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Assessing and Recommending Work Methods for Carrying Out Site Operations in the Workplace

Level 4
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Identify and use available project data to enable decisions on work methods to be made.
  • 1.1 - Assess at least four of the following project data on various projects:
    - conditions of contract
    - Bills of quantities or methods of measurement
    - specifications
    - drawings
    - health, safety and environmental plans
    - programmes
    - organisational requirements
    - instructions and variations
  • 1.2 - Take into account at least three of the following when assessing various work methods:
    - sequencing and integration of work operations
    - organisation of resources (people, plant, materials and finances)
    - established construction techniques
    - temporary works
    - prefabrication and standardisation
    - working conditions
  • 1.3 - Explain different methods of identifying project data.
  • 1.4 - Explain the different ways of assessing project data for identifying work methods.
  • 1.5 - Explain the factors that influence or define work methods.
2 Obtain more information from other sources where available project data is insufficient.
  • 2.1 - Obtain additional project information by consulting at least two of the following sources:
    - client, customer or their representative
    - sub-contractors
    - suppliers
    - regulatory authorities
    - technical literature
    - trade literature
  • 2.2 - Describe ways of obtaining additional information for project data from a variety of relevant sources.
  • 2.3 - Give possible reasons why project data may be insufficient.
3 Evaluate work methods against relevant technical and project criteria.
  • 3.1 - Evaluate chosen work methods against at least seven of the following technical work criteria:
    - materials performance and availability
    - structural forms
    - occupancy
    - health, safety and welfare
    - fire protection
    - access
    - plant, equipment and people availability
    - transport logistics
    - environmental factors
    - waste management
    - seasonal weather conditions
    - sustainability
    - innovative materials, technologies and processes
    - site conditions
  • 3.2 - Describe typical criteria that determine work methods for routine types of projects.
  • 3.3 - Explain different ways of evaluating work methods against a range of technical criteria and relevant project criteria.
4 Communicate work methods to decision makers.
  • 4.1 - Advise and recommend work methods to decision makers.
  • 4.2 - Explain different ways of selecting appropriate work methods on relevant projects.
  • 4.3 - Explain different ways that work methods can be recommended to decision makers.
  • 4.4 - Outline the different communication methods that could be used to recommend work methods.
5 Analyse and quantify the selected work method for its activity content.
  • 5.1 - Carry out an analysis of selected work methods on a range of projects which show checks on activity content against quantities of time, cost or resources.
  • 5.2 - Explain different ways of analysing selected work methods for activity content.
  • 5.3 - Explain ways of accurately quantifying selected work methods.
  • 5.4 - Describe the implications of inaccurately analysing and quantifying selected work methods.
6 Ensure a method statement is prepared and approved prior to commencement of work.
  • 6.1 - Confirm and approve various method statements prior to relevant work taking place.
  • 6.2 - Explain different ways that can ensure method statements have been sufficiently prepared.
  • 6.3 - Explain the implications, factors and processes of approving method statements prior to commencing work.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment, in accordance with the ConstructionSkills‘ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment.
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and knowledge, and must use a combination of assessment methods as defined in the Consolidated Assessment Strategy.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.