Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services

Qualification requirements

This qualification applies to those who apply a broad range of competencies in a varied work context using some discretion, judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. Under supervision, they may be responsible for operational surveying or spatial information services (SSIS) activity, including supporting a team.

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


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

11 units of competency:

5 core units

6 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 6 units from the elective units listed below

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

Core units

add topic CPPCMN3003A

Contribute to workplace safety arrangements

add topic CPPSIS3014A

Respond to client spatial enquiry

add topic CPPSIS3015A

Collect spatial data

add topic CPPSIS3020A

Perform basic surveying computations

add topic RIISTD201A

Read and interpret maps

Elective units

add topic BSBCUS301B

Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic BSBFLM305C

Support operational plan

add topic BSBFLM309C

Support continuous improvement systems and processes

add topic BSBPMG510A

Manage projects

add topic CPPCMN3001B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic CPPSIS2011A

Prepare for work in the spatial information services industry

add topic CPPSIS3011A

Apply map presentation principles

add topic CPPSIS3013A

Support spatial process improvement

add topic CPPSIS3016A

Provide field support services

add topic CPPSIS3017A

Select, operate and maintain equipment and supplies

add topic CPPSIS3018A

Transfer personnel and loads

add topic CPPSIS3019A

Perform basic drafting

add topic CPPSIS4022A

Store and retrieve spatial data

add topic CPPSIS4026A

Read and interpret image data

add topic CPPSIS4030A

Operate surveying equipment

add topic HLTFA301C

Apply first aid

add topic ICAICT203A

Operate application software packages

add topic RIIRIS301B

Apply risk management processes

add topic TLIC2025A

Operate four wheel drive vehicle


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include the following facets:


communicate in a clear and concise manner in both 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

record spatial data in index according to organisational guidelines

record and report discrepancies between specifications and actual activities

record administrative and legal requirements for spatial data

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

complete spatial business documentation according to established work procedures and organisational guidelines

provide appropriate information and follow-up on a variety of predictable issues

address client in a courteous and businesslike manner


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

assist relevant personnel in the data-collection process

apply interpersonal skills e.g. cooperation and flexibility

work within a team in a range of SSIS activities

work with others in performing set task requirements

work with others on site to perform key organisational requirements within an SSIS framework

advise co-workers and supervisors of work implications, where appropriate

carry out support tasks under direction and according to specifications

Problem solving

identify and describe different types of maps

identify nature and type of spatial enquiry

apply spatial skills to understand implications of height, depth, breadth, dimension and position to actual operational activity and virtual representation

perform key organisational requirements within a spatial information services framework, working from site drawings and specifications

determine and mark surface positions according to accepted standards using information available from site drawings and references

Initiative and enterprise

interpret and create simple maps

interpret and act upon available information using discretion and judgement

apply analytical skills

assess client needs in routine matters

restore site as near as practicable to original condition

Planning and organising

apply purpose, application and scope of cartography in the context of the project objective

allocate a priority for enquiries regarding additional spatial research

document metadata according to accepted industry standards

collect basic data through a range of methods

update relevant files and records

plan and adhere to OHS requirements


use time management skills

use personal protective equipment according to OHS guidelines

prioritise daily activities

establish client spatial requirements and degree of urgency


update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in:

client enquiries

field support services

equipment and operating procedures


use computers and software systems (basic)

use spatial reference systems to measure, locate and plot features on maps

use indexing system to locate basic spatial data source

use a range of equipment in the field safely and accurately

perform a range of basic activities in the use of information technology and equipment within a spatial information handling framework

select equipment, supplies and spatial information services technologies according to task requirements

check equipment to ensure it is in safe working order

organise repair work for unsafe or faulty tools and equipment

operate appropriate equipment according to task requirements and manufacturer specifications

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.