This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to construct brick fireplaces and chimneys in various types and styles of buildings.
This unit applies to bricklayers and blocklayers who work on new and 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: *a candidate must meet the performance criteria of this unit by constructing a fireplace and chimney for a single storey building. In doing this, the candidate must: *install chimney flashing *install weather proof chimney capping *comply with fireplace and chimney standards and codes.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: *terminology relating to fireplace and chimney construction *current and relevant standards and building codes: - minimum and maximum dimensions for components - allowable tolerances - flashing requirements *key requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) relevant to fireplaces and chimneys *characteristics, applications and limitations of specified materials and products for fireplace and chimney construction: - mortar specifications (M code) - parging ingredients - refractory bricks *processes and techniques for fireplace and chimney construction: - brick bond patterns - roof flashing and weathering - working drawing and specifications *functional and operational features of plant, equipment and hand and power tools: - power assisted tools *workplace safety: - erecting and dismantling work platforms - working at heights - job safety and environmental analysis (JSEA) - exposure to silica - exposure to loud noise *environmental requirements for workplace processes and waste disposal.

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