Course Title: Locate and clear blockages

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: CIVE5718C

Course Title: Locate and clear blockages

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 4468


Nominal Hours: 8

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

CPCPCM2043A Carry out WHS requirements

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to locate and clear blockages to sanitary plumbing and drainage with the use of mechanically operated drain clearing machines and attachments, closed circuit television (CCTV) and manually operated drain cleaning tools and equipment where required.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCPDR2021A Locate and clear blockages


1 Prepare for work.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plans and specifications are obtained from job supervisor.
1.2 Work health and safety (WHS) and environmental requirements associated with locating and clearing blockages are adhered to throughout the work.
1.3 Quality assurance requirements are identified and adhered to according to workplace requirements.
1.4 Tasks are planned and sequenced in conjunction with others involved in or affected by the work.
1.5 Tools and equipment, including personal protective equipment, are selected and checked for serviceability.
1.6 Work area is prepared to support efficient locating and clearing of blockage.


2 Locate and clear blockage.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Section containing blockage is located and isolated and its material identified.
2.2 Blockage clearing equipment is selected according to the job.
2.3 Where necessary, mechanical drain clearing equipment is assembled and used according to manufacturer instructions.
2.4 Blockage is cleared without causing damage to pipework and fittings.
2.5 Pipework is tested to confirm blockage is cleared from pipe system.
2.6 Where required, authorities are advised of work completion.
2.7 Sustainability principles and concepts are applied throughout the locating and clearing process.


3 Clean up.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled according to legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job.
3.2 Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored according to manufacturer recommendations and workplace procedures.
3.3 Information is accessed and documentation completed according to workplace requirements.

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 sessions

Session Number         Topic                                             Learning Activities/Resources                  Elements/ Performance Criteria                Assessments                  
1Theory of locating and clearing blockages in drains. 

Pearson’s Chapt. 12 Powerpoint

Pearsons Sanitary and Drainage Chapt 12 pg423 -450.

Students complete worksheets 1 & 3.

AS/NZS 3500 

1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 
1 Cont….Swmns, underpinnings, formative tasksStudents complete SWMS, underpinning questions in student recording book.1.2,Assessment 1 – Submit workbook underpinning questions and completed SWMS
2Practical TasksStudent locates and clears blockages using tools and equipment in workshop. Student recording book required for self assessment.

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3,  

Assessment 2 – Practical tasks - Locate and clear blockages A29, A30, A31


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Basic Plumbing Services Skills Water Supply 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 2 different types of assessment tasks
Assessment 1 – Submit workbook underpinning questions and completed SWMS. (Weighting 30%)

Assessment 2 – Practical tasks - Locate and clear blockages A29, A30, A31. (weighting 70%)

To successfully complete this unit, a student needs to be deemed competent (CA grade) in 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 – Written tasks - Workbook Element 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.2,     30%
Assessment 2 - Practical installation of water pipework to plumbing areas Element 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3,       70%

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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