Pack products

This unit describes the outcomes required to plan and pack routine and special orders, and to modify routine orders in readiness for despatch to customersGeneral 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 FPICOT2231A Pack products


The unit involves packing 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 packing

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

1.2. Number of items, type of material to be packed, and method of transport are selected from work orders in line with site procedures

1.3. Material to be packed is assessed for strength, flexibility and liability to damage during the packing process or when being moved

1.4. Planned pack sizes and weights are consistent with handling systems at despatch and delivery site

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

2. Pack orders

2.1. Packing material is selected to suit the specific order requirements

2.2. Standard site packing methods that meet relevant regulations and site requirements are applied in line with site procedures

2.3. Stacking, bracing and strapping methods are selected to provide strength and minimise damage during transport

2.4. Labelling methods are selected and applied in line with site procedures

2.5. Bracing and strapping waste material is minimised and dealt with in line with site procedures, manufacturer recommendations and environmental requirements

3. Modify packing of routine orders

3.1. Changes to type or quantity of material to be packed are assessed

3.2. Transport or packing methods are reviewed or altered

3.3. Pack handling problems or material damage as a result of changes are reported and corrected

3.4. Changes resulting in potential major problems are reviewed with the customer

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; efficiently and safely pack products

Communication skills sufficient to follow legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for packing products; use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others; locate and report information

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

Numeracy skills sufficient to measure, estimate 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 packing products

Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material, and the minimisation of carbon emissions

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for packing products

Environmental risks and hazards

Criteria for recycling and re-using bracing and strapping waste material

Characteristics of pack shift and movement

Products and their use

Packing sequences and weight distribution

Packing methods and applications

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 safely and efficiently plan for and pack products according to 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 packing products

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to packing products

planning for and packing products in line with work order, customer requirements, site procedures and regulations

stacking, bracing, strapping and labelling packs of products 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 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)

Products may include:

packs of timber










Transport may include:







Work order is to include:

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

and may include:

pack sizes


type of product




instructions for the environmental monitoring of work and procedures

environmental care requirements relevant to the work

Handling systems are to include:

hydraulic hoists

truck-mounted loading cranes

trolley jacks

fork lifts

gantry cranes


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

Packing material may include:








Packing methods may include:

manual loading

mechanical loading

mechanical lifting equipment, which may include:

fork lifts


trolley jacks

gantry cranes

hydraulic hoists

truck mounted loading cranes


manual lifting, such as involving two or more personnel to lift materials manually or to guide the movement of mechanical equipment

Stacking may include:

preparing for transport

categorising in common size and shape

marking lots in line with work order and site requirements

locating so as not to block access or passage


may be fixed to secure the packed product in alignment and square during transportation and to prevent movement or sliding

Strapping may include:

securing bundles with metal or plastic strap

tightening and tensioning using hand-held equipment or automated strapping machines to prevent slippage without risk of strap breakage or damage to products

Labelling may include:

client identification




special instructions

handling instructions

Dealing with may include:

recycling bracing and strapping waste material

re-using bracing and strapping waste material

redirecting bracing waste material for energy recovery

sending bracing and strapping waste to landfill

Changes may include:

special orders, which include specially manufactured items that may require unusual packing requirements

Handling problems may include:

overweight packs

oversize packs

weight distribution or balance problems

damage to goods

product or equipment malfunction


Not Applicable

Competency Field

Common Technical

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor