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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Plan and prepare.
  2. Prepare backgrounds for set coat application.
  3. Mix plaster and lime setting.
  4. Apply plaster and lime set coat.
  5. Clean up.

Required Skills

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 nonverbal 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 twoway radio and mobile phones

voice and hand signals to access and understand sitespecific 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

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

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 offsite 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 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

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



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.