This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required by senior building surveyors to review building design documentation during the design process for all Building Code of Australia (BCA) defined classes and types of buildings, including all Type A buildings in classes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. The unit includes the preparation of planning and building approval applications, and providing advice on compliance with the requirements of building and planning legislation, regulations, codes and standards that apply to the nature and location of each project.

The unit supports the work of private building surveyors providing advisory code-consulting services to building and construction professionals involved in developing building design documentation up to the building approval application stage. The building surveyor may provide advice concurrently on a range of building design projects in different locations.

Building surveyors must operate within the regulatory constraints that govern the relationship between their advisory and statutory roles and ensure that no conflict of interest arises.  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 analyse complete sets of building design documentation for two planning and two building approval applications relating to four different classes of buildings, including at least one Type A building as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA). In doing the above, the person must: - determine and confirm service level agreements with clients; - manage staff and liaise with specialist experts to ensure timely provision of advice with terms of service level agreement; - determine compliance requirements; - advise clients of the documentation required for planning and building permit applications for different: classes and types of buildings; regulatory jurisdictions; climatic and geographic conditions at specific project locations; - provide advice on cost-effective and efficient design alternatives that meet compliance requirements; - determine the limits of personal and in-house expertise, and assess authenticity of specialist experts and their expertise and engage their services to provide specific types of advice outside the scope of the organisation; - provide written advice on the compliance of all aspects of the designs and documentation with the requirements of building and planning legislation; - invite questions from clients regarding compliance, and; - provide responses to six different requests from clients for specific information regarding compliance issues.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - architectural drawing conventions and symbols and notations; - building surveyors' duty of care and code of conduct requirements; - BCA definitions of classes and types of buildings; - compliance requirements of: building control legislation and regulations; National Construction Code (NCC); Australian standards referenced by building control legislation and regulations and the NCC; state, territory or local authority planning policies; - construction methods and materials suitable for different classifications of buildings; - regulatory constraints that govern the relationship between the advisory and statutory roles of building surveyors, and; - project management strategies that ensure thorough and timely advice is delivered according to service level agreement.

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