• CUESET05C - Apply set construction techniques

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Apply set construction techniques

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Version 1.0
Issue Date: October 2019

People assisting with the construction of sets in the screen, media and entertainment industries apply the skills and knowledge outlined in this unit. In this role they use hand and power tools, and a range of materials and techniques, to create simple set elements such as flats and treads. At this level their work would be closely supervised.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to apply basic carpentry skills to the construction of sets within any production in the cultural industries. As such it focuses on the particular A person working under supervision would generally undertake this role. Skills working with hand and power tools would be required to complete this unit.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

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


This unit has linkages with a range of other general building and construction units and set construction units. It is strongly recommended that this unit be assessed with or after the following units:


Carry out measurements and calculations


Use hand tools

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

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

The following evidence is critical to the judgement of competence in this unit:

understanding of the properties, applications and durability of different types of materials that can be used to make set elements

correct and safe use of techniques to construct simple set elements.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

The assessment context must provide for:

practical demonstration of skills through construction of set elements on more than one occasion

completion of set construction tasks within realistic workplace timeframes.

Method of assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

direct observation of the candidate using techniques to construct set elements

evaluation of items constructed by the candidate in terms of quality finishing and appropriate structural soundness

oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of set construction and stage geography terminology

portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands and the needs of particular groups (e.g. people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties such as speakers of languages other than English, remote communities and those with interrupted schooling).

Guidance information for assessment

Assessment of this unit requires access to:

materials, tools and equipment required to construct simple set elements

a workspace in which construction can take place.

Submission Requirements

List each assessment task's title, type (eg project, observation/demonstration, essay, assingnment, checklist) and due date here

Assessment task 1: [title]      Due date:

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Assessment Tasks

Copy and paste from the following data to produce each assessment task. Write these in plain English and spell out how, when and where the task is to be carried out, under what conditions, and what resources are needed. Include guidelines about how well the candidate has to perform a task for it to be judged satisfactory.

Required skills

literacy skills sufficient to interpret safety instructions

numeracy skills sufficient to calculate quantities and take measurements

Required knowledge

terminology used in set construction, including types of scenery, joints and fixing systems

stage geography terminology

particular types of materials used for set construction, rationale for selection of these materials and their properties, applications and durability

particular techniques used in set construction and rationale, including common types of joints and assembly techniques

safety issues associated with the construction of sets, including various fireproofing techniques for different materials

format and meaning of technical drawings used to inform set construction

organisational and legislative occupational health and safety requirements, in particular with regard to safe manual handling techniques and working with hazardous substances

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.

Set construction techniques at this level would generally involve construction of the following:


doors built into a flat


flown pieces


windows built into a flat

Set materials may include:


craftwood, Masonite, plywood



fibreglass, canvas and other fabrics

metal products, e.g.: bars, tubes, sheets, moulded or cast metal


particle board

plastics, e.g.: moulded



timber products

Appropriate techniques may include:




metalworking, e.g.: welding, cutting

timber construction techniques, e.g. cutting

Occupational and public health and safety legislative requirements may include:

Commonwealth, State and Territory occupational health and safety regulations

relevant local government legislation and regulation

relevant national and international standards, guidelines and codes of practice, e.g. the Building Code of Australia

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
Liaise with supervisor to determine the nature of set construction requirements 
Correctly identify and select appropriate materials for set construction in accordance with supervisor's instructions 
Calculate correct quantities of materials required and minimise waste where possible 
Select appropriate equipment and tools in accordance with materials being used and type of set construction required 
Correctly use techniques to construct set elements 
Complete the set construction process in a logical manner 
Follow appropriate safety procedures throughout the set construction process in accordance with organisational and legislative requirements 
Work cooperatively with other team members to ensure efficiency and quality in the set construction process 
Identify any problems with the set construction process promptly and take appropriate action within the scope of individual responsibility 


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