Providers and Assessors
Unit Standard Interpretation
Only assess what you need to
Range Statements and Performance Criteria are important; they help give some context and guidelines around what should be assessed. However, assessment should not cover every aspect of these.
Take a holistic approach
Assessment should be conducted in a holistic manner. When assessing an outcome, consider the whole outcome and not just a series of atomised parts.
Focus on learner capability
Assessment should not be a snapshot or a one-off event; it should have robust evidence to show that learners can cope with a task on an on-going basis. Learners need to be able to apply what they have learned, not just demonstrate that they have learned it.
Use naturally occurring evidence
Utilise naturally occurring evidence wherever possible. Your professional judgement and verification of evidence from the workplace are key aspects of this.
Always assess according to what is current industry practice
If Range Statements or Performance Criteria are out of date and don’t align with current industry practice, we expect that you will be able to make a considered judgement on this and conduct your assessment accordingly. If aspects of range statements or Performance Criteria are no longer relevant, then it is appropriate to not assess at all.
For example, Unit 36 – Select fencing support materials; P.C. 2.3 states:
Other fencing material types of strainers, angles, and posts are identified and compared against wooden post configurations for suitability for purpose.
Range: steel, fibreglass, concrete.
Some existing fences still have concrete posts, however when selecting materials for new fences, concrete is no longer considered to be current industry practice.
Therefore it would be appropriate to ignore that aspect of the range statement when assessing this unit. Please note however that this is not a license to ignore aspects of unit standards at will.