Unit of competency details

CPCCCO3047A - Cut and core concrete (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPCCCO3027A - Cut and core concreteReplaces superseded non-equivalent CPCCCO3027A Cut and core concrete. 16/Jan/2014
Is superseded by and equivalent to CPCCCO3047 - Cut and core concreteSupersedes and is equivalent to CPCCCO3047A Cut and core concrete. 16/Jan/2019

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 performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement, and methods of assessment
  • Range of other minor editorial changes

Not equivalent to CPCCCO3027A Cut and core concrete.

Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to cut and core concrete, and plan and prepare the work.

The unit includes the use of sawing and drilling equipment. It may also include working with others and as a member of a team.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to cutting and coring concrete to provide service holes, core samples and construction joints, and for joining new components.

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 obligations.


Undertake cutting and coring activities.


Cutting and coring  requirements are identified.


Equipment for sawing  and drilling is selected according to the task.


Sawn joint is cut to specifications and job requirements.


Cored hole is drilled to specifications and job requirements.


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
  • understand written instructions, procedures and signage
  • interpret manufacturer instructions for safely handling tools and equipment
  • writing skills to complete pre-operational checklists and equipment fault forms

Required knowledge 

  • types, characteristics, uses and limitations of plant, tools and equipment used in cutting and coring concrete
  • types, location and usage of relevant safety information:
  • job safety analyses (JSA) and safe work method statements (SWMS)
  • safety data sheets (SDS)
  • safety manuals and instructions for plant, tools and equipment
  • signage
  • environmental and work site safety plans
  • principles of concreting:
  • substructure construction
  • concrete cutting and coring techniques
  • purpose and placement of control joints
  • general construction terminology
  • processes for material storage and environmentally friendly waste management
  • processes for calculating joint requirements
  • quality requirements relating to cutting and coring concrete
  • workplace and equipment safety requirements

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:

  • complete saw cutting of a construction joint to a minimum of 5 metres straight or to the set line, according to job specifications
  • core a hole in a designated surface, clear through a minimum of 100mm in depth, according to job specifications
  • locate, interpret and apply relevant information, standards and specifications relating to cutting and coring concrete
  • comply with site safety plans and procedures
  • comply with organisational policies and procedures relating to cutting and coring concrete while maintaining quality requirements as outlined in job specifications
  • safely and effectively operate and use plant, tools and equipment required to cut and core 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
  • tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices
  • support materials appropriate to activity
  • 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.

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 coring concrete
  • relevant Australian standards
  • safe work procedures relating to coring concrete
  • safety data sheets
  • 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
  • determining work requirements and safety plans and procedures
  • identifying and rectifying equipment defects
  • inspecting work sites.

Tools and equipment :

  • must include:
  • concrete drilling equipment
  • concrete saws
  • coring equipment
  • diamond tip drill bits
  • may include:
  • bolt cutters
  • hoses
  • measuring tapes
  • nips.

Quality requirements  must include:

  • internal organisational quality policy and standards
  • manufacturer specifications where specified
  • relevant regulations and Australian standards
  • workplace operations and procedures.

Materials :

  • must include water as a cooling agent
  • may include other specialist cooling agents.

Environmental requirements  may include:

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

Cutting and coring  activities apply to:

  • columns
  • commercial buildings
  • driveways
  • foundations
  • gutters
  • hardstands
  • kerbs
  • pathways
  • pits
  • plinths
  • residential buildings
  • slabs
  • walls.

Cutting  concrete may include:

  • anti-cracking joints
  • articulation joints
  • construction joints
  • control joints
  • expansion and contraction joints
  • joining new concrete components
  • structural joints.

Coring  of concrete may include:

  • providing for fixtures
  • providing holes to accommodate services
  • testing core samples.

Saw  types may include:

  • hand held
  • walk behind.

Unit Sector(s)


Custom Content Section

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