This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls in landscape settings.  This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - read and interpret site and construction plans; - identify work health and safety hazards; - calculate materials required and mark out the area to be retained; - mark out the site and assemble materials; - construct footings and place reinforcing; - construct retaining walls as specified, and; - clear up the site and dispose of waste.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - the principles and practices of low profile retaining walls; - construction approaches and methods; - construction materials for retaining walls; - safe lifting practices for large and heavy components; - methods of disposing soil and waste materials in order to minimise damage to the environment; - the environmental effects of altering water flow when installing retaining walls with or without drainage media, and; - the environmental impact of soil disturbance when excavating an area to be retained.

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