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Construction -Electrical Licence - Qualify Me Sydney Trades Qualification

Building work supervisor : Preparing for a (SA CBS) building work supervisor interview

After being in the industry for years your nerves probably tingle when you hear you need to sit an interview with the Consumer Business Services (CBS) to discuss your Building work supervisor knowledge. Before you read on, it's probably fair to point out that this article is for tradies apply for their trade contractors licence in South Australia only.

Well don't fret, with my little team here at Qualify Me! we've devised a short list for you to brush up on and calm your nerves. The interview itself is essentially an individual assessment of your knowledge and experience against a performance criteria that we will outline shortly. To be technical, this criteria is derived from the Building Work Contractors Regulations 2011. The assessment as you would expect is actually conducted by a person engaged by Consumer and Business Services.

There are 3 major sections to this interview, the first covers

1. Building Work Management,

2. Building Technology and

3. Legislation.

Below we've listed the performance criteria that you will be interviewed against. I would recommend that you answer each of these points in context of the building work that you are seeking a licence in.

it should be noted that a building work supervisor is NOT the same as independent building inspectors who perform building and pest inspections.

PART 1: Applying the principles of building work management in relation to the supervision of a building site

Planning and organising on-site building work:

  1. Translate building designs and specifications into operational requirements
  2. Develop strategies for implementing building operations
  3. Determine appropriate resources required including personnel, materials and equipment.

Determining the need for coordination and installation of temporary structures and facilities for building work:

  1. Determine the requirements for temporary structures and facilities
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the most appropriate methods for provision of site facilities and preparation of detailed site layouts
  3. Coordinate the on-site approvals of temporary structures
  4. Arrange for and supervise the supply, erection, maintenance and removal of temporary structures and facilities

Preparing project schedules:

  1. Prepare schedules for building work.
  2. Update schedules
  3. Prepare reports on current status
  4. Assess the need for and select measures to overcome delays

Managing on-site building work:

  1. Supervise on-site operations.
  2. Administer subcontracts
  3. Administer progress claims
  4. Organise the supply and installation of materials and equipment
  5. Manage appropriate operational systems including occupational health and safety, accident and injury reporting, and industrial relations
  6. Plan, develop and oversee safe working systems for all site work
  7. Communicate effectively with personnel on and off the site

PART 2: Applying the principles of building technology to on-site building work

Applying the principles of building work practice:

  1. Select and apply building principles and methods including— (a) appraisal of site conditions; (b) erection and construction techniques; (c) sequencing of trades; (d) control of plant and equipment.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of— (a) the use of basic measuring techniques; (b) the setting up and use of instruments to determine heights and levels; (c) demolition methods; (d) formwork design.
  3. Interpret plans and specifications.
  4. Produce simple working drawings suitable for on-site application
  5. Identify and select suitable materials
  6. Control the movement of materials on-site and their safe handling and storage
  7. Apply a basic understanding of— (a) properties and behaviours of structural materials; (b) sectional properties of structural elements; (c) structural load calculations; (d) performance of beams, columns and bracing; (e) utilisation of roof truss systems
  8. Apply the basic principles of estimating and demonstrate a working knowledge of take-off quantities for— (a) site works; (b) structure; (c) fit-out and finish
  9. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the process of the coordination of specialist services on-site.

PART 3: Applying a detailed knowledge of legislative requirements in respect of on-site building work

Applying the requirements of legislation, standards and codes relevant to on-site building work:

  1. Identify the range of legislation applying to building work.
  2. Apply the requirements of legislation and relevant standards and codes to the coordination and supervision of on-site building work.
  3. Understand the requirements of relevant legislation, standards and codes to the performance of residential, commercial and industrial building work.

Knowing your building classes is not essential, but why not brush up on it. They include the following:

Class 1 One or more buildings, which in association constitute

Class 1a A single dwelling being: (i) a detached house: or (ii) one of a group of two or more attached dwellings, each being a building, separated by a fire-resisting wall, including a row house, terrace house, town house or villa unit:

Class 1b (i) a boarding house, guest house, hostel or the like: (A) with a total area of all floors not exceeding 300m2 measured over the enclosing walls of the Class 1b; and (B) in which not more than 12 persons would ordinarily be resident, or (ii) 4 or more single dwelling located on one allotment and used for short-term holiday accommodation which are not located above or below another dwelling or another Class of building other than a private garage.

Class 2 A building containing 2 or more sole-occupancy units each being a separate dwelling

Class 3 A residential building, other than a building of Class 1 or 2, which is a common place of long term or transient living for a number of unrelated persons, including (a) a boarding-house, guest house, hostel, lodging-house or backpackers accommodation; or (b) a residential part of a hotel or motel; or (c) a residential part of a school; or (d) accommodation for the aged, children or people with disabilities; or (e) a residential part of health-care building which accommodates members of staff; or (f) a residential part of a detention centre.

Class 4 A dwelling in a building that is Class 5,6,7,8 or 9 if it is the only dwelling in the building

Class 5 An office building used for professional or commercial purposes, excluding buildings of Class 6,7,8 or 9

Class 6 A shop or other building for the sale of goods by retail or the supply of services direct to the public, including (a) an eating room, café, restaurant, milk or soft-drink bar; or (b) a dining room, bar area that is not an assembly building, shop or kiosk part of a hotel or motel; or (c) a hairdresser’s or barber’s shop, public laundry, or undertaker’s establishment; or (d) market or sale room, showroom, or service station.

Class 7a A building which is a car park.

Class 7b A building which is for storage, or display of goods or produce for sale by wholesale. Class 8 A laboratory, or a building in which a handicraft or process for production, assembling, altering, repairing, packing, finishing, or cleaning of goods or produce is carried on for trade, sale, or gain.

Class 9 A building of a public nature

Class 9A (a) a health-care building, including those parts of the building set aside as a laboratory; or

Class 9B (b) an assembly building, including a trade workshop, laboratory or the like in a primary or secondary school, but excluding any other parts of the building that are of another Class; or

Class 9C (c) an aged care building

Class 10 A non-habitable building or structure

Class 10A (a) a non-habitable building being a private garage, carport, shed, or the like; or

Class 10B (b) a structure being a fence, mast, antenna, retaining or free-standing wall, swimming pool, or the like; or

Class 10C (c) a private bushfire shelter.

Some other useful items to consider when preparing for your interview include:

  • WH&S
  • Legislation
  • Australian Standards and Codes 1 & 2

Well I hope this was helpful, and get you on your way to passing your technical interview. If you have any more questions or would like more information leave us a comment below. If you need a particular qualification, be sure to check out our RPL Qualifications which can turn your trade skills into a Nationally Recognised Qualification in a matter of weeks.

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