Read and interpret plans and specifications

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CPCCBC4012A, 'Read and interpret plans and specifications'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify types of drawings and their purposes.

1.1. Purpose and advantage of different types of drawings are identified.

1.2. Different aspects of drawings are identified.

2. Apply commonly used symbols and abbreviations.

2.1. Commonly used symbols and abbreviations on drawings are identified, understood and applied.

2.2. Common building and construction terms used on drawings are identified, understood and applied.

3. Locate and identify key features on a site plan.

3.1. Building site is identified from location drawings.

3.2. True north and building orientation are identified from details provided on site plan.

3.3. Key features of site plan are identified.

4. Identify and locate key features on drawings.

4.1. Key features of plans, elevations and sections are identified.

4.2. Client requested variations to standard plans are identified on drawings.

5. Correctly read and interpret specifications.

5.1. Provisional sum (PS) and prime cost (PC) values are identified and correctly applied.

5.2. Customer variations to standard specifications are identified.

5.3. Correct interpretations of essential elements are applied to estimation, planning and supervisory tasks and are communicated.

5.4. Building codes or standards affecting the work to be undertaken are identified, including references to Australian standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

6. Identify non-structural aspects to the specification.

6.1. Key features of products included in the specification are identified, including the design, purpose, aesthetics and cost relationships.

Qualifications and Skillsets

CPCCBC4012A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CPC40308 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating)
  • CPC40708 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Trade Contracting)
  • CPC50509 - Diploma of Fire Systems Design
  • CPC40808 - Certificate IV in Swimming Pool and Spa Building
  • CPC40408 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Sales)
  • CPC40208 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Contract Administration)
  • CPC40508 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Site Management)
  • CPC50611 - Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design
  • CPC50210 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
  • CPC40611 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Specialist Trades)
  • CPC40110 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
  • CPC40911 - Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services