This unit of competency supports the needs of experienced tradespeople with responsibility for testing and commissioning firefighting appliances.
Site location for work application may be a new work site or an existing structure being renovated, extended, restored or maintained.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Prepare for work.
1.1. Drawings and specifications are obtained.
1.2. Safety (OHS) requirements associated with workplace environment and commissioning firefighting appliances are adhered to throughout the work.
1.3. Quality assurance requirements are identified and adhered to in accordance with workplace requirements.
1.4. Tasks are planned and sequenced in conjunction with others involved in or affected by the work.
1.5. Tools and equipment for commissioning firefighting appliances, including personal protective equipment, are selected and checked for serviceability.
1.6. Work area is prepared to support efficient commissioning process.
2. Identify system requirements.
2.1. Equipment requirements are identified and confirmed from job specifications and in accordance with relevant standards.
2.2. Requirements of firefighting appliance commissioning are identified in accordance with standards, statutory and regulatory authority requirements and job specifications.
3. Test and commission system.
3.1. Firefighting appliances are checked to ensure type and installation conform to standards, job specifications, manufacturer recommendations and authorities' requirements.
3.2. Operation of appliances is tested in accordance with standards, job specifications, manufacturer recommendations and authorities' requirements and is adjusted as required.
3.3. Appliances are commissioned and maintained to ensure correct operation in accordance with standards, and manufacturer and job specifications.
4. Clean up work area.
4.1. Work area is cleared and materials disposed of or recycled in accordance with federal, state and territory legislation and workplace procedures.
4.2. Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and workplace procedures.
4.3. Information is accessed and documentation completed in accordance with workplace requirements.
Required skills for this unit are:
communication skills to:
complete workplace documentation
enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements, share information, listen and understand
follow and give instructions
plan and sequence tasks with others
read and interpret:
documentation from a variety of sources
drawings and specifications
use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals
identifying and accurately reporting to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials
numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations
organisational skills, including the ability to plan and set out work
teamwork skills to work with others to action tasks and relate to people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
technological skills to:
access and understand site-specific instructions in a variety of media
use mobile communication technology.
Required knowledge for this unit is:
Australian standards applicable to relevant appliances
components and materials of firefighting equipment and appliances
job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements (SWMS)
pressure requirements of hose reel systems
process of installing, testing and commissioning firefighting equipment and appliances
relevant statutory and authority requirements related to commissioning firefighting equipment and appliances
SI system of units
sources of information and processes for the calculation of requirements
workplace and equipment safety requirements.
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
This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment providing that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate plumbing and services workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.
It may be assessed on its own or as part of an integrated assessment activity involving preparing, planning and conducting commissioning procedures for firefighting appliances for a residential building of four storeys and completing all associated documentation.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:
locating, interpreting and applying relevant information, standards and specifications to the commissioning of firefighting appliances
applying safety requirements throughout the work sequence, including the use of personal protective clothing and equipment
commissioning firefighting appliances, including portable fire appliances, wheeled fire extinguishers, delivery lay flat hose and fire hose reel systems, ensuring:
correctly identifying location, design specification and details of system
correctly selecting and using appropriate processes, tools and equipment
completing all work to specification
complying with regulations, standards and organisational quality procedures and processes.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
This competency is to be assessed using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.
Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context.
Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards' requirements.
Resource implications for assessment include:
an induction procedure and requirement
realistic tasks or simulated tasks covering the minimum task requirements
relevant specifications and work instructions
tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices
support materials appropriate to activity
workplace instructions relating to safe working practices and addressing hazards and emergencies
material safety data sheets
research resources, including industry related systems information.
Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.
Method of assessment
Assessment methods must:
satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package
include direct observation of tasks in real or simulated work conditions, with questioning to confirm the ability to consistently identify and correctly interpret the essential underpinning knowledge required for practical application
reinforce the integration of employability skills with workplace tasks and job roles
confirm that competency is verified and able to be transferred to other circumstances and environments.
Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:
competency will need to be demonstrated over a period of time reflecting the scope of the role and the practical requirements of the workplace
where the assessment is part of a structured learning experience the evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time and separated by further learning and practice, with a decision on competency only taken at the point when the assessor has complete confidence in the person's demonstrated ability and applied knowledge
all assessment that is part of a structured learning experience must include a combination of direct, indirect and supplementary evidence.
Assessment processes and techniques should as far as is practical take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.
Supplementary evidence of competency may be obtained from relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.
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.
Safety (OHS) is to be in accordance with federal, state and territory legislation and regulations and may include:
handling of materials, including hazardous materials and substances
personal protective equipment, including that prescribed under legislation, regulations and workplace policies and practices
safe operating procedures, including recognising and preventing hazards associated with:
surrounding structure and facilities
use of tools and equipment
work site visitors and the public
working at heights
working in confined spaces
working in proximity to others
use of firefighting equipment
use of first aid equipment
workplace environment and safety.
Quality assurance requirements may include:
Environment Protection Authority
internal company quality assurance policy and risk management strategy
International Standards Organisation
site safety plan
workplace operations and procedures.
Tools and equipment may include:
hand and power tools
Commissioning firefighting appliances covers testing and commissioning firefighting appliances, including:
delivery lay flat fire hose
fire hose reel systems
portable fire appliances
wheeled fire extinguishers.
Relevant standards include:
AS/NZS1841 Portable fire extinguishers - general requirements
AS/NZS1850 Portable fire extinguishers - classification, rating and performance testing
AS1851 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment
AS2441 Installation of fire hose reels
AS2444 Portable fire extinguishers and blankets -selection and location
AS/NZS3504 Fire blankets
AS3565 Meters for water supply
AS4077 Fire protection - fire extinguishing media: halogenated hydrocarbons
AS4078 Fire protection - fire extinguishing media: carbon dioxide
AS4265 Wheeled fire extinguishers
AS/NZS4353 Portable fire extinguishers - aerosol type.
Statutory and regulatory authority includes:
Building Code of Australia
state or territory regulations.
Plumbing and services
This unit contains employability skills.