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Diploma of Civil Construction Design

  • National Course Code: RII50515
  • TAFE NSW code: RII50515-01V05-20ULT-221

Location – Ultimo (Civil - Non-Trainee)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

23 Hours per week


1 Year

  • 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 successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • White card and Personnel Protection Equipment (PPE).


Cert IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Civil Construction Design will have a face to face session at 4pm with a live stream on Teams. Link Applicants can contact the head teacher, Amro Ezzeldin, on 9217 5235, or


This is a Full Time, Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 23 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 1 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 12 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, and assignment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Individuals as a whole will be from diverse backgrounds and represent a wide variety of age groups.
  • Allowance is made for the needs of particular groups (e.g. people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties, such as speakers of languages other than English).
  • Individuals may have met some of the requirements through recognition of previous studies, work experience, life experience or a combination of them all.
  • Individuals may be working full or part time in Industry and or other industries; while others may be studying to enter the 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

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.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00pm. 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.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Indicative cost of $200 to cover White card and Personnel Protection Equipment (PPE).

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

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.

Elective Units
Number Title
BSBPMG512 Manage project time
BSBPMG513 Manage project quality
BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
CPPSIS5032 Capture new spatial data
CPPSIS5035 Obtain and validate spatial data
MEM09011B Apply basic engineering design concepts
MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
MEM30031A Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements
MEM30032A Produce basic engineering drawings
MEM30033A Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models
MSL973022 Conduct laboratory-based acceptance tests for construction materials
MSL974026 Perform tests to determine the properties of construction materials
MSL975044 Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materials
RIICRC403D Apply the principles of the stabilisation of materials
RIICWD501D Prepare detailed design of foundations
RIICWD504D Prepare detailed design of environmental controls
RIICWD509D Prepare detailed design of urban roads
RIICWD521D Prepare detailed design of flexible pavements
RIICWD530D Prepare detailed design of surface drainage
RIIMPO402D Apply the principles of earthworks construction

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

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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