Certificate III in Paving

This qualification provides a trade outcome in paving for domestic or commercial projects.

Occupational titles may include:


The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as four specialist fields of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.


Packaging rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

21 units of competency:

18 core units

3 elective units.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of add topic CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units

add topic CPCCCM1012A

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

add topic CPCCCM1013A

Plan and organise work

add topic CPCCCM1014A

Conduct workplace communication

add topic CPCCCM1015A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic CPCCCM2001A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCCM2004A

Handle construction materials

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

add topic CPCCVE1011A

Undertake a basic construction project

Segmental paving preparation field of work

add topic CPCCCM2002A

Carry out excavation

add topic CPCCCM2006B

Apply basic levelling procedures

add topic CPCCCO2013A

Carry out concreting to simple forms

add topic CPCCPA3001A

Prepare subgrade, base and bedding course for segmental paving

Segmental paver laying field of work

add topic CPCCPA3002A

Lay segmental pavers

add topic CPCCPA3003A

Cut segmental pavers

add topic CPCCPA3004A

Finish segmental paving

Steps and retaining wall construction field of work

add topic AHCLSC307A

Implement a retaining wall project

add topic CPCCBL3004A

Construct masonry steps and stairs

Paving maintenance field of work

add topic CPCCPA3005A

Maintain and repair segmental paving

Elective units

add topic AHCLSC303

Construct brick and block structures and features

add topic BSBSMB301

Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic BSBSMB406

Manage small business finances

add topic CPCCCA3001A

Carry out general demolition of minor building structures

add topic CPCCCM2003B

Calculate and cost construction work

add topic CPCCCM2005B

Use construction tools and equipment

add topic CPCCDE2012A

Carry out manual general demolition

add topic CPCCSF2004A

Place and fix reinforcement materials

add topic RIIWMG203D

Drain and dewater civil construction site


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:

Clear and direct communication

Active listening

Verbal and non-verbal language

Questioning to identify and confirm requirements

Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons

Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:

Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements

Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)

Codes and standards

Plans and drawings


Safety signs and symbols

Organisational policies and procedures

Soil class charts


Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language

Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation

Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required

Reports and records hazards and risks


Works as part of a team

Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members

Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance

Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members

Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Coordinates and actions tasks

Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving

Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects

Identifies typical faults and problems and takes necessary remedial action

Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Perform routine maintenance as required

Checks materials and products for conformity to specifications

Initiative and enterprise

Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate

Responds to change and workplace challenges

Puts ideas into action

Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising

Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures

Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment

Determines material quantity requirements

Prioritises and sequences tasks

Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management

Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements

Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems

Manages own performance to meet workplace standards

Seeks support to improve work performance

Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required

Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


Uses calculators

Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely