Certificate III in Civil Construction - Road Construction and Maintenance (Traineeship)

Free TAFE course
Course Code RII30915
Locations Workplace training
Study Mode Traineeship
Length 2 years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable The majority of the training will occur on site in your workplace with up to 12 classrooms sessions over a two year period
Course Overview

This program is designed to deliver comprehensive training to anyone entering the civil construction industry in particular in the field of road construction and maintenance.

To be eligible for this course you will be employed as a trainee or apprentice. You will work with SWTAFE and your employer to undertake predominantly workplace-based training with periodic classroom-based sessions.

The course can be tailored to suit individual business needs with unit variations in the specific area of road construction and maintenance.

What will I Learn?

This course covers many aspects of civil construction including:

  • road construction and maintenance
  • safe working procedures
  • traffic management
  • operation of various earthmoving machines
  • reading and interpreting plans
  • repairing potholes
  • maintaining sealed roads
  • installing signs and maintaining road fixtures

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Road construction/maintenance worker
  • Traffic management worker
  • Skills labourer in Civil Construction
  • Plant operator
  • Pipelayer

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You need to be employed in this field before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field before commencing this course. If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.


The units listed below are just a sample of what we can offer training in. We offer a wide variety of training tailored to suit your business needs.

We can offer a selection of units for the various areas of the civil construction industry including road construction and maintenance, and pipelines. 

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work 20 $0.00
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations 20 $0.00
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and job specifications 40 $0.00
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace 20 $0.00
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools 80 $0.00
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment 20 $0.00
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures 20 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6 $70.00
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services 30 $0.00
RIICCM205A Carry out manual excavation 0 $0.00
RIICCM206A Support plant operations 8 $0.00
RIICCM207A Spread and compact materials manually 0 $0.00
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling 16 $0.00
RIICRC201D Repair potholes 36 $0.00
RIICRC304D Maintain sealed roads 32 $0.00
RIICRC306D Conduct earthworks 80 $0.00
RIIMPO317F Conduct roller operations 80 $0.00
RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations 200 $0.00
RIIMPO321F Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations 160 $0.00
RIISAM201A Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non toxic materials 0 $0.00
RIIWHS205D Control traffic with stop-slow bat 20 $0.00
RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management plan 20 $0.00
RIIWMG203A Drain and dewater civil construction site 20 $0.00
Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.


This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

This is a Free TAFE course

From 1 January 2019, students (undertaking a traineeship) who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $6,395.00
Concession rate $1,280.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $14,620.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $230.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay. Final costs will be determined at enrolment.  

Which fee applies to me?

Skills First Exemptions
Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills First funding gives you greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

The good news is, that there are now a reduced number of criteria for you to meet in order to be eligible for a Government subsidy. If you don’t meet those criteria you will be a full fee paying student.

Government Subsidised Fee
You meet all Skills First eligibility criteria but DO NOT hold a current healthcare or pension card, OR you are eligible for a Skills First exemption.

Concession Fee
You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to

note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee
Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

Check your fees eligibility here.

How do I pay my fees?

Unless an alternative fee payment method is approved, your course fees are required to be paid upfront and in full at the time of enrolment.  If your personal circumstances mean that payment in full is not possible, then you may be able to pay your fees by

  • Payment Plan
  • Centre Pay
  • VET Student Loan (Diploma & Advanced Diploma only)

SWTAFE offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with enrolment fees.

Next Steps
Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.