This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to inspect for compliance the site preparation, foundations, footings and structural provisions of buildings included in classes 2 to 9, as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), up to three storeys.  The unit supports the work of private or municipal building surveyors or certifiers who conduct mandated inspections of commercial buildings up to three storeys at the initial stages of construction.  It applies to planning and conducting inspections, reporting on issues of non-compliance, and preparing certificates of compliance according to legislative and regulatory requirements.

The certificate of compliance for each stage must be completed and processed before the next stage of construction may commence. The building surveyor or certifier must be satisfied that remedial work required in cases of non-compliance is understood by the building contractor and completed within required timeframes. This involves developing and maintaining professional and cooperative relationships with building contractors throughout a highly regulated process.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

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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. A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit. The person must prepare for, conduct and complete relevant documentation for inspections of 1) site preparation, foundations and footings, 2) structural provisions, and 3) wet areas for the following class buildings as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA): - one project incorporating classes 2, 5, 6 and 7a; - one project incorporating classes 3 and 9c, and; - one project incorporating classes 7b and 8. In doing the above, the person must: - interpret working drawings, specifications and building permit conditions for each inspection; - identify and interpret relevant compliance requirements; - inspect site preparation, foundations and footings and structural provisions for the projects outlined above; - observe and document all non-compliant features of site preparation, foundations and footings, structural provisions and wet areas; - discuss non-compliance with relevant contractors and negotiate remedial work required; - reschedule inspections as required; - prepare and process required documentation; - details of non-compliance and remedial work recommended; - contractor's failure to comply with recommended remedial work, if required; - missed inspection, if required, and; - certificate of compliance, as authorised.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - BCA classification and definitions for buildings included in classes 2 to 9; - construction methods and materials suitable for buildings included in classes 2 to 9 at the following stages: site preparation; foundations and footings; structural provisions; wet areas; - drawing symbols, notations, acronyms and construction terminology used in the National Construction Code (NCC), Australian standards, working drawings, building design specifications, and building permit documentation; - principles and purpose of report in the context of conducting and reporting on initial construction inspections; - range of, and variations in, compliance requirements for buildings included in classes 2 to 9 in different climatic, geographic and planning zones, including: building control legislation and regulations; NCC; - Australian standards referenced by building control legislation and regulations and the NCC; - state, territory or local authority development policies, and; - legislative and regulatory requirements for critical stage inspections relating to buildings included in classes 2 to 9 at the following stages of construction: bounding construction of class 2 and 3 buildings; site preparation; foundations and footings; structural provisions.

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