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Vocational Education & Training

RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction

Not available to international students.


Casuarina, Remote

Estimated completion time: 2 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

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 qualification applies to specialist occupation - Civil Construction General [Stream 9]. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.

This qualification may be suitable for Apprenticeships.

Credit transfers and pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


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Entry requirements

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, students will need to demonstrate an
appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake a course at this level.
This qualification is suitable for Apprentices and Domestic Students.


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package.

Additional information

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina, Remote

Study Mode: On campus
Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Contact details

Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

To achieve a CERTIFICATE III IN CIVIL CONSTRUCTION a total of TWENTY-FIVE (25) units of competency must be completed comprising SEVEN (7) Core and EIGHTEEN (18) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

no more than five (5) may be chosen from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

  • at least ten (10) must be chosen from Group Y

  • at least three (3) must be chosen from Group Z

The total Nominal Hours for the qualification is between 784.  The total nominal hours may vary depending on elective units selected.

General Stream

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work 20
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations 20
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and specifications 40
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace 20
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools 80
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment 20
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures 20
  Total nominal hours for core units 220
RIIHAN307E Operate a vehicle loading crane 40
RIIHAN308F Load and unload plant 20
RIICPL301D Install water mains pipelines 40
RIICPL302D Install storm water systems 40
RIICPL303D Install sewer pipelines 40
RIICPL304D Install pre-cast gully pits 40
RIICRC301D Maintain drainage systems 16
RIICRC304D Maintain sealed roads 32
RIICRC306D Conduct earthworks 80
RIIIMG301D Maintain site records 10
RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations 80
RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management plan 20
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services 30
RIICCM206D Support plant operations 8
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually 12
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling 16
RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control 20
RIIWHS205D Control traffic with stop-slow bat 20
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 784


Course fees

Domestic Students
2021 VET fees will be published as soon as they become available.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

VET full fees are applicable to this course.
2021: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.

VET tuition fees

NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.

Fee for service

In some circumstances this course may be available as fee-for-service. Please contact the relevant team to discuss delivery charges for this program.

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