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RII31619 Certificate III in Trenchless Technology

RII31619 Certificate III in Trenchless Technology

National ID RII31619 State ID BFA4
Gain essential civil construction skills

Develop skills in machine operation, earthworks, reading plans, levelling, excavation and safety procedures in this hands-on traineeship.

Training is completed off-campus at work sites or specialised locations. Students must have a training contract with an appropriate employer. 

Image of a metal pipe going into a hole in the ground. In the background is a water tank

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more


When Continuous enrolment.

Study Mode Apprenticeship.

South Metropolitan TAFE provides quality training that serves both employers and employees. Employers gain the benefits of skilled and accredited employees and the employee gains the knowledge, skill, confidence and a sense of pride when completing the qualification. Training for any required gap units can be scheduled to align with workplace operations and may be conducted at the employer’s place of business if required.

All delivery is done off campus at clients' sites or specialised resourced locations in the metro area.


  • safety on the work site
  • safe handling of materials
  • plant and machinery operation
  • excavation
  • leveling
  • reading plans
  • earthworks
  • communication
  • locate and protect underground services

Important information

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All year round


When All year round
Where Thornlie
How Apprenticeship

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you're a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in to complete this course. Please view the full list of fee disclaimers. 


National ID Unit title
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and job specifications
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
RIIIMG301D Maintain site records
RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces


A MAXIMUM of FIVE (5) units MAY be chosen from the Imported Electives below.

National ID Unit title
BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
BSBLDR411 Demonstrate leadership in the workplace
BSBWHS411 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs
BSBWHS414 Contribute to WHS risk management
BSBWHS415 Contribute to implementing WHS management systems
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
RIIHAN308F Load and unload plant
RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIRIS201E Conduct local risk control
RIIWHS302E Implement traffic management plans


A MINIMUM of TWELEVE (12) and a MAXIMUM of SEVENTEEN (17) may be chosen from this list - at least ONE (1) unit MUST be a Trenchless Technology (RIICTT) unit.

National ID Unit title
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation
RIICCM206D Support plant operations
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling
RIICCM210D Install trench support
RIICCM302 Track directional boring operations
RIICCM303 Conduct vacuum excavations
RIICPL301D Install water mains pipelines
RIICTT301E Conduct fluid assisted directional boring
RIICTT302E Conduct impact moling, ramming and augering operations
RIICTT303E Control micro tunnelling and pipe-jacking operations
RIICTT309E Install slip lining in existing pipeline systems
RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform
RIIHAN307E Operate a vehicle loading crane
RIIOGF302D Operate drilling fluids and mud pits
RIIOGN303D Operate mud systems
RIIRIS202D Respond to site based spills
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment
RIIWHS205E Control traffic with stop-slow bat
RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site

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