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 FWPCOT3238, 'Operate a pole saw'.
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

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.

1. for trimming

1.1 Identify and follow WHS, environmental, legal and organisational requirements for operating a pole saw.

1.2 Review work order and clarify with appropriate personnel.

1.3 Select equipment appropriate to work requirements and check for serviceable condition in line with manufacturer recommendations.

1.4 Carry out pre-startup checks of pole saw in line with site requirements.

1.5 Establish and maintain communication with others to ensure safety.

2. Assess trees

2.1 Identify and assess tree type, location and stability for safe working conditions.

2.2 Plan the trim of a tree in line with site procedures and environmental conditions.

2.3 Identify trees unable to be trimmed safely and refer to appropriate personnel.

2.4 Determine whether the height of the branch is within safe reach when using the pole saw

2.5 Establish general falling direction of branches and limbs to be trimmed and identify clear escape route.

3. Trim trees

3.1 Trim accessible branches and knots to specifications in line with manufacturer recommendations and organisational safe work practices for angle and height allowances.

3.2 Monitor movement and whereabouts of other personnel to ensure work site is safe.

3.3 Undertake sequence of cuts to trim tree branches.

3.4 Operate pole saw in line with safety regulations, adjusting technique in response to condition of the tree.

3.5 Diagnose unexpected characteristics of a tree during trimming operations and review tree assessment if required.

3.6 Complete cutting once initiated, to minimise splitting.

3.7 Clear cut branches from the site in line with standard operating procedures and environmental requirements.

3.8 Record and report trimming activity.

4. Conduct operator maintenance

4.1 Follow lock-out procedures in line with WHS legislation and site procedures.

4.2 Inspect condition of saw and other equipment on completion of trimming activities.

4.3 Remove, sharpen, adjust or replace chain and other components, in line with manufacturer recommendations.

4.4 Recycle, re-use or dispose of blunt or damaged chain and other components in line with environmental requirements.

4.5 Clear pole saw of dust, shavings and debris and check to make sure it meets relevant operational standards.

4.6 Record and report equipment faults and maintenance activity.