Unit of competency details

BSBCRT501A - Originate and develop concepts (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBCRT501 - Originate and develop conceptsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 18/Apr/2008

Training packages that include this unit

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LMF02 - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 6.0-8.1 
SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-1.2,2.0 
MSF - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 1.0-1.3 
MEM05 - Metal and Engineering Training PackageMetal and Engineering Training Package 5.0-11.1 
SFL10 - Floristry Training PackageFloristry Training Package 1.0 
AUR05 - Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training PackageAutomotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package 3.0-4.0 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-7.0,8.0-9.0 
ICA11 - Information and Communications Technology Training PackageInformation and Communications Technology Training Package 2.0 
CUA11 - Live Performance Training PackageLive Performance Training Package 1.0 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
CUS09 - MusicMusic 1.1-1.2 
CUV03 - Visual Arts, Craft and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Craft and Design Training Package 3.0 
CUE03 - Entertainment Training PackageEntertainment Training Package 3.1-3.2 
CUF07 - Screen and Media Training PackageScreen and Media Training Package 1.2 

Qualifications that include this unit

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SIT50312 - Diploma of HospitalityDiploma of HospitalitySuperseded1-3 
AUR50105 - Diploma of Automotive ManagementDiploma of Automotive ManagementSuperseded1-2 
CUE60303 - Advanced Diploma of Stage ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Stage ManagementSuperseded1-2 
LMF60308 - Advanced Diploma of Furniture Design and TechnologyAdvanced Diploma of Furniture Design and TechnologyDeleted
LMF40508 - Certificate IV in Furniture Design and TechnologyCertificate IV in Furniture Design and TechnologySuperseded
AUR40105 - Certificate IV in Automotive ManagementCertificate IV in Automotive ManagementSuperseded1-2 
CUS50109 - Diploma of MusicDiploma of MusicSuperseded1-2 
SIT60313 - Advanced Diploma of HospitalityAdvanced Diploma of HospitalitySuperseded
CUA50513 - Diploma of Live Production DesignDiploma of Live Production DesignSuperseded
MSF40213 - Certificate IV in Furniture Design and TechnologyCertificate IV in Furniture Design and TechnologySuperseded
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Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping

CodeSort Table listing Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping by the Title columnStatus
10010NAT - Advanced Diploma of PerformanceAdvanced Diploma of Performance Non-Current
10309NAT - Certificate IV in Fashion StylingCertificate IV in Fashion Styling Non-Current
10343NAT - Advanced Diploma of Professional Game DevelopmentAdvanced Diploma of Professional Game Development Non-Current
80908ACT - Advanced Diploma of JournalismAdvanced Diploma of Journalism Non-Current
10467NAT - Diploma of Work Skills for Career Advancement and ManagementDiploma of Work Skills for Career Advancement and Management Non-Current
22063VIC - Diploma of Life CoachingDiploma of Life Coaching Non-Current
10220NAT - Diploma of Industrial DesignDiploma of Industrial Design Non-Current
10494NAT - Diploma of La Moda Marketing and Visual CommunicationsDiploma of La Moda Marketing and Visual Communications Cancelled
30993QLD - Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian MinistryDiploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry Non-Current
30994QLD - Advanced Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian MinistryAdvanced Diploma of Creative Arts in Christian Ministry Non-Current
10349NAT - Advanced Diploma of Stage and Screen ActingAdvanced Diploma of Stage and Screen Acting Non-Current
10308NAT - Advanced Diploma of Professional ScreenwritingAdvanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting Non-Current


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120501 Career Development Programmes 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120501 Career Development Programmes 25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to originate and develop concepts for products, programs, processes or services to an operational level.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to individuals who originate and develop concepts of some complexity and progress that concept to the point where it can be implemented. Individuals may be employed by organisations, be sub contractors or consultants brought in by companies to work on specific projects, or be individuals or part of a team working independently.

Concepts could be developed for any business or community activity or process such as marketing campaigns, staff development programs, information technology and communication systems. This unit is also highly relevant to practitioners in the creative industries who develop products such advertising campaigns, radio and television programs, entertainment events, films, exhibitions and digital media products.

A person undertaking this role would operate with a high degree of autonomy and at a senior level if working within an organisation. However, the process of generating concepts and ideas is collaborative in nature.

Skills associated with writing proposals to support concept development are covered in BSBWRT401A Write complex documents.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Evaluate and explore needs and opportunities

1.1. Research and evaluate existing information that informs new concept development 

1.2. Where appropriate, identify and use gaps in current range of products , programs , processes or services  as the catalyst for generating new ideas or concepts

1.3. Expand the potential of new ideas through exploration of opportunities beyond the obvious 

1.4. Identify factors  that could have an impact on ideas or concepts to be developed, including potential for commercialisation

1.5. Determine whether other players are filling identified gaps or investigating similar opportunities

1.6. Develop preliminary ideas on innovative and different ways to address needs and opportunities

1.7. In consultation with relevant stakeholders , agree on broad parameters for developing ideas and concepts to meet market requirements

2. Develop a range of creative approaches

2.1. Use a range of creative thinking techniques  to generate innovative and creative concepts to address identified needs

2.2. Challenge, test and experiment with different concepts and ideas as part of a collaborative process

2.3. Evaluate concepts in terms of their suitability for the target audience or purpose, their feasibility and their commercial potential

2.4. Take account of social, ethical and environmental issues as concepts and ideas are generated and discussed

2.5. Identify resources  required to achieve desired creative and innovative outcomes

2.6. Evaluate the effectiveness of different strategies for achieving desired outcomes

2.7. Select concepts or approaches that achieve required outcomes in an innovative and feasible way

2.8. Present proposed concepts or approaches in an appropriate format 

3. Refine concepts

3.1. Ensure concept development process is open to ongoing refinement and testing

3.2. Seek input and feedback on concepts from relevant stakeholders

3.3. Seek specialist advice on creative and technical aspects of proposals as required

3.4. Compare concepts with best practice examples of similar products, programs, processes or services

3.5. Use a range of creative and practical criteria  to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different concepts

3.6. Evaluate constraints  on the realisation of concepts or ideas

3.7. Refine proposals based on analysis and feedback

4. Develop concepts to an operational level

4.1. Use refined concepts as the basis for developing detailed implementation specifications 

4.2. Present specifications to relevant parties for approval, funding or endorsement

4.3. Reflect on methodology used to generate concepts and ideas and note ways of improving this in the future

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication and teamwork skills to work collaboratively on ideas and to articulate the rationale for concepts in ways that promote constructive discussion with others
  • creative thinking skills to generate a range of innovative concepts and ideas, to use lateral thinking and to take a visionary approach to developing concepts and ideas
  • initiative and enterprise skills to pro-actively identify market requirements
  • planning and organising skills to take account of practical issues for concept implementation
  • self-management skills to meet deadlines.

Required knowledge 

  • broad context in which concepts are being developed
  • cultural, social and environmental issues and impacts to be considered in developing new concepts
  • issues and requirements to commercialise the concept
  • legal requirements that affect work in a given industry context
  • practical and operational issues to be considered in a specific work or community context
  • range of broad practical and operational issues that determine whether a concept can be implemented (in any context)
  • techniques for generating creative ideas and solutions, and for translating these ideas into workable concepts.

Evidence Guide


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 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • development of at least two concepts, substantiated and supported with sufficient information to allow for implementation to occur
  • generation of concepts and ideas that provide innovative solutions to identified issues
  • knowledge of legal requirements that affect work in a given industry context.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to the full range of background information required to evaluate the operational factors that will affect the implementation of concepts
  • interaction with others to reflect the collaborative nature of the concept development process.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • evaluation of concepts generated by the candidate, of the processes used to generate and test the ideas and the material developed to support the concept
  • debate and discussion with the candidate to assess knowledge of the operational context and the broader factors that impact on concept development
  • evaluation of presentation or 'pitch' made by the candidate in relation to a particular concept
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of cultural, social and environmental issues and impacts to be considered in developing new concepts.

Guidance information for assessment 

Range Statement


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.

Existing information that informs new concept development  may include:

  • creative brief
  • market research
  • organisational vision
  • personal vision and creative aspiration

Products , programs , processes or services  may include:

  • art and craft works
  • advertising campaigns
  • business services and processes
  • designs
  • festivals
  • films
  • interactive digital media products
  • live entertainment productions or events
  • manufactured products
  • marketing and promotional campaigns
  • museum and gallery exhibitions
  • photoimaging services
  • radio or television programs

Exploration of opportunities beyond the obvious  may involve:

  • challenging existing assumptions and preconceptions
  • considering radical change to the way things are done
  • exploring practice in a totally different industry context
  • investigating the use of new media
  • making connections between seemingly unrelated activities

Factors  may include:

  • codes of practice
  • content
  • cost effectiveness
  • features of interactive digital media products:
  • delivery platform
  • level of interactivity
  • look and feel
  • navigation
  • Indigenous laws and protocols
  • length of program or film
  • level of skill and understanding required for implementation
  • nature and size of target audience
  • organisational charter and policies
  • purpose:
  • advertising or marketing
  • commercial
  • educational
  • entertainment
  • game
  • information
  • relevant legislation, such as:
  • copyright and intellectual property
  • privacy
  • results of market research
  • revenue raised by existing market share
  • technical feasibility

Relevant stakeholders  may include:

  • administrative staff
  • clients/customers
  • designers and other creative personnel
  • directors
  • external suppliers
  • information technology personnel
  • management
  • program producers
  • technical specialists
  • writers

Creative thinking techniques  may include:

  • brainstorming:
  • bulletin board
  • buzz session
  • computer-aided
  • sequencing
  • stop and go
  • Edward de Bono's six thinking hats
  • ego alter or heroes
  • graphic organisers:
  • concept fans
  • visual maps
  • webbing
  • lateral thinking games
  • making associations
  • mind mapping
  • morphological analysis
  • sub-culture surfing
  • trigger words
  • use of metaphors and analogies
  • vision circles
  • word salads
  • visualisation

Resources  may include:

  • computer hardware and software
  • facilities
  • printed material
  • specialist equipment
  • specialist staff
  • training

Formats  may include:

  • application forms to funding bodies or sponsors
  • briefs for consultants
  • concept maps
  • electronic presentations to promote the concept
  • in-house proposal forms

Creative and practical criteria  may include:

  • cost-effectiveness
  • evaluation against competing priorities
  • fit with personal vision and aspirations
  • fit with strategic directions of organisation
  • fit with target market needs
  • how innovative the concept is
  • level of risk
  • potential benefits
  • technical feasibility
  • time to realise the concept

Constraints  may include:

  • availability of resources and equipment
  • availability of skilled experts and personnel
  • cost
  • level of technical difficulty
  • limited funding sources
  • limited potential for commercialisation
  • time

Implementation specifications  may include:

  • briefs for work
  • detailed specification of concept including purpose and content
  • operational plan with responsibilities and time lines
  • resources breakdown (financial, human and physical)

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Creativity and Innovation - Creative Thinking

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units