Duration:
0.5 years full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Location: 
Industry
Start dates:
3 January 2022
31 January 2022
11 July 2022
Study off-campus:
Available for Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
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Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Develop practical skills and knowledge in a fast-growing industry with a Certificate III in Civil Construction RII30920 at Victoria University Polytechnic.

You will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • reading and interpreting plans and specifications
  • measurements and calculations
  • operation of a small plant and equipment
  • hand tools and power tools
  • planning and organising work
  • workplace communication and safety
  • risk management.

These skills will set you up for success in the following specialisations:

  • RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction – Road Construction and Maintenance
  • RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction – Tunnel Construction
  • RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction – General.

Within each specialisation, you will learn specific practical skills for your future career, such as drainage and dewatering, excavation and concreting.

This course is ideal for anyone interested in entering the civil construction industry.

Course duration

  • Domestic: 0.5 years
  • Apprenticeship: 3 years
  • Traineeship: 1 year
  • Industry group: 1.5 years

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Specialisations

Within the road construction and maintenance specialisation, areas of learning include:

  • manual excavation and levelling
  • concreting
  • implementing a traffic management plan
  • installation of signs and roadside fixtures
  • repairing damaged surfaces
  • maintenance of bitumen surfaces
  • safe disposal of infrastructure materials
  • drainage and dewatering
  • excavation
  • skid steer loader and roller operations.

Within the tunnel construction specialisation, areas of learning include:

  • manual excavation and levelling
  • concreting
  • plant operations
  • tunnelling constructions services
  • excavation
  • tunnel earthworks
  • portal construction
  • safe disposal of infrastructure materials
  • drainage and dewatering.

Within the general specialisation, areas of learning include:

  • drainage and dewatering
  • excavation
  • concreting
  • installation of signs and roadside fixtures
  • elevating work platforms
  • skid steer loader and roller operations
  • fence and gate construction
  • site record management.

Course benefits

You will have access to state-of-the-art simulators and machines at our Werribee Campus (Werribee East). As part of your course, you will undertake 150+ hours of operating machinery, including our eight-tonne wheeled front end loader, in a controlled environment. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on training to operate equipment safely and be job-ready when you graduate.

Industry partners are also co-located at Werribee East, allowing for closer industry contact during your training.

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:

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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 RII30920.

Careers

Graduates from this qualification will have the skills and knowledge in their specialisation to undertake roles within the civil construction industry such as:

  • road construction specialist
  • road maintenance specialist
  • skilled operator working in specifically in tunnelling or general civil construction work.

Course structure

RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction has core and elective units of competency that cover the skills for the following eight (8) specialist and one (1) general civil construction specialisations.
The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

Victoria University Polytechnic offers the following specialisations:

  • Road Construction and Maintenance
  • Tunnel Construction
  • Civil Construction General

Specialisation 4 - Road Construction and Maintenance
To be awarded the RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance), a student must successfully complete a total of twenty six (26) units of competency, comprising of:
- Eight (8) core units, and;
- Eighteen (18) elective units, of which:

  • nine (9) must be chosen from Group J
  • at least two (2) must be chosen from Group K
  • at least two (2) must be chosen from Group L
  • up to four (4) may be chosen from the electives below, elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course
  • at least five (5) of the eighteen (18) elective units chosen must be road construction and maintenance (RIICRC) units.

Specialisation 6 - Tunnel Construction
To be awarded the RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Tunnel Construction), a student must successfully complete a total of twenty six (26) units of competency, comprising of:
- Eight (8) core units, and;
- Eighteen (18) elective units, of which:

  • at least five (5) must be chosen from Group P
  • at least six (6) must be chosen from Group Q
  • at least two (2) must be chosen from Group R
  • up to four (4) may be chosen from the electives listed below, elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course
  • at least two (2) of the eighteen (18) elective units chosen must be tunnel construction (RIICTC) units.

Specialisation 9 - Civil Construction General
To be awarded the RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction (General), a student must successfully complete a total of twenty five (25) units of competency, comprising of:
- Eight (8) core units, and;
- Seventeen (17) elective units, of which:

  • at least four (4) must be chosen from one of Groups YA-YK
  • at least ten (10) must be chosen from Group Z
  • up to three (3) may be chosen from the electives listed below, elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course
  • at least five (5) of the seventeen (17) elective units chosen must have a numerical code beginning with 3.

All elective units selected for this qualification must reflect current occupational and learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level.The elective bank contains both licensed and non-licensed units of competency relating to high risk work in the resources and infrastructure industry. To be appointed under any statutory requirements in related roles, units of competency should be selected to meet the state/territory licensing requirements.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Core units

- for all students

Elective units

For Domestic students - Road Construction and Maintenance specialisation

Group J Road Construction and Maintenance (Specialisation Core)

Group K Road Construction and Maintenance (Technical)

Group L Road Construction and Maintenance (General)

Group YK Civil Construction General - Utilities

Group Z Civil Construction General - General and Other Units

Imported Units

For Traineeship students - Road Construction and Maintenance specialisation

Group J Road Construction and Maintenance (Specialisation Core)

Group K Road Construction and Maintenance (Technical)

Group L Road Construction and Maintenance (General)

Group YK General - Utilities

Group Z General - General and Other Units

Imported Units

For Traineeship students - Tunnel Construction specialisation

Group P Tunnel Construction (Specialisation Core)

Group Q Tunnel Construction (Technical)

Group R Tunnel Construction (General)

For Apprenticeship students - General specialisation

Group YE General - Pipe Laying

Group YK General - Utilities

Group Z General - General and Other Units

Imported Units

Electives Group A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, M, N, O, S, T, U, V, W, X, YA, YB, YC, YD, YF, YG, YH, YI, YJ - Not available

Electives of these groups are not currently offered by VU Polytechnic.

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the VU 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 individuals working as skilled operators in civil construction, who apply a broad range of skills in varied work contexts, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.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, traffic management and general civil construction occupations.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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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.

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Entry requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
Due to the size of the equipment used in training, applicants must be at least 18 years of age or over by the time of commencement date of the program.
Local admission requirements for Apprenticeship/Traineeship applicants:
- must have an active employer
- must have an active Epsilon number prior to commencing the course
- Where the apprentice or trainee is under the age of 18, an employer sign off maybe required.

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Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you can receive toward Victoria University higher education courses based on your previous studies.

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.

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