Build the practical skills you need to get your start in the dynamic civil construction industry. Get an all-rounder’s introduction, become a qualified civil construction worker and help to shape the future of Australia’s infrastructure.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Plan and organise civil construction tasks
Read and interpret plans
Use hand and power tools
Operate a small plant and equipment
Follow work health and safety (WHS) procedures
Perform measurements and calculations
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Experience liaising with real clients and stakeholders
Skills in working to project deadlines
Experience working on a real work site with colleagues and supervisors
The ability to use a variety of hand tools, power tools, and civil construction equipment
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
That you hold a valid general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card), as evidenced by a copy of your card
Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship
This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Have good hand-eye coordination and the ability to use hand tools
Are comfortable working at heights and in confined spaces
Have an intermediate level of fitness to manage physical tasks like shovelling, moving surveying equipment, and walking long distances
The ability to work well as part of a team
A commitment to safety
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Earthmoving Plant Operators (General) operate a range of earthmoving plants to assist with building roads, rail, water supplies, dams, treatment plants and agricultural earthworks.
Other jobs include: Civil construction worker, Civil construction road surfacing worker, Civil construction site maintenance worker, Civil construction road maintenance worker, Civil construction bridge maintenance worker, Civil construction pipe laying worker and Civil construction mobile plant worker
Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. These also may vary depending on your specialty units and employment options. Your teacher will advise you if there are any applicable to your study. Visit NSW Fair Trading for more information on licensing requirements and guidelines.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Civil Construction (Civil Construction General) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 25 units of competency, including 7 core and 18 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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