Certificate III in Post-Tensioning

This qualification provides a trade outcome in post-tensioning in the construction industry.

Occupational titles may include:


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


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

17 units of competency:

12 core units

5 elective units.

The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and are to be chosen as follows:

5 units from the elective units listed below

1 of the units may be chosen from other Certificate III qualifications in add topic CPC08 or another current Training Package or accredited course.

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 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 CPCCCM2005B

Use construction tools and equipment

add topic CPCCCM2010B

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

add topic CPCCSF2002A

Use steelfixing tools and equipment

add topic CPCCSF3002A

Carry out monostrand post-tensioning

add topic CPCCSF3003A

Carry out multistrand post-tensioning

add topic CPCCSF3004A

Carry out stressbar post-tensioning

Elective units

add topic CPCCCO3026A

Carry out repair and rectification of concrete

add topic CPCCCM2008B

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

add topic CPCCCM3001C

Operate elevated work platforms

add topic CPCCCO2014A

Carry out concrete work

add topic CPCCSF2005A

Arc weld reinforcement steel

add topic CPCCSF2007A

Splice and anchor using mechanical methods

add topic CPCPCM2053A

Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment

add topic CPCPCM4011A

Carry out work-based risk control processes

add topic RIICFW302D

Install temporary and permanent rock anchors

add topic RIIWHS202D

Enter and work in confined spaces


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Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Check with relevant state and territory licensing and regulatory authorities.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


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, drawings and specifications


load tables, including calibration certificates

safety signs and symbols

organisational policies and procedures

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

records and reports 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 uses 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 remedial action and/or reports to supervisor

rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

investigates and resolves discrepancies in coding, numbering and materials

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

identifies and manages risks

carries out site inspection to identify requirements

selects and uses appropriate materials, cutting methods, tools and equipment

determines material quantity requirements

prioritises and sequences tasks

applies time-management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements


evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements

contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks and 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

carries out pre- and post-operational checks on equipment and machines

performs tool and equipment maintenance as required