Concrete Cutting Training Course

Cut concrete


This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to safely cut concrete. It requires using concrete and masonry saws to cut concrete to specification.

A person who has achieved this unit of competency would be expected to take responsibility for organising and completing these tasks with a high degree of self-direction.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit of competency in some states and territories. For further information, check with the relevant regulatory authority.

Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

Course Outline

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe what needs to be done to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Plan and prepare to cut concrete.


Interpret specifications for concrete cutting and clarify requirements with relevant persons.


Assess work site to determine concrete type, thickness, reinforcement and base type impacting cutting requirements.


Plan work tasks to comply with relevant legislation, regulations, standards and codes, and manufacturer, work health and safety (WHS), environmental and workplace requirements.


Select and fit required personal protective equipment (PPE).


Inspect work site, assess hazards and apply risk controls, including required signage and barricades.


Select tools and equipment, check for serviceability and rectify or report any faults.


Carry out concrete cutting activities.


Inspect concrete to assess its readiness for cutting and to prevent raveling, cracking and saw damage.


Conduct required measurements and calculations and mark cutting positions according to specifications.


Use tools and equipment safely to perform trial cuts according to manufacturer and workplace requirements.


Cut concrete according to specifications and quality requirements.


Control dust from concrete cutting activities according to workplace requirements.


Clean up.


Clear work area and dispose of, reuse or recycle materials according to regulatory and workplace requirements.


Clean, check, maintain and store tools and equipment according to manufacturer and workplace requirements.


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