Diploma of Spatial Information Services

Qualification requirements

This qualification applies to those who provide guidance in spatial information services activity. They analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging technical, creative and conceptual competencies. Their knowledge base may be highly specialised or broad within the surveying and spatial information services (SSIS) field, and they may be responsible for group outcomes.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


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

16 units of competency:

7 core units

9 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 9 units from the elective units listed below

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

Core units

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Plan spatial data collection and validation

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Capture new spatial data

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Implement a spatial information services project plan

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Integrate spatial datasets

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Produce spatial project deliverables

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Determine suitable information sources to create new spatial datasets

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Develop 2-D and 3-D terrain visualisations

Elective units

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Produce maps for land management purposes

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Manage budgets and financial plans

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Develop and use complex spreadsheets

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Ensure a safe workplace

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Ensure team effectiveness

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Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

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Determine spatial data requirements

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Obtain and validate spatial data

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Maintain complex spatial data systems

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Develop a complex spatial and aspatial database

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Collate and interpret spatial data

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Monitor and control the spatial components of projects

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Maintain effective internal and external spatial communication networks

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Design a spatial data storage system

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Undertake spatial process improvement to reduce costs and improve service

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Use complex spreadsheets for spatial information

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Conduct photogrammetric mapping

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Produce GIS data

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Manipulate and analyse GIS data

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Customise packaged software applications for clients

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Use advanced features of computer applications

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Develop macros and templates for clients using standard products

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Apply knowledge and requirements of the multimedia sector

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Apply site risk management system

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Investigate tenure and land use history

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Review planning documents and environmental assessments


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Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

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


communicate data acquisition requirements to relevant personnel

communicate and consult effectively with clients and colleagues

impart knowledge and ideas through oral, written and visual means

apply literacy skills to:

assess and use workplace information

locate and interpret legislation and other written documentation

prepare and manage documentation

read and write technical reports

research and evaluate


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

work effectively as a team

apply team leadership skills

guide staff assisting in the data-collection process

allocate work to individuals matching known competency and capacity to work within organisational policy

consult relevant personnel to identify requirements for spatial data and constraints

refer exception reports to relevant personnel

encourage clients to evaluate spatial product and service options to satisfy their needs according to company requirements

work effectively with business contacts

advise co-workers and supervisors promptly of work implications

Problem solving

evaluate spatial information to apply knowledge to plan future collection requirements

scope spatial data acquisition requirements

analyse client instructions to determine specific needs and spatial data requirements

evaluate available collection options

capture new data using a variety of methods

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 relation to terrain visualisations

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

Initiative and enterprise

select preferred option on the basis of client needs and organisational capability and priorities

develop spatial data collection and validation plan

incorporate technical problems and management requirements and apply appropriate solutions to a range of data collection situations

apply creative and conceptual skills

create 2-D drawings

create and modify a 3-D model or digital elevation model

use a contour plan of an area for analytical purposes

Planning and organising

plan spatial data collection and validation

plan and execute the data capture process in a supervisory capacity

prepare for data collection

schedule key activities and timelines with full consideration given to specification, available resources and organisational requirements

prepare 2-D or 3-D digital elevation model


delegate duties

prioritise activities

apply time management skills


update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in spatial data acquisition requirements and in operating environment and equipment

train others in spatial precision techniques


use a computer (high technical user level) to complete business documentation

exercise precision and accuracy in relation to the use of electronic equipment

assess spatial computing platforms and software systems for suitability against specification

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.