Site location for work application may be either domestic or commercial and may be a new work site or an existing structure being renovated, extended, restored or maintained.
Carry out WHS requirements
Elements and Performance Criteria
Prepare for work.
Plans and specifications are obtained.
Work health and safety (WHS) and environmental requirements associated with installing small bore heating systems are adhered to throughout the work.
Quality assurance requirements are identified and adhered to according to workplace requirements.
Tasks are planned and sequenced in conjunction with others involved in or affected by the work and statutory and regulatory authorities’ requirements.
Tools and equipment, including personal protective equipment, are selected and checked for serviceability.
Work area is prepared to support efficient installation of small bore heating systems.
Identify system requirements.
Configuration of pipework is checked for compliance with plans, specifications, authorities' requirements and other relevant information.
Position of pipes and heating units is determined from plans, specifications or site requirements, so as not to cause damage or interference to surrounding structures.
Allowances for fabrication or assembly are determined and transferred.
Quantity and type of piping materials and other materials required are calculated from plans and specifications.
Materials are identified, ordered and collected according to workplace procedures.
Materials and equipment are checked for compliance with docket and order form and for acceptable condition, and faults are reported.
Fabricate, install and commission heating system.
System is set out to comply with plans and specifications.
Fixings and supports are installed to manufacturer recommendations, and plans and specifications.
Pipe system is installed and jointed in compliance with plans, specifications and manufacturer requirements for mechanical type joints.
Heating system is installed in specified location without damage or distortion to pipework, surrounding environment or other services.
Sustainability principles and concepts are applied throughout the installation process.
Heating system is tested to comply with job specification, regulatory authorities' requirements, and relevant Australian standards and codes of practice; and details are recorded in required format.
Heating system is checked and adjusted for correct operation and balance, including the setting of nominated temperature and adding appropriate inhibitor.
Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled according to legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job specification.
Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored according to manufacturer recommendations and workplace procedures.
Documentation is completed according to workplace requirements.
communication skills to:
enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements, share information, listen and understand
use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals
initiative and enterprise skills to identify and report to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials
literacy skills to:
complete workplace documentation
document heating system test
read and interpret:
documentation from a variety of sources
plans and specifications
numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations
planning and organising skills to:
plan and sequence tasks with others
plan and set out work
teamwork skills to 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
technical skills to:
determine system requirements
install and commission a heating system
technology skills to:
access and understand site-specific instructions in a variety of media
use mobile communication technology
characteristics and application of different fixing and joining techniques and methods
effective isolation processes and procedures
electrical and electronic principles and safety requirements
job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements (SWMS)
WHS regulations relevant to installation of small bore systems
personal protective equipment requirements and use
processes of installing and commissioning small bore heating systems
properties of water, including pressure and flow rates
SI system of measurement
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 providing that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate plumbing and services 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:
locating, interpreting and applying relevant information, relevant Australian standards and specifications to install and commission small bore heating systems
applying safety requirements throughout the work sequence, including electrical safety requirements and the use of personal protective clothing and equipment
given the plans and specifications and using a combination of copper tube and non-metallic piping, installing a two-pipe heating system to either a panel radiator, skirting convector or a unit heater; the installation should have a minimum of DN20 flow and return with DN15 branches, connected to a boiler and heat exchanger and heating source, ensuring:
application of sustainability principles and concepts throughout the installation
correct identification of requirements and details of proposed installation
correct selection and use of appropriate processes, tools and equipment
completion of all work to specification
compliance with regulations, relevant Australian standards and organisational quality procedures and processes
communicating and working effectively and safely with others.
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 minimum 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.
Work health and safety is to be according to commonwealth, state and territory legislation and regulations and may include:
handling of materials
personal protective clothing and equipment prescribed under legislation, regulations and workplace policies and practices
safe operating procedures, including recognising and preventing hazards associated with:
hazardous materials and substances
identifying and testing for electrical hazards
surrounding structures and facilities
use of tools and equipment
work site visitors and the public
working at heights
working in proximity to others
use of firefighting equipment
use of first aid equipment
workplace environment and safety.
Environmental requirements are to cover:
Quality assurance requirements may include:
Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
internal company quality assurance policy and risk management strategy
International Standards Organisation
site safety plan
workplace operations and procedures.
Statutory and regulatory authorities include:
commonwealth, state or territory, and local authorities administering applicable Acts, regulations and codes of practice.
Tools and equipment may include:
hand and power tools
heating and bending equipment
lifting and load shifting equipment, including:
elevated work platforms
hoists and jacks
silver brazing equipment
Information may include:
charts and hand drawings
diagrams and sketches
instructions issued by authorised organisational or external personnel
manufacturer specifications and instructions
material safety data sheets (MSDS)
organisation work specifications and requirements
regulatory and legislative requirements, particularly those pertaining to:
WHS and environmental requirements
relevant Australian standards
safe work procedures relating to installing small bore heaters
verbal, written and graphical instructions
work schedules, plans and specifications.
Piping materials may include:
other approved materials.
Materials may include:
fixings and supports
heaters (panel, skirting and unit)
other approved materials.
may be written or verbal
is to be according to company's workplace procedures.
Heating system may include:
Sustainability principles and concepts:
cover the current and future social, economic and environmental use of resources
efficient energy and water use
efficient use and recycling of material
correct handling of hazardous materials
disposing of waste material to ensure minimal environmental impact
selecting appropriate components to ensure minimal environmental impact.
Plumbing and services
This unit contains employability skills.
In some jurisdictions, this unit of competency may form part of accreditation, licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements.