Unit of competency details

BSBREL402A - Build client relationships and business networks (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 10/Mar/2009

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBREL402 - Build client relationships and business networksUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

Training packages that include this unit

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TAE10 - Training and EducationTraining and Education 1.0-3.4 
SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-2.0 
SIS10 - Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training PackageSport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package 1.2-3.1 
SIR07 - Retail Services Training PackageRetail Services Training Package 1.3-3.3 
PUA12 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 1.0-2.1 
PSP12 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 1.0 
PSP04 - Public Sector Training PackagePublic Sector Training Package 4.1-4.2 
LMT07 - Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training PackageTextiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package 3.1-4.1 
ICP10 - Printing and Graphic ArtsPrinting and Graphic Arts 1.0-2.1 
FNS10 - Financial Services Training PackageFinancial Services Training Package 1.0-5.1 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUE03 - Entertainment Training PackageEntertainment Training Package 3.1-3.2 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
CHC08 - Community Services Training PackageCommunity Services Training Package 3.0-4.2 
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Qualifications that include this unit

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TLI50713 - Diploma of Bus and Coach OperationsDiploma of Bus and Coach Operations 
TAE40110 - Certificate IV in Training and AssessmentCertificate IV in Training and Assessment 1-4 
SIT50212 - Diploma of EventsDiploma of Events 1-2 
SIT40112 - Certificate IV in GuidingCertificate IV in Guiding 1-4 
SIT31312 - Certificate III in TravelCertificate III in Travel 1-3 
SIS40412 - Certificate IV in Sport and RecreationCertificate IV in Sport and Recreation 1-2 
SIS40410 - Certificate IV in Sport and RecreationCertificate IV in Sport and Recreation 1-2 
SIR40212 - Certificate IV in Retail ManagementCertificate IV in Retail Management 1-2 
SIR40207 - Certificate IV in Retail ManagementCertificate IV in Retail Management 
PUA60112 - Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management) 1-3 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080509 Public Relations  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080509 Public Relations  25/Jul/2008 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and improve client relationships, and to actively participate in networks to support attainment of key business outcomes.

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 in a variety of roles who are required to establish, maintain and improve client relationships to facilitate organisational objectives.

This unit primarily applies to marketing and sales professionals who depend on excellent interpersonal relationships and communication skills to achieve outcomes, but may also apply to other individuals working in any industry.

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. Initiate interpersonal communication with clients

1.1. Identify and use preferred client communication styles and methods 

1.2. Establish rapport with clients using verbal  and non -verbal communication  processes

1.3. Investigate and act upon opportunities to offer positive feedback to clients

1.4. Use open questions to promote two-way communication

1.5. Identify and act upon potential barriers to effective communication  with clients

1.6. Initiate communication processes which relate to client needs, preferences and expectations

2. Establish client relationship management strategies

2.1. Develop client loyalty objectives focussing on the development of long term business partnerships

2.2. Assess client profile information to determine approach

2.3. Develop client loyalty strategies  to attract and retain clients in accordance with the business strategy

2.4. Identify and apply client care and client service standards 

3. Maintain and improve ongoing relationships with clients

3.1. Develop strategies to obtain ongoing feedback  from clients to monitor satisfaction levels

3.2. Develop strategies to elicit feedback which provide information in a form that can be used to improve relationships with clients

3.3. Obtain feedback to develop and implement strategies which maintain and improve relationships with clients

4. Build and maintain networks

4.1. Allocate time to establish and maintain business contacts

4.2. Participate in business associations  and/or professional development activities  to establish and maintain a network  of support for the business and to enhance personal knowledge of the market

4.3. Establish communication channels to exchange information and ideas 

4.4. Provide, seek and verify information to the network

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • communication skills to determine client needs and preferences through active listening and presenting ideas clearly and precisely
  • culturally appropriate communication skills to relate to people from diverse backgrounds and people with diverse abilities
  • interpersonal skills to establish rapport, and to build and maintain relationships with clients.

Required knowledge 

  • key provisions of relevant legislation from all forms of government, codes of practice and national standards that may affect aspects business operations, such as:
  • anti-discrimination legislation
  • consumer laws including appropriate state/territory legislation
  • ethical principles
  • marketing code of practice
  • privacy laws
  • Trade Practices Act
  • marketing communications concepts and processes
  • principles and techniques for effective communication and networking
  • sources of business related networks.

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:

  • establishing and maintaining relationships with a range of clients related to the candidate's business
  • participating in and providing, an active contribution to a business related network.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to office equipment and resources.

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:

  • assessment of written reports or journals on client relationship activities
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • observation of the candidate communicating with clients
  • observation of presentations made to business networks
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge and understanding
  • review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
  • review of testimony from team members, colleagues, supervisors or managers.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • other relationship management units
  • marketing units.

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.

Preferred client communication styles and methods  may include:

  • email
  • face-to-face
  • mail
  • phone

Verbal communication  may include:

  • articulation
  • clarity of speech
  • feedback
  • language
  • listening skills
  • open questions
  • questioning skills
  • voice modulation
  • voice projection

Non -verbal communication  may include:

  • active listening
  • body language
  • body orientation
  • clothing
  • colour
  • distance
  • facial expression
  • grooming
  • gestures
  • music
  • posture
  • sound
  • touching
  • voice

Barriers to effective communication  may include:

  • acting on false assumptions and stereotypes
  • cultural differences not being addressed
  • educational differences not being addressed
  • failure to prominently display contact details in all communications provided to the client
  • inappropriate word choice
  • ineffective non-verbal communication
  • lack of 'contact us' forms or pages on websites
  • lack of distribution of reply paid cards or envelopes in mail outs
  • lack of voice modulation and articulation
  • limited opening hours of call centres or office
  • not listening actively
  • organisational factors
  • physical, personal, gender and age differences not being addressed

Client loyalty strategies  include:

  • access to dedicated staff
  • added value offers
  • anniversary offers
  • client clubs
  • client reward schemes
  • credit or discount facilities
  • dedicated or private facilities
  • discounts
  • formal letter of thanks
  • frequent purchaser programs
  • handwritten note thanking the client
  • offering promotional items
  • phone call thanking client for the business
  • regular recontact with best clients
  • thank you gifts and promotions

Client care and client service standards  may include:

  • accuracy of billing
  • accuracy of product/service descriptions, specifications in marketing communications
  • complaint resolution times
  • incidences of stock outs and back orders
  • on-hold times
  • order delivery standards such as:
  • whether right product or service was delivered
  • delivered to right person or address
  • delivered on time
  • politeness, helpfulness and grooming of delivery staff
  • delivery vehicles parked properly
  • cleanliness of delivery vehicles
  • shipment tracking services
  • telephone answering times and responses

Strategies to obtain ongoing feedback  may include:

  • including 'comments and queries' or 'bouquets and brickbats' on all order forms
  • complaints handling procedures
  • email
  • letter
  • soliciting complaints
  • surveys of current clients
  • surveys of lapsed clients to determine reason/s for ceasing to buy
  • telephone interviews
  • training staff to ask open questions about product or service levels

Business associations  may include:

  • chambers of commerce
  • industry associations
  • institutes
  • professional bodies
  • societies

Professional development activities  may include:

  • demonstrations
  • exhibitions
  • fairs
  • industry information seminars
  • industry training
  • pre-launch activities
  • technical information briefings
  • trade shows

Networks  may include:

  • business
  • formal
  • groups
  • individuals
  • informal
  • organisations
  • personal

Information and ideas  may include:

  • changes in the environment
  • changing customer requirements
  • information on competitors' activities
  • personal, professional or business support

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Stakeholder Relations - Relationship Management

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

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