Perform sampling and testing of air

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 MSS025009A, 'Perform sampling and testing of air'.
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


Confirm air sampling and testing requirements with supervisor


Review available site information, such as site plan, sampling/testing locations and history of sampling/testing


Confirm the scope and purpose of air sampling/testing and data requirements


Confirm sampling methods, locations, numbers and types of samples, and duration/frequency of sampling from enterprise or client’s sampling plan


Check that all air sampling/testing procedures are in accordance with client or enterprise requirements, relevant standards and guidelines


Prepare for air sampling and testing


Identify site and sampling/testing hazards and review enterprise safety procedures


Liaise with relevant personnel to arrange site access and obtain all clearances and/or permits, as necessary


Review field sampling procedures and sample preparation methods required for specific laboratory tests


Select sampling equipment and conditions to achieve representative samples and preserve sample integrity during collection, storage and transit


Ensure all reagents, solutions, standards and blanks (as appropriate) are obtained and/or ready for field use


Select field test equipment/instruments and check operation and calibration, as required, in accordance with procedures and manufacturer instructions


Assemble, check, stow all sampling equipment, field test equipment, materials, containers and safety equipment


Arrange suitable transport to, from and around site, as required


Conduct sampling of air


Locate sampling sites and, if required, services at the site


Conduct representative sampling in accordance with sampling plan and defined procedures for field and/or laboratory testing


Ensure all controls, blanks and replicate samples are properly integrated into the sampling process


Record all information and label samples in accordance with traceability requirements


Record environmental conditions and any atypical observations made during sampling that may impact on sample representativeness or integrity


Transport all samples back to base according to enterprise procedures and relevant guidelines


Conduct field and laboratory testing of air


Take sufficient measurements of all samples and standards, if appropriate, to obtain reliable data


Obtain sample or subsample for designated field test or locate established locations for in-situ testing


Set up, check/calibrate and operate equipment, instruments, reagents, gases and in accordance with test methods/procedures and manufacturer instructions


Perform tests, procedures and any observations in accordance with specified methods/procedures


Record all field/laboratory observations and results and ensure that they are accurately transferred to enterprise information management system


Process and interpret air data


Review test data noting atypical observations


Ensure calculated values are consistent with expectations


Estimate and document uncertainty of measurement in accordance with enterprise procedures, if required


Record processed results in accordance with enterprise procedures


Interpret trends in data and/or results and report out-of-specification or atypical results promptly to appropriate personnel


Determine if obvious procedure or equipment problems have led to atypical data or results


Compare results with established air quality standards, statutory environmental quality concentration limits or similar, if relevant


Finalise reporting of results in accordance with enterprise requirements


Maintain a safe work environment


Rehabilitate sampling site to render it safe and to minimise environmental impact


Clean all equipment, containers, work area and vehicles according to enterprise procedures


Check serviceability of all equipment before storage


Use defined safe work practices and personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of others


Minimise the generation of wastes and environment impacts


Ensure the safe collection of all hazardous wastes for appropriate disposal

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS025009A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS70211 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management