Qualification details

CPP30111 - Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to CPP30109 - Certificate III in Spatial Information Services 08/Apr/2011
Is superseded by CPP30112 - Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information ServicesOverall number of units required for qualification remains unchanged, but core units reduced from 7 to 5 by moving the following two core units to the elective pool: CPPSIS3011A Apply map presentation principles and CPPSIS3002A Store and retrieve spatial data (which has however been replaced by CPPSIS4022A Store and retrieve spatial data). Changed outcome for some native CPP07 core units. Imported core unit updated. Native and imported elective units updated. 26/Nov/2012

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 07/Apr/2011

Units of competency

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CPPSIS3004A - Respond to client spatial enquiryRespond to client spatial enquirySupersededN/A
CPPSIS3010A - Perform basic spatial computationsPerform basic spatial computationsSupersededN/A
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidSupersededN/A
PRMCMN301A - Contribute to workplace safety arrangementsContribute to workplace safety arrangementsSupersededN/A
CPPSIS3005A - Collect basic spatial dataCollect basic spatial dataSupersededN/A
CPPSIS3006A - Provide field support servicesProvide field support servicesSupersededN/A
CPPSIS3007A - Select, operate and maintain equipment and suppliesSelect, operate and maintain equipment and suppliesSupersededN/A
CPPSIS3009A - Perform basic draftingPerform basic draftingSupersededN/A
BSBFLM303C - Contribute to effective workplace relationshipsContribute to effective workplace relationshipsSupersededN/A
CPPSIS3002A - Store and retrieve basic spatial dataStore and retrieve basic spatial dataDeletedN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 552314 Statistical Clerk 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6145-13 Statistical Clerk 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0311 Geomatic Engineering 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Surveying 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Data Collection Officer (Spatial Information),Survey Assistant 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 552314 Statistical Clerk 02/Sep/2011 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6145-13 Statistical Clerk 02/Sep/2011 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0311 Geomatic Engineering 02/Sep/2011 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 07/Apr/2011 
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Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills Qualification Summary 

Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include the following facets :


  • communicate in a clear and concise manner in both written and verbal modes
  • apply literacy skills to:
  • assess and use workplace information
  • interpret and understand basic legal, financial, procedural and technical requirements
  • process workplace documentation
  • read and record data
  • record spatial data in index according to organisational guidelines
  • record and report discrepancies between specifications and actual activities
  • record administrative and legal requirements for spatial data
  • report any occurrence in the work area which may affect the safety and efficiency of operations to appropriate personnel
  • complete spatial business documentation according to established work procedures and organisational guidelines
  • provide appropriate information and follow-up on a variety of predictable issues
  • address client in a courteous and businesslike manner
  • apply numeracy skills to:
  • record and collate accurately
  • undertake basic computations


  • relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities
  • assist relevant personnel in the data-collection process
  • apply interpersonal skills e.g. cooperation and flexibility
  • work within a team in a range of SIS activities
  • work with others in performing set task requirements
  • work with others on site to perform key organisational requirements within an SIS framework
  • advise co-workers and supervisors of work implications, where appropriate
  • carry out support tasks under direction and according to specifications

Problem solving 

  • identify and describe different types of maps
  • identify nature and type of spatial enquiry
  • apply spatial skills to understand implications of height, depth, breadth, dimension and position to actual operational activity and virtual representation
  • perform key organisational requirements within a spatial information services framework, working from site drawings and specifications
  • determine and mark surface positions according to accepted standards using information available from site drawings and references

Initiative and enterprise 

  • interpret and create simple maps
  • interpret and act upon available information using discretion and judgement
  • apply analytical skills
  • assess client needs in routine matters
  • restore site as near as practicable to original condition

Planning and organising 

  • apply purpose, application and scope of cartography in the context of the project objective
  • allocate a priority for enquiries regarding additional spatial research
  • document metadata according to accepted industry standards
  • collect basic data through a range of methods
  • update relevant files and records
  • plan and adhere to OHS requirements


  • use time management skills
  • use personal protective equipment according to OHS guidelines
  • prioritise daily activities
  • establish client spatial requirements and degree of urgency


  • update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in:
  • client enquiries
  • field support services
  • equipment and operating procedures
  • apply cartographic requirements


  • use computers and software systems (basic)
  • use spatial reference systems to measure, locate and plot features on maps
  • use indexing system to locate basic spatial data source
  • use a range of equipment in the field safely and accurately
  • perform a range of basic activities in the use of information technology and equipment within a spatial information handling framework
  • select equipment, supplies and spatial information services technologies according to task requirements
  • check equipment to ensure it is in safe working order
  • organise repair work for unsafe or faulty tools and equipment
  • operate appropriate equipment according to task requirements and manufacturer specifications

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each Employability Skill are representative of the property industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

This table is a summary of Employability Skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.

Packaging Rules

Packaging rules 

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

  • 11 units of competency:
  • 7 core units
  • 4 elective units.

The elective units are chosen as follows:

  • 4 units from the elective units listed below
  • 2 of the units may be chosen from other Certificate II, III or IV qualifications in CPP07 another current Training Package or state accredited course, provided the integrity of the AQF alignment is ensured, and they contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core units 


Apply map presentation principles


Store and retrieve basic spatial data


Respond to client spatial enquiry


Collect basic spatial data


Perform basic spatial computations


Contribute to workplace safety arrangements


Read and interpret maps

Elective units 


Deliver and monitor a service to customers


Contribute to effective workplace relationships


Contribute to team effectiveness


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Prepare for work in the spatial information services industry


Support spatial process improvement


Provide field support services


Select, operate and maintain equipment and supplies


Transfer personnel and loads


Perform basic drafting


Read and interpret basic image data


Operate surveying equipment


Apply first aid


Operate computing packages


Apply risk management processes


Operate four wheel drive vehicle