Unit of competency details

RIICRC307A - Conduct road pavement construction (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to RIICRC307D - Conduct road pavement construction 13/Nov/2013

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 22/Jun/2011


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/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the conduct of road pavement construction in the civil construction industry. It includes planning and preparing for work, setting out sub-base/bases, placing and spreading materials, compacting materials, and cleaning up. 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.

Application of the Unit

This unit is appropriate for those working in an operational role at worksites within:

  • Civil construction

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan and prepare work

1.1. Access, interpret and apply compliance documentation  relevant to the work activity

1.2. Obtain and confirm safety requirements  from the site  safety plan and organisational policies and procedures, and apply to the allotted task

1.3. Identify, obtain and implement signage requirements from the project traffic management plan

1.4. Select plant , tools and equipment  to carry out tasks consistent with the requirements of the job, check for serviceability and rectify or report any faults

1.5. Identify environmental protection requirements  from the project environmental management plan, and confirm and apply to the allotted task

2. Set out sub-base/base

2.1. Set out job to plan from survey controls

2.2. Establish offset pegs/profiles to line and level  as specified

3. Place and spread materials

3.1. Determine layer depth for spreading materials  and inform plant operators accordingly

3.2. Direct trucks to correct location and specify the method of dispatching for load placement

3.3. Check moisture content of materials and adjust uniformly

3.4. Assess road pavement  laying to ensure specified heights and the overall dimensions are achieved

4. Compact materials

4.1. Inform roller operators of the required number of passes

4.2. Assess compaction process to ensure the nominated number of passes are made to achieve uniform compaction across the pavement

4.3. Check pavement trimming to ensure specified tolerances are achieved

5. Clean up

5.1. Clear work area and dispose of or recycle materials in accordance with project environmental management plan

5.2. Clean, check, maintain and store plant, tools and equipment

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

Specific skills are required to achieve the Performance Criteria of this unit, particularly for its application in the various circumstances in which this unit may be used. This includes the ability to carry out the following, as required to conduct road pavement construction:

  • apply legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures for conducting road pavement construction
  • organise work activities
  • select and use relevant tools and equipment safely
  • identify and report on hazards related to the worksite and work activity
  • communicate effectively to receive and clarify work instructions

Required knowledge 

Specific knowledge is required to achieve the Performance Criteria of this unit, particularly for its application in the various circumstances in which this unit may be used. This includes knowledge of the following, as required to conduct road pavement construction:

  • basic pavement materials types and their characteristics
  • type, uses, limitations and safety requirement of road pavement structure construction equipment
  • setting out procedures
  • compaction methods
  • site and equipment safety requirements including appropriate state or territory legislation, regulations and codes
  • site isolation and traffic control responsibilities and authorities
  • work recording techniques including specifications, check-lists and drawings
  • processes for the calculation of material requirements
  • plan reading and interpretation
  • responsibilities under the environmental management plan
  • materials handling methods
  • project quality requirements
  • civil construction terminology
  • mechanical interlock and the effect of fines and moisture content on compaction
  • JSAs/safe work method statement

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to worksite operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:

  • knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions for conducting road pavement construction
  • implementation of requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient completion of road pavement construction
  • working with others to undertake and complete the conduct of road pavement construction that meets all of the required outcomes
  • consistent timely completion of road pavement construction that safely, effectively and efficiently meets the required outcomes
  • completion of the construction of a road pavement including the following, with the results gaining acceptance as being to specification:
  • set out of base
  • placement and spreading of materials
  • compaction of materials

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

  • This unit must be assessed in the context of the work environment. Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated environment provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of workplace performance, including task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
  • Assessment of this competency requires typical resources normally used in a resources and infrastructure sector environment. Selection and use of resources for particular worksites may differ due to the site circumstances.
  • The assessment environment should not disadvantage the participant. For example, language, literacy and numeracy demands of assessment should not be greater than those required on the job.
  • Customisation of assessment and delivery environment to sensitively accommodate cultural diversity.
  • Aboriginal people and other people from a non English speaking background may have second language issues.
  • Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities. Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required.

Method of assessment 

This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency. The assessment strategy for this unit must verify required knowledge and skill and practical application using more than one of the following assessment methods:

  • written and/or oral assessment of the candidate's required knowledge
  • observed, documented and/or first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:
  • implementation of appropriate requirement, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient achievement of required outcomes
  • consistent achievement of required outcomes
  • first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:
  • working with others to undertake and complete the conduct of road pavement construction

Guidance information for assessment 

Consult the SkillsDMC User Guide for further information on assessment including access and equity issues.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Relevant compliance documentation  may include:

  • legislative, organisational and site requirements and procedures
  • manufacturer's guidelines and specifications
  • Australian standards
  • Employment and workplace relations legislation
  • Equal Employment Opportunity and Disability Discrimination legislation

Safety requirements  may include:

  • OHS requirements in accordance with state or territory legislation and regulations, organisational safety policies and procedures, and project safety plan, including protective clothing and equipment, use of tools and equipment, workplace environment and safety, handling of materials, use of fire fighting equipment, use of First Aid equipment, hazard control and hazardous materials and substances
  • safe operating procedures including recognising and preventing hazards associated with high voltage power lines, uneven/unstable terrain, trees, overhead service lines, bridges, surrounding buildings, obstructions, structures, facilities, dangerous materials, recently filled trenches, other machines, personnel, traffic control, working at heights, working in proximity to others, worksite visitors and the public
  • safe parking practices including ensuring access ways are clear, equipment/machinery is away from overhangs and refuelling sites, safe distances are kept from excavations, and areas secured from unauthorised access or movement
  • recognising hazards and risks including uneven/unstable terrain, trees, fires, overhead and underground services, bridges, buildings, excavations, traffic, embankments, cuttings, structures and hazardous materials
  • emergency procedures related to equipment operation including emergency shutdown and stopping, extinguishing equipment fires, organisational First Aid requirements and evacuation

Site  may include:

  • haul roads
  • formed/prepared roads
  • access roads
  • pads
  • dam walls

Plant  may include:

  • rollers
  • graders
  • skid-steers
  • backhoes
  • paver
  • excavators
  • front-end loaders
  • tip-trucks
  • water carts

Tools and equipment  may include:

  • shovels
  • levelling equipment
  • string lines
  • crowbars
  • tape measures
  • handsaws
  • cutting knives
  • hammers
  • trowels
  • formwork

Environmental protection requirements  may include:

  • organisational/project environmental management plan
  • waste management
  • water quality protection
  • noise
  • vibration
  • dust and clean-up management

Line and level  may include:

  • the use of a string line

Materials  may include:

  • gravel
  • rock
  • sand
  • blended materials
  • stabilised materials
  • quarried products

Road pavement  may include:

  • all the materials above the sub-grade and below the wearing surface
  • may also be known as sub-base and/or base structure

Construction of road pavement may include:

  • surface finish
  • the repair of surface defects

Unit Sector(s)

Road and Pavements Construction and Maintenance (General)

Competency field

Refer to Unit Sector(s).

Co-requisite units

Not applicable.