and procedural knowledge of:

dentition as a measure of animal age

anatomical aspects of dentition

importance and value of accurate dentition assessment

workplace requirements for recording dentition

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must occur in an operating abattoir under normal processing conditions.

Dentition assessment must be performed at a pace that is the same as the pace of production.

As a minimum, the following three forms of assessment must be used:

quiz of underpinning knowledge

workplace demonstration

workplace referee or third-party report of performance over time

Assessors must satisfy the current standards for RTOs.

Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range Statement