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Construct and erect timber wall framing

Unit Descriptor

1 . Plan and prepare work
  1. Quality Assurance requirements for company's construction operations recognised and adhered to.

  2. OH&S requirements for workplace environment and construction and erection of timber wall framing recognised and adhered to.

  3. Materials and quantity requirements determined from job drawings and specifications in accordance with AS1684

  4. Appropriate personal protective equipment selected, correctly fitted and used.

  5. Tools and equipment selected to carry out processes consistent with the requirements of job, checked for serviceability and any faults reported to supervisor.

2 . Set out wall plates
  1. Location of walls set out to dimensions from job drawings and marked on floor joists, flooring or slab.

  2. Material selected for straightness of wall plates to ensure as straight as practical.

  3. Wall plates marked and cut to length as pairs allowing for wall junction and joints to job assembly requirements and specifications.

  4. Top and bottom plates temporarily nailed together and placed in location position ready for setting out.

  5. Position of studs and openings set out on wall plates to dimensions from job drawings, specifications for spacing and to suit brickwork if required.

  6. Door and window openings set out to schedule of door and window widths with allowance for clearance of + 10mm each side.

3 . Set out and prepare studs and trimmers
  1. Walls constructed and erected in accordance with requirements of Section 4 AS1684.

  2. Trenching/housing in wall plates for studs carried out where required to allow for irregular plate thickness.

  3. Stud length determined in accordance with specified ceiling height.

  4. Opening and intermediate studs selected for straightness and cut to length to specification.

  5. Studs for door and window openings set out to heights for door and window sizes with clearance allowance at head of +10mm.

  6. Studs for wall frames checked for straightness and bows/springs to one face of wall.

  7. Housing, notching, drilling of studs to accommodate trimmers, lintels and services carried out to requirements of AS1684.

  8. Trimmers and short studs marked and cut to lengths to specifications.

  9. Standard spacing size noggings cut to length.

4 . Construct walls
  1. Wall plates, studs, trimmers and short studs assembled and fixed in accordance with Section 6 - AS1684.

  2. Lintels, headers and ledgers above opening in walls installed in accordance with Section 4 - AS1684.

  3. Noggings installed on flat in rows at 1.350m maximum centres or closer if cladding required and staggered not more than their own width.

  4. Walls squared and braced with braces fixed to walls in accordance with AS1684 and manufacturer's specifications.

  5. Wall framing around chimneys constructed to clear brickwork/blockwork by minimum 25mm.

5 . Erect walls
  1. Walls erected into location and temporarily braced into vertical position.

  2. Top wall plate junctions joined in accordance with specifications.

  3. Bottom wall plate fixed to location and line to specifications.

  4. Walls plumbed to + or - 2mm over 2.4 metres with wall bracing permanently fixed to specification.

  5. Corners blocked, where required, to tie junction studs together to specifications.

6 . Clean up
  1. Area cleared free of debris.

  2. Waste and unwanted materials disposed of safely.

  3. Unused materials stored/stacked.

  4. Tools and equipment cleaned, maintained and stored.

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?2
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?3
How are activities planned and organised?2
How are problem solving skills applied?2
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?2
How is use of technology applied?1
How is team work used within this competency?2

Range Statement

Quality Assurance requirements may include:

OH&S requirements to be in accordance with State/Territory legislation and regulations and may include:

Personal protective equipment may include:

Tools and equipment may include but are not limited to:

Top wall plates may be joined by:

Floor bases for wall installation include:

Wall bracing materials include:

Waste and debris may include:


to be undertaken in a team situation.

Reporting of faults

should be in accordance with company's workplace procedures and may be verbal or written.

Evidence Guide

Critical Aspects of Evidence

It is essential that competence be observed in the following aspects:

Pre-requisite Relationship of Units

Pre-requisites for this unit are:

Underpinning Knowledge and Skills

A knowledge of:

The ability to:

Resource Implications

Method of Assessment

Competency should be assessed while tasks are undertaken.

Assessment may involve:

Assessment may be by intermittent checking at various stages of each task application or at the completion of each task in accordance with the performance criteria.

Context of Assessment

Competency should be assessed in the normal or simulated workplace environment.

Assessment should be while tasks are undertaken either individually or as part of a team operation.