Certificate II in Surveying and Spatial Information Services

Qualification requirements

This qualification applies to those undertaking pre-vocational programs or entering the workforce who, while possibly responsible for routine surveying or spatial information services (SSIS) activity, would be under close supervision.

The qualification is suitable for VET in Schools programs and an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


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

8 units of competency:

4 core units

4 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:

up to 4 units from the elective units listed below

up to 2 units may be chosen from other Certificate II or III qualifications in CPP07 or another current Training Package or accredited course.

Core units

add topic CPPCMN2002A

Participate in workplace safety arrangements

add topic CPPSIS2011A

Prepare for work in the spatial information services industry

add topic CPPSIS2012A

Assist in the collection of spatial data

add topic CPPSIS2013A

Assist in the storage and retrieval of spatial data

Elective units

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic CPPCMN2003A

Provide effective client service

add topic CPPSIS2014A

Assist in the selection, operation and maintenance of equipment and supplies

add topic CPPSIS2015A

Assist in field activity

add topic CPPSIS2016A

Assist with load transfer

add topic CPPSIS2017A

Use information technology for spatial information services activity

add topic ICAICT101A

Operate a personal computer

add topic ICAICT102A

Operate word processing applications

add topic ICAICT105A

Operate spreadsheet applications

add topic ICAICT203A

Operate application software packages

add topic ICAICT210A

Operate database applications

add topic PSPGOV202B

Use routine workplace communication techniques

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


assess and record information from varied sources

communicate in a clear and concise manner, in written and verbal modes

apply literacy skills to:

assess and use workplace information

interpret and understand basic legal, financial, procedural and technical requirements

process workplace documentation

read and record data

research and access routine sources of spatial data

use basic workplace documents and user manuals

document metadata according to accepted industry standards

maintain and update records according to workplace procedures

record data according to organisational guidelines

report to the appropriate personnel any occurrence in the work area that may affect the safety and efficiency of operations

use basic workplace documents and user manuals


assist in gathering basic spatial data and finalising the collection process

carry out support tasks under direction, often in a team environment, and according to specifications

present spatial data to relevant personnel

relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities

use interpersonal skills such as cooperation and flexibility

work within a team in a range of SSIS activities

work effectively as part of a team

Problem solving

address minor technical vehicle problems as directed, using problemsolving techniques

apply appreciation of height, depth, breadth, dimension and position to basic virtual representation

apply understanding of height, depth, breadth, dimension and position to actual operational activity (basic)

assess procedural requirements and OHS issues relevant to employment in the SSIS industry

identify and apply industry information

identify and research existing data sources for suitability

report contingencies that may affect equipment usage

select and assess appropriate categories of data sources

use basic problem-solving techniques

Initiative and enterprise

identify opportunities for vocational development in consultation with appropriate persons

use analytical skills in relation to a limited range of routine areas

Planning and organising

assist in accessing, retrieving and storing spatial data

estimate time to complete activities and prioritise tasks

compile and record basic spatial data administrative, legal and operational requirements for data collection

prepare to collect basic spatial data

collect spatial and aspatial data using electronic equipment and SSIS technologies

store all data and documentation according to organisational guidelines


apply organisational skills to prioritise daily activities

comply with all legislation associated with job specifications and procedures

prioritise daily activities

take into account personal values and attitudes regarding work and business when planning for future work/career directions

work on an individual basis


apply knowledge of terms and conditions of employment

identify future career opportunities

update skills and knowledge to accommodate the vocational needs of the SSIS sector

update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in work environment


select equipment, resources and SSIS technologies according to the task requirements

store tools, resources and equipment, and SIS technologies safely and in appropriate locations, and according to manufacturer specifications

use computers to perform basic data collection

use and maintain equipment under supervision

use a range of equipment in the field safely and accurately, as required for the task

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each employability skill are representative of the property industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

This table is a summary of employability skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.