This unit of competency supports the attainment of the understanding and skills to apply protective coatings, which may include working with others and as a member of a team.
Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Elements and Performance Criteria
Plan and prepare.
Work instructions and operational details are obtained using relevant information, confirmed and applied for planning and preparation purposes.
Signage and barricade requirements are identified and implemented.
Plant, tools and equipment are selected to carry out tasks, including work platforms where required are consistent with the requirements of the job, checked for serviceability and any faults are rectified or reported prior to commencement.
Materials quantity requirements are calculated in accordance with plans, specifications and quality requirements.
Prepare surfaces for protective coating.
Suitability of surface for protective paint coating is determined in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and job specifications.
Surface preparation method
Surface is prepared to manufacturer specifications in compliance with substrate requirements, specifications and relevant standards.
Surface imperfections are repaired or stopped, filled and sanded to a smooth finish ready for the protective coating in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and job specifications.
Apply protective coating system.
Job location is checked to ensure provision of adequate ventilation and precautions taken to prevent fire and explosion.
Protective coating system is applied and finished in accordance with job/manufacturer specifications and relevant standards.
Measurement and dry and wet testing
Waste and unwanted materials are removed and placed into job waste bins or rubbish stockpile in accordance with sound work practices and compliance with the environmental requirements.
Painting tools, equipment and plant are cleaned with correct solutions and without damage, and stored safely and effectively to manufacturer specifications.
Unused materials are sealed and stored/stacked in accordance with standard material handling practices and techniques and company requirements.
Paint waste, water and solvents
Work area is cleared and materials disposed of or recycled in a manner to avoid spontaneous combustion and in accordance with legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job specification.
Required skills for this unit are:
communication skills to:
enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements, share information, listen and understand
read and interpret:
documentation from a variety of sources
drawings and specifications
use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals
evaluating own actions and making judgments about performance and necessary improvements
identifying and accurately reporting to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials
organisational skills, including the ability to plan and set out work
recognising procedures, following instructions, responding to change and contributing to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental and sustainability frameworks or management systems
teamwork skills to coordinate own work with others to action tasks and relate to people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
technological skills to:
use a range of mobile technology, such as two-way radio and mobile phones
voice and hand signals to access and understand site-specific instructions.
Required knowledge for this unit is:
Australian Paint Approval Scheme (APAS) classifications
hazards associated with solvent vapour, chemical fumes, gases, harmful dusts, metal chips, abrasive grit and asbestos fibres
impact of atmospheric conditions and high traffic on new and existing structures and coatings
job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements
material safety data sheets (MSDS)
materials storage and environmentally sustainable waste management, including correct disposal of water-based, latex-based and solvent-based paints
painting and decorating terminology
plans, drawings and specifications
processes for the calculation of material requirements
protective paint coating application equipment and techniques and their uses and limitations
protective surface coating technology
solid waste and paint sludge disposal techniques and relevant legislation, including Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and local Council regulations
types of commonly used protective paint coatings, their uses and limitations
types of paints, including the characteristics and uses of paint materials with various volatile organic compound (VOCs) levels and alternative and natural paints
workplace and equipment safety requirements.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Overview of assessment
This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate construction workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:
locate, interpret and apply relevant information, standards and specifications
comply with site safety plan and OHS legislation, regulations and codes of practice applicable to workplace operations
comply with organisational policies and procedures including quality requirements
safely and effectively operate and use tools, plant and equipment
communicate and work effectively and safely with others
prepare an application of a minimum of three different protective paint coating systems of at least 1 square metre to specification
dispose of all paint types in an environmentally sustainable way compliant with relevant local legislation and regulations
clean and store painting equipment using environmentally sustainable methods and work practices including waste reticulation systems.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
This competency is to be assessed using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.
Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context.
Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards' requirements.
Resource implications for assessment include:
an induction procedure and requirement
realistic tasks or simulated tasks covering the mandatory task requirements
relevant specifications and work instructions
tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices
support materials appropriate to activity
workplace instructions relating to safe work practices and addressing hazards and emergencies
material safety data sheets
research resources, including industry related systems information.
Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.
Method of assessment
Assessment methods must:
satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package
include direct observation of tasks in real or simulated work conditions, with questioning to confirm the ability to consistently identify and correctly interpret the essential underpinning knowledge required for practical application
reinforce the integration of employability skills with workplace tasks and job roles
confirm that competency is verified and able to be transferred to other circumstances and environments.
Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:
competency will need to be demonstrated over a period of time reflecting the scope of the role and the practical requirements of the workplace
where the assessment is part of a structured learning experience the evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time and separated by further learning and practice, with a decision on competency only taken at the point when the assessor has complete confidence in the person's demonstrated ability and applied knowledge
all assessment that is part of a structured learning experience must include a combination of direct, indirect and supplementary evidence.
Assessment processes and techniques should as far as is practical take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.
Supplementary evidence of competency may be obtained from relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.
diagrams or sketches
instructions issued by authorised organisational or external personnel
manufacturer specifications and instructions, where specified
regulatory and legislative requirements pertaining to the application of protective paint coating systems
relevant Australian standards
safe work procedures relating to the application of protective paint coating systems
verbal, written and graphical instructions
work schedules, plans and specifications.
Planning and preparation include:
assessment of conditions and hazards
determination of work requirements and safety plans and policies
equipment defect identification
work site inspection.
Safety (OHS) is to be in accordance with state and territory legislation and regulations and project safety plan and may include:
emergency procedures, including extinguishing fires, organisational first aid requirements and evacuation
handling activities that may require the assistance of others or the use of manual or mechanical lifting devices where size, weight or other issues, such as a disability are a factor
hazardous materials and substances
organisational first aid
PPE prescribed under legislation, regulations and workplace policies and practices
safe operating procedures, including the conduct of operational risk assessment and treatments associated with:
earth leakage boxes
electrical and fire and/or explosion from combustible materials
photovoltaic (solar) panels
power cables, including overhead service trays, cables and conduits
restricted access barriers
solvents, lead, chemicals, fumes/gases
work access platforms
work site visitors and the public
working at heights
working in confined spaces
working in proximity to others, work site visitors and the public
use of firefighting equipment
use of tools and equipment
workplace environmental requirements and safety.
Tools and equipment include:
hand and mechanical wire brushes
high pressure water blasters
paint pots and buckets
wet and dry film thickness gauges.
Work platforms include:
aluminium mobile scaffolds
elevated work platforms
in situ scaffold erected by qualified personnel
Quality requirements include:
internal company quality policy and standards
manufacturer specifications, where specified
relevant regulations, including Australian standards
workplace operations and procedures.
Environmental requirements include:
dust and noise
low odour and emissions
Surface to be prepared and coated:
metallic (iron, steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metals)
plastics, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Paint coating includes:
polyurethane primer (two pack)
epoxy primer (two pack)
high build epoxy
high build chlorinated rubber.
Surface preparation method includes:
scraping (mechanical and hand)
washing down using sugar soap
is to comply with relevant Australian standards.
Paint coating includes:
hygiene and sanitation protection
Measurement and dry and wet testing techniques:
are those required to confirm that wet film meets specifications.
Paint waste, water and solvents disposal includes:
use of manual and machine environmentally sustainable cleaning methods
cleaning water re-cycling or professional disposal
solid waste disposal requirements
This unit contains employability skills.