This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required by senior building surveyors to lead a team of building surveyors in the performance of a range of advisory and statutory responsibilities. The unit supports taking steps to ensure adequate resources are available to complete specified work, developing and implementing operational and performance objectives, providing strategies that assist staff to carry out their duties professionally and ethically, and developing a culture that services clients in a regulated environment.  The unit supports the work of senior private and municipal building surveyors who oversee and manage the performance of others, whilst ensuring the work of the team complies with regulatory constraints.

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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. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - identifying the staff resourcing needs for three building surveying projects of varying complexity: - range of skills and expertise required to complete the projects; - approximate number of staff required to complete the projects; - report that identifies and explains two strategies that could be employed to address any identified gaps in skill and knowledge requirements and the expected timeframe to implement one preferred strategy in order to meet staffing requirements; - developing the following professional standards and related policies and processes that address building surveying practice requirements and are consistent with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements set out in building control legislation: - privacy and confidentiality policy and procedure for managing project-related documentation; - minimum service standards for assessing and issuing planning or building approval permits, as appropriate to the scope of work undertaken by the building surveying team; - complaints-handling procedure for receiving, investigating and responding to complaints; - code of conduct that covers the ethical and professional standards to be demonstrated by the team of building surveyors, and; - participating in the implementation of performance reviews for at least three building surveyors with a mix of licensing authorities, including: establishing and implementing a methodology for monitoring and recording feedback on staff performance;- formulating individual development plans that respond to the professional development needs of the staff and which outline: - a method for identifying their skill and knowledge needs; - a range of measures that may be used to redress skill and knowledge gaps, and; - a plan for monitoring the effectiveness of the identified performance improvement measures over an agreed timeframe. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - building control legislation, codes and regulations relevant to the scope of work undertaken by the building surveying practice or team; - leadership styles and practices appropriate to leading a team of building surveyors; - methods for providing feedback to individuals and managing team performance; - methods used to identify and address skill and knowledge gaps across individuals and teams; - policy formulation required for the effective operation of a team of building surveyors; - methods of performance review practices applicable to leading a team of building surveyors, and; - communication techniques that facilitate the provision of evidence-based feedback to individuals in a professional services context.

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