Certificate IV in Surveying

Qualification requirements

This qualification applies to those who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of surveying contexts. They may be responsible for wide-ranging operational surveying technical activity and a defined range of unpredictable problems.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


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

15 units of competency:

7 core units

8 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 8 units from the elective units listed below

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

Core units

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Store and retrieve spatial data

add topic CPPSIS4025A

Collect basic GNSS data

add topic CPPSIS4026A

Read and interpret image data

add topic CPPSIS4029A

Collect and set out basic surveying data

add topic CPPSIS4030A

Operate surveying equipment

add topic CPPSIS4031A

Perform surveying computations

add topic CPPSIS4037A

Produce computer-aided drawings

Elective units

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Develop teams and individuals

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Manage projects

add topic BSBWOR402A

Promote team effectiveness

add topic CPPCMN4002B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic CPPCMN4005A

Facilitate effective teamwork

add topic CPPCMN4006A

Facilitate effective workplace relationships

add topic CPPDSM3009A

Maintain workplace safety in the property industry

add topic CPPSIS4027A

Organise field services

add topic CPPSIS4028A

Organise equipment and supplies

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Plan and conduct survey expeditions

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Participate in spatial process improvement

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Operate spatial software applications

add topic CPPSIS4038A

Prepare and present GIS data

add topic ICADBS502A

Design a database

add topic RIIRIS401A

Apply site risk management system


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

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

complete 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

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 fulfill 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

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


manage own time and prioritise activities

adhere to correct OHS practices


update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in spatial reference systems and in equipment and operations

train others in the use of equipment

operate global navigation satellite system (GNSS) equipment according to manufacturer specifications and organisational guidelines


use computers (technical user level) to complete business documentation

use suitable software to communicate with a GNSS 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.