RII30920 - Certificate III in Civil Construction

A Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance) 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.

Course Overview

Embark on a fulfilling career in civil construction with this practical course specializing in road construction and maintenance. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, there is a stable growth forecast for earthmoving plant operators, including excavator, bulldozer, and grader operators. It is expected that this large occupation will create around 30,000 job opportunities over the next five years.

During the course, you will acquire a diverse set of practical skills, such as manual excavation techniques, material spreading and compaction, plant operation support, basic leveling, and pothole repair. You will also learn to manage resources and infrastructure materials efficiently, handle non-toxic waste safely, devise traffic management plans, drain and dewater civil construction sites, and locate and safeguard underground services.


Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work in the civil construction industry as a road construction worker. Additionally, it will equip you with the necessary knowledge and expertise to advance your career by pursuing further studies in this field.



12-24 months


Face to face training. Gain real world skills.


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Career opportunities

Road Construction Worker


A combination of core and elective units of competency | Nationally recognised

Entry requirements

No formal prerequisites | RPL available


Apprenticeship | Various industry pathways


Experienced industry experts


Combination of theoretical assessments and hands-on practical assessments in person.

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Course Delivery and Duration

Our guides and assessments have been uniquely developed to best equip you for the real world! We have ensured you will remain engaged while completing your studies and provide real life, relatable scenarios to set you up for your future!


This course takes approximately 12 months to achieve the Certificate III in Civil Construction

Road Construction and Maintenance. The course is designed as hands on practical learning, and is conducted at any of our training centres located in Queensland or at your work site. Based on demand, other training venues and locations may become available throughout the year.   

Career Opportunities and Pathways

Completing the RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction Road Construction and Maintenance provides a wide range of career opportunities in the civil construction industry, including:


Road Construction Worker: As a Road Construction Worker, you will be responsible for building and maintaining roads, footpaths, and other related infrastructure. You will work on tasks such as laying asphalt, compacting surfaces, and constructing kerbs and gutters.


After completing the Certificate III in Civil Construction Road Construction and Maintenance, you can advance your career by gaining more experience and expertise in your chosen field. You may also choose to further your education by enrolling in higher-level qualifications, such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Civil Construction or related fields, to develop specialized skills and knowledge. Additionally, you may seek additional training and certifications in areas such as traffic management, machinery operation, or project management, to enhance your employability and earning potential.


In total, you need to complete all core and 18 elective units from the list below. These units will be confirmed at time of enrolment. This qualification is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and upon completion you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.


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


Plus 18 Elective units to be confirmed at time of enrolment.

Elective units​*

RIICCM202E - Identify, locate and protect underground services

RIICCM205F - Carry out manual excavation

RIICCM206E - Support plant operations

RIICCM207E - Spread and compact materials manually

RIICCM208E - Carry out basic levelling

RIICRC201E - Repair potholes

RIISAM201E - Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials

RIIWHS302E - Implement traffic management plans

RIIWMG203E - Drain and dewater civil construction sites

RIICRC301E - Maintain drainage systems

RIICRC306E - Conduct earthworks

RIIHAN301E - Operate elevating work platform

RIIWHS202E - Enter and work in confined spaces

RIIWHS204E - Work safely at heights

RIIMPO318F - Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations

RIICRC307E - Conduct road pavement construction

RIICRC309E - Conduct stabiliser operations

RIICRC315E - Use concreting materials and equipment

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course however students will require:

A sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy is required for students to be able to complete the required assessments

Support and assessments

Our trainers are dedicated to helping you succeed and will be available to answer your questions and provide feedback on your progress. They will provide you with the guidance and support you need to fully understand the course material, as well as offer suggestions for further learning opportunities.


We offer traditional face-to-face training for this qualification, providing a comprehensive and engaging learning experience that brings together both learner and trainer-centered approaches. Our objective is to facilitate a dynamic, interactive, and supportive environment that fosters skill development, knowledge retention, and practical application.

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Upon completion of the course, you will possess not only real-world skills and understanding, but also a nationally recognized and accredited qualification. Apply your skills in a dynamic new position or pursue a new exciting career path - start your future now and enquire below!

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