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Unit of competency details

AHCPCM203 - Fell small trees (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCARB202A - Fell small treesThis unit is equivalent to AHCARB202A Fell small trees. 26/Jun/2016

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 27/Jun/2016


Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050301 Horticulture  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050301 Horticulture  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release

TP Version

Comment

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to fell small trees where hazards have been assessed as low risk.

It is an introductory or base-level unit that covers felling procedures for small trees.

This unit applies to individuals who undertake defined activities with specialised tools and methods, work in a structured context, apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy and limited judgement, and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems. Work is implemented with low risk work procedures and to comply with Safe Work Method Statement documentation.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit in some states and territories at the time of publication, and may differ according to jurisdiction.  Specific determination should be sought through the relevant state or territory. 

Pre-requisite Unit

AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws

Unit Sector

Plant culture and management (PCM)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Element

Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1.Assist in preparation of work site

1.1 Determine location of worksite and correct tree from the scope of works

1.2 Identify site hazards, assess risks and report to supervisor

1.3 Confirm work zone with work crew and monitor site

1.4 Identify first aid and emergency personnel, equipment and procedures

1.5 Record and implement work health, safety, site, environmental and traffic control measures

2.Identify tree felling requirements

2.1 Identify hazards associated with felling operation

2.2 Assess risks and report to supervisor

2.3 Examine topography and site conditions

2.4 Identify factors influencing the tree felling operation and confirm findings with supervisor

2.5 Identify trees considered outside own skill level for felling  and seek assistance from appropriate personnel

2.6 Determine natural direction of fall, safe fall zone and exclusion zone and confirm with supervisor

2.7 Receive instructions for tree felling operations from supervisor and clarify instructions prior to undertaking work

3. Prepare for tree felling

3.1 Select and prepare felling equipment and component options appropriate to the task being undertaken

3.2 Prepare, transport and appropriately position support tools to minimise felling delays

3.3 Select, check, use, maintain and store suitable safety and personal protective equipment (PPE)

3.4 Clear fall zone of obstacles and articles which may be damaged by felled tree

3.5 Establish clear escape route appropriate to site

4. Fell tree

4.1 Note and monitor location of other personnel

4.2 Carry out tree felling operation

4.3 Communicate with work team during operations using voice, hand and whistle signals

4.4 Determine standard tree felling techniques, patterns and cut sequences by ground conditions and state of canopy

4.5 Take corrective action in response to changing conditions or problems encountered

4.6 Use planned escape route when tree starts to fall

4.7 Monitor fall of tree and movement on ground until felled tree is stable

4.8 Use low risk work practices in all activities

5. Complete tree felling operation

5.1 Determine appropriate method of clearing the site of felled tree

5.2 Select and use machinery required for removal of felled tree

5.3 Clear fall site of tree and all tree debris

5.4 Clean and store all machinery and equipment on completion of operation

Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

Unit Mapping Information

This unit is equivalent to AHCARB202A Fell small trees.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release

TP Version

Comment

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Performance Evidence

The candidate must be assessed on their ability to integrate and apply the performance requirements of this unit in a workplace setting. Performance must be demonstrated consistently over time and in a suitable range of contexts.

The candidate must provide evidence that they can:

  • prepare, transport and appropriately position support tools to minimise felling delays
  • assess topography and site conditions, identify factors influencing tree felling operation and confirm findings with supervisor
  • receive instructions for tree felling operations from supervisor and clarify prior to undertaking work
  • clear fall zone of obstacles and articles which may be damaged by felled tree
  • confirm first aid and emergency personnel, equipment and procedures
  • identify site hazards, assess risks and report to supervisor
  • record and implement work health, safety, site, environmental and traffic control measures
  • select, check, use, maintain and store suitable safety and personal protective equipment
  • confirm work zone with work crew and monitor location of other personnel
  • determine natural direction of fall, safe fall zone and exclusion zone and confirm with supervisor
  • determine standard tree felling techniques by ground conditions and state of canopy
  • establish clear escape route appropriate to site
  • safely operate a chainsaw to fell small trees
  • monitor fall of tree and movement on ground until felled tree is stable
  • take corrective action in response to changing conditions or problems encountered

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • corrective action
  • emergency and first aid procedures
  • felling equipment and components
  • first aid and emergency personnel, equipment and procedures
  • ground conditions
  • how to determine natural direction of fall
  • how to establish a clear escape route
  • industry standard terminology
  • low risk work practices
  • obstacles and articles which may be damaged by felled trees
  • positioning support tools
  • safe operating procedures for felling small trees
  • safe fall and exclusion zones
  • selection, preparation and appropriate equipment for task
  • standard tree felling techniques, patterns and cut sequences
  • topography, site conditions and other factors influencing tree felling operations

Assessment Conditions

Assessors must satisfy current standards for RTOs.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72