This unit (VU22023) of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out basic setting out for a building site. 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 building and construction 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, and; - self-management skills.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - plans, drawings and specifications used in the building and construction industry; - workplace safety requirements and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation in relation to carpentry, including the required personal protective equipment (PPE); - relevant Australian Standards and building codes in relation to setting out sites; - principles of sustainability relevant to setting out sites; - terminology used for setting out sites; - characteristics and purposes of materials used for setting out sites; - common processes for calculating size and quantity of materials required; - function, purpose and safe handling of setting out tools and equipment; - use and types of levelling devices for setting out, including spirit, automatic and laser levels, and; - setting out processes and techniques used for building sites.

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