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Unit of competency details

PRSTS303A - Test installed security equipment/system (Release 1)

Summary

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Mapping:
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DeletedDeleted from PRS03 Asset Security Training Package (Superseded by CPP07)27/Aug/2007

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 19/Mar/2003

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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 031309 Communications Equipment Installation And Maintenance  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 031309 Communications Equipment Installation And Maintenance  19/Mar/2003 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

This competency standard covers the skills and knowledge required to test a range of security equipment and systems including cable systems, equipment components and programming. It requires the ability to select and carry out tests suitable to confirm the integrity, security and safety of the security equipment/system. Competency also requires the ability to interpret and accurately document the test results. This work applies in extra low voltage as defined through the Australian Standards As 2201 (1986) environments and would be carried out under routine supervision within organisational guidelines.

Functional Area : Core, Technical Security

This competency standard covers the skills and knowledge required to test a range of security equipment and systems including cable systems, equipment components and programming. It requires the ability to select and carry out tests suitable to confirm the integrity, security and safety of the security equipment/system. Competency also requires the ability to interpret and accurately document the test results. This work applies in extra low voltage as defined through the Australian Standards As 2201 (1986) environments and would be carried out under routine supervision within organisational guidelines.

Functional Area : Core, Technical Security

Application of the Unit

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 

Element 

Performance Criteria 

1

Prepare for testing

1.1

Work order is reviewed and clarified with appropriate person(s) as required in accordance with organisational requirements

1.2

Type and location of security equipment / system to be tested is identified and checked against the work order

1.3

Testing parameters are identified and confirmed in accordance with manufacturer's specifications

1.4

Tools, equipment and materials are selected appropriate to job requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and organisational procedures

1.5

Potential and existing risks and hazards involved with testing security equipment / systems are identified and managed in accordance with OHS policies and procedures and organisational requirements

1.6

Suitable personal protective equipment is selected, used and maintained in accordance with OHS and organisational requirements

2

Test security equipment / system

2.1

Safe operating practices are observed to remove risk of injury to self, others or security equipment / system in accordance with OHS and organisational requirements

2.2

Parts or connections of security equipment / system are removed as required in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and safely stored to protect against loss or damage

2.3

Tests are conducted in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and provide reliable and accurate test data on the operation and functioning of security equipment / systems

2.4

Security equipment / system is reassembled as required and returned to pre-test conditions in accordance with manufacturer's specifications

2.5

Personal limitations in conducting testing are promptly identified and assistance is sought from appropriate person(s ) in accordance with organisational procedures

3

Complete testing

3.1

Tests results are accurately recorded and relevant documentation is completed and processed in accordance with legislative, industry and organisational requirements

3.2

Notification of work completion is made to appropriate person(s) in accordance with organisational procedures

3.3

Malfunctions or deficiencies in the operation of security equipment / system and / or components are reported in accordance with industry standards and organisational procedures

3.4

Work area, tools and equipment are cleaned and stored in a secure and safe location in accordance with organisational requirements

3.5

Waste from testing activities is collected, treated and disposed of or recycled in accordance with organisational procedures and environmental policies

Required Skills and Knowledge

Not applicable.

Evidence Guide

The Evidence Guide identifies the requirements to be demonstrated to confirm competence for this unit. Assessment must confirm sufficient ability to use appropriate skills and knowledge to test installed security equipment/systems. Assessment of performance should be over a period of time covering all categories within the Range of Variables statements that are applicable in the learning environment.

What critical aspects are required for evidence of competency ?

Identify testing parameters appropriate to type of security equipment/system and organise appropriate tools, equipment and materials to carry out testing procedures.

Select and carry out suitable tests and methods to check and confirm security equipment/system performance and operational effectiveness.

Prepare and submit correctly interpreted test results and other relevant documentation in a prompt and accurate manner.

Reinstate work area to pre-test condition and clean and safely store tools and equipment.

What specific knowledge is needed to achieve the performance criteria ?

Knowledge and understanding are essential to apply this standard in the workplace, to transfer the skills to other contexts and to deal with unplanned events. The knowledge requirements for this competency standard are listed below:

powering systems types, functions and requirements of security equipment/systems

keypad and control panel types and functions

types and functions of tools and equipment

isolating and testing procedures

cable identification techniques

earthing systems, arrangements and requirements

electrical concepts (voltage, current, resistance and impedance)

electrical connections and types of electrical circuits

circuit protection requirements

cable handling requirements

computer software types and functions

technical terminology

organisational and client confidentiality requirements

OHS requirements and safe work practices

Requirements for compliance with Australian building codes and regulations and Australian Communications Authority (ACA) cabling standards.

What specific skills are needed to achieve the performance criteria ?

To achieve the performance criteria, some specific skills are required. These include the ability to:

read and interpret plans and specifications

communicate in a clear and concise manner

select and use relevant testing tools and equipment

test security equipment/systems

evaluate test results

identify, isolate, test and tag cables

power security equipment/system

download and upload information

use keypads and control panels

methodically prioritise and organise work tasks

solve routine problems

estimate resource requirements

apply safe and efficient work practices.

What resources may be required for assessment ?

Access to a suitable venue and equipment.

Access to plain English version of relevant statutes and procedures.

Assignment instructions, work plans and schedules, policy documents and duty statements.

Assessment instruments, including personal planner and assessment record book.

Access to a registered provider of assessment services.

What is required to achieve consistency of performance ?

For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, the competency should be demonstrated over a period of time and observed by the assessor. The competency is to be demonstrated in a range of situations, which may include involvement in related activities normally experienced in the workplace.

Evidence of underpinning knowledge understanding of processes and principles can be gained through thorough questioning and by observation of previous work.

Assessment against this unit may involve the following :

Continuous assessment in a setting that simulates the conditions of performance described in the elements, performance criteria and range of variables statement that make up the unit.

Continuous assessment in the workplace, taking into account the range of variables affecting performance.

Self-assessment on the same terms as those described above.

Simulated assessment or critical incident assessment, provided that the critical incident involves assessment against performance criteria and an evaluation of underpinning knowledge and skill required to achieve the required performance outcomes.

Key competency levels 

There are a number of processes that are learnt throughout work and life which are required in all jobs. They are fundamental processes and generally transferable to other work functions. Some of these are covered by the key competencies, although others may be added.

Information below highlights how these processes are applied in this competency standard.

- perform the process

- perform and administer the process

- perform, administer and design the process

How can communication of ideas and information  be applied? ()

Notification may be made to relevant persons upon the completion of testing procedures of security equipment/systems.

How can information be collected , analysed and organised ? ()

Tests results may be interpreted, accurately recorded and organised in suitable formats for analysis.

How are activities planned and organised ? ()

Security equipment/systems for testing may be accessed with minimal disruption to client services, property or normal work routines.

How can team work  be applied? ()

Personal limitations in carrying out testing procedures may be promptly identified and assistance sought from relevant persons.

How can the use of mathematical ideas and techniques  be applied? ()

Mathematical techniques may be used to accurately estimate resource requirements and prioritise work tasks.

How can problem solving skills  be applied? ()

Malfunctions or deficiencies in the operation of security equipment/system and/or components are promptly reported for remedial action.

How can the use of technology  be applied? ()

Technology may be used to communicate, source and record information. It may also be used to carry out testing activities.

The Evidence Guide identifies the requirements to be demonstrated to confirm competence for this unit. Assessment must confirm sufficient ability to use appropriate skills and knowledge to test installed security equipment/systems. Assessment of performance should be over a period of time covering all categories within the Range of Variables statements that are applicable in the learning environment.

What critical aspects are required for evidence of competency ?

Identify testing parameters appropriate to type of security equipment/system and organise appropriate tools, equipment and materials to carry out testing procedures.

Select and carry out suitable tests and methods to check and confirm security equipment/system performance and operational effectiveness.

Prepare and submit correctly interpreted test results and other relevant documentation in a prompt and accurate manner.

Reinstate work area to pre-test condition and clean and safely store tools and equipment.

What specific knowledge is needed to achieve the performance criteria ?

Knowledge and understanding are essential to apply this standard in the workplace, to transfer the skills to other contexts and to deal with unplanned events. The knowledge requirements for this competency standard are listed below:

powering systems types, functions and requirements of security equipment/systems

keypad and control panel types and functions

types and functions of tools and equipment

isolating and testing procedures

cable identification techniques

earthing systems, arrangements and requirements

electrical concepts (voltage, current, resistance and impedance)

electrical connections and types of electrical circuits

circuit protection requirements

cable handling requirements

computer software types and functions

technical terminology

organisational and client confidentiality requirements

OHS requirements and safe work practices

Requirements for compliance with Australian building codes and regulations and Australian Communications Authority (ACA) cabling standards.

What specific skills are needed to achieve the performance criteria ?

To achieve the performance criteria, some specific skills are required. These include the ability to:

read and interpret plans and specifications

communicate in a clear and concise manner

select and use relevant testing tools and equipment

test security equipment/systems

evaluate test results

identify, isolate, test and tag cables

power security equipment/system

download and upload information

use keypads and control panels

methodically prioritise and organise work tasks

solve routine problems

estimate resource requirements

apply safe and efficient work practices.

What resources may be required for assessment ?

Access to a suitable venue and equipment.

Access to plain English version of relevant statutes and procedures.

Assignment instructions, work plans and schedules, policy documents and duty statements.

Assessment instruments, including personal planner and assessment record book.

Access to a registered provider of assessment services.

What is required to achieve consistency of performance ?

For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, the competency should be demonstrated over a period of time and observed by the assessor. The competency is to be demonstrated in a range of situations, which may include involvement in related activities normally experienced in the workplace.

Evidence of underpinning knowledge understanding of processes and principles can be gained through thorough questioning and by observation of previous work.

Assessment against this unit may involve the following :

Continuous assessment in a setting that simulates the conditions of performance described in the elements, performance criteria and range of variables statement that make up the unit.

Continuous assessment in the workplace, taking into account the range of variables affecting performance.

Self-assessment on the same terms as those described above.

Simulated assessment or critical incident assessment, provided that the critical incident involves assessment against performance criteria and an evaluation of underpinning knowledge and skill required to achieve the required performance outcomes.

Key competency levels 

There are a number of processes that are learnt throughout work and life which are required in all jobs. They are fundamental processes and generally transferable to other work functions. Some of these are covered by the key competencies, although others may be added.

Information below highlights how these processes are applied in this competency standard.

- perform the process

- perform and administer the process

- perform, administer and design the process

How can communication of ideas and information  be applied? ()

Notification may be made to relevant persons upon the completion of testing procedures of security equipment/systems.

How can information be collected , analysed and organised ? ()

Tests results may be interpreted, accurately recorded and organised in suitable formats for analysis.

How are activities planned and organised ? ()

Security equipment/systems for testing may be accessed with minimal disruption to client services, property or normal work routines.

How can team work  be applied? ()

Personal limitations in carrying out testing procedures may be promptly identified and assistance sought from relevant persons.

How can the use of mathematical ideas and techniques  be applied? ()

Mathematical techniques may be used to accurately estimate resource requirements and prioritise work tasks.

How can problem solving skills  be applied? ()

Malfunctions or deficiencies in the operation of security equipment/system and/or components are promptly reported for remedial action.

How can the use of technology  be applied? ()

Technology may be used to communicate, source and record information. It may also be used to carry out testing activities.

Range Statement

The Range of Variables provides information about the context in which the unit of competency is carried out. It allows for different work practices and work and knowledge requirements as well as for differences between organisations and workplaces. The following variables may be present for this particular unit:

Work order information may include :

work schedules

completion dates

job requirements and tasks

specific client requirements

access to site and specific site requirements

resource requirements

OHS requirements

compliance with relevant legislation

budget allocations

warranties and service information.

Appropriate person () may include :

clients

site managers, project managers

engineers and technicians

technical experts

line managers/supervisors

colleagues, security consultants

regulatory personnel.

Organisational requirements may relate to :

legal and organisational operational policies and procedures

operations manuals, induction and training materials

insurance policy agreements

client and organisational confidentiality requirements

organisational goals, objectives, plans, systems and processes

employer and employee rights and responsibilities

own role, responsibility and delegation

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

client service standards

defined resource parameters

OHS policies, procedures and programs

emergency and evacuation procedures

duty of care, code of conduct, code of ethics

access and equity policy, principles and practice

records and information systems and processes

communication channels and reporting procedures.

Security equipment and systems may include :

detection devices, audible/visual warning devices

cameras, monitors and control equipment

control panels, intercoms

wireless equipment, car alarms

electronic readers, electronic recognition controls

locks and locking systems

grills, lighting, boom gates, turnstiles

bank pop-up screens

smoke detection devices

electric/mechanical fire safety and fire locking systems

power supplies, batteries

security doors and door controls.

Security systems may be :

electronic

mechanical

computerised

procedural.

Tests may involve /include :

cables

wiring and connections (continuity, resistance, earth leakage, voltage)

walk tests, coverage tests, safety tests, calibration tests

correct relaying of information/data

testing to specifications

detection tests, alarm tests, functional tests.

Tools and equipment may include :

computer, software

testing equipment

ladder, scaffold, scissor lift, hoist

batteries

personal protective equipment

communications equipment.

Materials may include :

computer disks

test board

test tape.

Manufacturers specifications may be found in :

printed instruction leaflets

operators manuals

equipment specifications

attachments to equipment

plans and diagrams

warranty documents.

Risks and hazards may include :

non-compliance with building codes and regulations

exposed electrical wiring

manual handling

chemical hazards (battery corrosion)

exposure to:

asbestos

dust

noise

live power

vermin

water

glass fibre

building debris

natural and other gas build-up.

OHS policies and procedures may relate to :

hazardous and risk assessment mechanisms

implementation of safety regulations

safety training

safety systems incorporating:

work clearance procedures

isolation procedures

gas and vapour

monitoring/testing procedures

use of protective equipment and clothing

use of codes of practice.

Personal protective equipment may include :

safety boots

masks

safety glasses

knee pads

gloves

first aid kid, fire extinguisher.

Safe operating practices may include :

working safely around electrical wiring, cables and overhead power lines

working safely around tools and equipment

hazard recognition

emergency procedures

awareness of electrical hazards

following confined spaces procedures

administering first aid.

Documentation may include :

work log

records of equipment/system positioning

section lists, zone lists, equipment lists

cable identification records, fixings, job card

records of any adjustments to original cable plan

records of faulty or malfunctioning tools and equipment

testing and inspection results

records of materials used

costings.

Applicable legislation , codes and national standards may relate to :

compliance with Australian building codes and regulations

compliance with Australian Communications Authority (ACA) cabling standards

relevant Commonwealth/State/Territory legislation which affect organisational operation:

Occupational Health and Safety and safe work practices

environmental issues

equal employment opportunity

industrial relations

anti-discrimination and diversity

licensing arrangements

Australian Standards, quality assurance and certification requirements

relevant industry Codes of Practice

award and enterprise agreements

trade practices

privacy requirements

freedom of information.

The Range of Variables provides information about the context in which the unit of competency is carried out. It allows for different work practices and work and knowledge requirements as well as for differences between organisations and workplaces. The following variables may be present for this particular unit:

Work order information may include :

work schedules

completion dates

job requirements and tasks

specific client requirements

access to site and specific site requirements

resource requirements

OHS requirements

compliance with relevant legislation

budget allocations

warranties and service information.

Appropriate person () may include :

clients

site managers, project managers

engineers and technicians

technical experts

line managers/supervisors

colleagues, security consultants

regulatory personnel.

Organisational requirements may relate to :

legal and organisational operational policies and procedures

operations manuals, induction and training materials

insurance policy agreements

client and organisational confidentiality requirements

organisational goals, objectives, plans, systems and processes

employer and employee rights and responsibilities

own role, responsibility and delegation

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

client service standards

defined resource parameters

OHS policies, procedures and programs

emergency and evacuation procedures

duty of care, code of conduct, code of ethics

access and equity policy, principles and practice

records and information systems and processes

communication channels and reporting procedures.

Security equipment and systems may include :

detection devices, audible/visual warning devices

cameras, monitors and control equipment

control panels, intercoms

wireless equipment, car alarms

electronic readers, electronic recognition controls

locks and locking systems

grills, lighting, boom gates, turnstiles

bank pop-up screens

smoke detection devices

electric/mechanical fire safety and fire locking systems

power supplies, batteries

security doors and door controls.

Security systems may be :

electronic

mechanical

computerised

procedural.

Tests may involve /include :

cables

wiring and connections (continuity, resistance, earth leakage, voltage)

walk tests, coverage tests, safety tests, calibration tests

correct relaying of information/data

testing to specifications

detection tests, alarm tests, functional tests.

Tools and equipment may include :

computer, software

testing equipment

ladder, scaffold, scissor lift, hoist

batteries

personal protective equipment

communications equipment.

Materials may include :

computer disks

test board

test tape.

Manufacturers specifications may be found in :

printed instruction leaflets

operators manuals

equipment specifications

attachments to equipment

plans and diagrams

warranty documents.

Risks and hazards may include :

non-compliance with building codes and regulations

exposed electrical wiring

manual handling

chemical hazards (battery corrosion)

exposure to:

asbestos

dust

noise

live power

vermin

water

glass fibre

building debris

natural and other gas build-up.

OHS policies and procedures may relate to :

hazardous and risk assessment mechanisms

implementation of safety regulations

safety training

safety systems incorporating:

work clearance procedures

isolation procedures

gas and vapour

monitoring/testing procedures

use of protective equipment and clothing

use of codes of practice.

Personal protective equipment may include :

safety boots

masks

safety glasses

knee pads

gloves

first aid kid, fire extinguisher.

Safe operating practices may include :

working safely around electrical wiring, cables and overhead power lines

working safely around tools and equipment

hazard recognition

emergency procedures

awareness of electrical hazards

following confined spaces procedures

administering first aid.

Documentation may include :

work log

records of equipment/system positioning

section lists, zone lists, equipment lists

cable identification records, fixings, job card

records of any adjustments to original cable plan

records of faulty or malfunctioning tools and equipment

testing and inspection results

records of materials used

costings.

Applicable legislation , codes and national standards may relate to :

compliance with Australian building codes and regulations

compliance with Australian Communications Authority (ACA) cabling standards

relevant Commonwealth/State/Territory legislation which affect organisational operation:

Occupational Health and Safety and safe work practices

environmental issues

equal employment opportunity

industrial relations

anti-discrimination and diversity

licensing arrangements

Australian Standards, quality assurance and certification requirements

relevant industry Codes of Practice

award and enterprise agreements

trade practices

privacy requirements

freedom of information.

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.