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Apply set coats

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Version 1.0
Issue Date: May 2019

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge to apply plaster to flat and curved construction surfaces, which includes working with others and as a member of a team.

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to mix and apply plaster setting to flat and curved solid plaster backgrounds.

It includes planning and preparation for the work, preparation of the backgrounds, mixing of the setting, application and finishing of the set, and completion of clean-up activities.

You may want to include more information here about the target group and the purpose of the assessments (eg formative, summative, recognition)



Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry



Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Evidence Required

List the assessment methods to be used and the context and resources required for assessment. Copy and paste the relevant sections from the evidence guide below and then re-write these in plain English.

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate construction workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:

locate, interpret and apply of relevant information, standards and specifications

comply with site safety plan and OHS legislation, regulations and codes of practice applicable to workplace operations

comply with organisational policies and procedures, including quality requirements

safely and effectively use tools and equipment

communicate and work effectively and safely with others

apply set coats to specification on a minimum of three surfaces, which include:

one vertical

one horizontal

one curved.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

This competency is to be assessed using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context.

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards' requirements.

Resource implications for assessment include:

an induction procedure and requirement

realistic tasks or simulated tasks covering the mandatory task requirements

relevant specifications and work instructions

tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices

support materials appropriate to activity

workplace instructions relating to safe work practices and addressing hazards and emergencies

material safety data sheets

research resources, including industry related systems information.

Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.

Method of assessment

Assessment methods must:

satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package

include direct observation of tasks in real or simulated work conditions, with questioning to confirm the ability to consistently identify and correctly interpret the essential underpinning knowledge required for practical application

reinforce the integration of employability skills with workplace tasks and job roles

confirm that competency is verified and able to be transferred to other circumstances and environments.

Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:

competency will need to be demonstrated over a period of time reflecting the scope of the role and the practical requirements of the workplace

where the assessment is part of a structured learning experience the evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time and separated by further learning and practice, with a decision on competency only taken at the point when the assessor has complete confidence in the person's demonstrated ability and applied knowledge

all assessment that is part of a structured learning experience must include a combination of direct, indirect and supplementary evidence.

Assessment processes and techniques should as far as is practical take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.

Supplementary evidence of competency may be obtained from relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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Required skills

Required skills for this unit are:

communication skills to:

determine requirements

follow instructions

read and interpret:

documentation from a variety of sources

drawings and specifications

report faults

use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals

identifying and accurately reporting to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials

numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations

organisational skills, including the ability to plan and set out work

teamwork skills to work with others to action tasks and relate to people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

technological skills to:

use a range of mobile technology, such as two-way radio and mobile phones

voice and hand signals to access and understand site-specific instructions.

Required knowledge

Required knowledge for this unit is:

job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements

material safety data sheets (MSDS)

materials storage and environmentally friendly waste management

plans, drawings and specifications

plastering tools and equipment types, characteristics, uses and limitations

processes for the calculation of material requirements

quality requirements

set coat mixing and application techniques

solid plastering terminology

systems and techniques for safe handling of materials

types, characteristics, uses and limitations of solid plastering materials and components

workplace and equipment safety requirements.

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Information includes:

diagrams or sketches

instructions issued by authorised organisational or external personnel

manufacturer specifications and instructions, where specified



regulatory and legislative requirements pertaining to the application of set coats

relevant Australian standards

safe work procedures relating to the application of set coats


verbal, written and graphical instructions

work bulletins

work schedules, plans and specifications.

Scope of work:

application of set coats covers horizontal, vertical, and flat and curved surfaces, including walls, heads, arises, soffits, reveals and radiussed angles

set mix is to be in accordance with relevant Australian standard

setting coats may incorporate synthetic proprietary products

background surfaces include cement, sand plastered walls; cement, lime, sand plastered walls; sand, plaster and lime walls; and smooth concrete surfaces

cleaning of background surfaces includes wire brushing, grinding, washing down, scraping, wetting, chipping and blast cleaning.

Safety (OHS) is to be in accordance with state and territory legislation and regulations and project safety plan and may include:

emergency procedures, including extinguishing fires, organisational first aid requirements and evacuation

handling activities that may require the assistance of others or the use of manual or mechanical lifting devices where size, weight or other issues, such as a disability are a factor

hazard control

hazardous materials and substances, including cement and curing agents

organisational first aid

PPE prescribed under legislation, regulations and workplace policies and practices

safe operating procedures, including the conduct of operational risk assessment and treatments associated with:


power equipment

power leads and sources

trip hazards

work site visitors and the public

working in confined spaces

working in proximity to others

use of firefighting equipment

use of tools and equipment

workplace environmental requirements and safety.

Tools and equipment include:


concrete mixers




joint rules

measuring tapes and rules

mortar boards and stands

plumb bobs and mason's squares


screed boards


small tools

spirit levels


straight edges



Materials include:

casing beads

corner beads


lime putty

plaster compounds and finish coats

render and setting coats mix composition, including additives such as plasticisers, colour and waterproofing agents


Quality requirements include relevant regulations, including:

Australian standards

internal company quality policy and standards

manufacturer specifications

workplace operations and procedures.

Environmental requirements include:

clean-up management

dust and noise

stormwater protection

waste management.

Statutory and regulatory authorities include:

federal, state and local authorities administering the applicable Acts, regulations and codes of practice.

Copy and paste from the following performance criteria to create an observation checklist for each task. When you have finished writing your assessment tool every one of these must have been addressed, preferably several times in a variety of contexts. To ensure this occurs download the assessment matrix for the unit; enter each assessment task as a column header and place check marks against each performance criteria that task addresses.

Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Work instructions, including plans, specifications, quality requirements and operational details are obtained from relevant information, confirmed and applied to the scope of work performed. 
Safety (OHS) requirements are followed in accordance with safety plans and policies. 
Signage and barricade requirements are identified and implemented. 
Tools and equipment selected to carry out tasks are consistent with the requirements of the job, checked for serviceability and any faults are rectified or reported prior to commencement. 
Materials quantity requirements are calculated in accordance with plans, specifications and quality requirements. 
Materials appropriate to the work application are identified, obtained, prepared, safely handled and located ready for use. 
Environmental requirements are identified for the project in accordance with environmental plans and statutory and legislative authority obligations and applied. 
Background surface is identified and surface preparation process is selected in accordance with requirements of the setting coat to be applied. 
Surface is cleaned in preparation for application. 
Surface is wet down to provide an even suction appropriate to the setting rate for the setting coat being applied. 
Surface is checked for appropriate level of suction appropriate to the setting rate of the setting coat being applied. 
Mix ratios of plaster and lime are selected for appropriate backgrounds, or to architect's specifications. 
Products are mixed to standard requirements and manufacturer specifications. 
Application of set coats are in accordance with relevant standards and architect's requirements. 
Surface is trowelled until a hard, smooth finish is achieved to specified tolerances or levels of finish. 
Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled in accordance with legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job specification. 
Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and standard work practices. 


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