Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Laying)


Civil Construction Pipelaying Course

Become a Qualified CIvil Construction worker.

Thought about a Traineeship in Pipelaying?
Need your qual to get on T1 and T2 sites?
Are you a Pipelayer by trade and want to have your years of experience, recognised?

The RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipelaying) covers the practical and technical skills needed to work competently and confidently in civil construction. This specialisation ensures you are skilled in pipelaying infrastructure. Have your existing skills recognised or start your career in civil construction by undertaking this course as a traineeship on the job.

In this pipelaying course, you will learn how to responsibly install underground pipes on major infrastructure projects such as highways or bridges, gain an understanding of using mixed materials to facilitate stormwater, sewerage and water-supply.

The RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipelaying) can be completed as a traineeship and is a nationally accredited qualification.

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*
  • On the job training

Job Prospects

Civil Construction Plant Operator
Road maintenance worker

Study Mode

Flexible Delivery With Workbook

Next Intake

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Discover what it’s like to study pipelaying.


My Trainer was really good and approachable. I rang him a couple of times after business hours with a few queries and he pointed me in the right direction. He was very helpful!

Student Q&A: Chris Schloss
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RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipelaying) Course Flyer

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Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This civil construction courses is the accepted entry-level qualification required to work on Tier1 and Tier2 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.


Get qualified while you earn! Traineeships are the best way into the industry for school leavers and a great way for long-timers to finally get qualified. Which one are you?

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 7 core and 18 elective units. Please refer below for the core units of competency and a sample of suggested electives:

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

  • RIICCM202D       Identify, locate and protect underground services
  • RIICCM205E        Carry out manual excavation
  • RIICCM206D       Support plant operations
  • RIICCM207D       Spread and compact materials manually
  • RIICCM208D       Carry out basic levelling
  • RIICCM210D       Install trench support
  • RIICRC208D         Lay pipes
  • RIISAM201D       Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
  • RIIWHS302D       Implement traffic management plan
  • RIIWMG203D     Drain and dewater civil construction site
  • RIICPL301D         Install water mains pipelines
  • RIICPL302D         Install storm water systems
  • RIICPL303D         Install sewer pipelines
  • RIIIMG301D        Maintain Site Records
  • RIICRC301D         Maintain drainage systems
  • RIIRIS201D          Conduct local risk control
  • RIIMPO318E       Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
  • RIIMPO320         Conduct civil construction excavator operations
  • RIICRC306            Conduct earthworks

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
  • Crew Team Leader
  • Pipelayer

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

  • Apprenticeship: Between 12 – 36 months 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 2022 (for the Skills and Gap Training program 2021/22 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 will be assessed via Workbook. Practical Assessment will be conducted at your place of work or worksite 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 civil construction, 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 Pipelaying course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.