Communicate in the workplace

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver SIRXCOM001A, 'Communicate in the workplace'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Communicate in the workplace' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria




Establish contact with customers.


Maintain a welcoming customer environment.


Greet customer warmly according to store policy and procedures.


Create effective service environment through verbal and non-verbal interaction according to store policy and procedures.


Use questioning and active listening to determine customer needs.


Demonstrate confidentiality and tact.


Process information.


Answer telephone according to store procedures.


Use questioning and active listening to identify caller and accurately establish and confirm requirements.


Use telephone system functions according to instructions.


Record and promptly pass on messages or information.


Inform customer of any problems and relevant action being taken.


Perform follow-up action as necessary.


Communicate with customers and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.


Value and treat with respect and sensitivity customers and colleagues from different cultural groups.


Consider cultural differences in all verbal and non-verbal communication.


Use gestures or simple words to communicate where language barriers exist.


Obtain assistance from colleagues or supervisors when required.


Work in a team.


Demonstrate a courteous and helpful manner at all times.


Complete allocated tasks willingly according to set timeframes.


Actively seek or provide assistance by approaching other team members when difficulties arise.


Identify lines of communication with supervisors and peers according to store policy.


Encourage, acknowledge and act upon constructive feedback provided by other team members.


Use questioning to minimise misunderstandings.


Identify and avoid signs of potential workplace conflict wherever possible.


Demonstrate participation in team problem solving.


Read and interpret retail documents.


List and describe a range of retail documents.


Read and interpret information from a range of retail documents.

Qualifications and Skillsets

SIRXCOM001A appears in the following qualifications:

  • SFL20110 - Certificate II in Floristry (Assistant)
  • SIH30111 - Certificate III in Hairdressing
  • SIH20111 - Certificate II in Hairdressing
  • WRH40209 - Certificate IV in Trichology
  • WRH30109 - Certificate III in Hairdressing
  • WRH20109 - Certificate II in Hairdressing
  • SIB50110 - Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • SIB30110 - Certificate III in Beauty Services
  • SIB20210 - Certificate II in Nail Technology
  • SIB20110 - Certificate II in Retail Make-Up and Skin Care
  • SIB40110 - Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy
  • SIR20207 - Certificate II in Retail
  • SIR30107 - Certificate III in Community Pharmacy
  • SIR50207 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising
  • SIR10107 - Certificate I in Retail Services
  • SIR20107 - Certificate II in Community Pharmacy
  • SIR20307 - Certificate II in Wholesale