Apply structural principles


Apply structural principles to the construction of medium-rise buildings

Learning guide

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You will receive a Result of Assessment either when you complete this course or at the end of your enrolment period. This will show a ‘J’ for a successful completion, an ‘M’ for an unsuccessful completion or another code, such as ‘AP’ or ‘AW’, if you have not submitted any of the assessments and depending on your degree of contact with SkillsTech Australia.

When you have successfully completed this course to the required competency standard you can then proceed to the next course.

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To be eligible for your qualification award you need to complete all the required courses shown in the “Course Structure” in the brochure.

If you do not complete all of the required courses for the qualification, you may apply for a record of the courses in which you have been enrolled.

The following shows the expected outcomes in the form of

Elements and associated Performance Criteria for this course:

Apply structural principles to planning the erection or demolition of a structure.

Performance criteria

Element 2

Coordinate and manage site and job set-up assessment.

Performance criteria


Element 3

Coordinate and manage construction of footing systems.

Performance criteria

Element 4

Coordinate and manage structural elements of the construction process.

Performance criteria

Firstly, check that you have all the materials that the institute will be supplying to you. You will find a list in the topic heading Learning materials for this course which can be found about three pages further in this book.

Secondly, arrange to have access to ALL textbooks, if specified. These texts may be in electronic form via the internet or in hard copy.

You should also see if you can get access to the reference materials in the list beginning directly after the textbook listing.

Begin your study by quickly reading through this learning guide and any others supplied. By doing this you should then have a better idea of the areas that you will need to specifically focus on to complete of this course.

Now that you have an overview of the course, you should plan for and carry out your study, research, site visits, interviews with industry people, etc. and assessment schedule to enable you to complete this course.

Develop a study plan

We strongly advise that you plan your studies carefully and work at a steady rate so you are able to complete your course within the set enrolment time limit.


It is important to remember that your enrolment period is twelve

  • months for this course. However, you should plan on sending in your last assessment no later than one month prior to the expiration of your enrolment.

As a guide, you should allocate at least TWICE the hours shown in the brochure, for study, research, site visits, etc. and preparing assessments.

The hours shown in the brochure are the approximate hours that you would spend in the classroom if you were to attend classes at a TAFE college. You would need to spend additional time to undertake assessments and research outside of class time. This is why we say that you need to at least double the hours. Also, studying on you own often requires more time to take on board the information then in a classroom situation


It is not advisable to try to do the work in big chunks or to break it down into tiny bits.

Do your study when reasonably fresh.

If you are tired it is far better to rest than to study.

If you are getting tired while studying, it is best to terminate the session and get some rest.

Try to allocate somewhere between a minimum of around 1½ hours and a maximum of around 3 hours for any one session. If you decide to go longer than this you will need to have several breaks. At least one of these should be ½ hour or longer.

If working longer than 2 hours straight, have a 10-15 minute break in the middle of the session for a light snack and a drink to keep up your energy and attention levels. It is not a good idea to have high sugar snacks or drinks, or strong coffee, or other stimulants while studying.














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