RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction "Civil Construction General"~

CRICOS code:
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Course description

This course is designed for those working in the civil construction industry and is delivered on-site as an apprenticeship to groups or individuals. Our experienced industry trainers will lead you through the process and support you along the way.

You  will learn to work with machinery and equipment in a range of civil construction settings. This may range from preparation work on new housing or industrial estates, to working on local roads and freeways.

The RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction "Civil Construction General" is not a Free TAFE course. However there are other streams that can be offered under the Free TAFE initiative. Contact our ISTC department to find out more. 

Work placement/industry experience

How often do I attend?

How often do I attend?

Apprenticeship - Attendance is not required. Assessments will take place on-site in the workplace.

Possible career outcomes

  • Plant operator
  • Road construction crew member
  • Leading hand
  • Estimator

~ This course is in transition. The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Changes to delivery due to COVID-19
While The Gordon is permitted to deliver face-to-face teaching in compliance with current Government guidelines and COVIDSafe restrictions, many courses will utilise a blend of remote and on-campus learning. Find out more about delivery changes here.

Applications & attendance

Please contact Customer Service on 5225 0800 to discuss late applications and upcoming intakes.


Offers are made to successful applicants as soon as possible, once all application requirements are satisfied. See more information on attendance definitions and offer dates.

  • Applicants must be aged 17 or over at the time of course commencement for licensing requirements 
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Click here for more information.

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

  • Applicants must be aged 17 or over at the time of course commencement for licensing requirements 
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Code Hours
Carry out measurements and calculations RIICCM201D 20
Communicate in the workplace RIICOM201D 20
Operate small plant and equipment RIISAM204D 20
Plan and organise work RIIBEF201D 20
Read and interpret plans and job specifications RIICCM203D 40
Use hand and power tools RIISAM203D 80
Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures RIIWHS201D 20
Electives Code Hours
Carry out basic levelling RIICCM208D 16
Carry out concrete work RIICCM209D 40
Carry out manual excavation RIICCM205E 8
Conduct civil construction excavator operations RIIMPO320E 200
Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations RIIMPO318F 80
Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations RIIMPO321F 160
Conduct earthworks RIICRC306D 80
Conduct local risk control RIIRIS201D 20
Conduct roller operations RIIMPO317E 80
Contribute to team effectiveness BSBFLM312 40
Drain and dewater civil construction site RIIWMG203D 20
Identify locate and protect underground services RIICCM202D 30
Install pre-cast gully pits RIICPL304D 40
Install sewer pipelines RIICPL303D 40
Install stormwater systems RIICPL302D 40
Install trench support RIICCM210D 16
Install water mains pipelines RIICPL301D 40
Lay pipes RIICRC208D 40
Load and unload plant RIIHAN308F 20
Maintain drainage systems RIICRC301D 16
Maintain sealed roads RIICRC304D 32
Maintain site records RIIIMG301D 10
Place and form concrete kerb channel and fixtures RIICRC302D 36
Spread and compact materials manually RIICCM207D 12
Support operational plan BSBFLM305 40
Support plant operations RIICCM206D 8


Please note that the electives listed are those delivered by The Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check https://training.gov.au/Home/Tga. If you have completed any units previously, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning. Find out more about RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • On-site assessments in workplace
  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Exam
FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.56 per hour 792 AUD $444.00 AUD $18,330.00
Standard Tuition AUD $2.82 per hour 792 AUD $2,233.00 AUD $18,330.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $17.12 per hour 792 AUD $13,559.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $500.00
Education Levy AUD $118.80


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Charges pages.

Fee help and student loans

Payment plans may be available for students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

VET Student Loans are available for this course. The maximum loan cap is $

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Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Find out more information about pathways here, or contact Customer Service.

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this, and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

Date published: 14/05/2021 10:03:13 PM

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