Recent times have seen an increase in the use of precast concrete in construction, with demand globally predicted to increase at 6.5% per year, at an estimated $185.35 billion by 2023. However, this increase has been marked by a number of incidents of improper installation, such as concrete panels falling from heights in Canberra and Queensland, which in some cases has resulted in deaths. Due to its size and weight, precast concrete has particular concerns around proper technique in temporary support and lifting during installation.
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has agreed to the Construction IRC undertaking the development of a Certificate II in Precast Concrete Installation in Building and Construction.
Precast concrete is ubiquitous in the modern built environment. It is available in a range of sizes, shapes and finishes and is used in low-rise and high-rise buildings, landscaping, and civil construction. Precast concrete products offer an efficient, cost effective, and sustainable method of construction. Construction work with precast concrete requires precision installation.
A committee of subject matter experts has been convened to advise on the development of the qualification and units of competency.
Please email Artibus Innovation email@example.com if you have an interest in contributing to the development of this qualification.
This project is scheduled for submission to the AISC by September 2022.