Certificate II in Civil Construction

National Code: RII20720
TAFE SA Code: TP01286


Get a firm grounding in civil construction with this nationally recognised course. You will learn the theoretical and practical skills you need to work in the industry with local governments, state road authorities, or civil contracting firms. Gain the work skills you need on-the-job including measurements and calculations, reading plans and job specifications, use of hand and power tools, operating small plant and equipment, excavation techniques, spreading and compacting materials, and safe work practices. And when you’ve completed your course, you can up-skill with an apprenticeship or further study.

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6 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

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Entry Recommendations
This course is recommended for those with an interest and aptitude for working in the construction industry.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Full time with classes 2 to 3 days a week. You may need to go to a different campus for certain units.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need practical hands-on aptitude, good communication and interpersonal skills, basic literacy and numeracy skills and a basic understanding of concepts including measurements, volumes, levels, ratios, pressure, temperatures and chemicals. Ability to complete written work in the form of job cards and workbook and computer skills for online activities and tasks.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to buy and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety boots, safety glasses and cotton workwear.

Vocational Placements
Not compulsory but recommended.

Total Fees for the 6 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee

This course also has an additional 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. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 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 (RII20720)
    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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective 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 16
    Cut, weld and bend materials 40
    Drain and dewater civil construction sites 20
    Enter and work in confined spaces 30
    Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials 16
    Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6
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