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Certificate III in Civil Construction (General) Course | FTA


Certificate III in Civil Construction (General)


Fast Facts

Become a skilled Civil Construction worker.

Want the competitive edge in your career?
Need to meet your tender or contract requirements?
Ready to step into the civil construction space?

This course covers the technical and practical skills needed to work effectively in civil construction. You’ll learn a broad range of skills relevant to general civil construction occupations and large scale infrastructure projects.

In this Nationally Recognised course, you will develop capabilities in infrastructure and building site preparation, environmental and safety requirements, spreading and compacting materials and carrying out concrete work.

Why Bother?

  • Pave your way with a nationally recognised qualification for greater career opportunities
  • Achieve your goals with practical experience while you earn
  • Support from highly qualified trainers
  • Flexible study options available – earn while you learn*

Job Prospects

Civil Construction Plant Operator
Construction worker
Crew Team Leader

Study Mode

Flexible Delivery With Workbook

Next Intake

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Discover what it’s like to study civil construction.


I achieved my qualification and have secured my future in the business, as my employer in time, will be handing over the business to me to operate.”

Student Q&A: Gary Roberts
Read the full testimonial

Course Flyer

An in-depth look at the course, to download your own copy, click ‘get course guide’ above.

Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This civil construction course is the accepted entry-level qualification required to work on Tier 1 and Tier 2 civil construction sites. It is aimed at anyone wanting to work in roles that support infrastructure projects or involves pipe laying, operating large earthmoving equipment and road construction.

Ways to study

Recognition of Prior Learning

Your experience adds up and you can use this to fast-track your qualification.  If you’ve got a tonne of industry experience this can be used to gain part or all of your qual.

Onsite Training

We like to think this is a bit of a game changer! Learn onsite, while you work. This means less time off the tools and more time focused on practical skills.


Sometimes we like to do it old-school! If you’re better on the tools than on a computer – we’ve got your back! At FTA, we’re determined to ensure you learn how you learn best.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 7 core and 18 elective units. Here is an example of units that can be chosen to meet the packaging rules.

Core Units

  • RIIBEF201D         Plan and organise work
  • RIICCM201D       Carry out measurements and calculations
  • RIICCM203D       Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • RIICOM201D      Communicate in the workplace
  • RIISAM203D       Use hand and power tools
  • RIISAM204D       Operate small plant and equipment
  • RIIWHS201D       Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

Suggested Electives

  • RIICPL304D         Install pre-cast gully pits
  • RIICPL305D         Install pre-cast access chambers
  • RIICRC301D         Maintain drainage systems
  • RIICRC302D         Place and form concrete kerb, channel and fixtures
  • RIICRC307D         Conduct road pavement construction
  • RIIHAN308E        Load and unload plant
  • RIIIMG301D        Maintain site records
  • RIIMPO318E       Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
  • RIIRTM203D       Work as a safety observer/spotter
  • RIIWHS302D       Implement traffic management plan
  • RIICCM205E        Carry out manual excavation
  • RIICCM206D       Support plant operations
  • RIICCM208D       Carry out basic levelling
  • RIICCM209D       Carry out concrete work
  • RIICRC203D         Install sub-soil drainage
  • RIICRC208D         Lay pipes
  • RIIRIS201D          Conduct local risk control
  • RIIWMG203D     Drain and dewater civil construction site

When you’ve just won a tender, we get that it’s all hands on deck.  That means getting in onsite, training your crew up and ensuring you are compliant with your tender obligations, without delaying the progress of your project. We know how important this is and that’s why we’re here to support what you need now and in the future.

  • Customised training plans that suit your timeline requirements
  • Our Trainers share your background, having worked in civil construction for years, they are current with industry.
  • We are known for being responsive.
  • Meet your contract training requirements.
  • We work in partnership with the Australian Apprenticeships Network.
  • Eligible employers can access subsidies for Apprenticeships. Ask our team if you’re eligible!
  • Onsite training, we come to you.
  • Leading Hand (Civil Construction)
  • Civil Construction Plant Operator
  • Construction worker

The course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Apprenticeship: Between 12 – 36 months years depending on the type of apprenticeship and the apprentice’s ability
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): 3-6 months- this term may be extended by Funding Criteria, amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required  – eligibility criteria apply
  • CSQ: Program completion date is 20 September 2021 (for the Skills and Gap Training program 2020/21 Contract).
  • Fee for Service: 3-12 months subject to the amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required

Your skills will be assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. Which is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt and how you do it.

Theory may be assessed Online or via Workbook. Practical Assessment will be conducted at your place of work or work site with fit for purpose facilities and equipment which are to be made available to your FTA trainer & Assessor for training and assessment purposes.

Let’s talk about the money

Ready to take the leap towards your nationally recognised qualification? View the range of funding options available to assist both students and employers in gaining valuable training.

Fee For Service

Fee For Service

Our flexible Fee For Service model accommodates individuals ready to start their qualification today while making ongoing, manageable payments.



CSQ is designed to give Building and Construction workers recognition for skills learnt on the job but for which they don’t currently hold a formal qualification.

User Choice

User Choice

User Choice aims to provide funding for apprentices, trainees and their employers aligned to the skill needs of industry and changing government priorities.

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Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands on experience in their given field of expertise, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your course.

Limitless Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways. That’s why we deliver training how you learn best plus, you get your own Learning Engagement Officer to support your progress through the course.

Recognised Qualifications

This civil construction course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.