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1.5 Years


The Diploma of Civil Construction Design reflects the role of personnel working as designers or design para-professionals who support professional engineers. They perform tasks involving a high level of autonomy and requiring the application of significant judgement in planning and determining the selection of equipment/roles/techniques for themselves and others. They are required to develop site specific work designs to ensure the implementation of the client's site requirements. They demonstrate the application of a broad range of technical, managerial, coordination and planning skills.

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineering covers a large scope. It's about the design and construction of infrastructure and buildings. This leads to employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • roads
  • railways
  • mining
  • buildings - ranging from low to high rise
  • airports
  • harbours
  • environmental management
  • water supply and sewerage systems
  • quantity surveying
  • project management
  • testing construction materials

In this Diploma you will find an emphasis on practical skills and be introduced to the principles which underlie them. You will study: Civil engineering drafting to AS1100 standards Civil engineering design to Australian standards: selecting from electives in timber, concrete, steel, roads, drainage, pavements and foundations Underlying disciplines such as: engineering mathematics, force systems, surveying, engineering graphics, laboratory methodology, Excel applications, etc. Project management: time, risk and procurement processes

You will learn from the latest engineering packages including AutoCAD, CivilCAD, Revit, Strand 7, 12D, MS Project and DRAINS. Then you will use Building Information Modelling (BIM) to manage and share information.


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When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$16,970
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$16,970


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules:
  • This qualification has no core units
  • You will study a combination of the following elective units, which may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit:
  • BSBCUS501 Manage quality customer service
  • BSBINM501 Manage an information or knowledge management system
  • BSBMGT608 Manage innovation and continuous improvement
  • BSBPMG512 Manage project time
  • BSBPMG513 Manage project quality
  • BSBPMG517 Manage project risk
  • BSBPMG518 Manage project procurement
  • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • MEM09011B Apply basic engineering design concepts
  • MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
  • MEM3001A Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings
  • MEM3002A Produce basic engineering graphics
  • MEM30003A Produce detailed engineering drawings
  • MEM30004A Use CAD to create and display 3D models
  • RIICWD501D Prepare detailed design of foundations
  • RIICWD502D Prepare detailed design of lighting
  • RIICWD504D Prepare detailed design of environmental controls
  • RIICWD505D Prepare detailed design of landscaping
  • RIICWD506D Prepare detailed design of canals
  • RIICWD507D Prepare detailed geotechnical design
  • RIICWD508D Prepare detailed design of rural roads
  • RIICWD509D Prepare detailed design of urban roads
  • RIICWD510D Prepare detailed design of busways
  • RIICWD511D Prepare detailed design of sub-divisions
  • RIICWD512D Prepare detailed design of motorways and interchanges
  • RIICWD513D Prepare detailed design of rail civil infrastructure
  • RIICWD514D Prepare detailed design of dams
  • RIICWD515D Prepare detailed design of airfield civil works
  • RIICWD516D Prepare detailed design of bicycle ways
  • RIICWD517D Prepare detailed design of industrial hardstands
  • RIICWD518D Prepare detailed design of open car parks
  • RIICWD519D Prepare detailed design of inter modal facilities civil works
  • RIICWD520D Prepare detailed design of rigid pavements
  • RIICWD521D Prepare detailed design of flexible pavements
  • RIICWD522D Prepare stabilised material mix design
  • RIICWD523D Prepare asphalt mix design
  • RIICWD524D Prepare design of spray seal surfacing
  • RIICWD525D Select pavement surfacing
  • RIICWD526D Prepare detailed traffic analysis
  • RIICWD527D Prepare detailed design of traffic signals
  • RIICWD528D Prepare detailed design of traffic management systems
  • RIICWD529D Prepare detailed design of underground services
  • RIICWD530D Prepare detailed design of surface drainage
  • RIICWD531D Prepare detailed design of subsurface drainage
  • RIICWD532D Prepare detailed design of tunnels
  • RIICWD533D Prepare detailed design of civil concrete structures
  • RIICWD534D Prepare detailed design of civil steel structures
  • RIICWD535D Prepare detailed design of civil timber structures
  • RIICWD536D Prepare detailed design of civil masonry, crib and gabion structures
  • RIICWD537D Prepare detailed design of marine structures civil works
  • CPPSIS5032 Capture new spatial data
  • CPPSIS5035 Obtain and validate existing spatial data
  • CPPSIS5036 Integrate spatial datasets
  • MSL925005 Analyse data and report results
  • MSL924003 Process and interpret data
  • MSL975031 Supervise earthworks inspection, sampling and testing operations
  • MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
  • MSL973021 Conduct field based acceptance tests for construction materials
  • MSL975044 Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materials
  • MSL974026 Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials
  • MSL973022 Conduct laboratory based acceptance tests for constructions materials
  • RIICBS401D Apply the principles for the asphalt paving and compaction
  • RIICBS402D Apply the principles for the application of bituminous sprayed treatment
  • RIICBS403D Apply the principles for the application of polymer modified binder
  • RIICBS404D Apply the principles for the selection and use of bituminous emulsion
  • RIICBS405D Apply the principles for the application of slurry surfacing
  • RIICBS406D Apply the principles of pavement profiling using a profiler
  • RIICBS407D Apply the principles for the manufacture and delivery of hot mix asphalt
  • RIICBS408D Apply the principles for the manufacture of cold mix
  • RIICBS409D Apply the principles for the manufacture of polymer modified binders
  • RIICBS410D Apply the principles for the manufacture of bituminous emulsion
  • RIICBS411D Apply the principles for the manufacture of slurry surfacing
  • RIICPL401D Apply the principles for the installation of underground service using open excavation
  • RIICRC401D Apply the principles of flexible pavement construction
  • RIICRC402D Apply the principles of rigid pavement construction
  • RIICRC403D Apply the principles of the stabilisation of materials
  • RIICRC404D Inspect and report on pavement condition
  • RIICSG401D Apply the principles of civil concrete structures construction
  • RIICSG402D Apply the principles of civil steel structures construction
  • RIICSG403D Apply the principles of civil timber structures construction
  • RIICSG404D Apply the principles of civil masonry, crib and gabion structure construction
  • RIICTC401D Apply the principles of tunnel construction
  • RIICTT401D Apply the principles for the installation of underground services using trenchless technology
  • RIILAT402D Provide supervision in the leadership of diverse work teams
  • RIIMEX403D Apply the principles of canal construction
  • RIIMPO402D Apply the principles of earthworks construction


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Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.