National Certificate in Concrete Construction (Placing and Finishing)

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation

Subject area

Building not elsewhere classified

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Entry requirements

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The National Certificate in Concrete Construction (Placing and Finishing) (Level 3) [Ref: 1633] is designed for people who want to work in the concrete construction industry as concrete placing and finishing workers. It also provides a means of recognising current competence for those already working in the industry.

The qualification includes a Compulsory section which recognises the core skills and knowledge required by industry for concrete placing and finishing workers. These skills and knowledge relate to first aid; health and safety; maintaining plant and equipment; environmental management; measurement; reading plans; taking levels on site; preparation of footings and foundations; fabrication and placement of reinforcing; placement and finishing of concrete, exposed aggregate, and integrally coloured concrete; application of dryshake toppings to concrete flatwork; transportation and curing of fresh concrete; and creation of joints.

The Elective section includes standards which cover defects and remedial work; testing fresh concrete; fixing reinforcing; cutting and drilling concrete; placing and finishing imprint and stencilled concrete; applying decorative finishes to hardened concrete; surveying the flatness of concrete floors; and placing and finishing super flat floors. This allows for some flexibility in obtaining the knowledge and skills required of competent concrete placing and finishing workers depending on the type of construction work available to candidates while completing the qualification.

The qualification builds on the underpinning knowledge and skills provided by the National Certificate in Concrete Core Skills (Level 2) [Ref: 1452], and shares standards in common with other qualifications in the Concrete subfield at Level 3 and above, allowing transferable skills to be recognised between the different sectors of the concrete industry.

What graduates earn

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Contact details

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Fax: (04) 381 6431

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