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Duration:
1.5 years full time.
Delivery mode:
Block, Face to Face, Workplace
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Overview

Develop practical skills and knowledge in a fast-growing industry with a Certificate III in Civil Construction apprenticeship.

This trade certificate is delivered with either a Civil Construction General specialisation, Road Construction and Maintenance specialisation or Tunnel Construction specialisation. You will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • planning and organising work
  • workplace communication and safety
  • reading and interpreting plans and specifications
  • measurements and calculations
  • operation of a small plant and equipment
  • manual excavation and levelling
  • concreting
  • implementing a traffic management plan
  • installation of signs and roadside fixtures
  • repairing damaged surfaces, and
  • maintenance of bitumen surfaces.

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

  • hand and power tools
  • concreting material and equipment
  • road surfacing equipment, and
  • elevating work platforms.

Free TAFE 2019 - apply now

Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2019.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

Find out more about Free TAFE.

You’ll learn at our $44 million state-of-the-art trades hub at our Sunshine Campus. Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility with a six-Star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:

  • concrete laboratory
  • survey laboratory
  • engine laboratory
  • soldering/construction laboratories
  • power systems laboratory
  • computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.

VU's Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

TAFE resources

Develop a broad range of road construction and maintenance skills to pursue a career in civil construction with the Certificate III in Civil Construction.

Careers

The construction and engineering are some of the largest industries for employment in Australia. 

Example job titles include:

  • road construction specialist
  • road maintenance specialist.

Course structure

To be awarded the RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction, a student must successfully complete seven (7) core units as well as elective units required for one (1) specialisation.

Specialisations
The Polytechnic currently offer the following specialisations:
1. Road Construction and Maintenance;
2. Civil Construction General, and;
3. Tunnel Construction.

Core units

Specialisation: Road Construction and Maintenance

To be awarded this specialisation, the additional training package rules must be adhered to:

- eighteen (18) elective units, of which:

- nine (9) units must be selected from Group J;

- at least two (2) units must be selected from Group K;

- at least two (2) units must be selected from Group L;

- no more than five (5) units may be selected from elsewhere within the RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course, and;

- at least five (5) units of the eighteen (18) elective units selected must be road construction and maintenance (RIICRC) units.

Elective units

Group J Electives

Group K Electives

Group L Electives

Other Electives

Imported

Units in Transition

The following units are only available for continuing students. The units are not available to prospective students.

Specialisation: Civil Construction General

To be awarded this specialisation, the additional training package rules must be adhered to:

- eighteen (18) elective units, of which:

- at least ten (10) units must be selected from Group Y;

- at least three (3) units must be selected from Group Z, and;

- no more than five (5) units may be selected from elsewhere within the RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

ELECTIVE UNITS

Group Y

Group Z

Imported

Units in Transition

The following units are only available for continuing students. The units are not available to prospective students.

Specialisation: Tunnel Construction

To be awarded this specialisation, the additional training package rules must be adhered to:

- eighteen (18) elective units, of which:

- eight (8) units must be chosen from Group P;

- at least three (3) units must be chose from Group Q;

- at least two (2) units must be chose from Group R;

- no more than five (5) units may be selected from elsewhere within the RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course, and;

- at least two (2) of the eighteen (18) electives must be tunnel construction (RIICTC) units.

Group P

Group Q

Group R

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

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.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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