Qualification details

CPP40211 - Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPP40207 - Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services 08/Apr/2011
Supersedes and is equivalent to CPP40209 - Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services 08/Apr/2011
Is superseded by CPP40212 - Certificate IV in Spatial Information ServicesOverall number of units required for qualification remains unchanged, but core units reduced from 9 to 7, by deleting ICAU2006B Operate computing packages from qualification and moving the following core unit to the elective pool: RIISTD201A Read and interpret maps. Changed outcome for some native CPP07 core units. 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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CUVCRS03B - Produce computer-aided drawingsProduce computer-aided drawingsSupersededN/A
CPPSIS4003A - Facilitate effective spatial client relationshipsFacilitate effective spatial client relationshipsSupersededN/A
CPPSIS4005A - Collect basic GPS dataCollect basic GPS dataSupersededN/A
CPPSIS5005A - Obtain and validate existing spatial dataObtain and validate existing spatial dataSupersededN/A
CPPSIS4002A - Store and retrieve spatial dataStore and retrieve spatial dataSupersededN/A
CPPSIS4014A - Maintain spatial dataMaintain spatial dataSupersededN/A
BSBWOR402A - Promote team effectivenessPromote team effectivenessSupersededN/A
CPPSIS4008A - Organise equipment and suppliesOrganise equipment and suppliesSupersededN/A
CPPSIS4013A - Participate in spatial process improvementParticipate in spatial process improvementSupersededN/A
CPPSIS4015A - Apply GIS software to problem-solving techniquesApply GIS software to problem-solving techniquesSupersededN/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 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Real Estate,Surveying 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Geographic Information Systems Assistant,Town Planning 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 511 Certificate IV 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 :


  • apply communication skills to discuss vocational issues effectively with colleagues
  • impart knowledge and ideas through oral, written and visual means
  • apply communication skills that assist in facilitating client relationships, including:
  • accessing, synthesising and using information
  • assertiveness
  • communicating effectively on the telephone
  • displaying empathy, tact and diplomacy
  • negotiating
  • written skills to document follow-up action
  • apply literacy skills to:
  • assess and use workplace information
  • interpret and understand legal, financial and procedural requirements
  • process workplace documentation
  • read, record data and write routine reports
  • research and access routine sources of spatial data
  • apply numeracy skills to:
  • record and interpret statistics
  • record with accuracy and precision
  • undertake computations
  • document spatial data collection and set out process
  • complete all required documentation according to organisational guidelines


  • plan and execute set tasks in a team environment
  • apply interpersonal skills e.g. cooperation and flexibility
  • relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities
  • work with and lead others on site
  • monitor team activity according to plan

Problem solving 

  • assess client needs and provide appropriate information and follow-up on a variety of issues within the spatial information handling framework
  • develop basic policies and guidelines pertaining to spatial data systems
  • interpret surveying task requirements
  • apply spatial skills to:
  • understand the holistic implications of height, depth, breadth, dimension, direction and position to actual operational activity and virtual representation
  • perform spatial data archival and retrieval
  • perform spatial data management and manipulation
  • perform file management
  • solve basic problems relating to height, depth, breadth, dimension, direction and position in actual operational activity and virtual representation
  • interpret technical manuals
  • interpret surveying task requirements
  • verify data reliability
  • solve problems involving acquired image data according to organisational policies and principles

Initiative and enterprise 

  • apply analytical skills to determine data requirements of a survey project
  • analyse and evaluate spatial information from a variety of sources
  • identify and access spatial information for set task requirements
  • manage contingencies
  • establish business contacts and networks
  • work effectively with business contacts
  • apply negotiation skills

Planning and organising 

  • confirm reliability of spatial systems
  • amend spatial data according to changes identified, spatial systems and organisational requirements
  • source basic spatial data to prepare for data set out
  • carry out data backup and recovery
  • archive data
  • use organisational skills to prioritise activities to meet contractual requirements and to prepare and administer documentation
  • prepare and collect data using basic global positioning system equipment


  • adhere to correct OHS practices
  • time management


  • apply knowledge of organisational policies and guidelines regarding spatial data maintenance
  • update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in data requirements
  • apply knowledge of industry requirements and standards
  • apply knowledge of legislative, statutory and industry requirements and standards


  • use computers (technical user level) to complete business documentation
  • use suitable software to communicate with a global positioning system receiver
  • select and use appropriate tools

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:

  • 15 units of competency:
  • 9 core units
  • 6 elective units.

The elective units are chosen as follows:

  • 6 units from the elective units listed below
  • 2 of the units may be chosen from Certificate III, IV or Diploma qualifications in CPP07 or 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 


Maintain workplace safety in the property industry


Maintain spatial systems


Store and retrieve spatial data


Collect basic GPS data


Read and interpret basic image data


Maintain spatial data


Obtain and validate existing spatial data


Read and interpret maps


Operate computing packages

Elective units 


Implement workplace information system


Promote team effectiveness


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Facilitate effective spatial client relationships


Collect and set out basic spatial data


Organise field services


Organise equipment and supplies


Operate surveying equipment


Participate in spatial process improvement


Apply GIS software to problem-solving techniques


Apply principles of visual design and communication to the development of a multimedia product


Produce computer-aided drawings


Design a website to meet technical requirements


Design a database


Create a simple mark-up language document to specification


Produce basic client side script for dynamic web pages


Install and optimise operating system software


Prepare and present geographic information systems data


Apply site risk management system


Facilitate effective teamwork


Facilitate effective workplace relationships