Unit of competency details

MSFFL2010 - Prepare walls for coverings (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to LMFFL2106A - Prepare walls for coveringsSupersedes and is equivalent to LMFFL2106A Prepare walls for coverings 09/Dec/2013
Is superseded by MSFFL3070 - Install resilient sheet to walls 02/Dec/2018

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Dec/2013


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040313 Ceiling, Wall And Floor Fixing  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040313 Ceiling, Wall And Floor Fixing  02/May/2014 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency


This unit of competency covers cleaning and preparing walls to a smooth flat surface in preparation for resilient wall coverings and coatings.

Licensing, legislative or certification requirements may apply to this unit and relevant state/territory and local government agencies should be consulted to determine any necessary certification or licensing for undertaking flooring work. Access to construction sites requires certification of general induction training specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).

Pre-requisite Unit

Competency Field

Unit Sector

Flooring technology

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Prepare for work


Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements and Australian Standards relevant to wall preparation for coverings on wall substrate are verified and complied with


Instructions and/or plans are read and interpreted to identify the process required to complete work tasks


The condition of the walls are assessed to prepare walls to a smooth flat surface, and the extent of preparation required is confirmed


Suitable primers, smoothing and repairing compounds are selected


Surfaces are checked for contamination, moisture content, plane, smooth, square internal and external corners and suitable preparation


Material safety data sheets (MSDS), or equivalent, are read and applied during the work


Tools, equipment and materials are selected and checked prior to use to ensure that they are appropriate for the work, serviceable and in a safe condition


Sequence of work is planned, including the starting point, to ensure efficiency and quality of installation


Apply levelling compounds and primers


A mixing station is established where materials and equipment are prepared and positioned for use


Trial applications of surface materials are made to check equipment operation, materials consistency and specified surface finish


Surface coating is applied with the depth and coverage in accordance with manufacturer specifications and job requirements


Internal and external corners are checked for square, wall surfaces are checked for plane and smooth and cleared for further processing


Completed work is checked for flaws in installation and materials and faults rectified


Complete housekeeping


Unused materials are stored or recycled as required


Tools and equipment are cleaned and stored appropriately


Work area is cleaned and rubbish disposed of appropriately


Workplace documentation is completed

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency. Detail on appropriate performance levels for each furnishing unit of competency in reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy utilising the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) are provided in the Furnishing Training Package Implementation Guide.

Range of Conditions

Specifies different 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. Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Unit context includes: 

  • WHS requirements, including legislation, building codes, material safety management systems, hazardous and dangerous goods codes, and local safe operating procedures or equivalent
  • work is carried out in accordance with legislative obligations, environmental legislation, relevant health regulations, manual handling procedures and organisation insurance requirements
  • work requires individual to demonstrate some discretion, judgement and problem solving

Wall preparation includes: 

  • the application of primers, repairing and smoothing cement-based compounds

Substrates include: 

  • concrete
  • cement rendered
  • fibrous cement board
  • medium and high density fibreboard (MDF/HDF) hard underlay
  • ply sheeting
  • hardboard

Tools and equipment include: 

  • utility knife
  • straight edge
  • square
  • tape measure
  • spirit level
  • screed bar
  • finishing trowel
  • corner trowel
  • spatula
  • rollers
  • brushes
  • measuring buckets
  • batching buckets
  • angle grinder
  • trolley

Materials include: 

  • sanding paper
  • grinding discs
  • carborundum brick
  • smoothing and repairing compounds
  • primers

Personal protective equipment includes: 

  • that prescribed under legislation, regulations and enterprise policies and practices

Information and procedures include: 

  • workplace procedures relating to the use of tools and equipment
  • work instructions, including job sheets, cutting lists, plans, drawings and designs
  • workplace procedures relating to reporting and communication
  • manufacturer specifications and operational procedures

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to LMFFL2106A Prepare walls for coverings


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=0601ab95-583a-4e93-b2d4-cfb27b03ed73


Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency

Performance Evidence

  • Interpret work order and locate and apply relevant information
  • Apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment
  • Identify materials used in the work process
  • Follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection processes to:
  • minimise the risk of injury to self or others
  • prevent damage to goods, equipment and products
  • maintain required production output and product quality
  • Complete, to Australian Standards, a minimum of two (2) wall preparations which are to include:
  • a patch and repair to a wall, including internal and external corners
  • a skim coat to walls, including internal and external corners
  • Use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area and estimate material requirements
  • Communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications and the reporting of work outcomes and problems, interpret basic plans and follow safety procedures
  • Avoid backtracking, work flow interruptions or wastage
  • Work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity

Knowledge Evidence

  • State or territory WHS legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice relevant to patching and smoothing techniques
  • Organisation and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for applying smoothing and patching compounds
  • Environmental protection requirements
  • Established communication channels and protocols
  • Relevant problem identification and resolution
  • Types of tools and equipment and procedures for their safe use, operation and maintenance
  • Characteristics of materials, products and defects
  • Set-up and operation of equipment
  • Procedures for the recording, reporting and maintenance of workplace records and information
  • Appropriate mathematical procedures for estimation and measurement
  • Characteristics and requirements of substrate preparation
  • Type, characteristics, uses and limitations of smoothing compounds and primers
  • Workplace safety system requirements related to the application of smoothing compounds and primers

Assessment Conditions

  • Assessors must:
  • hold training and assessment competencies as determined by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) or its successors
  • have vocational competency in the furnishing industry at least to the level being assessed with broad industry knowledge and experience, usually combined with a relevant industry qualification
  • be familiar with the current skills and knowledge used and have relevant, current experience in the furnishing industry.
  • Assessment methods must confirm consistency of performance over time rather than a single assessment event and in a range of workplace relevant contexts.
  • Assessment must be by observation of relevant tasks with questioning on underpinning knowledge and, where applicable, multimedia evidence, supervisor’s reports, projects and work samples.
  • Assessment is to be conducted on single units of competency or in conjunction with other related units of competency. Foundation skills are integral to competent performance in the unit and should not be assessed separately.
  • Assessment must occur on the job or in a workplace simulated facility with relevant process, equipment, materials, work instructions and deadlines.
  • Access is required to materials and equipment relevant to substrate smoothing and patching activities and their specifications.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=0601ab95-583a-4e93-b2d4-cfb27b03ed73