Project: Surveying and Spatial

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Project commencement
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Stage 2
Consultation on
Draft 1
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AISC approval of
Case for Endorsement
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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, or telephone 03 6218 2841.

Consultation on the first drafts of the units and qualifications has closed. The project team is now busy analysing the feedback. 

Thank you to all who have contributed comments on ways to improve the training products so that they better meet the skill requirements of the surveying and spatial information services sectors. Preliminary analysis of the feedback provided indicates strong support for the revised qualifications. 

For those who couldn’t be there and want to know what was discussed at the online consultation session held Thursday 30 April, the audio is available in the download section below, and the video can be viewed here. There were 34 registrants at the session. The main topics covered were:  

Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information Services

  • inclusion of a maths unit in the core. CPPSIS3020 Perform basic surveying computations has been added. 

Diploma of Surveying 

  • including CPPSIS5051 Locate underground services in surveying practice as a core unit rather than as an elective. Views were not unanimous, but an argument was put that there was a strong industry push for this. 
  • Including imported elective units on the use of remotely piloted aircraft and big data. The general view was that the proposed imported units were not appropriate. Drone technology was considered a tool and as such would be better addressed by incorporating into relevant units. Similarly, big data and how to handle it is best embedded in relevant units. 

Advanced Diploma of Surveying 

  • reducing the number of core units – two instead of four
  • elective options in the Advanced Diploma are mining focused and do not address Victorian requirements. New units were proposed. 

Additional feedback in relation to all these topics has been provided and is under consideration.

It is expected that the updated drafts of the units and qualifications will be available for stakeholder comment by the end of May 2020.

Project downloads
DRAFT Advanced Diploma of Surveying
DRAFT Certificate II in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
DRAFT Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
DRAFT Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information Services
DRAFT Diploma of Spatial Information Services
DRAFT Diploma of Surveying
Rationale - Updates to Qualifications and Deletion of Skill Sets
Skill Sets proposed for deletion
Units of Competency - Surveying and Spatial
Webinar - Audio - Surveying and Spatial 30 April 2020
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