This unit (VU22020) of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply cavity brick construction techniques to basic brickwork construction. It does not include the construction of brickwork or block bases. This unit supports pre-apprentices who under close supervision and guidance, develop a defined and limited range of skills and knowledge in preparing them for entering the working environment within the bricklaying industry. They use little judgement and follow instructions specified by the supervisor. On entering the industry, it is intended that further training will be required for this specific skill to ensure trade level standard.

Unit details

Study level:
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: - reading skills to interpret documentation, drawings, specifications and instructions; - writing skills to complete basic documentation; - oral communication skills; - numeracy skills; - teamwork skills to ensure a safe working environment; - planning and organising skills; - self-management skills, and; - technology skills to safety use and maintain tools and equipment.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - plans, drawings and specifications used cavity brick construction; - workplace safety requirements and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation in relation to cavity brick construction, including the required personal protective equipment (PPE); - relevant Australian Standards and building codes in relation to cavity brick construction; - terminology used for cavity brick construction; - principles of sustainability relevant to cavity brick construction; - characteristics and purposes of bricklaying materials used in cavity brick construction; - common processes for calculating size and quantity of materials required for cavity brick construction; - function, purpose and safe handling of bricklaying tools and equipment used for cavity brick construction; - purpose of an accurate set out for cavity brick construction; - set out techniques and processes for cavity brick construction; - characteristics and functions of base brickwork; - methods of base brickwork including slab on ground and strip footing construction, and; - bricklaying techniques for cavity brick construction.

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