Use advanced climbing techniques

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCARB307, 'Use advanced climbing techniques'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Use advanced climbing techniques' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Prepare site and inspect equipment

1.1 Determine appropriate method for accessing tree – climbing or using an elevated work platform (EWP) – through discussion with work team

1.2 Determine location of above-and-below-ground services

1.3 Undertake a site-specific risk assessment by identifying work health and safety hazards and assessing risk

1.4 Confirm first aid and rescue personnel, equipment and procedures

1.5 Ensure work team member present, capable, willing and equipped to assist or perform aerial rescue operations

1.6 Prepare and carry out pre-operational and safety checks, on ropes, harnesses, tools and equipment

1.7 Select and use personal protective equipment

1.8 Record and implement work health, safety, site, environmental and traffic control measures

2. Select climbing equipment

2.1 Select harness and appropriate equipment for climbing

2.2 Inspect tree to determinelow risk access route through discussion with work team and seek feedback

2.3 Estimate tree height and load in relation to safe working limits of ropes and equipment

2.4 Determine the hold, release and grip attributes of rope

2.5 Select and use static and dynamic rope as required

2.6 Select and use triple locking carabiners

2.7 Determine limits, relative advantages and disadvantages of friction hitches

3. Prepare to access tree

3.1 Tie, dress, set and finish climbing knots and hitches

3.2 Communicate with work team during operations using voice, hand and whistle signals

3.3 Maintain awareness of power line safe approach distances and vegetation clearances

3.4 Select low risk anchor points in accordance with strength, suitability requirements and branch weight

4. Prepare climbing spurs and gaffs for dismantling operations

4.1 Prepare climbing spurs and gaffs for dismantling operations

4.2 Check all components of climbing spurs for defects and wear

4.3 Check gaff tip profile for correct dimensions using gaff gauge

4.4 Sharpen gaff tip cutting edge with file at defined angle using gaff gauge

4.5 Adjust climbing spurs to provide correct operator fit

4.6 Access and perform dismantling work using climbing spurs

4.7 Maintain separation of spurs

4.8 Maintain clearance distance between spurs and ropes

5. Access and ascend tree

5.1 Access and ascend tree using low risk access route with harness and lanyard

5.2 Ascend using single rope, double rope and selected friction hitch as required

5.3 Ascend using uni-ascenders, foot and hand ascenders, and other ascension devices as required

5.4 Use micrograbs, grigris and micro-pulleys as required for mobility and work positioning

5.5 Demonstrate ability to carry out change-overs as required

5.6 Set up redirects and belays using slings and anchors as required

5.7 Select multiple lines to climb trees and tree parts as required

5.8 Select multiple lines to perform tree operations as required

6. Descend from tree

6.1 Descend tree in a controlled manner

6.2 Remove all access equipment in a controlled manner

6.3 Check, clean and store access equipment

6.4 Clean and store personal protective equipment