This unit was developed for environmental testing specialists working within proof and experimental organisations in Defence but is applicable to any individual in this field of work.
Typically these individuals must demonstrate the ability to work as individuals and as part of a team under direct and/or indirect supervision, use discretion and judgement, and take responsibility for the quality of their output. All activities are carried out in accordance with relevant organisational policies and procedures.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Prepare for environmental tests
1.1 Stakeholders and test participants are briefed in accordance with organisational policies and procedures, and test plan
1.2 Safety systems and procedures are checked and initiated in accordance with organisational policies and procedures, and test plan
1.3 Information on resource requirements and availability is obtained and confirmed in accordance with procedures
1.4 Information support systems for environmental tests, including achievable reporting and recording processes, are prepared in accordance with resource requirements
1.5 Coordination issues with others affected by the tests are negotiated and resolved
1.6 Safety traces are constructed when required, in accordance with standard procedures
1.7 Work health and safety (WHS) principles and requirements are identified and observed throughout the test process
2. Conduct tests
2.1 Environmental test planners are identified and liaison is effected in accordance with policies and procedures
2.2 Test plan is implemented, monitored and amended based on changing circumstances in accordance with methodologies and procedures
2.3 Tests are conducted in accordance with testing requirements
2.4 Resources are allocated to testing tasks in accordance with test plan and resource availability
2.5 Data being generated by tests is recorded in accordance with the agreed methodology
3. Report on test results
3.1 Data generated by the test is collected and reported in accordance with policies and procedures
3.2 Options and recommendations resulting from the test are provided in a clear and comprehensive format
3.3 Post testing reports, statistical reports and other records are produced and maintained in accordance with requirements
This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.
apply organisational safety policies and structures
apply organisational WHS requirements
communicate effectively with stakeholders
liaise effectively with stakeholders
environmental testing methodologies
organisational WHS requirements
organisational safety policies and structures
resource allocation procedures
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Assessment must confirm the ability to apply environmental test methodologies and procedures including the coordination of test resources and the documentation of test results.
Assessment must also confirm the ability to conduct environmental tests against required standards.
Consistency in performance
Competency should be demonstrated in a range of actual or simulated environmental test contexts.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Context of assessment
Competency should be assessed in the workplace or in a simulated work environment, in accordance with all relevant legislation and organisational requirements.
Specific resources for assessment
Access is required to
facilities and resources used in conducting environmental tests
Method of assessment
This unit may be assessed with the following unit:
DEFEO101D Work safely with explosive ordnance.
In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.
Assessment is completed using appropriately qualified assessors who select the most appropriate method of assessment.
Assessment may occur in an operational environment or in an industry-approved simulated work environment. Forms of assessment that are typically used include:
interviewing the candidate
journals and workplace documentation
third party reports from supervisors
written or oral questions
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 in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.
Stakeholders may include:
Clients or customers (internal and external)
Organisation's senior management
Other functional areas within the organisation
Relevant interest groups
Steering committee members
Organisations may include:
Defence contractors and sub-contractors
Defence Materiel Organisation
Defence Science and Technology Organisation
International test agencies
Policies and procedures may include:
Government and organisational policy, guidelines and procedures relating to:
strategic or operational plans
technical and regulatory framework
testing and evaluation
Relevant commonwealth, state/territory and local laws affecting organisation's administration such as:
financial management and accounting legislation and regulations
public sector management acts
Test plans may include:
Budget and financial management strategy
Functional performance specifications
Inclusions and exclusions
Intellectual property strategies
Occupational concept document
People plan including human resource management and human resource development
Roles and responsibilities
Specific equipment, instrumentation, and/or specialised facilities and required conditions
Test and evaluation master plan (TEMP) criteria
Test concept document
Testing control mechanisms
Testing deliverables and their acceptance criteria
Information support systems may include:
Environmental tests may include:
Dust and dirt
Extremes of heat and cold
Humidity and rain
Vibration and shock
Methodologies and procedures may include:
Those established by:
Or may be specified by the client
Tests may include:
Design and manufacture of specific test apparatus
Use of environmental chambers
Resources may include:
Clear and comprehensive format may include:
Development of new procedures for future activities
Outcomes that can be easily understood
Solutions to problems that were faced during the testing
This unit contains employability skills.