This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to construct battered masonry wall and piers. It applies to bricklayers and blocklayers who work on new and existing structures.
This unit 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 minimum 1.0 m high x 1.5 m long x 230 mm battered masonry wall. In doing this, the candidate must: *construct a 1.0 m long x 230 mm wide pier at 90 degrees and to the same height as the battered wall *lay brick on edge capping to top of wall *comply with battered masonry walls and piers standards and codes. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: *characteristics, applications and limitations of materials for battered wall construction: - mortar ingredients and consistency - waterproofing products *designed concrete foundations to counteract overturning or sliding of battered walls *processes and techniques for constructing various battered walls and piers: - installing drainage pipes - backfilling materials and aggregates - installing weep holes *construction terminology relating to battered wall construction *brick bond patterns *functional and operational features of plant, equipment, hand and power tools *workplace safety requirements: - hierarchy of control - hazardous manual tasks - exposure to silica - exposure to loud noise *features of working drawings and specification *key requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) relevant to battered masonry wall and pier construction *standards and building codes relating to acceptable tolerances in brickwork *environmental requirements for workplace processes and waste disposal.

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