Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Site Management)

CRICOS Code: 092139G
National Code: CRS1400354


This course was developed by TAFE SA to respond to the workforce development needs of the civil and structural consulting industry in South Australia. Designed in collaboration with industry, the course prepares you to become a site engineer or project manager. In this role, your work may involve project programming, quality control, managing construction teams, liaising with sub-contractors and suppliers and communications with project stakeholders.

Duration (incl. holidays)
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104 weeks
80 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 6.0 Overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 including Year 12 Maths or overseas equivalent or see course notes below for alternative TAFE SA pathways.

Course Notes

  • As part of the Associate Degree program, TAFE SA will provide work experience and/or industry-based project opportunities. While optional, these activities, will give you first-hand experience of the workplace, allowing you to test your skills and make valuable industry contacts.
  • This qualification has provisional accreditation by Engineers Australia. This accredited qualification is recognised in Australia and some overseas countries. Graduates of this course are eligible for migration skills assessment by Engineers Australia. The occupational outcome of this assessment is in the Engineering Associate (Draftsperson) category. The specific occupation code depends on the program studied and on the Engineers Australia guidelines. See the Engineers Australia website for further details.
  • This course is offered in blended study mode. This means that you learn in a mixture of classroom and online environments. On campus learning will be scheduled but online learning can provide more flexibility. Lecturer support will be provided for all study. Access to a computer with an internet connection is required.
  • International students with Year 12, but no maths, could do the Certificate III in Engineering – Technical which provides an excellent foundation of maths knowledge for success in the Associate Degree.
    International students without Year 12 could do the Certificate III in Engineering – Technical, then the Diploma of Engineering – Technical to meet the academic entry into this Associate Degree.
  • This Associate Degree will be taught 70% at Tonsley Campus and 30% at Regency Campus, and some classes may be held in the evening. More details will be provided upon commencement into the Associate Degree.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $9100
AUD $500*
Semester 2
AUD $9100
Semester 3
AUD $9100
Semester 4
AUD $9100
Fee Totals
AUD $36400
AUD $500*
Total Course Cost
AUD $36900

* International students will be required to purchase textbooks, steel cap boots and a high-visibility vest, sometimes known as hi-vis or hi-viz, that has highly reflective properties. They will also need to purchase long sleeved tops and long trousers. Students also will need to successfully undertake the unit 'Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry' commonly known as a White Card at their own cost. The approximate cost of these items is between $A200-$A500. Further details will be provided upon commencement.

Note: TAFE SA course fees are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. As such, the course fees for 2022 have increased and are published on this site. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • Employment Outcomes

    Career opportunities include Site Engineer and Project Manager.

    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

    Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Site Management) (CRS1400354)
    Topics include construction practice, mathematics, computing for engineering, basic drawing, construction geotechnics, water infrastructure, structural analysis, site management, environmental engineering, water and wastewater treatment and computer science. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 15 core units and 2 elective units.

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

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Core

    Name Nominal Hours
    Civil/Structural Basic Drawing 150
    Computing for Engineering 150
    Construction Geotechnics 150
    Construction Practice 150
    Engineering Mechanics 150
    Environmental Engineering 150
    Exposure to Engineering Practice 3
    Infrastructure Engineering Project 150
    Mathematics 1 150
    Mathematics 2 150
    Site Management 1 150
    Site Management 2 150
    Structural Analysis 150
    Water and Wastewater Treatment 150
    Water Infrastructure 150


    Name Nominal Hours
    Building Services Drafting 150
    Civil Drafting 150
    Mathematics 3 150
    Structural Design Drafting 150
  • If your goal is to achieve a bachelor degree in your chosen field of study, TAFE SA offers two different types of pathway to university - a University Packaged Program or Credit Transfer.

    A University Packaged Program allows you to select the course and the university you wish to study at, before commencing your studies at TAFE SA.

    This course is available as a University Packaged Program. This allows students to accept a joint packaged offer with a local South Australian University, and upon successful completion of TAFE SA qualification, the student is eligible for a guaranteed entry into a nominated University Program. Find out more about University Packaged Programs.

    The table below shows current packages available for this course.

    Institution Course Indicative Package Cost
    Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) AUD$113,500
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Defence Systems) AUD$126,500
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Geotechnical Engineering) AUD$126,500
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Renewable Energy) AUD$126,500
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Structural Engineering) AUD$126,500
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Water Systems Engineering) AUD$126,500
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Construction Management) AUD$150,500
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Smart Technologies) AUD$150,500
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Construction Management) AUD$104,300
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) AUD$104,300
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Structual) AUD$104,300
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Construction Management)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Smart Technologies)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Structural Engineering)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Water Systems Engineering)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Geotechnical Engineering)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Renewable Energy)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Defence Systems)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) (Major in Environmental Engineering)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Structual)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Construction Management)
    Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering) with Honours
    Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) with Honours
    Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering) with Honours
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