Conduct hoisting operations


This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to conduct hoisting operations, in compliance with relevant regulatory requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and national operating standards.

It includes preparing for hoisting operations, performing hoisting operations, responding to hoisting emergencies and abnormal situations, and concluding hoisting operations.

This unit addresses aviation technical skill requirements (physical, mental and task-management abilities) related to aircraft operational duties of flight crew, and contributes to safe and effective performance in complex aviation operational environments.

Operations are conducted as part of recreational, commercial and military aircraft activities across a variety of operational contexts within the Australian aviation industry.

Work is performed independently or under limited supervision within a single-pilot or multi-crew environment.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements are applicable to this unit.

Use for Defence Aviation is to be in accordance with relevant Defence Orders, Instructions, Publications and Regulations.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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


Prepare for hoisting operations


Hoisting equipment is prepared and checked


Helicopter safety hazards are identified using established procedures


Aircraft power availability is calculated


Wind speed and direction are determined


Approach and overshoot paths are determined


Hoisting location and surrounds are checked for suitability


Hoist is prepared and checked for correct operation


Hoisting operation plan is developed and communicated to flight crew


Perform hoisting operations


Helicopter is manoeuvred to the most appropriate hover position to perform safe hoisting operations


Hoisting accessories/equipment items are checked and attached to hoist hook


Aircraft operational/control checks are conducted as required


Flight crew situational awareness of hoisting operation and aircraft flight performance is maintained using appropriate voice and/or non-verbal communication procedures


Passengers are deployed/dispatched, monitored, retrieved and secured to achieve operational requirements


Stores are deployed/dispatched, monitored, retrieved and secured to achieve operational requirements


Aircraft hoist system is operated in accordance with equipment operating procedures


Respond to hoisting emergencies and abnormal situations


Hoisting emergencies and abnormal situations are identified, diagnosed and communicated to other flight crew


Hoist emergency or remedial actions are undertaken to maintain safety of flight and/or to complete hoist operations


Conclude hoisting operations


Hoisting accessories/equipment items are removed from hoist hook and stowed


Hoist is secured and checked for serviceability


Aircraft maintenance documentation is completed

Evidence of Performance

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.

Evidence of Knowledge

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.

Assessment Conditions

As a minimum, assessors must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.

As a minimum, assessment must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.

Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.

Assessment must occur in workplace operational situations. Where this is not appropriate, assessment must occur in simulated workplace operational situations that reflect workplace conditions.

Resources for assessment must include access to:

a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or simulations

acceptable means of simulation assessment

applicable documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals

relevant materials, tools, equipment and personal protective equipment currently used in industry.

Foundation Skills

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

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


Not applicable.

Competency Field

Y – Aircraft Operation and Traffic Management