Unit of competency details

CPCCBS8004 - Advise on compliance of building design documentation (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 05/Jun/2015

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

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
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.

Application

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required by senior building surveyors to review building design documentation during the design process for all Building Code of Australia (BCA) defined classes and types of buildings, including all Type A buildings in classes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. The unit includes the preparation of planning and building approval applications, and providing advice on compliance with the requirements of building and planning legislation, regulations, codes and standards that apply to the nature and location of each project.

The unit supports the work of private building surveyors providing advisory code-consulting services to building and construction professionals involved in developing building design documentation up to the building approval application stage. The building surveyor may provide advice concurrently on a range of building design projects in different locations.

Building surveyors must operate within the regulatory constraints that govern the relationship between their advisory and statutory roles and ensure that no conflict of interest arises.

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

Nil

Competency Field

Building surveying

Unit Sector

Construction

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.

1.

Determine and manage scope of projects.

1.1.

Scope and nature of advice required by clients are determined and details of services to be offered at different stages of projects are specified, including timelines and fees.

1.2.

Internal and external personnel with specialist areas of expertise  who are required to provide advice at different stages of projects are identified, engaged and briefed.

1.3.

Project management processes are implemented and monitored to ensure accurate and timely advice is provided within the scope of specified service levels.

1.4.

File management processes are developed, implemented and monitored.

2.

Confirm compliance requirements for different projects and inform clients.

2.1.

State or territory building control legislation and regulations for the type and class of building and location of each project are researched and confirmed.

2.2.

Requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) and Australian standards referenced by the NCC for the class and type of building , and location of each project, are confirmed.

2.3.

State or territory and local authority planning constraints are researched and confirmed.

2.4.

Professional network is consulted, where required, on technically accurate interpretation and application of compliance requirements, particularly in relation to unique and complex designs.

2.5.

Compliance requirements for specific project locations are communicated and explained to clients, and questions are invited and addressed.

3.

Advise on architectural drawings and documentation prepared for planning approval.

3.1.

Clients are advised of drawings and documentation required for the planning approval process for each project.

3.2.

Architectural drawings and documentation prepared for planning approval applications are checked for completeness and examined at the agreed service level, and compliance issues are identified and recorded.

3.3.

Advice on specialist areas of expertise is sought, where required, and compliance issues are identified and recorded.

3.4.

Cost-effective and efficient design alternatives that meet compliance requirements are identified as required and explained to clients.

3.5.

Solutions to compliance issues  are developed in consultation with colleagues and specialist experts as required, and are documented.

3.6.

Compliance advisory report relating to planning approval application is prepared, presented and explained to clients, and questions are invited and addressed.

4.

Advise on architectural drawings and documentation prepared for building approval.

4.1.

Clients are advised of drawings and documentation required for the building approval process for each project.

4.2.

Architectural drawings and documentation prepared for planning approval applications are checked for completeness and examined at the agreed service level, and compliance issues are identified and recorded.

4.3.

Advice on specialist areas of expertise is sought, where required, and compliance issues are identified and recorded.

4.4.

Cost-effective and efficient design alternatives that meet compliance requirements are identified as required and explained to clients.

4.5.

Solutions to compliance issues are developed in consultation with colleagues and specialist experts as required, and are documented.

4.6.

Compliance advisory report relating to building approval application is prepared, presented and explained to clients, and questions are invited and addressed.

5.

Respond to client enquiries regarding compliance issues.

5.1.

Client requests for information regarding compliance issues are assessed as either within or outside scope of service, and when outside scope additional fees are negotiated and agreed as required.

5.2.

Details of requests for information are determined and response is researched, in consultation with specialist experts as required.

5.3.

Advice on compliance issues is presented to clients in required format, and questions are invited and addressed.

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.

Skill 

Performance feature 

Learning skills to:

  • employ systematic approaches to planning and managing sustained activities, recognising the need for flexibility to cover contingencies
  • use structured approaches to maintain currency of skills and knowledge as a regular part of routine through, for example, email alerts, conferences, or subscriptions to relevant journals.

Numeracy skills to:

  • critically review mathematics used in building design documentation to identify the real-world implications
  • extract and analyse a range of mathematical information embedded 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 construction industry vocabulary in a variety of situations, for example explanations, descriptions and discussions with specialist personnel.

Reading skills to:

  • use specialised background knowledge to support interpretation of highly complex texts specific to the construction industry
  • use structures, layout, features and conventions of complex legal and regulatory texts to locate specific information.

Writing skills to:

  • use accurately-spelled specialised construction industry vocabulary in emails, letters and reports to clients and specialist 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.

Specialist areas of expertise  must include:

  • access
  • energy efficiency
  • fire protection
  • services.

Type of building  must include:

  • Type A buildings as defined in the BCA, including buildings that are:
  • 3 storeys or more in classes 2, 3 and 9
  • 4 storeys or more in classes 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Type B buildings as defined in the BCA
  • Type C buildings as defined in the BCA.

Solutions to compliance issues  must include:

  • alternative solutions that meet the performance requirements of the NCC
  • deemed-to-satisfy NCC solutions
  • solutions that meet the requirements of:
  • insurers
  • state or territory and local government legislation and regulations
  • statutory authorities governing:
  • environment
  • fire protection
  • services.

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 analyse complete sets of building design documentation for two planning and two building approval applications relating to four different classes of buildings, including at least one Type A building as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

In doing the above, the person must:

  • determine and confirm service level agreements with clients
  • manage staff and liaise with specialist experts to ensure timely provision of advice with terms of service level agreement
  • determine compliance requirements and apply them to the provision of advice, including compliance requirements of different jurisdictions for different classes and types of buildings
  • advise clients of the documentation required for planning and building permit applications for different:
  • classes and types of buildings
  • regulatory jurisdictions
  • climatic and geographic conditions at specific project locations
  • provide advice on cost-effective and efficient design alternatives that meet compliance requirements
  • determine the limits of personal and in-house expertise, and assess authenticity of specialist experts and their expertise and engage their services to provide specific types of advice outside the scope of the organisation
  • provide written advice on the compliance of all aspects of the designs and documentation with the requirements of building and planning legislation, regulations, codes and standards applicable to the project location, including possible solutions to compliance issues
  • invite questions from clients regarding compliance advice and explain requirements in detail
  • provide responses to six different requests from clients for specific information regarding different types of compliance issues.

Knowledge Evidence

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

  • architectural drawing conventions and symbols and notations
  • building surveyors duty of care and code of conduct requirements
  • BCA definitions of classes and types of buildings
  • 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
  • construction methods and materials suitable for different classifications of buildings
  • regulatory constraints that govern the relationship between the advisory and statutory roles of building surveyors
  • project management strategies that ensure thorough and timely advice is delivered 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:
  • documentation for two planning and two building permit applications
  • 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.

Links

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