Assessment criteria associated with Exit level outcome 1
Operations related to the process are monitored and controlled in terms of safety, health and environmental considerations.
> Range: The process includes activities such as operating an incinerator; handling effluent; using truck-mounted materials handling and compacting equipment; operating forklifts; liquid bulk loading; baling, compacting and shredding waste; checking and testing samples; monitoring and checking the quality of materials; mixing and preparing ingredients and chemicals; monitoring the flow and quality of materials and ingredients; monitoring and controlling the use of consumables.
Operational incidents, events and problems are identified and addressed appropriately.
The process is monitored and adjustments are made to maintain operational standards.
Procedures are followed and enforced correctly.
The product produced or service delivered meets operational requirements specified.
> Range: Product refers to results of an action or process, eg compacted materials. Service refers to work done to prevent, correct or remedy environmental impacts, eg operating an incinerator. Operational requirements refer to those standards set at the site by the team, by the organisation and by legislation or regulation.
Assessment criteria associated with Exit level outcome 2
Basic principles of environmental monitoring and inspection are demonstrated in practice.
> Range: Awareness of monitoring and measuring techniques for environmental parameters.
Appropriate tools and protocols are used to measure conformance to quality standards and to identify deviations.
> Range: Conformance and deviations relate to components and interrelationships between components of the environment and include the impact of human activities on the components of the environment. (All references to the impact of human activities on the environment implicitly include the subsequent impact of the degraded environment on human health and well-being in accordance with accepted definitions of the environment.) Used: where applicable, includes selecting appropriate tools and protocols.
Action plans to address the deviations are developed and implemented, and their outcomes evaluated.
Deviations from set standards are prevented, corrected, or remedied
> Range: Prevented, corrected, or remedied includes early detection and appropriate solutions (ie within the learner’s capacity and authority) Standards are levels of performance set by the organisation, by legislation or by regulations.
Assessment criteria associated with Exit level outcome 3
Preventive measures are applied to control the impact of incorrectly used and handled resources on the environment.
> Range: Includes management of impacts.
Safety, health, security and environmental safeguards are applied, monitored and controlled at all times.
Use of resources is monitored and controlled on an on-going basis.
> Range: Includes application of relevant environmental management tools and protocol.
Resources are used in a sustainable manner.
> Range: Includes identifying opportunities for, and optimising, wise use of resources.
Assessment criteria associated with Exit level outcome 4
Data input equipment is selected, used and maintained.
> Range: Data input equipment can range from hand held data recording equipment to weighbridges, etc.
Relevant, accurate data is collected, recorded and managed.
> Range: Includes sample collection, taking measurements, reporting, etc.
The purpose of the environmental management processes and the relevance of the data is explained.
> Range: Includes basic knowledge and understanding of EMS audit principles and of the requirements of the information system as defined in relevant environmental standards.
Assessment criteria associated with Exit level outcome 5
Tasks and resources are allocated, and productivity and quality of work is monitored and controlled on an on-going basis.
> Range: Includes knowledge of employment conditions, job descriptions, time sheets, etc.
Interpersonal skills are demonstrated at all times.
> Range: Includes approachability, leadership skills, establishing and maintaining relationships, resolving conflict.
Health, safety and environmental standards are ensured at all times.
Team targets are met within quality standards.
Assessment criteria associated with Exit level outcome 6
Appropriate responses are made to public and customer comments.
> Range: Public and customer includes the community.
Appropriate responses include recording, providing information, referring to supervisor, etc, and include knowledge of the type of communication which should be referred to a higher level of authority.
Correct information is communicated to relevant parties.
> Range: Parties include supervisors, customers, team members, the public (eg hand out pamphlets, make announcements, answer queries).
Participation in meetings is constructive and contributes to the overall purpose.
In order to achieve the aims of integrated assessment it is recommended that the assessor assesses all components of the learning in an integrated way and that credits are awarded for the unit standards during this assessment.
It is recommended that learning components (ie fundamental and core) are combined into assignments and projects which are then included in the portfolio of evidence. This will form the basis for the bulk of the assessment. The assessor can then focus on specific areas for further probing and verification.
The assessment process should:
Cover the explicit activities required for the qualification as well as the understanding of the concepts and principles which underpin the activities
Establish how the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes have been advanced by the learning process.
The integrated assessment must be based on a summative assessment guide. The guide will spell out how the assessor will assess different aspects of the performance and will include:
Looking at records and reports in the portfolio and reviewing previous assessments
Asking questions and initiating short discussions to test understanding
Observing the learner at work (in the primary activity as well as in other interactions).
The learner may choose in which language s/he wants to be assessed. This should be established as part of a process of preparing the learner for assessment and familiarising the learner with the approach being taken.
While this is primarily a context-based qualification, evidence from other areas of endeavour may be introduced if pertinent to any of the Exit Level Outcomes.
Assessors should also evaluate evidence that the learner has been performing consistently to standard over a period of time.