Qualifications in Civil Construction

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A career in Civil Construction can begin while at High School, as an adult student returning to study, and perhaps wanting a change in direction.

The journey through the Qualifications begins at Certificate II, followed by III and IV.  These certificate level qualifications are delivered through TAFE’s and Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s). 

The qualification outcomes shift to being delivered through Tertiary education sector. The titles are Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelors and Masters.

The descriptions below, provides an example of the qualification available associated with the Civil Construction Sector.

CPC20211 – Certificate II in Construction Pathways

This qualification provides a pathway to the primary trades in the construction industry with the exception of plumbing. Trade outcomes are predominantly achieved through an Australian Apprenticeship and this Certificate II allows for inclusion of skills suited for entry to off-site occupations, such as joinery and shopfitting as well as carpentry, bricklaying and other occupations in general construction.

This Certificate II is designed to introduce learners to the recognised trade callings in the construction industry and provide meaningful credit in a construction industry Australian Apprenticeship.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that are required in most Certificate III qualifications. The elective options are structured to allow choice from areas of trade skills as an introduction to a range of occupations.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

RII30915 – Certificate III in Civil Construction

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working in Civil construction, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge.

The qualification applies to specialist occupations in bituminous surfacing, bridge construction and maintenance, pipe laying, road construction and maintenance, road marking, tunnel construction, timber bridge construction and maintenance, civil construction general and traffic management occupations. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.

The qualification has core and elective units of competency that cover the skills for the following eight (8) specialist and one (1) general Civil construction streams:

Stream 1 – Bituminous Surfacing

Stream 2 – Bridge Construction and Maintenance

Stream 3 – Pipe Laying

Stream 4 – Road Construction and Maintenance

Stream 5 – Road Marking

Stream 6 – Tunnel Construction

Stream 7 – Timber Bridge Construction and Maintenance

Stream 8 – Traffic Management

Stream 9 – Civil Construction General The core and elective unit requirements of one (1) stream must be met for this qualification to be awarded.

RII30815 – Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working with civil construction plant, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.

RII40715 – Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision

This qualification reflects the role of employees working in supervisory positions in civil construction. They perform tasks involving a broad range of varied activities most of which are complex and non-routine. They are responsible for the quantity and quality of the output of others, contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems and apply management plans to the workplace.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.

Diploma of Engineering

The Diploma of Engineering will provide the student with the skills and theoretical knowledge to work as an engineering tradesperson.

Civil engineering courses are an opportunity to begin or advance a career in civil and structural engineering. By combining engineering theory with an industry focus, is a proven method to provide the technical expertise required and management skills needed to plan, design, construct and maintain infrastructure. Examples include buildings, bridges, dams, water supply systems, road and rail networks and more. The knowledge and expertise gained from a specialisation in civil engineering can be applied to a variety of organisations. Career opportunities, include:

  • engineering trades technician
  • engineering supervisor

Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

In this advanced diploma course, the student you’ll gains practical and technical skills to work with civil engineers on the design and construction of infrastructure projects. This course provides a pathway to an engineering degree.

Civil and structural engineering involves the design and construction of roads, airports, railways, buildings, bridges, dams and drainage systems:

  • using computer-aided drafting (CAD) software to produce detailed drawings, plans and designs for construction work
  • doing cost estimates and preparing material specifications
  • liaising with construction workers and project managers
  • inspecting completed works to ensure they meet specifications and regulations
  • conducting laboratory and/or field testing of materials, soil and water quality.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

The student is supported to combine contemporary theory with hands-on projects to develop the skills needed. This approach leads to students being able to confidently design, construct and maintain the infrastructure systems, that are vital in our day-to-day lives.

Masters of Engineering (Civil)

At the Master level, the student will investigate the diverse challenges of civil engineering anywhere in the world. The student will learn the basics of electrical, mechanical and electronic engineering. Gain in-depth knowledge of geotechnical, hydraulic, transport and structural engineering. The student will be equipped to think and act beyond the boundaries of traditional engineering and deliver sustainable, creative solutions to complex technical problems. The fields within engineering are:

  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Water resources
  • Transport engineering
  • Surveying
  • Computer aided design
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For more information on skill qualifications in the civil construction industry, or to register for a program / course, contact the CCF Team on 1300 DIAL CCF or email support@ccfvic.com.au