Offering Info

Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Laying)

  • National Course Code: RII30920
  • TAFE NSW code: RII30920-03V01-22NEC-020

Location – Thurgoona, National Environment Centre





Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

3 Hours per week


2 years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Laying) builds your ability to support the exciting future of Australian civil construction projects as an expert pipe layer. Benefit from on the job training as you develop both transferable and specalised skills.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Construct and support trenches
  • Lay, join and test pipes
  • Measure and calculate materials
  • Operate small plant and equipment
  • Communicate in a team and with colleagues


Develop the attributes that help you get ahead:

  • A safety mindset
  • Sound problem-solving skills
  • An ability to work within a team
  • Good communication skills
  • An enjoyment of hands-on work and working outdoors


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Civil construction worker
  • Civil construction pipe layer
  • Civil construction site maintenance worker
  • Civil construction mobile plant worker


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction
  • Diploma of Civil Construction Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design

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 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Laying) as an apprenticeship. There may also be options for you to study as a non-apprentice.

To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

Enquire today and one of our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements.


During your study, you will need to meet requirements to complete your coursework.
Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

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


There is no work placement requirement for this qualification. As an apprentice, youll gain experience with your employer.
If you are enrolling as a non-apprentice, you need to be in relevant employment or have access to simulated workplaces to meet the completion requirements.


Licensing, legislative, and certification requirements that apply to this qualification vary between locations and industry sectors.
Visit NSW Fair Trading for more information.


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

  • Comfort working in confined spaces
  • Fitness for tasks like shovelling
  • Access to your own protective equipment
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a 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.
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 offering, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are

  • currently working in the Civil Construction industry.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a variable, combined course. You must attend approximately 3 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run variable for 2 years.

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is delivered via blended learning. You will be contacted by one of our teachers to discuss and develop your individual learning plan.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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

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
RIIBEF201E Plan and organise work
RIICCM201E Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM203E Read and interpret plans and job specifications
RIICOM201E Communicate in the workplace
RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
RIISAM203E Use hand and power tools
RIISAM204E Operate small plant and equipment
RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM205F Carry out manual excavation
RIICCM206E Support plant operations
RIICCM207E Spread and compact materials manually
RIICCM208E Carry out basic levelling
RIICCM210E Install trench support
RIICRC208E Lay pipes
RIISAM201E Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
RIIWHS302E Implement traffic management plans
RIIWMG203E Drain and dewater civil construction sites
Elective Units
Number Title
RIICCM209E Carry out concrete work
RIICCM211E Construct and dismantle fences and gates
RIICRC201E Repair potholes
RIICRC203E Install sub-soil drainage
RIICRC301E Maintain drainage systems
RIIRIS201E Conduct local risk control
RIIWMG301E Control construction site water tables
RIICPL301E Install water mains pipelines
RIICPL302E Install stormwater systems
RIICPL303E Install sewer pipelines

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

Thurgoona, National Environment Centre
Phone 131 601

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