Certificate II in Civil Construction

National Code: RII20715
TAFE SA Code: TP00945


This course covers civil operations work undertaken in local government, state road authorities and civil contractors. You will be trained across different areas including the operation of load shifting equipment and plant, excavation techniques, trenching and confined space work.

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Up to 12 months 

Part Time

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$92 - $137
$183 - $273
$92 - $137
$183 - $273

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$3,340 - $4,982
$6,680 - $9,965

This course also has an incidentals cost of $110.00 for personal protective equipment. Details provided at enrolment..

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This course is for those who want to enter or are currently employed in the civil construction industry.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Civil Construction (RII20715)
    The course is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge required to work in the civil construction industry. People undertaking this course will learn a range of basic skills including general measurements and calculations, use of hand and power tools, operation of small plant and equipment, spreading and compacting materials and carrying out concrete work. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 10 core units and 6 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out manual excavation 8
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Communicate in the workplace 20
    Identify, locate and protect underground services 30
    Operate small plant and equipment 20
    Plan and organise work 20
    Read and interpret plans and job specifications 40
    Spread and compact materials manually 12
    Use hand and power tools 80
    Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out basic levelling 8
    Carry out concrete work 40
    Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations 80
    Control traffic with stop-slow bat 20
    Drain and dewater civil construction site 20
    Enter and work in confined spaces 30
    Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates 40
    Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non toxic materials 16
    Implement traffic management plans 20
    Install trench support 16
    Lay pipes 40
    Operate breathing apparatus 20
    Operate elevating work platform 40
    Repair potholes 36
    Support plant operations 8
    Use explosive power tools 16
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