Perform an individual free fall parachute descent

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Assessment Tool
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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
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Wiki Markup
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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 DEFCA006B, 'Perform an individual free fall parachute descent'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for free fall parachute descent

1.1 Instructions to conduct a free fall parachute descent are received and details are confirmed with supervisor as necessary

1.2 Appropriate parachute equipment is selected, inspected for serviceability and fitted, in accordance with standard procedures

1.3 Unserviceable equipment is quarantined and reported in accordance with standard procedures

2. Complete on board aircraft procedures

2.1 Aircraft is boarded, and self and equipment are positioned and secured, in accordance with standard procedures

2.2 Verbal and non-verbal communication is used effectively with other personnel on board

2.3 On board procedures and individual safety checks are carried out when instructed by authorised personnel, in accordance with standard procedures

2.4 Signs and symptoms of altitude induced conditions in self and others are monitored and any anomalies are reported to supervisor

3. Exit from the aircraft and descend by free fall

3.1 Aircraft is exited using approved techniques within permitted tolerances

3.2 Stability in free fall flight is established and maintained

3.3 When necessary, instability is recovered during exit and free fall

3.4 Situational awareness is maintained

3.5 Individual free fall positions and manoeuvres are carried out in accordance with standard procedures

3.6 Verbal and non-verbal communication is used to communicate effectively with other paratroopers as required

4. Control a ram-air canopy descent

4.1 Parachute is activated to open at a designated time or height in accordance with standard procedures

4.2 Relevant drills are conducted to detect and rectify malfunctions and routine opening problems, in accordance with standard procedures

4.3 Descent is controlled within permitted tolerances using canopy control and manoeuvre techniques

4.4 Controllability checks and malfunction drills are conducted as required

4.5 Contingency and emergency situations are assessed and the correct drills are applied to rectify the situation

5. Land on a drop zone

5.1 Designated drop zone marking and wind indicators are identified and target approach is planned

5.2 Target approach techniques are applied in accordance with standard procedures

5.3 Landing is completed in accordance with environmental conditions and to the permitted tolerance

5.4 Emergency landing is completed, as required, in accordance with standard procedures

5.5 Harness release and drag procedures are applied in accordance with standard procedures, and drop zone is cleared

6. Complete free fall post descent procedures

6.1 Post descent de-servicing of parachute equipment is conducted in accordance with standard procedures

6.2 Performance during the individual free fall parachute descent is reviewed

6.3 Documentation is completed accurately and clearly in accordance with standard procedures