Certificate III in Civil Construction (Traineeship)

Start your career in civil construction with this practical qualification. Apply a broad range of skills to different work contexts, learning to judge situations and implement theoretical knowledge. Complete this course to become a skilled operator on major infrastructure projects. You’ll take part in building amazing developments that will change the way people live in cities.

As a part of your Certificate III in Civil Construction, you’ll learn about pipe laying, occupational health and safety, and planning and completing major earthworks, drainage and concreting projects. Become a skilled operator and progress your career today.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.

Course Code


Course Type

Accredited Course




Study mode

On Campus


2 - 3 years





Campus Attendance Days
Bairnsdale Thursday (08:00 - 16:30)
Yallourn Friday (08:00 - 16:30)

Career opportunities

Road Construction Workers operate specialised plant and machinery to construct new roads, and to improve existing ones.

Opportunities for further study

  • RII40715 Certificate IV Civil Construction Supervision (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • Diploma Engineering Technology (Civil)
  • Advanced Diploma Engineering Technology (Civil)
  • Bachelor Civil Engineering

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Civil Construction (Traineeship).


Not Applicable

Specialist Course Information


Material and Equipment Supplied by Students

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Limitations to entry

  • Enrolment into RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Stream 4) is limited to trainees with a current contract of training. Employer and trainee will nominate TAFE Gippsland as the place of learning (RTO).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). To find out more visit the TAFE Gippsland website or contact us to discuss your option.

Course cost

For the course cost please visit the TAFE Gippsland website or cal 1300 133 717.

Unit CodeUnit Description
RIIBEF201EPlan And Organise Work
RIICCM201ECarry Out Measurements And Calculations
RIICCM202EIdentify, Locate And Protect Underground Services
RIICCM203ERead and interpret plans and job specifications
RIICCM205FCarry Out Manual Excavation
RIICCM206ESupport Plant Operations
RIICCM207ESpread And Compact Materials Manually
RIICCM208ECarry Out Basic Levelling
RIICOM201ECommunicate In The Workplace
RIICRC201ERepair Potholes
RIICRC202EInstall Signs
RIICRC208ELay pipes
RIICRC304EMaintain Sealed Roads
RIICRC306EConduct Earthworks
RIIMPO317FConduct roller operations
RIIMPO318FConduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO319EConduct backhoe/loader operations
RIIMPO320FConduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIRIS301EApply risk management processes
RIISAM201EHandle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
RIISAM203EUse Hand And Power Tools
RIISAM204EOperate Small Plant And Equipment
RIIWHS201EWork Safely And Follow WHS Policies And Procedures
RIIWHS205EControl traffic with stop-slow bat
RIIWHS302EImplement traffic management plans
RIIWMG203EDrain And Dewater Civil Construction Sites