Use hand-held tools

This unit describes the outcomes required to use hand-held tools, including the selection and use of a variety of manual hand tools and power tools to be used for various tasksGeneral 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 FPICOT2219A Use hand-held tools


The unit involves using hand-held tools in a range of work settings

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 using hand-held tools

1.1. Applicable occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to using hand-held tools are identified and followed

1.2. Work order is reviewed and clarified with appropriate personnel

1.3. Types of hand-held tools are identified for the tasks to be undertaken

1.4. Equipment is selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in line with manufacturer recommendations

1.5. Hand-held tool operating process is planned in line with site procedures

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

2. Select and operate hand-held tools

2.1. Production requirements are assessed and hand-held tools selected to complete the task

2.2. Tools are checked before use and unsafe or faulty items are documented and marked for repair in line with organisational standard operating procedures

2.3. Hand and power tools are used in line with manufacturer recommendations to produce the required outcomes

2.4. Tool operation is regularly checked to assess the need for sharpening or other maintenance requirements

2.5. Operational maintenance of hand and power tools is completed in line with organisational requirements, manufacturer specifications, and environmental and legislative regulations

2.6. Hand-held tools and equipment faults are recorded and reported to the appropriate personnel

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 hand-held tools and equipment

Communication skills sufficient to use appropriate interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others

Literacy skills sufficient to follow legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for using hand-held tools; review, identify and report work requirements

Numeracy skills sufficient to estimate the time required to complete tasks

Problem solving skills sufficient to identify problems and 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 using hand-held tools

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

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for using hand-held tools

Environmental risks and hazards

Characteristics of hand and power tools

Sharpening equipment, methods and geometry

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 use hand-held tools in line with 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 using hand-held tools

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to using hand-held tools

using hand-held tools in line with the work order and prescribed organisational requirements

sharpening and maintaining hand-held tools in line with workplace and manufacturer specifications

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:

instructions for the use of hand-held tools for the completion of designated projects

and may also include:

instructions for the environmental monitoring of work and procedures

environmental care requirements relevant to the work

Appropriate personnel may include:






Hand-held tools may include:

manual hand tools consisting of:





hand drills



portable power tools consisting of:





nail guns

Equipment is to include:

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

and may include:

manual and portable power hand-held tools and equipment

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

Sharpening is to include:



depth of cut

speed the knife or blade is sharpened at to obtain a sharp edge

Operational maintenance may include:






Records and reports may include:

knife or blade type


inspection information

grading and labelling outcomes

storage locations

quality outcomes



equipment malfunctions

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