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Unit Descriptor

1 . Prepare for work

  1. Specifications, patterns and/or plans are read and interpreted to identify required colour and quality of materials, number of items to be cut and tools and equipment required

  2. Workplace health and safety requirements, including personal protection needs, are observed throughout the work

  3. Suitable work area is selected, prepared and cleaned of any contaminants

  4. Pattern pieces are identified to match shapes to final wear characteristics of the furnishing component

  5. Suitable scissors and/or blades are selected for the leather to be cut

  6. Scissors and any other tools and equipment are checked prior to use for appropriate sharpness, operation and safe condition

  7. Hide is selected, spread out and inspected to identify flaws and harder and softer wearing parts

  8. Direction of natural markings and finished side of the leather are identified

2 . Lay out pattern

  1. Patterns are laid out following workplace procedures and instructions using low wear parts of the hide on the less heavily used furniture components

  2. Patterns are laid out to maximise use of the hide for the furniture design

  3. Any registration points on the pattern and other instructions to match required pattern components are marked

  4. Any required measurements are made and appropriate adjustments made

3 . Cut leather

  1. Required cutting operations are completed with cut out leather components identified in accordance with work instructions and procedures

  2. Cut work is inspected, any faults identified and appropriate action taken in accordance with workplace procedures to ensure cut pieces meet the required quality standards

  3. The performance of the cutting equipment is regularly checked for signs of faulty operation, including evidence from the inspection of cut pieces

  4. Where required, cut out components are wrapped using appropriate protective covers and care label information is attached

4 . Complete work

  1. Unused materials are stored as required

  2. Cut components are folded, protected and despatched to next process following workplace procedures

  3. Work area is cleaned and damaged tools tagged as required

  4. Waste is collected and bundled for recycling/reuse as required

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?
How are activities planned and organised?
How are problem solving skills applied?
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?
How is use of technology applied?
How is team work used within this competency?

Range Statement

Unit scope

This unit addresses the selection, laying out and cutting of leather hides into components for upholstered furniture

Unit context

Leather hide

Tools and equipment may include, but are not limited to:


Leather hides of upholstery quality, patterns

Personal protective equipment:

Personal protective equipment is to include that prescribed under legislation, regulations and enterprise practices and procedures. It may include:

Information and procedures

Evidence Guide

Critical aspects of evidence

Resource implications

Appropriate scissors and cutting blades, leather, patterns, work order, workplace information, including work procedures and/or equipment instructions.

Method of assessment

Assessment methods must confirm consistency of performance over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts.

Assessment should be by direct observation of tasks and questioning on underpinning knowledge.

Assessment should be conducted over time and may be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency which form a part of the job role.

Context of assessment

Assessment may occur on the job or in a workplace simulated facility with relevant process equipment, materials, work instructions and deadlines.