This unit applies to those who work in a range of roles and settings in the sport, fitness and recreation industry. This may include those working in after-school or holiday-care programs in a range of locations; those assisting in coaching activities, competitions and events, as attendants at sporting grounds or facilities; or those undertaking a role in indoor recreation activities including fitness venues and outdoor recreation activities, such as camps and other guided activities. This unit also applies to those working in aquatic centres, such as instructors, operators or lifeguards.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.
1. Identify workplace emergency procedures.
1.1. Identify relevant organisation policies and procedures.
1.2. Recognise emergency and potential emergency situations.
1.3. Identify personnel responsible for the appropriate area.
1.4. Identify location and use of emergency equipment as required.
1.5. Identify exits and assembly points.
2. Respond to an emergency.
2.1. Report workplace emergency situations to appropriate personnel.
2.2. Use communication systems during the emergency.
2.3. Follow instructions from appropriate personnel during the emergency.
2.4. Select and use emergency equipment where appropriate.
3. Coordinate and monitor participant response.
3.1. Convey emergency instructions to participants in the activity and colleagues.
3.2. Identify and implement strategies for group control and remove participants and colleagues from danger.
3.3. Monitor the condition and location of participants.
3.4. Provide information on developments to participants.
communication skills to:
follow instructions and procedures during emergencies
report emergency situations
inform participants of evacuation procedures
debrief participants on the emergency situation
planning and organising skills to:
coordinate participant movement away from the emergency
monitor participants during the emergency
literacy and numeracy skills to interpret and follow policies and safety signage
technology skills to use emergency and communications equipment
problem-solving skills to identify emergency situations and respond safely and promptly.
organisational policies and procedures to:
enable safe response to an emergency
ensure safe response to situations according to own work role and level of responsibility
first-aid knowledge appropriate to the location and level of responsibility
contingency management techniques
local call-out procedures and information to access emergency services personnel.
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
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Evidence of the ability to:
identify and follow all organisational emergency policies and procedures in relation to own work role and level of responsibility
respond to emergency situations safely and promptly with consideration for the welfare of all participants and colleagues
apply contingency-management techniques to respond to emergencies
respond to different types of emergency situations relevant to the individual’s current or intended work situation.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure:
prompt response to emergency situations, which may be simulated in an environment that reflects the individual’s current or intended work situation to demonstrate consistency of performance.
Assessment must also ensure access to:
emergency response equipment appropriate to the work environment
documentation, such as organisational policies and procedures for responding to emergency situations.
Method of assessment
A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:
observation of applying organisational procedures to respond to emergencies
observation of coordinating participant movement during the emergency
third-party reports from a supervisor detailing work performance
oral and or written questioning to assess knowledge of accessing and interpreting organisational policies and procedures.
Guidance information for assessment
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.
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.
Organisational policies and procedures may include:
duty of care
exit and assembly points
hazardous substances and dangerous goods
industry codes of practice
Work Health and Safety (WHS)
public health and safety
Emergency situations may include:
hazardous releases, such as chemical spills
panic and other emotional responses
lost party or party member
changing environmental conditions
Emergency equipment may include:
portable emergency shelter
thermal blankets and sheets
Appropriate personnel may include:
internal personnel, such as:
human resources personnel
emergency services, including:
Police Search and Rescue
State Emergency Service
Land Management Authorities
Australian Volunteer Coastguard.
Communication systems may include:
emergency warning and alarm systems
telephone and radio communications
Clients may include:
participants in an activity or program
small and larger groups.
This unit contains employability skills.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.