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Certificate III in Civil Construction (General)

  • National Course Code: RII30915
  • TAFE NSW code: RII30915-09V02-20NEC-999

Location – National Environmental Centre - (General)

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  • 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 (General) will give you a broad overview of the construction industry. This highly-regarded qualification is recognised by construction employers, it can lead to work on substantial, exciting infrastructure projects across Australia.


You can also choose to specialise in the following civil construction areas:

  • Bridge Construction and Maintenance
  • Pipe Laying
  • Road Construction and Maintenance
  • Tunnel Construction


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, including:

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


Completing the course will equip you with:

  • Hands-on experience working in simulated environments
  • Practical skills in operating hand and power tools, and small plant and equipment


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This course is superseded.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.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

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

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


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the civil construction industry
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application


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 civil construction industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have signed a traineeship contract


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the civil construction industry


There is no work placement requirement for apprentices or trainees undertaking this qualification, as you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

Non-apprentices and non-trainees will need to be in either relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments to complete the learning and assessment requirements.

You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our team can offer support and guidance to assist you.


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 Year 10 high school 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.


Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors.

A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who require access to construction sites. Local regulations should also be checked for requirements.

Refer to SafeWork Australias licensing requirements and guidelines before applying to study this qualification.


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:

  • 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.
  • It is not essential that you are highly skilled at using computers to study this course, however, you need to be able to operate a computer.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

This is a blended course delivered by workplace visits.

You may also be required to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent study and workplace experience.


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 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
  • 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 will be delivered by workplace visits. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


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

Core Units
Number Title
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
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
Elective Units
Number Title
RIICRC301D Maintain drainage systems
RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management plan
RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIICRC306D Conduct earthworks
RIIHAN308F Load and unload plant
RIICCM209D Carry out concrete work
RIICBS202D Hand spread asphalt
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM206D Support plant operations
RIICRC304D Maintain sealed roads
RIICRC307D Conduct road pavement construction
RIICRC302D Place and form concrete kerb, channel and fixtures
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation
RIICRC201D Repair potholes
RIICBS208D Conduct road maintenance operations
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually
RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site
BSBFLM312 Contribute to team effectiveness
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers

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

National Environmental Centre
Ettamogah Road, Thurgoona
Phone 131 601

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