This unit (VU22022) of competency specifies the outcomes required to identify and safely handle carpentry hand and power tools and plant and equipment. It does not include the maintenance of tools and equipment. It includes the ability to plan for, prepare and handle tools and equipment, clean up after use, and report on faulty tools and equipment. 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, specifications and instructions; - writing skills to complete basic documentation; - oral communication skills; - teamwork skills to ensure a safe working environment; - planning and organising skills; - self-management skills, and; - technology skills to safely check and handle tools and equipment.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - workplace safety requirements and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation in relation to handling carpentry tools and equipment, including the required personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety requirement for power supplies; - relevant Australian Standards in relation to handling carpentry tools and equipment; - principles of sustainability relevant to preparing and handling carpentry tools and equipment; - terminology used for carpentry tools and equipment; - characteristics and functions of carpentry tools and equipment; - types of pre-occupational checks required prior to using carpentry tools and equipment, and; - safe handling and maintenance checks of carpentry tools and equipment, including reporting procedures.

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