Select, commission and maintain radiation measuring instruments

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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 PSPRAD009, 'Select, commission and maintain radiation measuring 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



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 section.

1. Procure suitable instruments

1.1 Determine types of ionising radiation measuring instruments required by the organisation to monitor hazards associated with current or future radiation-related work activities.

1.2 Research information about specifications and features of instruments that may be suitable and their suppliers.

1.3 Liaise with suppliers and/or conduct tests to compare the stated performance of available instruments against the organisation’s specifications.

1.4 Seek advice and assistance with evaluating instruments if beyond own technical competence.

1.5 Select the most suitable instruments and arrange for their procurement.

2. Commission new instruments

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

2.2 Ensure that the instrument has been calibrated appropriately for its intended use.

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

2.4 Enter required information about the new instrument into the organisation’s information management system.

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

3. Train instrument operators

3.1 Identify the skills and knowledge required to operate the instrument safely and reliably in the workplace and interpret the radiation quantities measured.

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

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

3.4 Record training outcomes in accordance with regulator requirements and organisational procedures.

3.5 Audit operators’ use of instruments at regular intervals to ensure their ongoing competence.

4. Maintain instruments fit for purpose

4.1 Conduct regular instrument checks and minor maintenance in accordance with organisation’s radiation management plan.

4.2 Check instrument calibration using specified standards and procedures, and record relevant information.

4.3 Troubleshoot basic faults and determine whether local repair or maintenance is technically possible and economical.

4.4 Arrange for repair or servicing from an accredited agent or other appropriate personnel.

4.5 Check instrument’s performance after repair or service before approving it for use.

4.6 Maintain required records that are complete, accurate, legible and secure.