Course Title: Install trench support

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: BUIL6145C

Course Title: Install trench support

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3307 - Certificate III in Plumbing

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: 16

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


Course Description

This unit covers the installation of trench support in the civil construction industry. It includes planning and preparing, installing trench shoring, removing trench shoring, and cleaning up. Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

RIICCM210A Install trench support


1 Plan and prepare

2. Install trench shoring

3. Remove trench shoring

4. Clean up

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Access, interpret and apply compliance documentation relevant to the work activity
1.2. Obtain and confirm safety requirements from the site safety plan and organisational policies and procedures, and apply to the allotted task
1.3. Identify, obtain and implement traffic control signage requirements from the project traffic management plan
1.4. Select plant, tools and equipment to carry out tasks consistent with the requirements of the job, check for serviceability and rectify or report any faults
1.5. Identify environmental protection requirements from the project environmental management plan, and confirm and apply to the allotted task
2.1. Communicate with plant operator to ensure the excavation of trenches complies with site plan, line and depth
2.2. Determine and prepare shoring method
2.3. Set out positioning of shoring
2.4. Position or erect shoring within the trench
2.5. Secure shoring in position and check to ensure structural conformity with regulations
2.6. Clean out excavation out by hand to job requirements
2.7. Provide ladders for access and egress to site safety plan requirements
3.1. Release jacking mechanisms and remove ladders
3.2. Check shoring and prepare it for lifting from the trench
3.3. Remove shoring from trench and store it on site
4.1. Clear work area and dispose of or recycle materials in accordance with project environmental management plan
4.2. Clean, check, maintain and store tools and equipment

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 WHS principles.

Teaching Schedule

This unit is delivered over 2 session

Session Number                  Topic                                                                                                   Learning Activities/Resources                                                                         Elements/ Performance         criteria Assessments                                                                                                                                
Session 1

Study the installation of trench shoring used in the plumbing industry

Pearsons Sanitary and Drainage. Complete work sheets 1-3. 
Pearsons power point.                   Introduce SWMS requirements.

1.1 - 4.2. Ass 1 Complete underpinning question in student recording book
and SWMS


Session 2  
1.1 - 4.2

Ass 2 – Practice exercise 1 install trench support ( A34 )
 Ass 3 – Practice exercise 2 install trench support with boundary trap & drain ( A35 )

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks. Pearsons Sanitary & Drainage 
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
Assessment 1 – Submit workbook underpinning questions and completed SWMS. (Weighting 30%)
Assessment 2 – Install trench shoring A34  (weighting 30%)
Assessment 3 – Install trench shoring and boundary trap A35 (weighting 40%)

To successfully complete this unit, a student needs to be deemed competent (CA grade) in all three 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 – Written tasks - Workbook                                              Element 1.1 to 4.2                                                                                      30%
Assessment 2 -  Install trench shoring A34                                             Element 1.1 to 4.2                                                                                     30%
Assessment 3 – Install trench shoring and boundary trap A35           Element 1.1 to 4.2                                                                                      40% 

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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