Offering Info

Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance)

  • National Course Code: RII30915
  • TAFE NSW code: RII30915-04V02-20CHE-002

Location – Coffs Harbour

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

3.8 Hours per week


2 Years

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance) will equip you with the skills you need to maintain the longevity and safety of our road network. Keep Australia moving and start your career working on road projects that make a difference.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Measure and calculate materials
  • Read and interpret plans
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Operate small plant and equipment

You will also learn about work health and safety, planning and organisation in the civil construction industry.


Develop the personal qualities and skills needed to get ahead in this field:

  • Analytical skills to read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Communication
  • Collaboration and team work
  • Problem solving with a solutions focus


Completing the course will equip you with:

  • Practical skills in operating hand and power tools, and heavy machinery

Career opportunities:

  • Civil construction worker
  • Civil construction road surfacing worker
  • Civil construction (general) worker
  • Civil construction site maintenance worker
  • Civil construction mobile plant worker


Build on your career with further learning:

  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Operations)
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision)
  • Diploma of Civil Construction (Engineering and Management)
  • Associate Degree of Civil Construction (Engineering and Management)


The civil construction sector is booming across NSW. Skilled construction workers are in high demand due to project works commissioned by the Federal and state government, local councils and private contracting firms.

This course is superseded.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.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance) as either an apprenticeship or non-apprenticeship, traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can construct the career you want.

Depending on the course you choose and the campus you want to study at you will need to provide evidence that you meet all relevant entry criteria.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in road construction and maintenance
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application
  • Complete formal training with TAFE NSW and your informal, on-the-job training with your employer


There may be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice. Enquire today and our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will support you to understand any eligibility or entry requirements for our non-apprenticeship qualifications.


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the road construction and maintenance industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the road construction and maintenance industry


In addition to the Training Package entry requirements above, you will need to provide evidence of the following before starting your training or entering a construction work site:

  • Achievement of the general induction training program (commonly known as white card). The unit CPCCWHS1001: Prepare to work safely in the construction industry covers this requirement. See Licensing requirements for more information


Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Refer to SafeWork Australias Licensing requirements and guidelines prior to applying to study this qualification.

Construction white card

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 NSW website for more information on applying for your white card.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • An ability to comply with safety procedures
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • The ability to work in confined spaces and at heights if required
  • Literacy, language and numeracy skills to an Australian Year 10 level
  • A high level of physical fitness
  • The ability to operate a computer

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

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

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified tradesman after successful completion

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Complete 25 units


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

This is a Part Time Day Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 3.8 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 2 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 0.6 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 7.9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including on the job = learning skills from supervisors, leading hands and experienced workers.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Employed by councils & contractors in the civil construction industry.


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


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
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • 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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.


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?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
PPE: Hi viz clothing, safety boots, safety helmet, safety gloves, safety glasses.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management plan
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and job specifications
RIICRC201D Repair potholes
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually
RIICCM206D Support plant operations
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
Elective Units
Number Title
RIICCM209D Carry out concrete work
RIICRC306D Conduct earthworks
RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control
RIICRC314D Handle concrete materials
RIICCM210D Install trench support
RIICRC208D Lay pipes
RIICRC301D Maintain drainage systems
RIICRC304D Maintain sealed roads
RIICRC316D Place and compact concrete

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

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

Coffs Harbour
Glenreagh Street, Coffs Harbour
Phone 131 601

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