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RII50515 Diploma of Civil Construction Design

National ID: RII50515 State ID: AZE3
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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. They perform tasks involving 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. 

Gain these skills:

  • 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 

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.


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 2021 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee), capped at $1,200; or $400 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.


This course is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative where you'll only pay half the course fees from until December 2021 capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

Only course fees are half price. You may be required to pay other fees that apply to your course.

^ You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.

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

This course is available as a traineeship.

Entrance requirements for traineeships

You must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study an apprenticeship or traineeship. 

In a traineeship you also gain hands-on skills and work experience, and improve your employment prospects, while earning a wage. On successful completion you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which can lead to rewarding career options. The difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that a traineeship can be either a full time or part time employment based training arrangement, usually for a nominal duration of 12 months or more, generally in a non-trade related area. 

To find out how to arrange a traineeship and study at South Metropolitan TAFE, please contact the Jobs and Skills Centre(opens in a new tab) closest to you.

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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Duration 3 Semesters
When All year round
Where Munster
How Part Time-Self Paced

Semester 1

Duration 3 Semesters
When Semester 1
Where Munster
How Full Time-Classroom

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