CPCCBC4010 - Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions

Unit code: CPCCBC4010 | Study level: TAFE
CPCCBC4053 - Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C buildings
CPCCBC4001 - Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildings
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to apply structural principles to the construction of residential or commercial structures. This unit includes applying structural principles to footing, floor, wall and roof systems.
It applies to National Construction Code (NCC) classifications:

Residential - Class 1 and 10 buildings, maximum two storeys

Commercial - Class 2 to 9, Type C only constructions.
This unit of competency applies to builders, site managers, forepersons and other managers in the building and construction industry who apply structural principles to the demolition or construction of structures.
This unit of competency is suitable for those using specialised knowledge to complete routine and non-routine tasks and using their own judgement to deal with predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems relating to building application approvals.Completion of the general construction induction training program specified by the model Code of Practice for Construction Work is required for any person who is to carry out construction work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & 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:
*a candidate must meet the elements and performance criteria of this unit by applying structural principles to the construction of one building project.
In doing this, the candidate must:
*assess the structural integrity of the construction project
*apply technical construction principles and concepts to the appropriate selection, integration and building of construction elements and components
*coordinate, plan, implement and check the construction of the structure
*plan and document the structural principles of the construction of a building.

Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:
*government building and construction legislation and regulations
*industry building and construction standards and codes
*the NCC
*classes of buildings described in the NCC
*standards and codes for timber framing
*structural principles:

  • behaviour of structural materials
  • dead, live and wind loads
  • performance of beams
  • performance of columns
  • performance of roof trusses
  • section properties
  • solution of force systems
  • wind bracing
    *project documentation:
  • approval project plans and specifications
  • structural designs and specifications
  • engineer’s footing design and specifications
  • registered plans
  • contour site plan
  • geotechnical report
  • underpinning, rock anchors and shoring design and specifications
  • retaining wall and tanking design and specifications
  • structural, floor, wall and roof systems
    *organisational quality documentation:
  • policies and procedures
  • workplace procedures, workplace safety and environmental requirements
  • various construction contracts
    *footing systems:
  • bored pier footings
  • columns or stumps
  • concrete slab floors
  • reinforced piers and beams
  • drilled and driven piles
  • mass concrete piers
  • screw piles
  • waffle pod slabs
  • brick bases
    *floor system and components:
  • suspended and slab on ground concrete floors
  • suspended timber, metal and steel floor frames
  • engineered floor joists
  • platform floor construction
  • fitted (cut-in) floors
  • compressed sheet wet area flooring
  • sheet flooring
  • tongue and groove flooring
  • autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) panel systems
    *structural wall systems:
  • composite walls featuring tilt-up slab, engineered timber products and lightweight AAC
  • framed walls incorporating timber, engineered timber products and lightweight section steel
  • masonry walls incorporating cavity brick, single-leaf masonry and AAC
    *wall cladding:
  • weather boards
  • coatings over base materials
  • corrugated metal sheeting
  • fibre cement and compressed wood panelling
  • tilt-up slab
  • unfired and fired AAC masonry
    *structural roof systems:
  • timber and metal pre-fabricated trusses
  • hand cut timber
    *roof types:
  • box gable
  • dual pitch
  • Dutch gable and Dutch hip
  • gable end
  • hip and valley
  • north light
  • skillion
  • rafter and purlin
    *roof cladding:
  • concrete, clay and metal tiles
  • shakes and shingles
  • short and long run, various profile and metal sheeting
    *AAC floor and wall systems
    *causes and implications of structural detects related to failure of applying structural principles to residential and commercial buildings
    *extent of remedial work required for various defects cause by inadequate design and application of structural principles.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

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