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Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design

  • National Course Code: RII40815
  • TAFE NSW code: RII40815-01V03-21NEC-999

Location – National Environmental Centre, Thurgoona and Wollongong - Traineeship





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2 Years

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design gives you the essential theoretical and practical skills needed to step into the construction industry. Learn to apply a wide range of construction principles and begin your civil career in a range of roles.


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

  • Manage projects
  • Apply design and construction details
  • Learn and use the latest industry software
  • Design, draft and build civil infrastructure projects


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • The ability to be adaptable to change, whether that be in design or on the construction site
  • A willingness to work with new technology (Computer-Aided Design) or any new construction techniques
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others as part of a larger design and construction team
  • Problem-solving skills and persistence when challenges arise
  • A creative yet methodical approach to their work


Completing this course provides you with:

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

Career opportunities:

  • Civil engineering designer
  • Civil engineering draftsperson
  • Civil engineering technician


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Civil Construction Design
  • Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design

This course is superseded.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 entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

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

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


During your study, you need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course work and be successful.

If you are working on construction sites or studying as a trainee, you need to meet the following success. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A General Construction Induction Card (commonly known as a White Card)


A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who require access to construction sites.

Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card.


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

  • A familiarity with computer programs such as Word
  • A personal computer that is CAD capable (Computer-Aided Design program)
  • Math skills at a Year 12 General level

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:

  • Trainee 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.

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


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

This is a blended course. You will need to complete approximately 6 hours of study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including research, online learning material and workplace training.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Are a Trainee working in the civil construction industry and are looking at expanding your knowledge and skills in this industry.

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.

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 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
BSBLDR402 Lead effective workplace relationships
BSBWOR404 Develop work priorities
Elective Units
Number Title
CPPSIS3015A Collect spatial data
CPPSIS5032A-UNGRADED Capture new spatial data
RIICWD530D Prepare detailed design of surface drainage
RIICWD508D Prepare detailed design of rural roads
MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
MSL924003 Process and interpret data
MEM30033A Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models
MEM30005A Calculate force systems within simple beam structures
CPPSIS5035A-UNGRADED Obtain and validate spatial data
RIICWD507D Prepare detailed geotechnical design
RIICWD501D Prepare detailed design of foundations
MEM30031A Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements

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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