Assessor Resource

Manage a civil works project

Assessment tool

Version 1.0
Issue Date: April 2019

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in councils of all sizes and in varying locations. Knowledge of the legislation and regulations that provide the boundaries for the operation of civil works in councils is essential. The unit is particularly appropriate for staff responsible for supervising civil works projects and ensuring project outcomes are met.

This unit covers managing a civil works project within council areas. The unit addresses all aspects of planning, implementing and monitoring a civil works project through to completion, including the documentation required to support the project.

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Prerequisite Unit/s

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Evidence Required

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Overview of assessment requirements

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit will be able to perform the outcomes described in the Elements to the required performance level detailed in the Performance Criteria. The knowledge and skill requirements described in the Range Statement must also be demonstrated. For example, knowledge of the legislative framework and safe work practices that underpin the performance of the unit must be demonstrated.

Critical aspects of evidence to be considered

The demonstrated ability to:

develop, implement and review detailed and thorough project plans in relation to civil works completed for council

forecast, plan for and manage contingencies to ensure project outcomes are met within agreed time frames

document accurately all project details according to legislative requirements and council standards

ensure compliance with all legislative and regulatory requirements including observance of OHS legislation.

Context of assessment

Competency is demonstrated by performance of all stated criteria, with particular attention to the critical aspects of evidence and the knowledge and skills elaborated in the Evidence Guide, and within the scope of the Range Statement.

Assessment must take account of the endorsed Assessment Guidelines in the Local Government Training Package.

Assessment of the performance requirements in this unit should be undertaken in an actual workplace or simulated environment.

Assessment should reinforce the integration of the key competencies for the particular AQF level. Refer to the key competency levels at the end of this unit.

Relationship to other units (prerequisite or co-requisite units)

To enable holistic assessment this unit may be assessed with other units that form part of the job role.

Method of assessment

The following assessment methods are suggested:

observation of the learner performing a range of workplace tasks over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies

written and/or oral questioning to assess knowledge and understanding

completion of workplace documentation

third-party reports from experienced practitioners

completion of self-paced learning materials including personal reflection and feedback from trainer, coach or supervisor.

Evidence required for demonstration of consistent performance

Evidence should be collected over a set period of time that is sufficient to include an appropriate range and variety of situations.

Resource implications

The learner and trainer should have access to appropriate documentation and resources normally used in the workplace.

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit

Required Skills

contingency management

applying quality assurance and quality control procedures

identifying sources of errors

coordinating work scope

priority management and organisational skills

leadership and management skills


time management

resource management

project management

using construction equipment and materials

conducting mathematical calculations relevant to civil construction works.

Required Knowledge

relevant OHS regulations

relevant statutory legislation and codes of practice

relevant site safety procedures

environmental awareness and procedures

location of relevant plant and equipment

quality assurance and control procedures

plant and related systems

contractual procedures

project management principles and concepts

work scope coordination and preparation

human resource management principles

civil construction knowledge and experience

survey methodologies

mathematical calculations relevant to planning and implementing civil works constructions.

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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 in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Relevant legislation and standards may include:


quality assurance, including relevant Australian standards

environmental legislation

council regulations and by-laws

Resources may include:



equipment, including specialist equipment



specialist contractors and personnel

Contingency plans may need to consider:

weather changes

worker injuries or illnesses

worker absences

supply breakdowns

machinery failures

Documentation may include:

job cards


cost centres

check sheets

safety rule procedures

plant records


quality assurance procedures and documentation

maintenance procedures

codes of practice

contract specifications.

Communication strategies may include:

regular meetings with clients

regular meetings with field staff.

Service providers may include:

internal staff


contract specialists.

Project plans may be drawn using:

Gantt charts

PERT charts.

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Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
A site evaluation is organised and undertaken to determine scope of project. 
Work scope, desired outcomes and key dates are identified and recorded according to relevant legislation and standards . 
Required resources are identified and their availability is determined. 
Tasks associated with the project are identified and documented. 
The preparation of technical specifications is coordinated and managed to completion within the required time frame. 
An overview plan is prepared, distributed and reviewed by key stakeholders. 
Contingency plans are developed to ensure that delays in completing the project are addressed as early as possible. 
Effective and efficient communication strategies are developed and documented to meet the needs of project stakeholders and service providers. 
A workforce with required numbers and skills is established and fully briefed as to job requirements and planned time frame. 
Priorities are organised to ensure agreed time frame is met. 
Resources are ordered and arrangements are initiated to ensure delivery to site in accordance with planned time frame. 
Project plan and schedule are drawn up, reviewed and amended where necessary. 
A workforce with required numbers and skills is established and fully briefed as to job requirements and planned time frame. 
Priorities are organised to ensure agreed time frame is met. 
Resources are ordered and arrangements are initiated to ensure delivery to site in accordance with planned time frame. 
Project plan and schedule are drawn up, reviewed and amended where necessary. 
Project is regularly reviewed against project plan in relation to safety, quality, resources, time frames, costs and equipment. 
Deviations from the project plan are identified and actions are taken to recover original project program. 
Deviations from original program requirements are reported to the appropriate personnel and direction is sought where necessary. 
Quality assurance documents and reports are provided in accordance with statutory, organisation or site requirements. 
Plant and maintenance records are maintained in accordance with occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements. 
Project completion is reviewed against the established plan and opportunities for future improvement are established and documented. 


Assessment Cover Sheet

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