Project: Surveying and Spatial

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Without most of us even realising, the knowledge produced by surveying and spatial information is fundamental to all our lives. Surveying is the measurement and mapping of our surrounding environment using mathematics, specialised technology and equipment. According to the Surveying Task Force Inc. ‘Surveyors measure just about anything on the land, in the sky or on the ocean bed.’

Surveyors are creators and users of spatial information. Frontiersi explains that 'Spatial information is the digital connection between location, people and activities. This information can graphically illustrate what is happening where, how and why and helps us gain insights into the past, the present and the likely future.' The generation of spatial information uses sophisticated technology tools, such as aerial and satellite remote sensing imagery, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (including GPS) and computerised geographic information systems (GIS). Surveying and spatial information skills are applied in a range of industry contexts including town planning, civil construction, mining, engineering, health, agriculture and defence.

Surveying and Spatial Information Services Project

A national project is underway to review the vocational education and training (VET) qualifications and associated units of competency in Surveying and Spatial Information Services. These VET qualifications play an important role in developing the skills and knowledge required to enter the industry and provide pathways to higher education programs for those who want to become licenced and registered surveyors.

We are asking industry stakeholders for their input as to whether the VET qualifications:

  • meet industry requirements and accurately reflect the job functions and work activities,
  • and if not, what are the gaps?

The current qualifications and proposed changes are:

CPP30216 Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services Review and uodate this introductory qualification which provides exposure to industry via work as a survey assistant working under close supervision.
CPP40216 Certificate IV in Surveying and CPP40316 Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services It is proposed to combine these two qualifications as they share 11 units in common. A single qualification is to be drafted that uses streams and strict packaging rules to enable vocational outcomes suitable for either survey assistants or spatial information services assistants.
CPP5016 Diploma of Surveying Review and update the qualification for surveying technicians.
CPP50216 Diploma of Spatial Information Services Review and update the qualification for spatial information services technicians.
CPP60116 Advanced Diploma of Surveying Review and update the qualification for skilled surveying technicians.
CPP20116 Certificate II in Surveying and Spatial Information Services This qualification is proposed to be removed as it has a low uptake. In the four-year period 2014 – 2017 there were a total of 201 enrolments and 69 completions. It is a pre-vocational qualification and does not have a job outcome.

To find out more, or to provide feedback directly on the qualifications, please contact the project manager, Frances Lamb: by frances@artibus.com.au, or telephone 03 6218 2841.

About the project

A national project is underway to review the vocational education and training (VET) qualifications and associated units of competency in Surveying and Spatial Information Services. These VET qualifications play an important role in developing the skills and knowledge required to enter the industry and provide pathways to higher education programs for those who want to become licenced and registered surveyors or spatial information specialists.

A surveying and spatial information services Technical Advisory Group (TAG), is steering the project. Two working groups, one for surveying and one for spatial information services, have also been formed to provide more detailed subject matter expertise.

During the review process, it has become clear that many of the 60 units of competency have some crossover and it is believed there may now be an opportunity to consolidate the content and provide a more robust framework. Many in the industry will be aware of the challenges we have had in sourcing teachers for the programs and we hope that the proposal before you will help address this.

It is our goal to ensure that the qualifications meet the anticipated needs of industry in the 2020’s and cover the full range of highly skilled work performed by surveyors and spatial information technicians. As the industry changes, there is a greater need for crossover competency between surveying and spatial information.

The TAG has made recommendations to simplify the suite of qualifications and it is proposed to:

DELETE three qualifications and 13 skill sets, the:

  • Certificate II in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
  • Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services (and embed relevant units into the Certificate IV)
  • Advanced Diploma of Surveying (and embed relevant units into the Diploma of Surveying)
  • 13 Skill Sets.

Develop a NEW qualification, the

  • Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information Services. It is proposed to combine the current Certificate IV’s and use the packaging rules and elective streams to enable a general outcome or specialist outcomes in either surveying or spatial. The specialisation would be recognised on the testamur.

UPDATE two qualifications, the:

  • Diploma of Surveying by embedding units from the Advanced Diploma. This will provide a broader range of speciality electives and enable wider training opportunities for participants.
  • Diploma of Spatial Information Services.

The rationale of the proposed changes can be downloaded below.

WEBINAR

To provide information about the surveying and spatial information services project and the proposed changes to the qualifications, a webinar is planned for:

Friday 3 April 2020, 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm.

Register HERE for the webinar.

TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK

We are requesting input from industry stakeholders and welcome your feedback on the qualifications and units of competency - do they meet industry requirements and accurately reflect job functions and work activities? Are there any gaps?

To assist in collating feedback we are using an online questionnaire. See the link below.

The questionnaire will be open until 8 May 2020. Feedback will be reviewed by the TAG and used to guide further work. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback on subsequent drafts.

To find out more, please contact the project manager on the details listed below.

Last updated: April 2020
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Public consultation and feedback
Surveying and Spatial Information Services Questionnaire
Project Downloads
DRAFT Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
DRAFT Diploma of Spatial Information Services
DRAFT Diploma of Surveying incorporating units from the Advanced Diploma
Proposed for deletion: Qualifications and Skill Sets
Rationale - Proposed Changes
Units of Competency - Surveying and Spatial
Project Contact
Contact: Frances Lamb