Certificate IV in Surveying

Not Applicable


Packaging rules

To achieve recognition at the Certificate IV level, the candidate must demonstrate competency in the eight core units, plus seven electives (total fifteen units). Up to two of the required electives may be selected from otherqualifications aligned at the Certificate III, IV or Diploma level in this Training Packageor from other relevant endorsed Training Package qualifications aligned at the Certificate III, IV or Diploma level.

Core units

add topic CPPSIS4002A

Store and retrieve spatial data

add topic CPPSIS4005A

Collect basic GPS data

add topic CPPSIS4006A

Read and interpret basic image data

add topic CPPSIS4009A

Collect and set out basic surveying data

add topic CPPSIS4010A

Operate surveying equipment

add topic CPPSIS4011A

Perform surveying computations

add topic CUVCRS03B

Produce computer-aided drawings

add topic ICAU2006B

Operate computing packages

Elective units

add topic BSBITU402A

Develop and use complex spreadsheets

add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic BSBWOR402A

Promote team effectiveness

add topic CPPCMN4002A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic CPPDSM3009A

Maintain workplace safety in the property industry

add topic CPPSIS4007A

Organise field services

add topic CPPSIS4008A

Organise equipment and supplies

add topic CPPSIS4012A

Plan and conduct survey expeditions

add topic CPPSIS4013A

Participate in spatial process improvement

add topic ICAA5139B

Design a database

add topic LGAPLEM404A

Prepare and present geographic information systems data

add topic MNQGEN400A

Apply site risk management system

add topic PRMCMN403A

Facilitate effective teamwork

add topic PRMCMN404A

Facilitate effective workplace relationships


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Qualification Summary

Employability Skill

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


apply communication skills to discuss vocational issues effectively with colleagues and impart knowledge and ideas through oral, written and visual means

apply literacy skills to:

assess and use workplace information

interpret and understand legal, financial and procedural requirements

process workplace documentation

read and record data and write routine reports

research and access routine sources of spatial data

apply numeracy skills to:

record and interpret statistics

record with accuracy and precision

undertake computations

complete all required documentation according to organisational guidelines


plan and execute set tasks in a team environment

apply interpersonal skills e.g. cooperation and flexibility

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

support, and often lead, team debate on the application of various improvement processes

show team leadership

work effectively as part of a team

work with others

discuss and evaluate ideas with team to determine viability and compliance with relevant legislation

Problem solving

solve surveying problems involving circular curves

identify and address any discrepancies between specifications and actual activities

identify problems and communicate to relevant personnel to improve service and prevent recurrence according to organisational guidelines

identify, analyse and evaluate image data to fulfil project requirements

apply spatial skills to:

understand the holistic implications of height, depth, breadth, dimension, direction and position to actual operational activity and virtual representation

exercise precision and accuracy in surveying computations

perform global positioning system data archival and retrieval

perform global positioning system data management and manipulation

perform file management

solve basic problems relating to height, depth, breadth, dimension, direction and position in actual operational activity and virtual representation

interpret technical task requirements

validate and record measurements according to project specifications

solve problems involving acquired image data according to organisational policies and principles

Initiative and enterprise

apply analytical skills to determine the data requirements of a survey project

apply negotiation skills

create, extract and output information from engineering plans

analytical skills

participate in assessing the viability of new ideas and implementing new or improved processes

Planning and organising

archive spatial data according to project specifications

use organisational skills to prioritise activities to meet contractual requirements and to prepare and administer documentation

prepare and collect data using basic global positioning system equipment

prepare to perform traverse computations

plan survey field work

plan and adhere to OHS requirements


time management

prioritise activities

adhere to correct OHS practices


apply knowledge of organisational policies and guidelines

update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in spatial reference systems

update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in equipment and operations

train others in the use of equipment

apply knowledge of legislative, statutory and industry requirements and standards

operate global positioning system equipment according to manufacturer specifications and organisational guidelines


use computers (technical user level) to complete business documentation

use suitable software to communicate with a global positioning system receiver

conduct navigation operations

select and use appropriate tools

maintain equipment

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.