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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Prepare for cutting
  2. Cut material to length and angle
  3. Conduct operator maintenance

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit

Required skills

Technical skills sufficient to use and maintain relevant tools machinery and equipment and safely cut material to length and angle

Communication skills and interpersonal techniques sufficient to interact appropriately with colleagues and others in the workplace

Literacy skills sufficient to accurately locate record and report information

Numeracy skills sufficient to estimate measure and calculate time required to complete a task and to calculate length and angle of material for cutting

Problem solving skills sufficient to review and accurately identify work requirements identify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures

Required knowledge

Applicable Commonwealth State or Territory legislation regulations standards and codes of practice relevant to the full range of processes for cutting material to length and angle

Environmental protection requirements including the safe disposal of waste material minimising carbon emissions and the cleaning of plant tools and equipment

Organisational and site standards requirements policies and procedures for cutting material to length and angle

Environmental risks and hazards

Characteristics of timber and timber defects

Cutting patterns and sequences

Saw blade condition assessment

Industry standard crosssections and lengths

Storage systems and labelling

Established communication channels and protocols

Problem identification and resolution strategies and common fault finding techniques

Types of tools and equipment and procedures for their safe use operation and maintenance

Appropriate mathematical procedures for estimating and measuring including calculating time to complete tasks

Procedures for recording and reporting workplace information

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria required skills and knowledge range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package

Overview of assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence that they can safely and efficiently cut materials to length and angle within organisational requirements

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements of this unit and include demonstration of

following applicable Commonwealth State or Territory legislative and regulatory requirements and codes of practice relevant to cutting material to length and angle

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to cutting material to length and angle

effectively communicating and following safe work practices

cutting material to length and angle in line with the work order and within prescribed organisational tolerances

conducting operator maintenance on a docking saw

stacking batches of cut material in line with organisational requirements and OHS regulations

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or realistically simulated workplace

Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices safety requirements and environmental constraints

Assessment of required knowledge other than confirmatory questions will usually be conducted in an offsite context

Assessment is to follow relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements

The following resources should be made available

workplace location or simulated workplace

materials and equipment relevant to undertaking work applicable to this unit

specifications and work instructions

Method of assessment

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the FPI Training Package

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the FPI11 Training Package

Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts together with application of required knowledge

Assessment must be by direct observation of tasks with questioning on required knowledge and it must also reinforce the integration of employability skills

Assessment methods must confirm the ability to access and correctly interpret and apply the required knowledge

Assessment may be applied under projectrelated conditions real or simulated and require evidence of process

Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance but is able to be transferred to other circumstances

Assessment may be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency

The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate

Assessment practices should take into account any relevant language or cultural issues related to Aboriginality gender or language backgrounds other than English

Where the participant has a disability reasonable adjustment may be applied during assessment

Language and literacy demands of the assessment task should not be higher than those of the work role

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.


are to be in line with applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures, and may include:

personal protective equipment and clothing

safety equipment

first aid equipment

fire fighting equipment

hazard and risk control

fatigue management

elimination of hazardous materials and substances

manual handling including shifting, lifting and carrying

Environmental requirements may include:


organisational policies and procedures

workplace practices

Legislative requirements:

are to be in line with applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, certification requirements and codes of practice and may include:

award and enterprise agreements

industrial relations

Australian Standards

confidentiality and privacy


the environment

equal opportunity


relevant industry codes of practice

duty of care

Organisationalrequirements may include:


organisational and site guidelines

policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility

quality assurance

procedural manuals

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

OHS, emergency and evacuation procedures

ethical standards

recording and reporting requirements

equipment use and maintenance and storage requirements

environmental management requirements (waste minimisation and disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

Work order is to include:

instructions for the cutting and despatch of timber and timber products from the work site

and may include:







instructions for the environmental monitoring of work and procedures

environmental care requirements relevant to the work

Appropriate personnel may include:






Material may include:

native timber species

imported timber species

dressed timber

in-the-rough timber

stress and non-stress graded timber

preservative treated timber

medium density fibreboard

laminated veneer


fibreboard and other manufactured board products

coated and/or treated timber products

beams or laminated beams

Storage locations may include:

storage racks

storage bays



pallet boxes

modularised storage components

temporary stacking bays (stand, frame or ground)

and may be divided into:

standard product classification

product designation



stack number



shelf life

stock rotation position

Equipment may include:

measuring equipment

power operated

manually controlled docking and trimming saws where the cutting angle is controlled relative to the board guides and clamps

saws with adjustable angle

saws with one blade

radial arm saws

table saws

bench saws

saws with automatic feed

and is to include:

procedures for saw lock-out, ie protecting operators and co-workers from accidental injury by isolating the machine from the power source

Cutting patterns and saw set-up sequences are to include:

single and compound angles requiring one or two cutting passes

Communication may include:

verbal and non-verbal language

constructive feedback

active listening

questioning to clarify and confirm understanding

use of positive, confident and cooperative language

use of language and concepts appropriate to individual social and cultural differences

control of tone of voice and body language


are a set limit for cutting over or under the required length within a set margin of acceptance usually + or - 0.5 mm or in line with order or organisational requirements

Defects may include:





insect defects


resin pockets

Disposing of may include:

recycling material with defects, incorrect cuts and off-cuts

re-using material with defects, incorrect cuts and off-cuts

Stacking may include:

preparing for transport

categorising in common size, length and angle

marking lots in line with work order and site requirements

locating so as not to block access or passage