Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry

This unit describes the outcomes required to work effectively in the forest and forest products industry. It requires the ability to identify and follow legal and procedural requirements, complete daily work activities, and identify opportunities for professional development. These work functions would be carried out under routine supervision within organisational guidelinesGeneral workplace legislative and regulatory requirements apply to this unit; however there are no specific licensing or certification requirements at the time of publicationThis unit replaces FPICOR2201A Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry


The unit involves working effectively in the forest and forest products industry in operations of all sizes in a variety of work settings including a forest environment, saw mill, wood chip mill, veneer mill, board/plywood mill, timber treatment plant, downstream processing of timber, forest products factory, forest products sales and service, horticultural, domestic, local council and emergency services environment

The skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority


Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify and follow legal and procedural requirements

1.1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to working effectively in the forest and forest products industry are identified and followed

1.2. Key legal and procedural principles relating to work order are checked with appropriate personnel in line with organisational requirements

1.3. Legal and procedural requirements are clarified with appropriate personnel as required to ensure consistency of interpretation and application

1.4. Procedures are followed to ensure applicable legislative and procedural requirements are ethically implemented and to required standards

2. Prioritise and complete daily work activities

2.1. Own role and responsibilities are checked with appropriate personnel in line with organisational requirements

2.2. Work tasks are identified, prioritised and completed within designated timeframes in line with work order

2.3. Factors affecting the achievement of work tasks are promptly reviewed and reported to appropriate personnel

2.4. Equipment is selected appropriate to work task requirements and is used in line with manufacturer recommendations

2.5. Work is consistent with organisational and legislative requirements related to cultural diversity, access and equity, and equal employment opportunity

3. Identify and access future learning opportunities

3.1. Feedback on performance is actively sought from appropriate personnel to confirm quality of performance and identify areas for improvement

3.2. Opportunities for professional development are established in consultation with appropriate personnel in line with organisational procedures

3.3. Appropriate support is sought to assist and improve own performance to achieve personal and organisational goals and objectives

3.4. Information regarding learning and competency development is recorded and reported in line with organisational requirements

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 equipment

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 workplace information

Numeracy skills sufficient to estimate, measure and calculate time required to complete a task

Problem solving skills sufficient to complete work tasks within designated timeframes; establish opportunities for personal professional development; review and accurately identify work requirements

Required knowledge

Applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices relevant to the full range of processes for working effectively in the forest and forest products industry

Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures relevant to working effectively in the forest and forest products industry

Workplace communication channels, protocols and procedures

Organisational structure and reporting channels

Workplace safety and emergency procedures

Role of forests, forestry and forest products in carbon capture and storage

Concept of sustainable forest management

Life cycle of forests and forest products

Terms and conditions of employment

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 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 work safely and efficiently in the forest and forest products industry

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 working effectively in the forest and forest products industry

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to working effectively in the forest and forest products industry

the safe use of relevant equipment to complete work tasks within designated timeframes

participation in processes to improve professional development

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 off-site 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 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 project-related 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.

OHS requirements:

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

safe forest practices including required actions relating to forest fire

manual handling including shifting, lifting and carrying

machine guarding

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

heritage and traditional land owner issues

Organisational requirements 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 disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

Work order is to include:

instructions from supervisors or management

specific client requirements

objectives and timeframes

work tasks and procedures

resource and equipment requirements

reporting and documentation requirements

personal protective clothing and equipment requirements

and may include:

instructions for the environmental monitoring of work and procedures

environmental care requirements relevant to the work

Appropriate personnel may include:






Ethically implementing procedures

is to ensure work practices:

maximise resource use

minimise waste, maximise recycling and reduce landfill

use energy and materials efficiently

Factors may include:

own competency level

limits defined through common law

contract law or statutes which apply to the nature of the work being performed

limits described in job specifications and organisational policy and procedures

competing work demands

technology and equipment breakdowns

unforeseen incidents

workplace hazards

risks and controls

impact of work practices on the environment

non-availability of resources and materials and budget constraints

Equipment is to include:

equipment necessary to complete work tasks

and may include:

telephones or communications equipment




navigational aids


computers and computer software


facsimile machines and photocopiers

and is to include:

using this equipment in an environmentally responsible way

Feedback may include:

formal or informal performance appraisals

comments from supervisors

colleagues or clients


reflective behaviour strategies and workplace assessment

reference to industry and/or organisational areas of interest such as environmental sustainability

Opportunities for professional development may include:


mentoring or supervision

formal or informal learning programs

induction programs

internal or external training provision

work experience or exchange of opportunities

personal study

career planning or development

performance appraisals

workplace skills assessment

recognition of prior learning assessment and recognition of current competencies assessment

accessing new approaches/developments (such as social networking sites) to increase awareness of current areas of community concern and industry interest

Appropriate support may include:





Organisational goals and objectives may include:

reporting deadlines

team participation

team and individual learning goals

continuous improvement strategies and OHS requirements

Records and reports may be:


using a computer-based system or another appropriate organisational communication system

Work practices in relation to methods/techniques/tools/equipment may include:

preventing and minimising risks

improving resource/energy efficiency

conserving energy

reducing carbon emissions

reducing use of non-renewable resources

re-using and recycling

minimising and reducing waste

reducing material consumption

eliminating or reducing the use of hazardous and toxic materials

reducing chemical use


Not Applicable

Competency Field


Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

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