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 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. 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. 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. To address these changes, a review of training standards is required.
The Certificate III in Concreting was revised a little over a year ago. The main focus of that project was to update the qualification and units to the structure and format required under the 2012 Standards for Training Packages.
After the endorsement of those changes, the Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC identified a need for further review and consultation to ensure the qualification:
- meets the anticipated needs of industry in the 2020s
- covers the full range of highly skilled work performed by residential and commercial concreters
- fulfils the criteria for an AQF level 3 qualification.
A working group of industry experts has worked with Artibus researchers and educational developers to achieve this, and the final versions of the qualification and units are now ready for industry validation.
We are now seeking validation that the revised training package components:
There are two ways that you can give feedback:
- Summary of feedback that has informed changes to the qualification and units
- Summary of major changes to the concreting qualification
- Summary of major changes to the concreting units of competency
- CPC30320 Certificate III in Concreting
- Concreting units of competency
- CPCCON3057 Core concrete
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:
- CPCCCA3002 Carry out setting out
- CPCCCA3018 Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps
- CPCCCA3019 Erect and dismantle formwork to suspended slabs, columns, beams and walls
- CPCCCA3028 Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground
- CPCCCM2002 Carry out hand excavation
- CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights
- CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
- CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work
- CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
- CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
- CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications
Last updated: February 2020
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CPCCON3057 Core concrete
Summary of changes to the Qualification
Summary of changes to the Units of Competency
Units of Competency - Concreting