Unit of competency details

RIICBS202D - Hand spread asphalt (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to RIICBS202A - Hand spread asphalt 13/Nov/2013
Is superseded by and equivalent to RIICBS202E - Hand spread asphaltSupersedes and is equivalent to RIICBS202D. 30/Jan/2020

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
(View details for release 2) 07/Dec/2014
1 (this release) 14/Nov/2013

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030901 Construction Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030901 Construction Engineering  02/May/2014 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Not applicable.


This unit describes a participant’s skills and knowledge required to hand spread asphalt in Civil Construction.

This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and Industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

Unit Sector

Civil construction

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Plan and prepare to hand spread asphalt

1.1 Access, interpret and apply hand spread asphalt documentation and ensure the work activity is compliant

1.2 Obtain, read, interpret, clarify and confirm work requirements

1.3 Identify and address potential risks, hazards and environmental issues, and implement control measures

1.4 Select and wear personal protective equipment appropriate for work activities

1.5 Confirm and apply environmental protection and safety requirements

1.6 Obtain, interpret and implement traffic management signage requirements

1.7 Select and check for faults tools and equipment to carry out tasks

1.8 Obtain and interpret emergency procedures, and be prepared for fire/accident/emergency

2. Spread asphalt

2.1 Conduct hand asphalt spreading in safe proximity to the paver

2.2 Hand place asphalt to required level and line

2.3 Achieve even finish when raking and construct joints to correct level

2.4 Identify and repair low spots, high spots and defects in the mat

2.5 Identify and report faults in the mat detected prior to or during operations

3. Clean up

3.1 Clear work area and dispose of or recycle materials

3.2 Clean, check, maintain and store tools and equipment

3.3 Carry out housekeeping requirements

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit. Further information is available in the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package Companion Volume.

Unit Mapping Information

RIICBS202A Hand spread asphalt


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=88a61002-9a21-4386-aaf8-69c76e675272


Assessment requirements

Modification History

Not applicable.

Performance Evidence

Evidence is required to be collected that demonstrates a candidate’s competency in this unit. Evidence must be relevant to the roles within this sector’s work operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria of this unit and include evidence that the candidate:

  • locates and applies applicable legislation, documentation, policies and procedures
  • implements the requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient hand spreading of asphalt including:
  • selecting and using required tools and equipment
  • hand spreading asphalt to the required level and even finish
  • constructing joints to correct level
  • repairing low spots and high spots
  • identifying and reporting faults in the mat
  • works effectively with others to undertake and complete the hand spreading of asphalt that meets all of the required outcomes including:
  • organising work activities to meet all task requirements
  • communicating clearly and concisely with others to receive and clarify work instructions
  • using a range of communication techniques and systems such as signage to advise others of work activity and exclusion zone
  • demonstrates consistent timely completion of hand spreading of asphalt that safely, effectively and efficiently meet all of the required outcomes on a minimum of three (3) separate occasions including:
  • identifying, reporting and recording hazards and risks
  • a minimum of 5m2 of asphalt (per patch) to line and level is to be hand spread without segregation:
  • two patches over 50mm thick, each with a different type of asphalt
  • two patches under 50mm thick, each with a different type of asphalt
  • work with a paver to lay a minimum of 100 lineal metres of longitudinal joint and two transverse joints

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of hand spreading asphalt through:

  • applying legislative, organisational and site requirements and procedures for:
  • site and equipment safety requirements
  • hand spreading asphalt
  • the properties of asphalt
  • calculation of material requirements
  • project quality requirements
  • housekeeping
  • equipment types, characteristics and limitations
  • applying operational and maintenance procedures
  • applying site isolation and traffic control responsibilities and authorities
  • AAPA code of practice for working with SBS modified binders
  • safety data sheets and materials handling methods
  • implementing JSAs/JSEA/safe work method statements

Assessment Conditions

  • An assessor of this unit must satisfy the requirements of the NVR/AQTF or their successors; and Industry regulations for certification and licensing; and,
  • this unit must be assessed in the context of this sector’s work environment; and,
  • this unit must be assessed using Resources and Infrastructure Industry sector specific policies, procedures, processes and operational manuals; and,
  • an assessor must demonstrate the skills and knowledge of this unit through five (5) years’ work experience in the Industry sector; and,
  • where the assessor does not have current experience a co-assessment or partnership arrangement needs to exist between the qualified assessor and an Industry technical expert/ subject matter expert. The Industry technical expert/subject matter expert must hold the unit being assessed and be currently working in the sector with a minimum of two (2) years’ of current work experience.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=88a61002-9a21-4386-aaf8-69c76e675272