VU22552 - Produce advanced engineering drawings for a reinforced concrete structure



Unit Descriptor

This unit of competency describes the knowledge and skills required to produce advanced reinforced concrete drawings, in accordance with required practices and conventions as outlined in AS1100.501 and AS3600.

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


Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.


Application of the Unit

This unit of competency applies to a person working at paraprofessional level in a civil engineering environment where drawing of advanced reinforced concrete structures is prepared.




Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency. Elements describe actions or outcomes that are demonstrable and assessable.


Performance criteria describe the required performance needed  to demonstrate achievement of the element – they identify the standard for the element. Where bold / italicized text is used, further information or explanation is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement.

Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1. Identify reinforced concrete structure to be drawn

  • Occupational Health and Safety/ Workplace Health and Safety (OHS/WHS) requirements for a given work area are determined.
  • Safety hazards which have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
  • Drawings are identified from documentation, work requests or discussions with appropriate
  • Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.
  • Resources and drafting equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for correct operation and

2. Plan drafting approach

  • Project specifications and related documentation are analysed and discussed with other project personnel.
  • Design references are assembled and drafting equipment is set up in accordance with manufacturer’s requirements and enterprise procedures.

3. Complete the drawings

  • Drawings of concrete reinforced components are completed to conform with relevant Australian Standards building regulations and enterprise procedures.
  • Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise
  • Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.
  • Drawings are reviewed against job specifications with appropriate personnel and amended as

4. Present and archive final drawings

  • Drafting references and drafting equipment are maintained and stored in accordance with enterprise procedures
  • Drawings are presented to appropriate personnel and signed off in accordance with enterprise
  • Drawings are stored and archived according to enterprise procedures.



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


Required Skills:

    • consulting and communicating with other project personnel
    • identifying and following relevant OHS/WHS requirements and procedures
    • reading and interpreting building codes and Australian Standard 50
    • drafting concrete outlines using elevations and sectional views
    • applying labelling and dimensioning conventions for reinforced concrete components
    • specify requirements
    • preparing bar schedules and calculating steel quantities
    • applying the appropriate design criteria and in line with AS 3600
    • preparing and updating related documents

Required knowledge:

  • AS 3600 and CIA Reinforced Concrete Detailing Manual in the placement of reinforcement to:
    • pile caps
    • suspended slabs, continuous and simply supported
    • continuous beams
    • retaining walls
  • concrete outlines using plans, sections, elevations and details for:
    • footings
    • suspended slabs
    • beams


  • columns
  • stairs
  • retaining walls
  • labelling and dimensioning conventions for reinforcement:
    • main
    • secondary
    • distribution
    • shear
    • temperature
    • nominal
  • drawing symbols of:
    • bar types and shapes
    • hooks
    • cogs
    • bends
  • display of bars and fabric with reference to:
    • other reinforcement
    • other elements of the structure
  • appropriate cover
  • bar marking to identify reinforcement
  • AS 3600 to determine:
    • splice lengths
    • anchorage lengths
  • construction requirements:
    • AS 3600



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.


OHS/WHS requirements may include, but are not limited to:


  • legislation
  • protective equipment
  • material safety management systems
  • hazardous substances and dangerous goods code
  • local safe operation procedures
  • awards provisions

Appropriate personnel may include:


  • supervisor
  • leading hand
  • foreman
  • manager
  • site engineer


  • trainer
  • mentor
  • teacher
  • team member


Resources and drafting equipment may include, but are not limited to:


  • manual drafting equipment
  • computer aided (CAD)
  • specifications
  • manuals
  • standards
  • catalogues
  • stationary
  • calculators

Enterprise procedures may include, but are not limited to:


  • the use of tools and equipment
  • instructions, including job sheets, plans and
  • reporting and communication
  • manufacturers' specifications and operational procedures





The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Elements, Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment section in Section B of the Accreditation Submission.

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

  • Assessors must be satisfied that the candidate can competently and consistently perform all elements of the unit as specified by the associated performance criteria, including required skills and knowledge. Specifically they must be able to:
    • implement OHS/WHS procedures and practices including the use of risk control measures as specified in the performance criteria and range statement
    • demonstrate the ability to produce advanced structural reinforced concrete drawings in line with appropriate drafting conventions and Australian Standards on more than one occasion and in different

Context of and specific resources for assessment

  • This unit may be assessed on the job, off the job or a combination of both on and off the job. Where assessment occurs off the job, that is the candidate is not in productive work, then an appropriate simulation must be used where the range of conditions reflects realistic workplace situations. The competencies covered by this unit would be demonstrated by an individual working alone or as part of a team. The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate
  • Resources required for assessment include:
    • OHS/WHS policy and work procedures and instructions.
    • access to workplace or work real environment and a variety of conditions
    • operational access to relevant machines, tools, materials and consumables
    • access to relevant Australian Standards, plans, drawings and instructions and manufacturer’s specifications/manuals




Methods of assessment

  • Evidence must involve demonstration of practical skills and may also include:
  • For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, evidence should be gathered through a range of methods to indicate consistent performance.
    • observation of processes and procedures
    • oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills
    • testimony from supervisors, colleagues, clients and/or other appropriate persons
    • inspection of the final product or outcome
    • a portfolio of documented
  • Where performance is not directly observed any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues, supervisors, clients or other appropriate
  • Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit of competency.


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