Produce complex truss and frame plans and details using computers

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 FPICOT4201B, 'Produce complex truss and frame plans and details using computers'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Interpret plans and loading conditions

1.1. Applicable occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisationalrequirements relevant to detailing truss or frame plans using advanced computerised systems are followed

1.2. Drawings and documentation are obtained and work requirements interpreted and checked

1.3. Plans are reviewed and loading information is interpreted

1.4. Drawing views and notes are reviewed and additional design requirements and restrictions are identified and followed

1.5. Additional information and data are obtained from appropriate personnel or sources

1.6. Functional and pictorial image of structure, trusses or frames is created based on design requirements

1.7. Design requirements outside normal software limitations are specified and appropriate assistance is sought

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

2. Test design options and select best option

2.1. Fixed design details are transferred to layout data in line with software requirements

2.2. Frame or truss design types are specified and timber type and species are selected in line with material suitability and availability

2.3. Common industry spacing of frames, trusses and their components are set to the defined design structure in line with industry standards

2.4. Component sizes are fixed to clarify and firm design options

2.5. Layouts, spacing and sizing of individual structural members are progressively selected in line with software requirements

2.6. Design options are produced and design details selected, reviewed and revised in line with software and work order

3. Produce layouts and cutting requirements

3.1. Design records are reviewed for design integrity, completeness and consistency in line with applicable certifying authority standards

3.2. Structure layout drawings and truss or frame assembly drawings are produced using software in line with workplace and software requirements

3.3. Component cutting detail is produced in line with manufacturing requirements and schedules

3.4. Design records and documentation are completed and maintained in line with workplace procedures

4. Provide advice on design and production issues

4.1. Questions regarding design and assembly requirements are answered and explained comprehensively in a clear and concise manner

4.2. Effective communication techniques are used to assist and develop production personnel

4.3. Alternative materials and sizes for components are provided within the scope of the design and work requirements

4.4. Common site problems are discussed and prevention strategies are examined and adopted to ensure future site practice meets design requirements

Qualifications and Skillsets

FPICOT4201B appears in the following qualifications:

  • FPI50105 - Diploma of Forest and Forest Products
  • FPI40205 - Certificate IV in Timber Processing