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Drummond St Chadstone, Glen Waverley, Moorabbin

Certificate III in Civil Construction Apprentices is not offered as a Free TAFE course.

If you are looking to gain employment and further your career in the civil construction industry, the Certificate III in Civil Construction is designed for you.

As a leading provider of a range of apprenticeships in the building trades, Holmesglen offers a flexible and engaging experience for apprentices.

We have a proven reputation for providing quality training that is designed to meet the needs of individuals and of companies and employers.

Our Civil Construction department offers apprenticeship training in the general stream. Holmesglen's innovative model of delivery is based on the principles of 70/20/10 training where 70% is on the job, 20% is coaching and peer review, and 10% is classroom based learning.

Our training and assessment caters for varying entry levels while seeking to recognise your current skills and experience. Our qualified trainers come with a range of industry experience and we can customise training to suit your needs.

Course structure

To receive this qualification you must complete seven core units and 18 elective units.

Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications.

If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this course.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards





Plan and organise work


Carry out measurements and calculations


Identify, locate and protect underground services


Read and interpret plans and job specifications


Communicate in the workplace


Conduct earthworks


Load and unload plant


Maintain site records


Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations


Conduct civil construction excavator operations


Use hand and power tools


Operate small plant and equipment


Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures


Enter and work in confined spaces


Control traffic with stop-slow bat


Implement traffic management plan


Implement erosion and sediment control measures


Deliver and monitor a service to customers


Contribute to team effectiveness


Licence To Perform Dogging


Work in accordance with an issued permit


Install water mains pipelines


Install stormwater systems


Maintain drainage systems


Conduct backhoe/loader operations

Code Name
RIIBEF201DPlan and organise work
RIICCM201DCarry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM202DIdentify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM203DRead and interpret plans and job specifications
RIICOM201DCommunicate in the workplace
RIICRC306DConduct earthworks
RIIHAN308ELoad and unload plant
RIIIMG301DMaintain site records
RIIMPO318EConduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO320EConduct civil construction excavator operations
RIISAM203DUse hand and power tools
RIISAM204DOperate small plant and equipment
RIIWHS201DWork safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
RIIWHS202DEnter and work in confined spaces
RIIWHS205DControl traffic with stop-slow bat
RIIWHS302DImplement traffic management plan
AHCSAW302Implement erosion and sediment control measures
BSBCUS301Deliver and monitor a service to customers
BSBFLM312Contribute to team effectiveness
CPCCLDG3001ALicence To Perform Dogging
MSMPER200Work in accordance with an issued permit
RIICPL301DInstall water mains pipelines
RIICPL302DInstall stormwater systems
RIICRC301DMaintain drainage systems
RIIMPO319DConduct backhoe/loader operations

Entry requirements

Apprentices must have a training agreement in place with a registered employer from a relevant industry.

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.


You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.



After completing this course, you will receive the RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction


Speak to us about further study options.


- Civil construction worker
- Civil engineer
- Plant operator
- Estimator
- Site manager
- Foreman

How to apply


A training contract must be completed by the employer and apprentice within the first two weeks of employment.

An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network representative will visit the workplace to complete the training contract with the employer and the apprentice.

Visit the Australian Apprenticeships Support Network for more information.

If you have further questions about your application, please contact the department:


03 9209 5300


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.




Gov. subsidised Apprenticeship




Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

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Holmesglen is the most comprehensive provider of building and construction courses in Victoria. Our campus features state-of-the-art training facilities, experienced teachers and industry connections to help make the transition from training to the workforce. Civil Construction is currently the fastest growing industry sector, with excellent employment opportunities for graduates. Pathways into the Certificate III apprenticeship and further career opportunities with large infrastructure companies are abundant. We'll give you the hands-on skills and technical expertise to work confidently in this growing and dynamic field.

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Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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