Unit of competency details

CPCCCO3042A - Finish concrete (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPCCCO3022A - Finish concreteReplaces superseded non-equivalent CPCCCO3022A Finish concrete. 16/Jan/2014
Is superseded by and equivalent to CPCCCO3042 - Finish concreteSupersedes and is equivalent to CPCCCO3042A Finish concrete. 16/Jan/2019

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 17/Jan/2014


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040399 Building, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040399 Building, N.e.c.  02/May/2014 
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Modification History

This version first released with CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package Version 9.

  • Changes to elements and performance criteria, range statement, critical aspects for assessment, and methods of assessment
  • Range of other minor editorial changes

Not equivalent to CPCCCO3022A Finish concrete

Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to finish concrete surfaces that have been placed and screeded in line with specified finish requirements.

The unit includes both manual and mechanical finishing techniques. It may also include working with others and as a member of a team.

Application of the Unit

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the understanding and skills to finish concrete on commercial, residential and civil construction sites.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to concreting work in different states and territories. Candidates are advised to consult with the relevant regulatory authorities.



Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Employability Skills Information

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

Elements and Performance Criteria


Plan and prepare.


Work instructions, work health and safety (WHS) requirements  and other information  relevant to the work are identified, confirmed and applied for planning and preparation  purposes.


Plant, tools and equipment  consistent with job requirements are selected and checked for serviceability, and faults are rectified and reported before work begins.


Material quantity requirements are identified and calculated according to plans, specifications and quality requirements .


Materials appropriate to the work application are obtained, prepared, safely handled and located ready for use.


Environmental requirements  are identified for the project according to environmental plans and regulatory requirements.


Apply concrete finishing techniques.


Bull float is applied immediately after initial screeding while concrete is still plastic, to assist in maintaining a level surface consistent with drawings and specifications and to remove screeding lines and inaccuracies.


Surface of concrete is assessed during the curing process and level surface is maintained to allow manual and mechanical trowelling to be applied.


Concrete is observed and left untouched until bleed water has come to the surface and evaporated.


Strength of setting concrete is assessed using a basic thumb test to ensure weight of mechanical trowel and operator can be accommodated.


Mechanical trowelling is applied and reapplied in multiple overlapping lines, to consolidate and densify the setting concrete surface.


Control joints are installed, edges finished  and concrete trowelled to specifications.


Concrete is finished  according to job specifications.


Clean up.


Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled according to regulations, codes of practice and job specification.


Plant, tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored according to manufacturer recommendations and standard work practices.

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required skills 

  • learning skills to:
  • evaluate own actions and make judgments about performance and necessary improvements
  • respond to change, such as differences in work site, and environmental and quality requirements
  • numeracy skills to:
  • check levels of lubricants in tools
  • calculate and confirm correct quantities of materials for work tasks
  • oral communication skills to:
  • enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements, and share information
  • report work site hazards to appropriate personnel, including faults in tools, equipment or materials
  • use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
  • reading skills to:
  • interpret documentation, including drawings and specifications
  • interpret manufacturer instructions for safely handling tools and equipment
  • understand written instructions, procedures and signage
  • writing skills to complete pre-operational checklists and simple equipment fault forms

Required knowledge 

  • concreting levelling and finishing techniques
  • processes for calculating material requirements
  • processes for material storage and environmentally friendly waste management
  • properties of concrete to be able to correctly identify when finishing techniques should be applied to minimise waste, delay and faults in finishing concrete
  • quality requirements and techniques that will result in the required concrete finish
  • types, characteristics, uses and limitations of plant, tools and equipment relating to finishing concrete
  • types, location and use of relevant safety resources and information:
  • job safety analyses (JSA) and safe work method statements (SWMS)
  • safety data sheets (SDS)
  • signage and barricades

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 

This unit of competency could be assessed by undertaking a range of tasks in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate construction workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

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

A person should demonstrate the ability to finish five different concrete surfaces, each measuring at least 100 square metres, according to job specifications.

The evidence provided should demonstrate the ability to:

  • identify the appropriate time to apply finishing concrete techniques to ensure minimal delay and waste and that finished concrete meets job specifications
  • correctly use relevant hand and power tools
  • locate, interpret and apply relevant information, standards and specifications relating to finishing concrete
  • comply with site safety plans and procedures
  • comply with organisational policies and procedures relating to finishing concrete while maintaining quality requirements outlined in job specifications
  • safely and effectively operate and use plant, tools and equipment required to finish concrete
  • communicate and work effectively and safely with others.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment of this unit:

  • must be in the context of the work environment
  • may be conducted in an off-site context, provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of workplace performance, including task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills
  • must meet relevant compliance requirements.

Resource implications for assessment include:

  • an induction procedure
  • realistic tasks or simulated tasks covering the mandatory task requirements
  • relevant specifications and work instructions
  • tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices
  • support materials appropriate to finishing concrete
  • workplace instructions relating to safe work practices and addressing hazards and emergencies
  • safety data sheets.

Method of assessment 

Assessment for this unit must verify the practical application of the required skills and knowledge, using a combination of the following methods:

  • direct observation of tasks in real or simulated work conditions
  • questioning to confirm the ability to consistently identify and correctly interpret the essential underpinning knowledge required for practical application
  • review of relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.

Guidance information for assessment 

This unit could be assessed on its own or in combination with other units relevant to the job function for example:

  • CPCCCO2022A Use and maintain concreting plant, tools and equipment.

Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.

Assessment processes and techniques should, as far as is practical, take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.

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.

Work health and safety requirements  must comply with state and territory legislation and regulations and project safety plan, and may include:

  • assistance of others or the use of manual or mechanical lifting devices with handling activities where size, weight or other issues, such as disability, are a factor
  • availability of SDS for substances to be used
  • emergency procedures, including extinguishing fires, organisational first aid requirements, and evacuation procedures
  • hazard control
  • hazardous materials and substances
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) prescribed under legislation, regulations and workplace policies and practices
  • safe operating procedures, including the conduct of operational risk assessment and treatments associated with:
  • earth leakage boxes
  • lighting
  • power cables, including overhead service trays, cables and conduits
  • signage and restricted access barriers
  • surrounding structures
  • traffic control
  • trip hazards
  • work site visitors and the public
  • working at heights
  • working in confined spaces
  • working in proximity to others
  • working outdoors in warm climates
  • use of firefighting equipment
  • use of tools and equipment
  • workplace environmental requirements and safety.

Information  may include:

  • instructions issued by authorised organisational and external personnel
  • memos
  • regulatory and legislative requirements relating to finishing concrete, including Australian standards
  • safe work procedures relating to finishing concrete
  • safety data sheets for substances to be used
  • signage
  • verbal, written and diagrammatic instructions, including manufacturer specifications and instructions where specified
  • work bulletins
  • work schedules, plans and specifications.

Planning and preparation  must include:

  • assessing conditions and hazards
  • calculating time required to complete task
  • determining work requirements and safety plans and procedures
  • identifying and rectifying equipment defects
  • inspecting the work site.

Tools and equipment :

  • must include:
  • bull floats
  • power, hand or wooden floats
  • magnesium trowels
  • power trowels
  • steel trowels
  • may include:
  • brooms
  • channel trowels
  • edging tools
  • hoses
  • step readers
  • stipple plates.

Quality requirements  must include:

  • internal organisational quality policy and standards
  • manufacturer specifications where specified
  • regulations and Australian standards relating to finishing concrete
  • workplace operations and procedures.

Environmental requirements  may include:

  • clean-up management
  • dust and noise control
  • stormwater management
  • vibration management
  • waste management.

Edge finishing  types must include:

  • fine
  • rounded
  • straight edge.

Finished  may include:

  • broom finished
  • brushed
  • bull floated
  • hand floated (wooden, magnesium or composition)
  • slip resistant
  • sprayed and brushed to expose aggregate
  • steel trowelled
  • use of a mechanical trowelling machine
  • wood floated.

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