RII30920 - Certificate III in Civil Construction Pipe Laying

Western Australia

Units of Competency

Core Units

Successful completion of twenty six (26) units of competency made up of: Eight (8) CORE units – these are mandatory and cannot be changed
Unit CodeUnit Name
RIIBEF201EPlan and organise work
RIICCM201ECarry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM203ERead and interpret plans and job specifications
RIICOM201ECommunicate in the workplace
RIIRIS301EApply risk management processes
RIISAM203EUse hand and power tools
RIISAM204EOperate small plant and equipment
RIIWHS201EWork safely and follow WHS policies and procedures


Ten (10) Group G units – these are mandatory and cannot be changed
Unit CodeUnit Name
RIICCM202EIdentify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM205FCarry out manual excavation
RIICCM206ESupport plant operations
RIICOM207ESpread and compact materials manually
RIICCM208ECarry out basic levelling
RIICCM210EInstall trench support
RIICRC208ELay pipes
RIISAM201EHandle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
RIIWHS302EImplement traffic management plans
RIIWMG203EDrain and dewater civil construction site
Select at least two (2) group H unit
Unit CodeUnit Name
RIICPL301EInstall water mains pipelines
RIICPL302EInstall storm water systems
RIICPL303EInstall sewer pipelines
Select at least three (3) group I units
Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBTWK301Use inclusive work practices
RIICPL304EInstall pre-cast gully pits
RIICPL305EInstall pre-cast access chambers
RIICRC201ERepair potholes
RIICRC301EMaintain drainage systems
RIICCM211EConstruct and dismantle temporary fences and gates
RIIIMG301EMaintains site records
RIIRIS201EConduct local risk control
RIIWHS202EEnter and work in confined spaces
RIIWHS204EWork safely at heights
RIIWHS205EControl traffic with stop-slow bats
You can choose up to three (3) imported units – some suggestions
Unit CodeUnit Name
RIIHAN311FConduct operations with integrated tool carrier
RIIMPO319EConduct backhoe/loader operations
RIIMPO320FConduct civil construction excavator operations
MSMPER202Observe permit work
RIIMPO321FConduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
RIIRTM203EWork as a safety observer/spotter
MSMWHS217Gas test atmosphere

Learners must be able to have regular and consistent on-the-job access to the tasks of the units selected.

Other electives may be offered, in accordance with the packaging rules. Please discuss with a Civil Train representative if you would like to discuss electives not identified on this course information brochure.

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working in civil construction, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge.

Course Duration

This program is offered as a 36 month apprenticeship (WA) or 36 month Contract of Training (SA). Formal training may be completed in a shorter amount of time.

Entry Requirements

  • Civil Train will conduct a Foundation Skills entry assessment at a level required to successfully complete the qualification and work in the industry at the level required for this qualification. Potential clients who are identified as not meeting course entry requirements will be assisted with referral to appropriate support services.
  • In general, participants will need to be physically fit due to the nature of the work.
  • Civil Train will conduct a suitability interview prior to enrolment
  • Entrants will be required to be employed in the civil construction industry
  • Entrants will be required to have a White Card prior to starting training on the qualification

Delivery & Assessment

There are theory and practical training and assessment components to the course.

Skills will be trained and assessed through a mixture of off-the-job and on-the-job training and assessment.

You may be able to seek recognition for your previous studies or experience. Civil Train offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) and Credit Transfer (CT) for this qualification.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer involves assessing a previously completed course or subject to see if it provides equivalent learning or competency outcomes to those required within the current course of study.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) provides students with an opportunity to have their current skills and competencies recognised.
These skills and competencies may relate to units that they are about to commence and as a result may exempt them from studying these units.

Fees Breakdown

Please refer to our Fees Schedule for current fees and subsidies.

Please refer to our Fees and Refunds Policy for terms and conditions.

The student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student services and resource fees.


The CTF provided funding support for training of eligible workers in the construction industry. We acknowledge the support of the CTF in reducing the costs of training for eligible workers.



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