RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction

RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working in civil construction, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge.

This course is designed to provide new participants with the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge required to work in the civil construction and maintenance industry across a wide range of related specialist areas. People undertaking this course may learn a range of skills including infrastructure and building site preparation, environmental and safety requirements, operation of machinery and equipment, installing pipework and drainage systems, spreading and compacting materials and carrying out concrete work.

People who have experience in the industry but do not have recognised qualifications can also utilise this course as means of getting their current skills and competencies recognised through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.


The first week is typically conducted in a classroom environment where theory is taught.  Following the theory, the training is conducted in a live works, hands on setting where participants are actively and directly involved in the practical construction of projects.


A Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process will be undertaken prior to the commencement of the training to identify the skills and knowledge the person has acquired through work experience, formal and informal training and / or general life experience.

Ongoing assessments will be conducted throughout the program and may include completion of activity workbooks, actual or simulated workplace activities, observation of skills and knowledge applied within the workplace, written tests, research projects and informal / formal questioning.

Core Units

Successful completion of twenty five (25) units of competency made up of seven (7) core units, and eighteen (18) elective units. Core units include:

Core units of competency
Unit code Unit code
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and specifications
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment


Enrolment conditions

Students must be over 18 years of age to be eligible for this training program. Enrolments for persons under 18 years of age will not be accepted.

English language requirements

International students must satisfy our English language proficiency requirements for admission into all of our courses. For applicants whose first language is not English they will need to have:

  • Achieved an IELTS (Academic Module) overall score of 5.5 (no band less than 5.0); or
  • Successful completion of an approved secondary or tertiary qualification, taught in the English language in a country where English is the official language or the main language spoken with evidence no more than five years old on the proposed date of commencement of the course; or
  • Successfully completed a pre-course English program from an approved ELICOS Provider.

Other evidence of English language proficiency may be accepted.

Evidence of English language proficiency must be no more than two years old on the proposed date of commencement of the course.



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