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S7C3 - COMPETENCY BASED TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT FOR NAVAL AVIATION TECHNICIANS

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

INITIAL TECHNICAL TRAINING AND TRADE QUALIFICATIONS

ITT AEROSPACE INDUSTRY LOG SIGNATORY RESPONSIBILITIES

REGISTERED WORKPLACE ASSESSORS

RWPA Registration Procedure

Authorisation of a RWPA

COMPETENCY APPEALS BOARD

ADVANCED TECHNICAL TRAINING

ATT Competency Log Signatory Responsibilities

RECOGNITION

Competency Log Verification

INTRODUCTION

1. This chapter prescribes the procedures to be followed by Navy Approved Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) when conducting competency-based trade assessments on Navy aviation technical personnel.

INITIAL TECHNICAL TRAINING AND TRADE QUALIFICATIONS

2. Two Aviation Technician categories exist within Naval Aviation Engineering; Aviation Technician Aircraft (ATA) and Aviation Technician Avionics (ATV). Each of these categories is aligned to trades defined under the Aeroskills Training Package for the Aerospace Industry. The trade qualifications for each category including their National Code numbers are listed below and comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF):

  1. ATA – Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical) MEA40715 (previously known as – Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Mechanical) MEA40711)
  2. ATV – Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics) MEA40615 (previously known as – Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Avionics) MEA40611).

3. In order to obtain the above qualifications, personnel are required to provide evidence of achievement of the prerequisite Aeroskills competencies associated with their particular trade.

4. In the Naval Engineering environment Competency Logs are used for recording attainment of prescribed competencies. The Initial Technical Training (ITT) Competency Logs are the Aerospace industry approved ‘Log of Industrial Experience and Achievement’ used within Naval Aviation Engineering for this purpose. These logs form the basis for trade recognition of all ITT Aviation Technicians. In addition, these logs may contain RAN specific competencies beyond the minimum trade requirements that have been identified for personnel at Able Seaman level.

ITT AEROSPACE INDUSTRY LOG SIGNATORY RESPONSIBILITIES

5. Each unit within the Industry Log, hereafter referred to as simply ‘the Journal’, has provision for three signatures, these are:

  1. Work Experience History. This section requires the signature of the supervisor who is to be at least an authorised Trade Supervisor. The Trade Supervisor,s signature authenticates that the technician has completed the assessment task under ‘Direct’ or ‘Routine’ supervision to an acceptable standard. The supervisor must be competent in the work being certified within this section.
  2. Journal Unit Certifications. This section requires the signature of an Registered Workplace Assessor (RWPA). The RWPA's signature authenticates that the RWPA is satisfied that the technician has achieved the required standards for each assessment task, as detailed in the Assessors Guidelines, Assessment Tasks and Journal Element Performance Criteria.
  3. Certificate of Unit Completion. This section requires the signature of a RWPA and certifies that the technician has completed the unit being assessed.

REGISTERED WORKPLACE ASSESSORS

6. AMOs should ensure that personnel nominated to become RWPAs possess the experience and maturity to perform competency assessments. Prospective Navy RWPAs must be a Petty Officer and have completed Workplace Assessor course or equivalent, prior to application for registration.

NOTE

While the minimum rank required to conduct assessment within the journal is Petty Officer, at the discretion of the Fleet Aviation Engineer Officer (FAEO), a Leading Seaman may be recommended to the RTO, by Aviation Maintenance Standards (AMS), for registration as an RWPA.

Only qualified and authorised RWPAs may sign the assessor signature block within the journal.

A signature within the journal not recognised by the RTO as a RWPA will result in the trainee having to be re-assessed for that unit of competency.

RWPA Registration Procedure

7. Following successful completion of the Workplace Assessor course the member is to contact the RTO, via the Navy service administrator (Competency Management Cell (CMC) TA-AVN) and request registration. The RTO will ensure the correct Workplace Assessor competencies have been achieved and issue registration. Registration expires annually and the member is required to maintain currency via the RTOs development and training program.

Authorisation of a RWPA

8. Following registration, the RWPA must be authorised by the SMM or delegate to conduct technical competency assessments within the AMO and/or training facility.

9. RWPAs are eligible to independently assess only those UoC which are within their authorised RWPA scope. The RWPA scope is defined as the UoCs which:

  1. the RWPA holds or
  2. the RWPA is considered a Subject Matter Expert (SME).

10. A RWPA may assess UoC outside of their RWPA scope provided they confirm UoC completion through the use of a SME from the relevant trade and the SME details are recorded on the assessment report.

COMPETENCY APPEALS BOARD

11. The competency appeals board for Navy will be convened by the Aviation Maintenance Standards (AMS) Aviation Accreditation Board with the FAEO (or delegate) acting as the board chairman. Composition of the board will be determined by the FAEO in consultation with Training Authority–Aviation (TA–AVN).

ADVANCED TECHNICAL TRAINING

12. Completion of Advanced Technical Training (ATT) is a promotion prerequisite for each rank from Able Seaman to Warrant Officer. As a result ATT has been identified as necessary for Leading Seaman, Petty Officer and Chief Petty Officer aviation technicians. Competencies which articulate the job requirements for personnel at each of these ranks have been developed and Competency Logs are being produced and issued as required.

ATT Competency Log Signatory Responsibilities

13. Unlike the ITT journal, there is no requirement for national registration to conduct assessments within the RAN issued Advanced Technical Training Competency Logs. To be eligible to sign these logs the signatory must:

  1. be at least one rank higher than the individual being assessed
  2. have completed a RTO recognised workplace assessors course
  3. be recommended by a HOD, AMO SMM or delegate, Higher Engineering Authority or ships Flight Senior Maintenance Sailor (FSMS)
  4. hold the minimum rank of Petty Officer and be an authorised Maintenance Manager.

RECOGNITION

14. The RAN, being a nationally Recognised Provider of Training is committed to the role of assessing competence formally through the Recognition process. Recognition for Aviation Technicians is the responsibility of TA–AVN who offer a mechanism to provide the acknowledgment of skills and knowledge obtained through formal training (industry and education), work experience and/or life experience.

15. The Recognition process is detailed in TA-AVN Instructions.

Competency Log Verification

16. The integrity of trade qualifications issued by the RAN, the maintenance of workplace standards and the clear legal implications associated with the awarding of competencies to technical personnel requires the existence of a quality assurance system to ensure assessment standards are maintained at credible levels.

17. TA–AVN is to conduct regular verification of completed Journals as part of the Competency Based Training assessment and audit review process.

18. TA–AVN is to report any discrepancies to the SMM and FAEO Aviation Accreditation Board for resolution.

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