WST Certificate III in Civil Construction (General)

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    36 Month apprenticeship


The Civil Construction industry plays a large part in our day to day living. We all use pathways, roads, bridges, drainage, and other infrastructure daily. People in the industry work on projects covering such diverse fields as roads, subdivisions, bridgeworks, railways, harbours, sewerage and drainage, electrical infrastructure, pipelines, and recreation works. Civil Construction is the most significant participant in the building environment, active across a range of sectors – the commercial sector, as well as Local and State Government.

Units of competency

Total number of units = 25
8 core units plus 17 elective units

Core units

  • RIIBEF201E Plan and organise work
  • RIICCM201E Carry out measurements and calculations
  • RIICCM203E Read and interpret plans and job specifications
  • RIICOM201E Communicate in the workplace
  • RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
  • RIISAM203E Use hand and power tools
  • RIISAM204E Operate small plant and equipment
  • RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

Elective units

  • RIIRTM201E Position, set up and operate variable message signs
  • RIIRTM202E Position, set up and operate portable traffic signals
  • RIICRM20F Escort mobile works
  • RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services
  • RIICRC202E Install signs
  • RIIMG301E Maintain site records
  • RIIRIS202E Respond to site-based spills
  • RIIWHS302E Implement Traffic management plans
  • RIIWHS205E Control traffic with stop-slow bat
  • BSBXTW301 Work in a team
  • BSBTWK301 Use inclusive work practices
  • RIICRC204E Install and maintain roadside fixtures
  • RIIRIS201E Conduct local risk control
  • RIICCM205F Carry out manual excavation
  • RIIVEH201E Operate a light vehicle
  • TLIE3004 Prepare workplace documents
  • CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies, and procedures in the construction industry


This course is delivered by combination of face-to-face classroom, online activities, simulated and real-life workplace environments. Throughout the duration of your training, you will be provided with all resources and learning materials needed to complete this course. You will maintain a logbook of tasks undertaken on the job.


Assessments are conducted in simulated and real-life workplace situations. Written assessments and quizzes may also form parts of your assessment. SafeWork units will be assessed by SafeWork NSW approved assessors.


Enrolment requirements:

  • Proof of identity
  • USI – Unique Student Identifier. If you do not have a USI or can’t remember it please go to

Training and assessment requirements:

  • PPE must be worn (boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt, hat/cap, sun glasses)
  • Students will need a basic understanding of written and oral English and be able to communicate orally and in writing at a basic level.

Course pre-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

A general construction induction card (White Card) will be required to enter a construction site and be a requirement of your apprenticeship.

What to expect

Training will include:

  • classroom activities
  • theory questionnaires and group activities
  • on the job practical tasks

Learning outcomes

  • Plan and organise civil construction tasks
  • Read and interpret plans
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Operate a small plant and equipment
  • Follow work health and safety (WHS) procedures
  • Perform measurements and calculations

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licencing and regulatory advice or requirements are dependent on elective units of competency chosen.

Pathways to further training

The units included in this course may provide credit towards Certificate II and Certificate III qualifications in the RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package and other training packages, such as RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction or equivalent.