Produce pointed timber products

This unit describes the outcomes required to prepare and conduct pointing operations of hardwood and softwood material using cutter or saw type machineryGeneral 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 FPICOT2211A Produce pointed timber products


The unit involves producing pointed timber products in a forest products factory setting

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. Prepare for pointing operation

1.1. Applicable occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to producing pointed timber products are identified and followed

1.2. Work order is reviewed and clarified with appropriate personnel

1.3. Machinery and equipment are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in line with manufacturer recommendations

1.4. Machinery is adjusted to suit size and type of timber to be processed in line with work order

1.5. Pre-operational checks and lock-out procedures are conducted in line with manufacturer recommendations

1.6. Pointing operations are assessed for safe work conditions and planned in line with site procedures and environmental requirements

1.7. Communication with others is established and maintained in line with OHS requirements

2. Maintain pointing operation

2.1. Pointing operation is conducted in line with work order, and environmental and OHS requirements

2.2. Posts and pegs are produced at optimal rate consistent with material type, acceptable surface finish and equipment capability

2.3. Pointing operation is monitored to ensure consistency of product dimension, quality and finish that are in line with industry and site standards

2.4. Shaving and sawdust removal system is routinely monitored to ensure waste material is effectively controlled

2.5. Supply of material is coordinated with appropriate personnel and timber faults are identified and reported in line with site procedures

2.6. Finished products are sorted and processed in line with site procedures

2.7. Routine operational problems are recognised, rectified or reported for resolution

3. Shut down operation

3.1. Pointing operation is shut down in line with manufacturer recommendations

3.2. Equipment is cleaned, maintained and stored in line with manufacturer recommendations and environmental requirements

3.3. Malfunctions, faults, wear and damage to equipment are reported for repair or replacement

3.4. Machinery and equipment maintenance requirements are identified and carried out in line with manufacturer recommendations and environmental requirements

3.5. Work area is cleared and waste material disposed of in line with site environmental management policies and procedures

3.6. Pointing operation outcomes are recorded and reported in line with site procedures

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; set up, operate and shut down pointing equipment for a range of materials; conduct lock-out procedures

Communication skills sufficient to use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others; locate, record and report information

Literacy skills sufficient to follow legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for producing pointed timber products

Numeracy skills sufficient to select appropriate mathematical processes to calculate and order the timber to be pointed; produce pointed products to order specifications; estimate, measure and calculate time required to complete a task

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

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 producing pointed timber products

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

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for producing pointed timber products

Environmental risks and hazards

Pointing procedures and processes

Purpose of lock-out procedures

Types of timber faults and defects

Established communication channels and protocols

Problem identification and resolution strategies, and common fault finding techniques

Types of tools and equipment, and procedures for their 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:

set up and maintain machinery and equipment

demonstrate an understanding of the materials and procedures required to produce pointed timber products according to organisational guidelines

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 producing pointed timber products

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to producing pointed timber products

applying mathematical procedures to calculate and order timber to be pointed

setting up and operating machinery and equipment to produce pointed timber products within the required tolerances

monitoring and maintaining pointing operations

maintaining machinery and equipment, including removing and replacing cutters or saw blades and carrying out shutdown and lock-out procedures

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

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

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, maintenance and storage requirements

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

Work order is to include:

details of material to be pointed

special client requirements

production timelines

and may also include:

instructions for the environmental monitoring of work and procedures

environmental care requirements relevant to the work

Appropriate personnel may include:




line managers

Equipment may be:

manually loaded

rotating cutters and saws

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

Posts may be:

round poles covering the full range of sizes for which the equipment is suitable

rectangular sawn material covering the full range of sizes for which the equipment is suitable

Optimal rate includes:

planning to achieve the most from the production of posts and pegs

ensuring environmental requirements are central to this planning process

Effectively controlled may include:

containing waste material

minimising waste material sent to landfill

ensuring waste material is not contaminated so where possible it can be effectively recycled

Maintenance may include:

cleaning the machine of wood chips and sawdust

replacing blunt cutters or saw blades

inspecting machine parts for wear or damage, including guards

greasing and lubricating moving parts

checking the operation of emergency stop buttons and lock-out systems

Disposing of may include:

recycling waste material

re-using waste material

redirecting waste material for energy recovery

Records and reports may include:

tally sheets

quality sheets and forms

production sheets and downtime sheets

and may be:


computer-based system

other appropriate organisational communication system


Not Applicable

Competency Field

Common Technical

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor