Project: Concreting

Stage 1
Project commencement
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Stage 2
Consultation on
Draft 1
Stage 3
Validation
draft
Stage 4
Quality
assurance
Stage 5
AISC approval of
Case for Endorsement
Stage 6
Endorsed
 
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Industry changes

Concrete is a very ancient construction material and a very modern one. The industry continues to change, driven by technological, regulatory and environmental factors.

Concrete pour

Concreting equipment continues to develop, with innovations in extruders, vibrators, ride-on trowels and laser screeding. Tilt walls, slab floors and precast panels are finding new applications. Building information modelling and computer-aided design and production have a growing impact.

The regulatory environment has changed. The National Construction Codehas a renewed focus on concrete fatigue, creep, and shrinkage and includes new sections on earthquake performance, diaphragms, and steel fibre reinforcement.

Ecological impacts are of increasing public concern. The cement industry produces a lot of carbon dioxide, but also has ecological benefits: local production, use of recycled materials, durability, and a high thermal mass.

Qualification review

The Certificate III in Concreting was recently reviewed. A primary driver for that was to ensure that its components complied with current training package design requirements (2012 Standards). Consequently, changes in content were, in some case, kept to a minimal level.

Since endorsement of these changes in December 2018, we have identified a need for further review and consultation to ensure the qualification better reflects the highly skilled work done by workers in residential and commercial concreting, captures recent trends and changed practices. These changes will improve national training outcomes to meet industry needs now and in the future.

The Construction IRC is seeking input from employers, workers, regulators, trainers and industry bodies—or any interested parties on the proposed changes to this qualification (the current draft is available here). Are the revised core and elective arrangements appropriate? Does the qualification reflect the work done by concreters in residential and commercial concreting?

We'd also like your feedback on the content within each unit of competency. Units that have been imported from other training packages need to be checked to ensure they still fit the needs of this qualification.

Issues identified:

  • CFMEU Victoria Training Unit, have advised they do not support CPCCON3035 Determine concrete supply requirements as a core unit as they believe it is not a function performed by supervisors and isn’t accessible to workers, especially in commercial concreting.  Working group members are clear that this is a key skill requirement for workers in both residential and commercial concreting.
  • Master Concreters Australia (MCA) was initially unsupportive of this project since the qualification was only endorsed in January, has been in a constant state of review, and a further review would hamper MCA’s current state/territory negotiations to have the qualification delivered as an apprenticeship. MCA is now supportive and working with Artibus to ensure the outcomes reflect the current job role and industry needs.
  • Project timelines are slightly behind given the issues raised and the need to establish a working group.

Join the discussion

To have your say, complete our online survey.

As the project progresses, we will provide a summary of feedback received (anonymised) and our response. There will be an opportunity to make comments on subsequent drafts.

Please share this information with anyone else in your networks with an interest in the concreting qualification.

Contact us

You can send feedback, comments and suggestions to the project manager, Michelle Mulhall (michelle@artibus.com.au, 0423 201 949). For general enquiries, please contact Artibus Innovation(enquiries@artibus.com.au, 03 6218 2841). To keep informed of progress in this and other Artibus projects, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Industry changes

Concrete is a very ancient construction material and a very modern one. The industry continues to change, driven by technological, regulatory and environmental factors.

Concreting

Concreting equipment continues to develop, with innovations in extruders, vibrators, ride-on trowels and laser screeding. Tilt walls, slab floors and precast panels are finding new applications. Building information modelling and computer-aided design and production have a growing impact.

The regulatory environment has changed. The National Construction Code has a renewed focus on concrete fatigue, creep and shrinkage and includes new sections on earthquake performance, diaphragms, and steel fibre reinforcement.

Ecological impacts are of increasing public concern. The cement industry produces a lot of carbon dioxide, but also has ecological benefits: local production, use of recycled materials, durability and a high thermal mass.

Qualification review

Artibus Innovation, on behalf of the Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC, recently reviewed the Certificate III in Concreting. A primary driver for that was to ensure that its components complied with current training package design requirements (2012 Standards). Consequently, changes in content were, in some case, kept to a minimal level.

Since endorsement of those changes in December 2018, we have identified a need for further review and consultation to ensure the qualification fully addresses the changing industry environment, better reflects the highly skilled work performed by residential and commercial concreters, and is correctly aligned to AQF level 3. A working group of industry experts has been formed, supported by Artibus educational developers, to achieve this.

We are seeking input from employers, workers, regulators, trainers, industry bodies and any other interested parties on the proposed changes to this qualification (the current draft is available here). Are the revised core and elective arrangements appropriate? Does the qualification reflect the work done by concreters in residential and commercial concreting?

We'd also like your feedback on the content within each unit of competency. Units that are native to this qualification (those starting with the code CPCCCC0–) need to be reviewed and updated to better cover the skills and knowledge required by industry in the 2020s (the current drafts are available here). Units that have been imported from other training packages need to be checked to ensure they still fit the needs of this qualification.

Join the discussion

You can send feedback, comments and suggestions to the project manager, Michelle Mulhall (michelle@artibus.com.au, 0423 201 949). For general enquiries, please contact Artibus Innovation(enquiries@artibus.com.au, 03 6218 2841). To keep informed of progress in this and other Artibus projects, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Recent feedback

One stakeholder organisation has argued that CPCCON3035 Determine concrete supply requirements should not be a core unit as this task, especially in commercial concreting, is performed by higher-level supervisors rather than workers at this qualification level. Working group members, however, believe that this is a key skill for workers in both residential and commercial concreting. 

We received feedback from another stakeholder organisation expressing dissatisfaction that this review is taking place so soon after the last endorsement. This has hampered negotiation with states and territories to have the qualification delivered as an apprenticeship. We acknowledge the difficulties caused by this state of continuing review and are working with this stakeholder organisation to ensure a timely and efficient update of the qualification to meet current job roles and industry needs.

Concreting

Summary of development

In 2019, the Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC identified a need to review and update the Certificate III in Concreting. That review is nearing completion.

Key outcomes

A working group of industry experts collaborated with Artibus researchers and educational developers and consultation was undertaken with industry stakeholders accross Australia. A summary of the outcomes is available in the project downloads below.

Key issues 

The project aim was to ensure that the qualification and its associated units of competency

  • covered the full range of highly skilled work performed by residential and commercial concreters
  • fulfilled the criteria for an AQF level 3 qualification  
  • met the anticipated needs of industry in the 2020s

Industry needs

The concreting industry has changed in recent years, driven by technological, regulatory and environmental factors.

Concreting equipment has changed in recent years, with innovations in extruders, vibrators, ride-on trowels and laser screeding. Tilt walls, slab floors and precast panels are finding new applications. Building information modelling and computer-aided design and production have a growing impact.

The regulatory environment has also changed. The National Construction Code has a renewed focus on concrete fatigue, creep and shrinkage and includes new sections on earthquake performance, diaphragms, and steel fibre reinforcement.

Consultation strategy

The consultation period for this project is now over.

Project Downloads

Some units included in the qualification have been updated in other projects and are awaiting endorsement by the AISC. These units can be downloaded below: 

 

Summary of developmentConcreting

In 2019, the Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC identified a need to review and update the Certificate III in Concreting. That review is nearing completion.

Key outcomes

A working group of industry experts collaborated with Artibus researchers and educational developers and consultation was undertaken with industry stakeholders accross Australia. A summary of the outcomes is available in the project downloads below.

Key issues 

The project aim was to ensure that the qualification and its associated units of competency

  • covered the full range of highly skilled work performed by residential and commercial concreters
  • fulfilled the criteria for an AQF level 3 qualification  
  • met the anticipated needs of industry in the 2020s

Industry needs

The concreting industry has changed in recent years, driven by technological, regulatory and environmental factors.

Concreting equipment has changed in recent years, with innovations in extruders, vibrators, ride-on trowels and laser screeding. Tilt walls, slab floors and precast panels are finding new applications. Building information modelling and computer-aided design and production have a growing impact.

The regulatory environment has also changed. The National Construction Code has a renewed focus on concrete fatigue, creep and shrinkage and includes new sections on earthquake performance, diaphragms, and steel fibre reinforcement.

Consultation strategy

The consultation period for this project is now over.

Project Downloads

Some units included in the qualification have been updated in other projects and are awaiting endorsement by the AISC. These units can be downloaded below: 

 

Project status

The quality assurance phase has been finalised and the Case for Endorsement has been sent to the State Training Authorities (STAs) for their review and sign-off.

We would like to thank all the industry stakeholders who participated in the project for providing their time, feedback and expertise.

What happens next

The STAs will now have 10 days working days (15 April - 30 April) to review and support the Case for Endorsement. Once this has occurred, it will be forwarded to the Construction, Plumbing and Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for final sign-off before lodgement with the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). 

It is anticipated that the AISC will consider approving the Case for Endorsement at their meeting on 16 June 2020.

Project downloads
Case for Endorsement - Concreting
CPC Companion Volume Release 7.0
CPC30320 Certificate III in Concreting
Credit Arrangements for Concreting
Units of Competency - Concreting
Project Contact
Contact: Michelle Mulhall

Project last updated: May 2020
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