This unit (VU22016) of competency specifies the outcomes required to erect and safely use restricted height working platforms, that includes trestles and planks, step and extension ladders and mobile and modular scaffolds of up to four metres. This unit supports pre-apprentices who under close supervision and guidance, develop a defined and limited range of skills and knowledge in preparing them for entering the working environment within the building and construction industry. They use little judgement and follow instructions specified by the supervisor. On entering the industry, it is intended that further training will be required for this specific skill to ensure trade level standard.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - reading skills to interpret documentation, drawings, specifications and instructions; - writing skills to complete basic documentation; - oral communication skills; - numeracy skills to complete measurements and calculations to check for height requirements; - when erecting and using working platforms; - teamwork skills to ensure a safe working environment; - planning and organising skills; - self-management skills, and; - technology skills to use the appropriate tools and equipment for erecting working platforms.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - plans, drawings and specifications used for erecting working platforms; - workplace safety requirements and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation in relation to erect and safely use working platforms, including the required personal protective equipment (PPE); - relevant Australian Standards in relation to restricted height working platforms; - principles of sustainability relevant to erecting working platforms; - terminology used for erecting and using working platforms; - function, purpose and types of working platforms, and tools and equipment used to erect them, and; - processes and techniques used for erecting working platforms, including manufacturers' specifications.

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