Unit of competency details

MSFGN2001 - Make measurements and calculations (Release 1)


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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 010101 Mathematics  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 010101 Mathematics  02/May/2014 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 1 - New unit of competency


This unit of competency covers taking measurements and making calculations for furnishing tasks undertaken in a variety of sites and locations.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

Competency Field

Unit Sector


Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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


Identify appropriate measurements and equipment


Appropriate measuring equipment for the task is selected


Measuring units to be used, and the detail required, is identified from work documents


Measuring equipment condition and calibration is checked to confirm it is fit for purpose


Perform measurements


Range of results that may be obtained is estimated


Relevant external factors affecting measurement accuracy are identified and taken account of


Measurements are performed using appropriate techniques


Measurements are compared against the range of expected results


Numerical information is checked for accuracy and correctness


Perform calculations


Measurement data to be used for calculations is identified from work instructions


Appropriate calculation methods and techniques and tools are determined


Calculations are carried out and results checked and confirmed as accurate


Material quantities are estimated using relevant standard packaging units


Record measurements and calculations as required


Measuring and calculation results are accurately recorded in the appropriate format


Results are recorded to the required level of detail


Recognise routine and non-routine problems


Known faults that can occur during measurement activity are recognised


Necessary action on causes of routine faults is identified and taken


Any problems are logged as required


Non-routine problems are identified and reported to designated person

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: 

  • Work health and safety (WHS) requirements, including legislation, building codes, material safety management systems, hazardous substances and dangerous goods codes, and local safe operating procedures
  • work is carried out in accordance with legislative obligations, environmental legislation, relevant health regulations, manual handling procedures and organisation insurance requirements

Measuring and calculating equipment include: 

  • rules
  • tapes measures
  • squares
  • callipers
  • weighing scales
  • calculators
  • computers
  • laser or equivalent technology

Measurements include: 

  • quantities of materials
  • size, weight and volume of materials
  • dimensions of products and components
  • size and volumes of installation spaces
  • plans for cutting, drilling and shaping materials
  • placement of templates and production sizing
  • use of analogue, dial, scale and digital readouts

Calculations include: 

  • area
  • perimeter
  • volume
  • mass
  • scales and ratios (ingredients/elements and triangulation)
  • addition
  • subtraction
  • multiplication
  • division
  • percentages
  • staff and other business costs

Materials include: 

  • furniture (timber and composites)
  • resilient, woven and timber flooring materials
  • soft furnishing items
  • liquids used in furnishing manufacture and installation
  • glass
  • components (outputs of production processes)

Routine and non-routine problems include: 

  • measuring instrument not fit for use (e.g. not within calibration)
  • appropriate measuring device not available
  • deviations from normal range of measurement readings
  • effect of temperature and humidity on material properties
  • uneven and irregular shaped surfaces

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
  • standard unit packaging of furnishing materials
  • workplace procedures relating to reporting and communication
  • manufacturer specifications and operational procedures
  • work documents and logs are to include hard copy and computerised versions

Unit Mapping Information

No equivalent unit


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 documents correctly
  • Plan and organise activities, including selecting and checking appropriate measuring equipment
  • Use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate material quantities and spatial size
  • Use a range of measuring, calculating and recording devices
  • Record results accurately
  • Perform calculations accurately and check results
  • Work from specific project plans or briefs, determine and cost the material quantities for a minimum of three (3) different furnishing projects
  • Communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications and the reporting of work outcomes and problems
  • Work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity

Knowledge Evidence

  • Purpose and techniques for using measuring and calculating equipment
  • Mathematical principles for making basic calculations
  • Work documentation for instructions and recording
  • Requirements for minimising damage to materials and completed products while undertaking measurement
  • Requirements of working with others in a team

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 relevant measuring, calculating and recording equipment, quality standards and enterprise procedures.


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