Trenching and Shoring Skill Set

Free course
Course Code CONISS021
Locations Workplace training

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Study Mode Workplace
Length Two days
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable Day one will be theory-based.
Day two will cover training and assessment in practical trenching activities.
Course Overview

This course is designed to give participants the skills and knowledge to work safely in and around trenches and excavations. The two-day course will include a combination of theory and practical-based training to ensure participants have a thorough understanding of the compliance codes in relation to excavation and best practice on the worksite. It will include undertaking a risk assessment and the installation and safe use of trench shields.

This course is ideal for people already working in the civil construction industry who wish to further their skills.

What will I Learn?

This course will be delivered over a two-day period. The first day will be theory-based and will include relevant legislation and safety awareness relevant to safe trenching practices. You will also carry out risk assessments and complete all written assessments.

Day two will cover training and assessment in practical trenching activities including the safe installation of a trench shield.

On completion of this, you will gain skills in the areas of:

  • Supporting plant operations
  • Installing trench support
  • Conducting local risk control
  • Removal of shoring

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for nationally accredited units listed in the units offered section below.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

Applicants must be over the age of 17  to commence this course.

Please note that this course is only suitable for groups  (max group size 6) of existing employees in the civil construction industry who have access via their employer to all relevant machinery, equipment and suitable excavation area to conduct practical elements of training.

Equipment and site requirements include:

* Suitable area on site free from all underground services where excavation can take place to 2m depth 20 tonne excavator

* Suitable trench shield with lifting lugs and ladder access

* Suitable rated lifting chains and shackles

* Sufficient barricade to isolate open trench

Please note: A site assessment will be conducted by assessor prior to commencement of training

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
RIICCM206D Support plant operations 8 $0.00
RIICCM210D Install trench support 16 $0.00
RIIRIS201B Conduct local risk control 0 $0.00
RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control 20 $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)
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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.


This course is fee free and is exempt from the usual Government-subsidised eligibility criteria. 

You may undertake up to three construction industry skill set courses for free.

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. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

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

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