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RII50520 Diploma of Civil Construction Design

National ID: RII50520 State ID: BGK7
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The Diploma of Civil Construction Design prepares you for working as a designer or design para-professional who supports professional engineers. This national qualification in civil construction design provides the skills and knowledge to work on projects ranging from building structures to road design and construction management to a basic understanding of civil materials and engineering behind it. The success of our graduates is seen in their capacity to be employed the moment they graduate, and many employers find their advanced technological skills are transferable to work in related fields.

Civil construction design involves a high level of autonomy and requiring the application of significant judgement in planning and determining the selection of equipment/roles/techniques for themselves and others. They are required to develop site specific work designs to ensure the implementation of the client’s site requirements. They demonstrate the application of a broad range of technical, managerial, coordination and planning skills.

The course content has been designed and selected as recommended and supported by industry to ensure graduates have a strong understanding of Australian standards, business practices, national codes and guidelines. 

Flexible delivery

For those of you already working in the industry, this course is delivered full time as well as part time, along with flexible learning delivery modes to support full-time workers. Evening delivery will support people unable to attend day classes to obtain a Civil Engineering Diploma qualification, in order to enhance career ambitions and to build and update your knowledge and skills in this rapidly changing industry.


  • schedule and estimation of construction tasks
  • calculate foundation and footing requirements
  • manage a project schedule, cost and risk
  • knowledge of structural requirements, local building and construction standards, codes and practices
  • structural mechanics: loads, analysis, materials, and design of building members such as columns, beams, trusses and portal frames
  • simulating various load conditions to determine the strength and stiffness of structure by reporting component stress, strain and deformations
  • create detail drafting, technical specifications, schedules, and bill of quantities for a building project
  • building Information Modelling (BIM) implementation through planned coordination to deliver specific project outcomes, time and cost savings
  • detailed designs of both rural and urban roads, surface and subsurface drainage
  • investigate location of underground services and their impact on projects
  • calculating, sizing and selecting infrastructure components
  • geometric designs to optimize operational efficiency and road safety
  • analyse, interpret and apply Australian, MRWA and Austroads standards and guides
  • stormwater capture methods 

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

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week when studied across 3 semesters full time.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements, including Microsoft Office Word and Excel for at-home study. Once you have enrolled you will have free access to Office 365 for use at home using your TAFE student account. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

Work placement is not a requirement of this course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book, eraser, ruler and calculator) and wear enclosed footwear.

In addition, you are required to wear the following PPE for various laboratories and workshops:

  • full sleeve shirt
  • closed shoes
  • full length pants
  • safety glasses (will be provided by SM TAFEs Applied Engineering)

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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Semester 1, 2023

Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Munster
How On Campus
Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Munster
How On Campus

All year round

Duration 18 Months
When All year round
How Traineeship

Semester 2, 2022

Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Munster
How On Campus
Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Munster
How On Campus

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