Unit of competency details

CPCCBS8001 - Manage building surveying risks and ensure compliance with ethical and professional standards (Release 1)


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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040305 Building Surveying  

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ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040305 Building Surveying  04/Sep/2015 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1.

This version first released with CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package Version 1.


This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to oversee building surveying works to ensure risks are identified and mitigated, and works are undertaken in a manner consistent with professional standards and ethical principles.

The unit covers identifying risks, including potential conflicts of interest that could arise when providing building surveying services - either when providing advice or fulfilling a statutory role.

The unit supports the work of senior private and municipal building surveyors who conduct and manage projects in complex and potentially high risk environments.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Pre-requisite Unit


Competency Field

Building surveying

Unit Sector


Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions.


Evaluate requirements of ethical conduct.


Organisational or industry codes of practice are accessed, professional responsibility to uphold community and public interest is reviewed, and implications for work practice are considered.


Internal processes for ensuring that conflicts of interest are identified, reported and avoided are evaluated and recorded.


Own understanding of appropriate and ethical business dealings  is reviewed.


Own professional capacity and competency to perform work to be undertaken are reviewed.


Strategies are planned and put in place to ensure professional competency is maintained and upgraded to meet required professional work standards.


Evaluate operational risks to the organisation.


Scope and range of risks  that may threaten the standing and operation of the organisation are identified.


Organisational business planning tools and work procedures are evaluated to identify points of potential risks.


Regulatory and licensing requirements underpinning building surveying conduct are accessed and applied to the review of organisational practices and policies.


Lead organisational performance in managing risk and ethical practice.


Organisational practices and policies for ensuring quality control of work and protection of client rights are reviewed and evaluated.


Review of staff education and training levels relevant to the work undertaken is conducted.


Organisational practices and policies are tested to ensure they support ethical conduct.


Organisational practices and policies that evaluate, monitor and report on risks are tested and reviewed.


Conduct project-based risk assessment.


Range and nature of the services required by the client are determined and details of the service levels to be provided are specified in order to scope exposure to risk.


Capacity of internal and external personnel to meet organisational and regulatory standards is assessed.


Regulatory requirements and standards applicable to the work are determined and implementation is monitored.


Insurance requirements are determined and steps taken to ensure appropriate cover is in place.


Risk assessment is documented to identify potential risks and confirm the risk mitigation and management strategies that will be used.

Foundation Skills

This section describes the language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills essential to performance in this unit but not explicit in the performance criteria.


Performance feature 

Learning skills to:

  • employ systematic approaches to managing risks and ensuring compliance, recognising the need for flexibility to cover contingencies
  • identify risk management and compliance issues and use formal techniques to develop solutions that mitigate risk and ensure compliance.

Numeracy skills to:

  • critically review risks and their impact on project design, costing and viability
  • extract and analyse a range of mathematical information contained in complex texts related to the construction industry and gather additional mathematical information from other sources.

Oral communication skills to:

  • determine client requirements regarding nature and scope of advice sought, through open-ended questioning, active listening, paraphrasing and summarising
  • understand and use specialised vocabulary when evaluating and reporting on risk.

Reading skills to:

  • use structures, layout, features and conventions of complex legal and regulatory texts to assist in locating specific information.

Writing skills to:

  • prepare and communicate reports and assessments
  • integrate information relating to organisational risks from a range of sources into emails, letters and reports to clients and specialist construction industry personnel.

Range of Conditions

This section specifies work environments and conditions that may affect performance. Essential operating conditions that may be present (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) are included. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below.

Ethical business dealings  must include:

  • acting impartially
  • dealing fairly with subcontractors and related professionals
  • ensuring privacy of client information and transactions, within legal framework
  • not engaging in unethical conduct
  • supporting transparency of costing information and work processes, including timelines for completion of work.

Scope and range of risks  must include:

  • legal action from dissatisfied client
  • non-compliance with building surveying licensing requirements
  • non-compliance with statutory and planning requirements
  • poor or unethical business practices
  • poor work planning
  • staff without appropriate skills or knowledge to undertake delegated role
  • unrealistic client expectations of services to be performed.

Unit Mapping Information

No equivalent unit.


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Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1.

This version first released with CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package Version 1.

Performance Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit. The person must scope and evaluate the organisation’s exposure to risks associated with it fulfilling building surveying services across four different building surveying projects undertaken by the practice, and document the process and outcomes of the risk assessment.

The risk assessment must include:

  • an outline of the range and type of building surveying services rendered to clients across the four projects, the types of building projects covered in the range of services, and the inherent risks contained in the range of services provided, giving consideration to the size and scope of the projects
  • details of insurances required and held by the organisation and relevant staff, including identification of any gaps in insurance levels
  • a review of the skills, knowledge and experience levels of internal staff who provide client services, including any relevant licensing authorities and a critical assessment of risk exposure.

In support of the risk assessment, the person must:

  • review an existing or develop an organisational code of conduct


  • identify and determine the industry’s standards for ethical behaviour and document how the code of conduct or ethical standards are applied to the work of the building surveying practice or office.

The person must then:

  • conduct a review of the competency of two staff members and the appropriateness of their skills and knowledge to enable them to operate ethically, while minimising organisational risk
  • document a management plan for monitoring and mitigating risks that ensures internal policies and processes are regularly reviewed for alignment with current regulatory and licensing requirements.

Knowledge Evidence

A person demonstrating competency in this unit must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • recognised industry codes of practice applicable to building surveyors
  • business ethics and their application to the building surveying profession
  • classifications of buildings as defined in the Building Code of Australia
  • compliance requirements of:
  • building control legislation and regulations
  • National Construction Code (NCC)
  • Australian standards referenced by building control legislation and regulations and the NCC
  • state, territory or local authority planning policies
  • project management strategies to ensure quality, timely and professional conduct of work according to service level agreement.

Assessment Conditions

Suitable assessment of performance requires:

  • equipment:
  • computer with internet access and business software currently in use in building surveying practices
  • materials:
  • industry codes of practice applicable to building surveying
  • specifications:
  • access to relevant and current building control legislation, regulations, codes and standards and state, territory or local authority planning policies
  • relationships with team members and supervisor:
  • access to a team of building surveyors with various levels of experience.

Assessor requirements 

Assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.

In addition, assessors must also demonstrate current membership of a relevant industry association and have current registration on the National Building Professionals Register in the Building Industry Control category (level 1) or be accredited under the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) National Accreditation Scheme at Building Surveyor level.


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