Perform laboratory testing

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 NWP364B, 'Perform laboratory testing'.
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



1Label, register and store samples for testing.

1.1 Label laboratory samples, ensuring that the required information is transcribed accurately and legibly.

1.2 Register samples in a laboratory record system according to organisational requirements.

1.3 Record sample testing requirements.

1.4 Preserve the integrity of samples as required and eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination.

2Prepare samples.

2.1 Identify samples to be tested and appropriate test method, equipment and safety requirements according to organisational and statutory requirements.

2.2 Compare sample description with the specification, record results and report discrepancies.

2.3 Prepare samples according to appropriate standard operating procedures.

3Check equipment before use.

3.1 Set up test equipment and/or reagents in accordance with the specified test method.

3.2 Conduct pre-use and safety checks in accordance with organisational procedures and manufacturer's instructions.

3.3 Identify and report faulty or unsafe equipment to appropriate personnel.

3.4 Check the calibration status of equipment and conduct calibration or report calibration requirements to appropriate personnel.

4Perform tests on samples.

4.1 Perform the sequence of tests according to standard operating procedures.

4.2 Identify, prepare and weigh or measure sample and standards to be tested.

4.3 Conduct test methods according to organisation procedures.

4.4 Record results according to organisation procedures.

4.5 Perform calculations as required.

4.6 Identify and report 'Out of specification' or atypical results promptly to appropriate personnel.

4.7 Shut down equipment in accordance with standard operating procedures.

5Maintain a safe work environment.

5.1 Use established safe work practices and safety equipment to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel.

5.2 Store unused reagents as required by relevant regulations and codes.

5.3 Dispose of wastes according to organisational and statutory requirements.

5.4 Clean, maintain and store test equipment correctly.

Qualifications and Skillsets

NWP364B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PUA42309 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Preventive Health)
  • NWP30107 - Certificate III in Water Operations