Unit of competency details

SITXEVT015A - Manage exhibitions (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SITXEVT015B - Manage exhibitionsE within Version 2 Unit updated to ensure coverage of skills for sustainability. 31/Dec/2010

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 29/Oct/2010


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080323 Tourism Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080323 Tourism Management  25/Nov/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and implement plans and procedures for the management and operation of exhibitions. All other Events units are applicable to exhibition management. This unit focuses only on the issues specific to commercial exhibitions.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to individuals responsible for the development and implementation of exhibition plans and procedures in any industry or community context.

Exhibitions are events that bring buyers and sellers together to view and sell products and services. They may be trade or consumer focused.

This unit focuses on the application of the specific knowledge and skills required for exhibition management. In particular, it includes establishing systems and formats for bringing buyers and sellers together, recruiting and managing exhibitors, and setting up physical exhibitions.

Exhibition management requires the application of significant communication, planning and organisational skills underpinned by detailed knowledge of exhibition operations. A senior coordinator or manager undertakes this role.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.



Employability Skills Information

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of employability skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit is packaged will assist in identifying employability skills requirements.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

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

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 


Performance Criteria 


Establish overall exhibition scope and format.


Assess proposed exhibition  concept to determine planning and operational requirements.


Consult with key stakeholders  and agree on exhibition objectives .


Develop overall format in consultation with stakeholders.


Establish and manage exhibition layouts and floor plans.


Assess the physical characteristics of the exhibition space in relation to its capacity to meet requirements.


Assess safety, risk and environmental issues  that may impact on exhibition layouts.


Establish criteria for the allocation of space  according to exhibition objectives and in consultation with stakeholders.


Allocate space according to agreed criteria.


Identify, negotiate and resolve any conflicting demands for exhibition space according to agreed criteria.


Organise development of accurate and complete floor plans based on agreed layouts and criteria.


Establish and manage format for buyer and seller interaction.


Determine most appropriate format for buyer and seller interaction  based on analysis of exhibition objectives, operational constraints and consultation with key stakeholders.


Establish and monitor procedures and systems for one-to-one appointment scheduling when required.


Generate and distribute reports and schedules of interaction to buyers and sellers.


Recruit and manage exhibitors.


Develop clear, concise and professional exhibitor prospectus, including full breakdown of costs, benefits and other relevant exhibitor information.


Distribute and present exhibitor prospectus  according to agreed targets and marketing plan.


Undertake follow-up promotion and negotiation as required.


Execute exhibitor contracts and agreements to include full details of commitments made by both parties.


Provide or organise exhibitor support services .


Develop and distribute accurate and complete exhibitor kits  at appropriate time prior to exhibition.


Provide or organise exhibitor operational support, including briefings and debriefings  according to agreements.


Evaluate exhibition operations.


Evaluate exhibition effectiveness based on agreed evaluation criteria .


Ensure outcomes of evaluation are incorporated into future exhibition planning.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

planning and organisational skills to establish and manage cohesive operational procedures and systems

communication skills to consult, liaise and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders on complex planning and operational issues

critical thinking skills to evaluate complex information from multiple sources, and to develop management approaches based on those evaluations

literacy skills to interpret and develop complex and varied exhibition management documentation

numeracy skills to work with budgets and spatial planning issues.

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

detailed knowledge of the exhibitions sector, including different types of exhibitions, key planning and operational components and industry networks

broader event management issues that affect exhibition planning and management

issues and challenges commonly encountered in exhibition and exhibitor management

formats and options for bringing buyers and sellers together, including suitability of different formats for different types of exhibition

current exhibition technology and equipment options

legislation, regulations and industry codes that affect commercial exhibitions

specific risk management issues for commercial exhibitions

resource requirements for different exhibition components and activities, including financial, human and physical resources.

Evidence Guide

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

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

Evidence of the following is essential:

detailed knowledge of exhibition planning and operations

demonstration of skills through management of an exhibition.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

access to venues for staging of exhibitions

use of current information on which to base planning

involvement of and interaction with stakeholders as part of the planning process.

Methods of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

evaluation of exhibition plans and procedures developed by the candidate

case studies to assess candidate's ability to develop approaches for a range of exhibition styles and contexts

review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Assessing employability skills 

Employability skills are integral to effective performance in the workplace and are broadly consistent across industry sectors. How these skills are applied varies between occupations and qualifications due to the different work functions and contexts.
Employability skills embedded in this unit should be assessed holistically with other relevant units that make up the skill set or qualification and in the context of the job role.

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 in the performance criteria is detailed below.

Exhibition  may be:



combination trade and consumer.

Stakeholders  may include:

organising committees

industry bodies

seller representatives.

Exhibition objectives  may relate to:

industry exposure

sponsor exposure

numbers and ratios of buyers and sellers

profile of buyers and sellers (e.g. balance between small and large, generalist and specialist, etc.)

media coverage

industry education

dollar value of business completed.

Safety , risk and environmental issues  may relate to:


maximum numbers of exhibitors

space requirements to avoid overcrowding

waste management

technical issues, including cabling and power sources

food safety requirements and impact on space.

Criteria for the allocation of space  may relate to:

exhibitor participation level

required balance and variety of exhibitors

sponsorship arrangements

placement or proximity of equipment required by different exhibitors

guidelines on proximity of exhibitors in direct competition

exhibition layout themes or overall schemas.

Format for buyer and seller interaction  may be:

free flow

prearranged appointments

appointments made during exhibition period

scheduled presentations, including plenary, workshops and carousel

combination of different formats.

Exhibitor prospectus  may include information on:

overall market context

venue details and features

marketing plans

attendance expectations

previous performance data

participation costs, at different levels

sample layouts and floor plans

buyer and seller interaction format, such as free flow and prearranged appointments

benefits of participation


sponsor material or information

support services, including travel and accommodation

information on transport of materials and equipment.

Exhibitor support services  may include:



assistance with additional promotions

answering general enquiries

providing updated information.

Exhibitor kits  may include:

venue details

detailed floor plans

access information

delivery details for materials and equipment

technical services information or contacts

confirmation of travel or accommodation arrangements

confirmation of buyer appointment schedules

times of exhibitor presentations

sponsor material or information.

Briefings and debriefings  may include:

location and venue maps

summary exhibition information and support materials

emergency procedures, including emergency telephone contacts.

Evaluation criteria  may relate to:

exhibitor, buyer and sponsor feedback

operational efficiency

number of attending buyers

venue service levels.

Unit Sector(s)


Competency field

Event Management