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S7C4 - COMPETENCY BASED TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT FOR ARMY AVIATION TECHNICIANS

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

ARMY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Trade Qualifications

Aviation Trades Technical Competency Assessment Service Administrator

Coach

RWPA Duties and Responsibilities

On the Job Training Management

Competency Appeals Board

INTRODUCTION

1. All Army Aircraft, Avionics, Life Support Fitter and Structures Trade trainees are required to complete competency assessments as a prerequisite to task authorisation and achievement of trade qualification Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) – Level III (Life Support Fitter) and Level IV (Aircraft, Avionics and Structures) in Aeroskills Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.

2. The aviation trades competency assessment system within Army is to be conducted in accordance with the principles detailed in Section 7 Chapter 1—Aerospace Competency Standards and Assessment Procedures.

3. This chapter prescribes the procedures to be followed by the Army Aviation Training Centre (AAvnTC) and Army Authorised Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) when conducting competency-based assessments on Army Aviation Technical personnel.

ARMY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

4. The primary method of providing Army Aviation trade competency assessments will be the structured on-the-job training program as detailed in the AAvnTC Rotary Wing Aircraft Maintenance School (RAMS) Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Trade Qualifications

5. The trade qualifications available to Army tradespersons who complete the prerequisite competencies are:

  1. Aircraft Trade – Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)
  2. Avionics Trade – Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics)
  3. Structures Trade – Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Structures)
  4. Life Support Fitter Trade – Certificate III in Aircraft Life Support and Furnishing.

Aviation Trades Technical Competency Assessment Service Administrator

6. The Army Aviation Technical Trades competency assessment service administrator is AAvnTC SO1 Training Branch; responsibilities are detailed within Section 7 Chapter 1 – Aerospace Competency Standards and Assessment Procedures.

Coach

7. In addition to the ‘Coach’ description detailed in S7C1, a Coach is an experienced ADF or civilian contractor aviation tradesperson, who is a fully qualified technician having achieved Certificate IV in Aeroskills or equivalent. The coach is to be authorised on a specific aircraft type in the relevant trade stream (i.e. ECN 411, ECN 412, ECN 153 or ECN 154).

RWPA Duties and Responsibilities

8. In addition to the duties listed in S7C1, Army Registered Work Place Assessors (RWPA)s will also perform competency assessments and carry out the necessary administration in the trainee’s Competency Assessment Journal as issued by the RTO. AAvnTC Capability Development assess RWPA applications and maintains the register for all RWPAs.

On the Job Training Management

9. AAvnTC RAMS is the principal organisation responsible for the On the Job Training (OJT) program. RAMS SOPs detail the following Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Unit Training Coordinator. The Unit Training Coordinator (UTC) is to act as the initial point of contact for all OJT competency assessment aspects within the AMO. The UTC is an RWPA who provides advice to management, assessors and trainees.
  2. Action on OJT Workbook Completion. A Record of Attainment (ROA) and Grade 2 status (ECN and Pay Group Change) may be issued on completion of the structured tasks contained within an OJT workbook. The UTC will verify completion by conducting an audit of the workbook IAW the RAMS SOPs.
  3. Action on Journal Completion for Certification IV in Aeroskills. When a technician has achieved the competencies required for issue of an AQF IV level qualification in Aeroskills, the UTC will audit the trainee’s journal and forward the findings to the Quality Cell. Following issue of an AQF IV qualification in Aeroskills, all assessment documentation will be provided to the trainee for permanent retention and competency assessment documentation will be retained IAW RAMS SOPs.

Competency Appeals Board

10. The competency appeals board for Army will be in the AMO unit with the SMM acting as the board chairman. Composition of the board is to be determined in consultation with HQ AAvnTC.

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