This unit applies to a learning and assessment environment where access to normal production operations is not available . A typical environment will be for application in a VET in Schools delivery environment or other simulated or trial manufacturing environment where a high degree of supervision exists.
The unit has applications in qualifications for the broad manufacturing of timber furniture products where the project is based upon the construction of a simple timber item such as:, jewellery boxes, CD racks, timber stools and stationery trays and picture frames.
The unit should be applied to a specific 'project'/ or task which has a defined beginning, middle and end, occurs over an extended period of time, and is reflective of furniture manufacturing industry and/or organisation.
When delivered/assessed as part of a qualification the unit should be customised to ensure its relevance to a real or simulated work activity and related workplaces and must be delivered and assessed over a period of time.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1. Identify job requirements
1.1. Specifications for small furniture item are identified from work instructions.
1.2. Design is interpreted to determine tool, equipment and materials and space requirements.
1.3. Cutting, joining and finishing requirements are identified
1.4. OH&S requirements are considered
2. Prepare for work
2.1. Suitable work area is selected for the task.
2.2. Work area is prepared according to OH&S and ergonomic requirements.
2.3. Appropriate tools, equipment and materials are selected in accordance with the specifications for work.
2.4. Equipment and machinery are cleaned, checked, and adjusted in accordance with workplace procedure.
2.5. Potential hazards are identified from observation of the tools, equipment, materials and workplace and either rectified or reported to supervisor
2.6. Records are kept in accordance with workplace requirements.
3. Produce work
3.1. Timber is cut according to specifications and OH&S requirements.
3.2. Edges and surfaces are prepared according to specifications and OH&S requirements.
3.3. Timber pieces are joined according to item specifications and OH&S requirements .
3.4. Work is checked against specifications at the identified checkpoints
3.5. Non-conformity with the required specifications including quality standards is rectified .
3.6. Work is finished according to specifications, including quality standards and OH&S requirements .
4. Complete work
4.1. Completed work is checked against specifications.
4.2. Unused materials are returned to storage and waste and scrap are dealt with following workplace procedures.
4.3. Work area is cleaned, tools and equipment are returned to storage.
4.4. Documentation is completed following workplace procedures.
Skills required to apply this competency standard in the workplace include:
communicate and work effectively and safely with others
complete a basic furniture construction project to specifications,
comply with OH&S requirements,
correct and safe use of hand tools and power equipment
comply with safety instructions and any OH&S legislation /regulations /codes of practice applicable to workplace operations
collect, organise and understand information related to basic plans
plan and organise activities
use mathematical ideas and techniques for measuring and calculation of areas and estimated materials requirements.
ability to follow instructions and specifications and ask for help where needed
workplace procedures and work instructions
furniture construction terminology
tool, equipment and material types and uses
plans, drawings and specifications
safety precautions with hazardous materials and equipment
organisational or workplace structure
evaluation and review procedures
creative thinking techniques
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.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Knowledge and application of relevant sections of:
occupational, health and safety legislation; statutory legislation;
enterprise/site safety procedures;
enterprise/site emergency procedures
preparation and planning of work
perform normal operator maintenance of work area to enable work to be conducted safely and efficiently
relevant standards and procedures
interpret work instructions and locate and apply relevant information.
apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment.
follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection practices to:
minimise the risk of injury to self or others
prevent damage to goods, equipment or products
achieve required production output and product quality.
adapt or vary furnishing product designs.
construct, assemble and finish at least one basic furnishing product from the list in the range statement.
work effectively with others.
modify activities to cater for variations in workplace contexts and environment.
Context of assessment
Assessment may occur on the job or in a workplace simulated facility with relevant equipment, materials, work instructions and deadlines.
Specific resources required for assessment
Access to plans, hand and/or power tools, equipment, materials, woodworking machinery and a work area.
Access is required to opportunities and appropriate resources to either:
carry out a range of suitably simulated practical and knowledge assessments that demonstrate the skills and knowledge to work safely (usually as part of a holistic assessment involving other competency units), and/or
participate in actual workplace activities that demonstrate the skills and knowledge to work safely
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.
What can a small furniture item include?
A small furniture item from timber can include:
small decorative box, with or without a lid
wooden photo album
simple stool/ chair
What are the work instructions?
Work instructions may include:
drawings and sketches
verbal or illustrated directions from supervisor
number and type of objects to be produced
What can OH&S requirements include?
OH&S requirements may include:
equipment safety instructions
hazardous and dangerous goods codes
local safe operating procedures
specific workplace rules regarding personal protective wear and equipment.
What can a suitable work area include?
A suitable work area may include:
desk or table
floor suitable for layout and assembly
What can appropriate tools, equipment and materials include?
Appropriate tools will vary according to the project, but may include:
pliers and pincers
90 degree angle
measuring tapes/ rulers
Appropriate equipment could include:
electric screw driver
vertical drill presses
pencils and marking devices
Appropriate materials could include:
hinges and metal fasteners
paints and stains.
What potential hazards include?
Potential hazards may include:
broken or faulty equipment
unnoticed sharp objects
inadequate attention to the activities of others
electrical shortages and power overload
disorganised or cluttered workspace (poor housekeeping)
poor attention when dealing with tools and equipment.
environmental chemicals, heat, dust, noise, gas and oil.
What could records include?
Records could include:
plant and maintenance records
documenting equipment and/or material defects
Workplace procedures relating to the use of tools and equipment.
equipment booking forms and records
What could specifications include?
Specifications could include:
measurements and dimensions
surface finish, for example paint, varnish etc.
materials to be used
What is involved in making sure edges and surfaces are prepared?
Preparing edges and surfaces could include:
What is involved in making sure timber pieces are joined?
Joining timber pieces could include attaching pieces together with:
What is involved in making sure non-conformities are rectified?
Rectifying non-conformities could involve:
disassembly of the furniture item
reshaping /resizing or re-cutting component materials
What is involved in making sure work is finished?
Finishing work can include:
What documentation could be relevant?
Documentation could include:
completing necessary paperwork
communicating with supervisor that you have completed the task
photographing the finisher piece
filing necessary paperwork.
This unit contains employability skills.