Assist with geotechnical site investigations

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 PMLTEST403B, 'Assist with geotechnical site investigations'.
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 and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Prepare for on-site operations


Identify the job, location, appropriate procedures and safety requirements


Identify site hazards and use appropriate personal protective equipment and safety procedures as specified for job and materials to be used


Record description of the job to be undertaken, compare with specification and report any variations


Select and prepare tools, equipment and materials in accordance with job requirements


Select suitable transport for site access


Ensure site access requirements, such as entry permits and safety inductions have been organised


Assist with excavation of boreholes, test pits and/or trenches


Identify the sampling/testing location


Excavate or supervise excavation to the sampling/ testing depth, minimising disturbance and potential contamination of the site


Identify materials and record changes of strata, test results, and other relevant information


Ensure materials from different strata are kept separate


Terminate the excavation at the appropriate depth, recording the reason for termination


Clean up on completion, backfilling or sealing the excavation or ensuring that it is left in a safe and uncontaminated condition


Assist with sampling


Prepare sampling equipment and materials


Take disturbed and undisturbed samples in accordance with established practices


Label samples and record details in accordance with established practices


Handle and transport samples in accordance with established practices


Clean and maintain sampling equipment, avoiding environmental damage, including stormwater contamination


Assist with testing


Prepare test equipment and materials


Perform or assist in performing tests in accordance with established practices


Record test data in accordance with established practices


Clean and maintain testing equipment, avoiding environmental damage, including stormwater contamination


Maintain records


Record data in accordance with established practices


Maintain equipment records in accordance with established practices


Maintain confidentiality of enterprise information.