National code: RII30920

Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance)

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Overview About this course

Make your mark in the civil construction industry as a road surfacing construction worker. Conduct a variety of road marking operations using ride-on, long line and thermoplastic methods and develop skills that are recognised across borders.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Plan and organise civil construction works
    Carry out measurements and calculations
    Read and interpret plans and specifications
    Use industry hand and power tools
    Operate small plant and equipment
    Operate road marking machinery

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience line marking in a range of environments, such as roads, tennis courts and parking lots
    Confidence to safely operate plant and equipment in the civil construction industry to conduct road marking operations
    Practical skills in operating hand and power tools
    A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • 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

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A valid general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card)

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in working outdoors and in all-weather terrain
    Fitness at an intermediate level to manage outdoor physical tasks like shovelling, working with hot asphalt and working in heat and extreme weather
    Excellent hand-eye coordination
    Aptitude to use electronic devices in order to complete daily online risk assessments
    Teamwork and collaborative skills
    A commitment to safety
    The ability to provide your own personal protective equipment
    Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

    TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

    This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

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.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Road surfacing construction worker Civil construction worker (site maintenance) Civil construction worker (general) Plant and equipment operators


A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who want to carry out construction work in NSW. This is specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007). Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card. Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Visit NSW Fair Trading for licensing requirements and guidelines before you apply.

Study pathways

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The Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance) does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

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.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 26 Units of competency, including 8 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.

  • Identify, locate and protect underground services RIICCM202E

  • Communicate in the workplace RIICOM201E

  • Use hand and power tools RIISAM203E

  • Operate small plant and equipment RIISAM204E

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TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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