Operate a pole saw

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 FPICOT3238B, 'Operate a pole saw'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Operate a pole saw' on fishpond.com.au. This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to ntisthis.com for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for trimming

1.1. Applicable occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to operating a pole saw are identified and followed

1.2. Work plan is reviewed and clarified with appropriate personnel

1.3. Type and quantity of trees to be trimmed are identified and assessed for safe working conditions

1.4. Equipment is selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in line with manufacturer recommendations

1.5. Pre-startup checks are carried out on equipment in line with site requirements

1.6. Trimming activities are planned in line with site procedures and environmental requirements

1.7. Communication with others is established and maintained in line with OHS requirements

2. Assess trees

2.1. Environmental conditions are assessed and used to plan the trimming of each tree

2.2. Movement and whereabouts of other personnel are monitored and work is modified in line with OHS regulations

2.3. Tree, location and stability are assessed for conditions likely to affect safety of trimming activities

2.4. Trees unable to be trimmed safely are identified and referred to appropriate personnel

3. Trim trees

3.1. Accessible branches and knots are trimmed to specifications in line with maximum height allowances and manufacturer recommendations

3.2. Pole saw is operated to trim tree in line with safety regulations and cutting technique is adjusted in response to condition of the tree

3.3. Unexpected characteristics of a tree are diagnosed and planning is reviewed

3.4. Cut is completed once initiated, minimising splitting and in line with the work plan

3.5. Cut branches are cleared from the site in line with standard operating procedures and environmental requirements

3.6. Trimming processes and equipment faults are recorded and reported to the appropriate personnel

4. Conduct operator maintenance

4.1. Equipment lock-out procedures are followed in line with OHS legislation and site procedures

4.2. Chain is checked for blunt or damaged condition

4.3. Chain and other components are removed, sharpened, maintained, adjusted and replaced in line with manufacturer recommendations

4.4. Chain and other components that need replacing are dealt with in line with site procedures, manufacturer recommendations and environmental requirements

4.5. Pole saw setup is assessed and adjusted to suit cutting conditions

4.6. Pole saw is kept clear of dust, shavings and debris and checked to make sure it meets relevant standards

Qualifications and Skillsets

FPICOT3238B appears in the following qualifications:

  • FPI30105 - Certificate III in Forest Growing and Management