Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services

Qualification requirements

This qualification applies to those who provide strategic direction for using spatial information services. They analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging highly technical, creative, and conceptual competencies, often in an unpredictable variety of contexts. Their knowledge base may be highly specialised or broad across a range of spatial information services. These individuals may be responsible for group outcomes and for the overall performance of the spatial information services activity of a business unit.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


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

13 units of competency:

6 core units

7 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 7 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

add topic BSBRSK501B

Manage risk

add topic CPPSIS6023A

Determine client spatial requirements

add topic CPPSIS6024A

Design a spatial project plan

add topic CPPSIS6025A

Apply quality control measures to spatial information services industry

add topic CPPSIS6027A

Design spatial information services project deliverables

add topic CPPSIS6030A

Undertake spatial information services research and development

Elective units

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Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBMGT502B

Manage people performance

add topic BSBMGT605B

Provide leadership across the organisation

add topic BSBMGT616A

Develop and implement strategic plans

add topic BSBMKG502B

Establish and adjust the marketing mix

add topic BSBMKG608A

Develop organisational marketing objectives

add topic BSBWOR502B

Ensure team effectiveness

add topic CPCCSV6012A

Facilitate community development consultation

add topic CPPCMN4001B

Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability

add topic CPPDSM5036A

Prepare tender documentation in the property industry

add topic CPPSIS5043A

Design a spatial data storage system

add topic CPPSIS6022A

Create mine drawings

add topic CPPSIS6026A

Develop and maintain spatial information services contractual relationships

add topic CPPSIS6029A

Educate the public on spatial information services

add topic CPPSIS6031A

Carry out basic mine design

add topic CPPSIS6032A

Conduct an advanced GNSS control survey

add topic CPPSIS6034A

Conduct mining geology operations

add topic CPPSIS6037A

Conduct advanced remote sensing analysis

add topic CPPSIS6038A

Design spatial networks and geocoding

add topic CPPSIS6039A

Develop distributed mapping applications

add topic CPPSIS6040A

Develop 2-D and 3-D terrain visualisations

add topic CPPSIS6042A

Coordinate information gathering and GIS development

add topic CPPSIS6043A

Develop, monitor and maintain geographic information systems

add topic CPPSIS6044A

Manage GIS data


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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 verbal and written communication skills to:

build on others’ ideas to advance discussion and question others to clarify ideas

encourage feedback

provide clear sequenced oral instructions to others

explore ideas in discussion

listen and question to clarify and elicit information

participate effectively in verbal interactions

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

locate and interpret legislation and other written documentation

prepare and manage documentation

read and write technical reports

research and evaluate

complete required documentation according to organisational guidelines

define and document project objectives, deliverables, constraints, principal work activities and equipment requirements according to spatial data specifications and client requirements

implement and maintain agreed communication processes between project members, clients and other stakeholders


inform relevant personnel of the results according to organisational guidelines

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

select personnel and work teams for the project activity

work effectively as part of a team

Problem solving

apply theoretical spatial concepts to a range of situations in order to determine, create and facilitate acceptance by users of a suitable spatial data and attribute storage system

determine functional requirements

conduct an audit of existing spatial data sources to determine their suitability, usability, spatial data dependencies and adaptability

create and test a prototype or adopt standard format to confirm that design meets functional 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 relation to complex engineering surveying

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

Initiative and enterprise

create and test system design

apply research and analytical skills to:

assemble evidence and evaluate for accuracy and relevance

use and follow academic procedure for research techniques and copyright requirements

use a variety of strategies for planning

apply creative and conceptual skills

apply delegation skills

undertake business negotiation

create 2-D drawings

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

Planning and organising

apply project management skills, including the ability to meet deadlines

develop a plan based on functional requirements detailing spatial data flow dependencies

develop a schedule for the introduction of the system

archive spatial data according to project specifications

prepare data for geocoding

prepare for examination and assessment of product or service quality

implement project management mechanisms to measure, record and report progress of activities in relation to the agreed schedule and plans

organise project resources

select a strategy for developing a web-based geographic information system application

prepare 2-D or 3-D digital elevation model


manage time

prioritise activities

adhere to correct OHSpractices

comply with, and develop or amend, organisational guidelines


apply knowledge of organisational policies and guidelines

update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in environment and equipment, including global navigation satellite system (GNSS) equipment

train others in spatial precision techniques


use a computer (high technical user level) to complete business documentation and apply software and hardware

assess spatial computing platforms and software systems for suitability against specification

analyse and design networks

select suitable computing platforms and software systems

maximise the potential of the web-based geographic information systems application by the specification of possible software tools and links

develop geographic information systems to run within the internet and private intranets

check equipment to be in good working order

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.