RII20720 Certificate II in Civil Construction

VU course code: RII20720 | Level of study: TAFE
10 weeks full time or longer for part time
Face to Face with eLearning
Industry, Sunshine, Werribee


Develop the skills needed to begin an apprenticeship in civil construction, with the Certificate II in Civil Construction RII20720 pre-apprenticeship course at Victoria University.

You will develop practical skills in the following areas:

  • identifying, locating and protecting underground services
  • measurements and calculations
  • manual excavation
  • levelling
  • reading and interpreting plans and specifications
  • traffic control and management
  • prioritising work
  • effective communication
  • work safety.

You will also learn how to safely use and maintain tools and equipment used in civil construction, including:

  • hand and power tools
  • small plant and equipment
  • concreting materials and equipment.

On completion, you’ll have a broad understanding of the industry along with the skills and knowledge to work as an apprentice or undertake further study.

Do you need help applying for a pre-apprenticeship? Attend an application support session to be guided through your pre-apprenticeship application at VU.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course structure

To be awarded the RII20720 Certificate II in Civil Construction, 16 units must be completed consisting of:

  • 10 core units
  • 6 elective units, of which

- at least 5 must be chosen from elective units listed in the qualification

- no more than 1 may be chosen from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.


Fees & scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.




Construction and engineering are some of the largest employment industries in Australia. This pre-apprenticeship program is designed to give you industry skills so you can start a career in civil construction. Employers prefer apprentice applicants that have undertaken a pre-apprenticeship.

Possible career opportunities emerging from the completion of RII20720 Certificate II in Civil Construction include:

  • civil construction apprentice in a broad range of work situations
  • construction labourer
  • civil construction general hand.

VU stories

Student one day, civil engineer the next
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