Offering Info

Diploma of Civil Construction Design

  • National Course Code: RII50515
  • TAFE NSW code: RII50515-01V04-20WLG-999

Location – Wollongong

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

27 Hours per week


42 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma of Civil Construction Design equips you with the skills and expertise to work as a civil or structural draftsperson, a civil construction designer, site officer or project manager. It is a highly regarded qualification for a career in a booming industry.


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

  • Manage projects
  • Apply design principles
  • Use the latest industry software
  • Operate construction materials testing equipment
  • Use surveying equipment effectively
  • Design, draft and build infrastructure projects


Stand out in the job market by developing a range of key soft skills, 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:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Diploma level
  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Civil/structural draftsperson
  • Civil/structural designer para professional
  • Civil construction site officer
  • Civil construction site manager
  • Laboratory technician
  • Project manager


Take your learning to the next level with a TAFE NSW civil construction study pathway:

  • Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Engineering Honors in Surveying


The civil construction sector is booming with the NSW Government investing $93 billion to infrastructure projects. This investment will require a pipeline of skilled civil construction workers over the next four years to 2022/23.

Skilled civil construction design para-professionals are always in high demand through residential, commercial, mining and public sector project

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 Diploma of Civil Construction Design as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can construct the career you want.


There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol in this course now.


To be eligible for this course you must:

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

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


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.

Check local regulations for any additional licensing requirements.


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

  • Can comply with safety procedures
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Are able to work in confined spaces and at heights if required
  • Literacy, language and numeracy skills to an Australian Year 10 level
  • Have experience using 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 have:

  • 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.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to have adequate motor skills and physical fitness to undertake routine tasks relevant to workplace activities.
  • a large project that will involve several field excursions in order to fulfill requirements of some of the units.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Full Time Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 27 hours of class, over 4 days a week, for 42 weeks.

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


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have completed their high school certificate and are wanting to further their skills and knowledge or are working in the civil construction industry and are looking at expanding their knowledge and skills in this industry.

The course is ideal for Civil CAD drafters, Civil Technicians, Assistant to Civil Engineer or Project Manager. It provides an articulation pathway to the University of Wollongong, offering significant significant exemptions to complete the Civil Degree.


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

  • Access to the following support services for all learners:
  • Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) support
  • Studiosity
  • Disabilities support including assistive technology
  • Library - Resources, computer and internet access for learners
  • Counselling and career services

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

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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.

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


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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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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Elective Units
Number Title
CPPSIS5036A Integrate spatial datasets
BSBPMG512 Manage project time
BSBPMG518 Manage project procurement
BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
MEM09011B Apply basic engineering design concepts
MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
RIICWD501D Prepare detailed design of foundations
CPPSIS5032 Capture new spatial data
RIICRC404D Inspect and report on pavement condition
RIICWD507D Prepare detailed geotechnical design
RIICWD511D Prepare detailed design of sub-divisions
RIICWD530D Prepare detailed design of surface drainage
MEM30006A Calculate stresses in simple structures
MEM23004A Apply technical mathematics
MEM23007A Apply calculus to engineering tasks
MSL924001A Process and interpret data
MSL974012A Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials
MSL973010A Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials
CPPSIS5035A Obtain and validate spatial data

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

Civil Construction Designer

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

Foleys Lane, North Wollongong
Phone 131 601

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