This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to construct various types of masonry arches within walls and above columns or attached piers.
This unit applies to bricklayers and blocklayers who construct masonry arches in new or existing structures. It is suitable for people operating with some autonomy. A person working at this level would be expected to take responsibility for organising and completing tasks assigned to them without needing close supervision.
Completion of the general construction induction training program specified by the model Code of Practice for Construction Work is required for any person who is to carry out construction work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


CPCCWHS2001 - Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry


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: *calculate and develop a full-scale template for a gothic arch *carry out calculations to determine voussoir size and shape for a bull's eye arch *build abutments to the specified height maintaining gauge and bond *fit the arch centre allowing for ease of stripping on completion *comply to the brickwork tolerances stated in the current Australian Standards and codes. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: *characteristics, applications and limitations of materials used for masonry arch construction *processes and techniques for: - setting out and constructing various types of arches - preparing voussoirs for an arch - setting out, cutting, assembling and fitting arch templates *categories and terminologies relating to arches *structural and load bearing forces applied to arches *features of working drawings and specifications *mortar ingredients and consistency *functional and operational features of plant, equipment, hand and power tools: - battery operated tools *workplace safety: - job safety and environmental analysis (JSEA) - working safely at heights - erecting and dismantling work platforms - exposure to silica - exposure to loud noise *key requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) relevant to masonry arch construction *environmental requirements for workplace processes and waste disposal.

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