Course Title: Use basic plumbing hand tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: BUIL6123

Course Title: Use basic plumbing hand tools

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C2214 - Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager - Warren James
Tel: +61 3 9925 4632

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to use basic hand tools for a range of simple plumbing tasks.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20526 Use basic plumbing hand tools


1. Identify basic plumbing hand tools

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Safety (OHS) requirements associated with the use of
basic plumbing hand tools, and workplace environmental
requirements, are adhered to and provide a safe
workplace environment.
1.2 Quality assurance requirements are identified and
adhered to in accordance with workplace requirements.
1.3 Principles of sustainability are applied to work
preparation and plumbing application.
1.4 Correct terminology is used when working with basic
hand tools.
1.5 Types of basic plumbing hand tools and their functions are
discussed to determine their suitability for the job task.


2. Prepare to use basic plumbing hand tools

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Basic plumbing hand tools are selected to meet the
requirements of the task.
2.2 Hand tools are checked for serviceability, safety and any
faults reported to supervisor in accordance with workshop

2.3 Workplace procedures are followed when selecting and
using basic hand tools.
2.4 Personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected and fitted
correctly, relevant to the specific tool and its use.


3. Manage basic plumbing hand tools

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Hand tools are safely handled according to their intended
use and manufacturers’ recommendations.
3.2 Hand tools are employed appropriately as per
manufacturers’ recommendation and in sequence with the
task and job specification.
3.3 Hand tools are safely situated when not in immediate use.


4. Clean up work area

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Work area is cleaned and waste is disposed of or recycled
in accordance with the state or territory legislation and
workplace procedures.
4.2 Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked for
serviceability and stored in accordance with the
workplace procedures.
4.3 Materials and waste are disposed, recycled or stored in
accordance with the state or territory legislation and
workplace procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include in class workbook activities and researching industry practices and standards. This may include online learning activities. Students are expected to undertake design, size and documentation to relevant industry standards to include sustainability and WH

Teaching Schedule


Session Number Topic                                                                 






Session  1 Theory lesson use basic hand tools ,


Complete workbook questions

Complete SWMS

 1.1 - 4.3 
 Session 2 Teacher demonstration , use of basic hand tools & Theory assessment 1Demonstration of hand tools including , intended function & use , employed appropriately & safely , selection of appropriate PPE & serviceability. 1.1 - 4.3 Assessment 1
 Session 3 Student demonstrate appropriate use of hand tools , in a safe mannerFor each task ,selection of correct Tool & PPE  , Suitability , Terminology , serviceability .  To be used as intended , safely situated when not in use . Tools& work area to be cleaned , stored appropriately  appropriately .1.1 , 1.2 ,  1.4-4.3 .

 Assessment 2

( 5 different times for each tool, assessed at different points in time and seperated by further learning and practice .)


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks. ‘Pearsons Basic Plumbing Service Skills 2nd edition’
will be provided to all students enrolled in this unit.  


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards.
Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete three different types of assessment tasks
1. Assessment 1 -Underpinning questions  ( Theory ) ( 20% weighing)
2. Assessment 2 -Hand Tools Practical tasks Assessments.( Must be demonstrated at least 5 seperate times each assessed at different points in time and seperated by further learning and practice .) (weighing 80%)
To successfully complete this unit, a student needs to be deemed competent (CA grade) in all both assessment tasks.
Grading Criteria:
NYC - Not yet competent
CA - Competence Achieved
DNS - Did not submit assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task                Element/ PC                                                              Percentage Weighting

Assessment 1                     - Underpinning questions 1.1 - 4.3                            20%
Assessment 2                     - Practical assessments   1.1 - 4.3                            50% 

Other Information

Academic Misconduct

Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral or written presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarized by another student.
Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material. It is strongly recommended that students refer to the Guidelines for Students at the RMIT University Homepage.

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