Offering Info

Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Laying)

  • National Course Code: RII30915
  • TAFE NSW code: RII30915-03V02-20NEC-999

Location – National Environmental Centre

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

8 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This course leads to the Certificate III in Civil Construction with a specialistion in Pipe Laying.

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.

The qualification applies to specialist occupations in bituminous surfacing, bridge construction and maintenance, pipe laying, road construction and maintenance, road marking, tunnel construction, timber bridge construction and maintenance, civil construction general and traffic management occupations. 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This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

It is assumed that you have literacy and numeracy skills at Certificate II level for success in this course. Contact your TAFE NSW campus if you have any questions about your suitability.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • working in the civil construction industry

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to have adequate motor skills and physical fitness to undertake routine tasks relevant to workplace activities
  • although it is not essential that you are highly skilled at using computers to study this course, you will need to be able to operate a computer.
  • to complete training and assessment tasks in their workplace setting


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This course is delivered via workplace visits. You will need to attend approximately 8 hours per week (4 hours learner workbook private study and 4 hours workplace experience).

Stream 03 - Pipe Laying


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are working in the civil construction industry and who are looking at expanding their knowledge and skills in this industry.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) support
  • Studiosity
  • Disabilities support including assistive technology
  • Library - Resources, computer and internet access for learners
  • Counselling and career services
  • Aboriginal support services
  • Other mechanisms such as assistance in using technology for online delivery components

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is delivered via workplace visits. You will be contacted by one of our teachers to discuss the confirmed schedule and develop your individual learning plan.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and job specifications
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment
Elective Units
Number Title
RIICRC301D Maintain drainage systems
RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management plan
RIICCM209D Carry out concrete work
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM206D Support plant operations
RIICRC201D Repair potholes
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually
RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
RIICCM210D Install trench support
RIICRC208D Lay pipes
RIICPL302D Install stormwater systems
RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control
RIICCM211D Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates
RIICPL301D Install water mains pipelines
RIICRC203D Install sub-soil drainage
RIIWMG301D Control construction site water table
RIICPL303D Install sewer pipelines

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

National Environmental Centre
Ettamogah Road, Thurgoona
Phone 131 601

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