Qualification details

CPC31511 - Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by CPC30220 - Certificate III in CarpentrySupersedes and is not equivalent to CPC31511 Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework. 26/Nov/2020
Supersedes CPC31508 - Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework 20/May/2011

ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 17/Jan/2017
(View details for release 2) 07/Feb/2013
(View details for release 1) 19/May/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

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CPCCCA3022A - Install curtain wallingInstall curtain wallingN/A
CPCCCM2008B - Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffoldingErect and dismantle restricted height scaffoldingCore
CPCCCM1013A - Plan and organise workPlan and organise workCore
CPCCCA2002B - Use carpentry tools and equipmentUse carpentry tools and equipmentCore
CPCCCO2013A - Carry out concreting to simple formsCarry out concreting to simple formsCore
RIIWHS202D - Enter and work in confined spacesEnter and work in confined spacesElective
BSBSMB406 - Manage small business financesManage small business financesElective
CPCCCM3001C - Operate elevated work platformsOperate elevated work platformsN/A
CPCCCA3020A - Erect and dismantle jump form formworkErect and dismantle jump form formworkN/A
CPCCCA3001A - Carry out general demolition of minor building structuresCarry out general demolition of minor building structuresCore
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 331212 Carpenter 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4411-13 Carpenter 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Building Trades 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Formworker 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 331212 Carpenter 09/Feb/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4411-13 Carpenter 09/Feb/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 09/Feb/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 19/May/2011 
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Modification History




Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC31511


Core and elective units revised resulting in a number of unit identifier changes


Update superseded imported units from elective list with equivalent current unit for:

  • BSBSMB301A to BSBSMB301
  • BSBSMB406A to BSBSMB406
  • RIICCM210A to RIICCM210D
  • RIIOHS202A to RIIWHS202D
  • RIIWMG203A to RIIWMG203D

This version released with CPC08 Version 9.3.


This qualification provides a trade outcome in construction of formwork and falsework. covering work in residential and commercial applications.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Formworker.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


  • Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:
  • Clear and direct communication
  • Active listening
  • Verbal and non-verbal language
  • Questioning to identify and confirm requirements
  • Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
  • Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons
  • Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:
  • Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements
  • Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • Codes and standards
  • Plans, drawings and specifications
  • Schedules
  • Work orders
  • Load tables
  • Safety signs and symbols
  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language
  • Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation
  • Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required
  • Reports and records hazards and risks


  • Works as part of a team
  • Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members
  • Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance
  • Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members
  • Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
  • Coordinates and actions tasks
  • Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving 

  • Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects
  • Identifies typical faults and problems and takes remedial action and/or reports to supervisor
  • Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Initiative and enterprise 

  • Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate
  • Responds to change and workplace challenges
  • Puts ideas into action
  • Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising 

  • Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures
  • Identifies and manages risks
  • Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment
  • Carries out inspections and checks
  • Determines material quantity requirements
  • Prioritises and sequences tasks
  • Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management 

  • Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements
  • Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems
  • Manages own performance to meet workplace standards
  • Seeks support to improve work performance
  • Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


  • Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required
  • Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


  • Uses calculators
  • Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely
  • Properly starts up, operates and shuts down equipment
  • Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on equipment and machines
  • Performs tool and equipment maintenance as required

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 25 units of competency:
  • 19 core units
  • 6 elective units.

A maximum of two of the required six elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units 


Use carpentry tools and equipment


Handle carpentry materials


Carry out general demolition of minor building structures


Carry out setting out


Carry out levelling operations


Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


Plan and organise work


Conduct workplace communication


Carry out measurements and calculations


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Carry out excavation


Use explosive power tools


Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding


Work safely at heights


Carry out concreting to simple forms


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Formwork construction field of work 


Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground


Construct, erect and dismantle formwork for stairs and ramps


Erect and dismantle formwork to suspended slabs, columns, beams and walls

Elective units 


Investigate micro business opportunities


Manage small business finances


Construct bulkheads


Assemble partitions


Construct timber external stairs


Erect and dismantle jump form formwork


Erect and dismantle slip form formwork


Install curtain walling


Operate elevated work platforms


Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment


Place and fix reinforcement materials


Install dry wall passive fire-rated systems


Install trench support


Enter and work in confined spaces


Drain and dewater civil construction site

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.