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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Plan and prepare.
  2. Identify work requirements.
  3. Select materials, processes and equipment.
  4. Finish joins.
  5. Clean up.

Required Skills

Required skills

Required skills for this unit are

communication skills to

follow instructions

read and interpret

documentation from a variety of sources

drawings and specifications

recognise procedures

report faults

enable clear and direct communication using questioning to identify and confirm requirements share information listen and understand

use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

use and interpret nonverbal communication such as hand signals

written skills to record results of checks and tests and relevant work completion procedures

evaluate own actions and make judgments about performance and necessary improvements

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

organisational skills including the ability to plan and set out work

respond to change and contribute to workplace responsibilities such as current work site environmental and sustainability frameworks and management systems

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 twoway radio and mobile phones

voice and hand signals to access and understand sitespecific instructions

Required knowledge

Required knowledge for this unit is

adjusting work activity to maintain quality standards

application of product and process knowledge to predict consequences and identify improvements

identifying and applying appropriate safety precautions to safely use equipment and shift and handle products and materials

identifying and reading manufacturers product installation procedures and nominated specifications for the work process

identifying by name and function equipment components and materials

identifying faults in operation of equipment or materials quality

identifying from workplace information and labels the type and purpose of materials and potential for health and safety risks

identifying the purpose of tags and logs of use for equipment

interpreting manufacturer and supplier instructions for plant and equipment

job safety analysis JSA and safe work method statements

requirements for a systematic approach to planning own work

Evidence Required

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 projectbased 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

select and use appropriate finishing materials and work methods

plan and execute work within agreed timeframe and to a high standard under general supervision

apply a broad knowledge of industry products to identify

manufacturers components and materials

warranty compliance issues

suitable materials for a wide range of applications

report problems to supervisors and suggest appropriate alternative rectifications

interpret work order and locate and apply relevant information from building plans and delivery documents

follow work instructions operating procedures and inspection practices to

prevent damage to goods equipment or products

meet required work output and product quality

select and use appropriate personal protective equipment

minimise the risk of injury to self or others

work effectively with other workers on and off site

modify work activities to cater for variations in work site procedures personnel contexts and environment

maintain workplace records in relation to materials plant and equipment use

follow safe handling requirements of equipment products and materials

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 offsite context

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards requirements

Resource implications for assessment include

building framework

finishing materials

tools and equipment

Assessment of this unit of competency may be in conjunction with assessment of other units commonly performed at the same time in normal job roles

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 persons 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

Guidance information for assessment

This unit could be assessed on its own or in combination with other units relevant to the job function for example

CPCCCMA Work safely at heights

CPCCCM2010A Work safely at heights.

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

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

Range Statement

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

material safety data sheets (MSDS)


regulatory and legislative requirements pertaining to plasterboard

relevant Australian standards

safe work procedures relating to plasterboard


verbal, written and graphical instructions

work bulletins

work schedules, plans and specifications.

Planning and preparation include:

assessment of conditions and hazards

determination of work requirements and safety plans and policies

equipment defect identification

work site inspection.

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

hazard control

hazardous materials and substances

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:

concealed services (water, power and gas)


traffic control

restricted access barriers

trip hazards

work site visitors and the public

working at heights

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:

broad knives


electric screw guns

hand and power drills

hand saws

keyhole saws

measuring tapes and rules


plasterboard hammers

plasterer's trowels

scaffold planks

T squares

taping knives


Quality requirements include relevant regulations, including:

Australian standards, including AS/NZ2589

internal company quality policy and standards

manufacturer specifications

workplace operations and procedures.

Materials include:


cement render

fibre cement sheets

finishing materials

plaster compounds


plasterglass sheets

water resistant plasterboard.

Environmental requirements include:

clean-up management

dust and noise


waste management.

Finishing techniques include:

join finishing materials

processes for finishing system joins

quality checks for joint finishing

work sequence.

Joint finishing specifications include:

employer-approved manual handling techniques

manufacturer's recommended methods and materials.