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RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction


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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.
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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.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Civil Construction include:

  • Leading Hand (Civil Construction)
  • Bridge Constructor
  • Road Builder
  • Road Marker
  • Utilities Industry Worker (Transmission Laying)
  • Road Paver
  • Timber Bridge Constructor
  • Tunnel Constructor
  • Site Maintenance Construction Worker

Credit transfers & 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 VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 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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Course information flyer(s)

2019 Course Information Flyers will be published early in 2019.

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.

Course fees

2019 VET fees will be published early in December 2018.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

This course is a full fee paying course. VET full fees will apply to all new and continuing domestic students enrolling in this course.
2019: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses is available 2019 VET Fees.pdf.

VET tuition fees

This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2019: Information about 2019 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available 2019 VET Fees.pdf. VET Tuition Fees for 2019 will be charged at $3.20 per nominal hour for subsidised training.

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

  • 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: Internal, Mixed mode
    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

Automotive and Civil
Location: Casuarina Campus
Phone: 08 8946 7506
Fax: 08 8946 6433

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.
  • at least ten (10) must be chosen from Group Y
  • at least three (3) must be chosen from Group Z
  • 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.

The total Nominal Hours for the qualification is between 1340-1410The total nominal hours may vary depending on elective units selected.

General Stream
Code Module/Unit of Competency
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and specifications
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  Total nominal hours for core units
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY - GROUP Y (select a minimum of 10)
CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
CPCCLRG3001A Licence to perform rigging basic level*
FPIFGM3212 Fall trees manually (intermediate)
RIIHAN307D Operate a vehicle loading crane
RIIHAN308E Load and unload plant
RIICPL301D Install water mains pipelines
RIICPL302D Install storm water systems
RIICPL303D Install sewer pipelines
RIICPL304D Install pre-cast gully pits
RIICRC301D Maintain drainage systems
RIIIMG301D Maintain site records
RIIMPO318E Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management plan
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY - GROUP Z (select a minimum of 3)
FPICOT2239A Trim and cut felled trees
RIICBS202D Hand spread asphalt
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM206D Support plant operations
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling
RIICCM209D Carry out concrete work
RIICCM210D Install trench support
RIICCM211D Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates
RIICRC201D Repair potholes
RIICRC202D Install signs
RIICRC208D Lay pipes/td>
RIICRC209D Lay reinforced concrete box culverts
RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control
RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces
RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights
RIIWHS205D Control traffic with stop-slow bat
RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site
TLILIC2001A Licence to operate forklift truck
UNNAMED ELECTIVES (select a maximum of 5)
CPCCLRG3002A Licence to perform rigging intermediate level**
CPCCLRG4001A Licence to perform rigging advanced level***
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
RIIMPO315D Conduct tractor operations
RIIMPO317E Conduct roller operations
RIIMPO319D Conduct backhoe/loader operations
RIIMPO320E Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIMPO321E Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
RIIMPO323D Conduct civil construction dozer operations
RIIMPO324D Conduct civil construction grader operations
RIIMPO325D Conduct civil construction scraper operations
RIIMPO326D Conduct civil construction water cart operations
RIIMPO337D Conduct articulated haul truck operations
RIIMPO338D Conduct rigid haul truck operations
  Total nominal hours for the qualification



* Pre-requisite unit CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
** Pre-requisite unit CPCCLRG3001A Licence to perform rigging basic level
*** Pre- requisite unit CPCCLRG3002A Licence to perform rigging intermediate level

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