Select, commission and maintain environmental monitoring instruments

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 MSS027011A, 'Select, commission and maintain environmental monitoring instruments'.
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


Procure suitable instruments


Determine the types and specifications of instruments required by the enterprise to implement the environmental monitoring program associated with site/project


Research information about the features of instruments that may be suitable and their suppliers


Liaise with suppliers and/or conduct tests to compare the stated performance of available instruments against enterprise specifications


Seek advice/assistance with evaluating instruments if beyond own technical competence


Select the most suitable instruments and arrange for their procurement


Commission new instruments


Use manufacturer documentation to develop a thorough understanding of instrument operation, functional test procedures, routine instrument checks and maintenance requirements


Ensure that the instrument has been calibrated appropriately for intended use


Conduct component checks and test measurements to confirm instrument performance for intended use


Enter all required information about the new instrument in the enterprise information management system


Develop and document clear procedures for operating, caring for and maintaining the instrument


Train instrument operators


Identify the knowledge and skills required to operate the instrument safely and reliably in the workplace and to interpret the environmental parameters measured


Develop an appropriate training program for instrument operators using established adult learning principles


Ensure that each operator can use the instrument competently for the required measurement applications


Record all training outcomes in accordance with regulator requirements and enterprise procedures


Audit operator’s use of instruments at regular intervals to ensure their ongoing competence


Maintain instruments fit for purpose


Conduct regular instrument checks and minor maintenance in accordance with enterprise procedures


Check instrument calibration using specified standards and/or procedures and record all relevant information


Troubleshoot basic faults and determine whether local repair/maintenance is technically possible and economic


Arrange for repair or servicing from an accredited agent or other appropriate personnel in accordance with enterprise procedures


Check instrument performance after repair/service before approving it for use


Ensure all required instrument records are complete, accurate, legible and secure

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSS027011A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS70211 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management