Certificate III in Civil Construction - Road Construction and Maintenance (Traineeship)

Free TAFE Pathways Program
Course Code RII30920
Locations Workplace training

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Study Mode Traineeship, Workplace
Length Two years
Commencement Start any time
Timetable On-the-job training.
Course Overview

This program is designed to deliver comprehensive training to anyone entering the civil construction industry in particular in the field of road construction and maintenance.

To be eligible for this course you will be employed as a trainee. You will work with SWTAFE and your employer to undertake predominantly workplace-based training with periodic classroom-based sessions.

The course can be tailored to suit individual business needs with unit variations in the specific area of road construction and maintenance.

What will I Learn?

This course covers many aspects of civil construction including:

  • road construction and maintenance
  • safe working procedures
  • traffic management
  • operation of various earthmoving machines
  • reading and interpreting plans
  • repairing potholes
  • maintaining sealed roads
  • installing signs and maintaining road fixtures

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Road construction/maintenance worker
  • Traffic management worker
  • Skills labourer in Civil Construction
  • Plant operator

Information Session

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You need to be employed in this field of the civil construction industry as a trainee before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this pipe laying field of the civil construction industry as a trainee before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification, you must successfully complete 25 units: 7 core and 18 elective units.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
RIIBEF201E Plan and organise work 20 $0.00
RIICCM201E Carry out measurements and calculations 20 $0.00
RIICCM203E Read and interpret plans and job specifications 40 $0.00
RIICOM201E Communicate in the workplace 20 $0.00
RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes 40 $0.00
RIISAM203E Use hand and power tools 80 $0.00
RIISAM204E Operate small plant and equipment 20 $0.00
RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures 20 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
RIIHAN308F Load and unload plant 20 $0.00
RIIMPO317F Conduct roller operations 80 $0.00
RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations 80 $0.00
RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations 200 $0.00
RIIMPO321F Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations 160 $0.00
TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck 40 $0.00
TLILIC0005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more) 30 $0.00
RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services 30 $0.00
RIIWHS205E Control traffic with stop-slow bat 20 $0.00
RIIWHS302E Implement traffic management plans 20 $0.00
RIIMPO319E Conduct backhoe/loader operations 200 $0.00
RIICCM205F Carry out manual excavation 8 $0.00
RIICCM206E Support plant operations 8 $0.00
RIICCM207E Spread and compact materials manually 12 $0.00
RIICCM208E Carry out basic levelling 16 $0.00
RIISAM201E Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials 16 $0.00
RIIWMG203E Drain and dewater civil construction sites 20 $0.00
RIICCM210E Install trench support 16 $0.00
RIICRC201E Repair potholes 36 $0.00
RIICRC202E Install signs 16 $0.00
RIICRC204E Install and maintain roadside fixtures 30 $0.00
RIICRC304E Maintain sealed roads 32 $0.00
RIICRC306E Conduct earthworks 80 $0.00
RIICRC314E Handle concrete materials 24 $0.00
RIICRC315E Use concreting materials and equipment 60 $0.00
RIICRC316E Place and compact concrete 170 $0.00
RIICRC317E Finish concrete pavements 40 $0.00
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6 $0.00
RIIWHS202E Enter and Work in Confined Spaces 30 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. If the course is a Free TAFE course or part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program - Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
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  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The course fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Course fee funding is made available to eligible individuals by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. An accurate quote for this course will be provided during the enrolment process.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $6,325.00
Concession rate $1,265.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $14,540.00
This course is part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program

A Free TAFE Pathways Program is a group of courses that complement each other to help you continue to train for the career and industry you may wish to work in. For eligible students, these courses are tuition fee free. Depending on the course, you may still be required to pay material fees. The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.

Find out more about the Free TAFE Pathways Program and eligibility or contact us.

Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $73.50
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank-you email.
  2. Literacy and Numeracy Assessment - we will assess whether you need to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and email it to you if required.
    If you are not required to undertake this assessment, you will skip to step 3.
  3. Chat to our team - your teacher or course specialist will contact you to discuss the course in more detail and ensure the right units of study are selected for you.
  4. Enrol – you will be sent an email to accept your offer for the course. By accepting, you will be directed to verify your details and submit your enrolment for processing.
  5. Pay - once we’ve completed your enrolment, we will send you an invoice to arrange payment of your course fees.

If you need any assistance with applying, contact our team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

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Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.