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Associate Degree in Civil Engineering

At a glance

At a glance

Get ahead in your career with this advanced technical qualification from TAFE Queensland. Become an engineering associate or technical consultant in a range of industries.

  • BIM Coordinator/Collaborator
  • Engineering Associate
  • Estimator
  • Design Drafter
  • Project Manager
  • Civil/Structural Designer and Modeller

HED001 Associate Degree in Civil Engineering

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Course overview

Course overview

Help shape the future of Australia's infrastructure with this specialised, advanced qualification with TAFE Queensland. This course will allow you to progress your career as an engineering professional and become a technical consultant or engineering associate.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, civil engineering professionals are a skill in high demand with employers finding it hard to fill vacancies. This very large occupation is predicted to grow strongly in the future with around 28,000 job openings expected over the next five years. 

In this associate degree, you will develop your skills in the application of civil and structural engineering technology. You will gain specialised knowledge of drafting and modelling structural, municipal and environmental engineering, project management and estimating skills. Our experienced teachers will ensure you can synthesise elements of your theoretical and practical understanding through designing and implementing an engineering project to standards applicable to a modern civil or structural engineering practice.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work on infrastructure projects as a civil or structural engineering associate or technical consultant in a variety of industries including engineering, construction, mining and transportation companies, or local and state government agencies. You will also be on the path to further advanced studies.


The successful achievement of the Associate Degree in Civil Engineering requires you to complete  15 core units and 1 elective unit. In addition,  Engineers Australia requires the completion of a  work-based learning unit (WBL) that comprises  240 hours of industry professional practice placement.

Whilst all units are delivered face to face at South Bank campus, there are practical sessions which are undertaken at the Mount Gravatt campus.

Year 1 Semester 1
Engineering Mathematics 1 Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Engineering Fundamentals Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
2D CAD Modelling Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Engineering Practices Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Work-based learning Credit points: 0
Year 1 Semester 2
Engineering Surveying Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Civil Design and Drafting Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Engineering Mechanics Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Engineering Mathematics 2 Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Year 2 Semester 1
Geoscience Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Municipal Engineering Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Road Design Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Structural Design and Modelling Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Year 2 Semester 2
Engineering Project Management Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Construction and Estimating Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Engineering Project Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Year 2 Semester 2
Building Information Modelling Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
Environmental Engineering Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125


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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that covers the cost of your tuition fees on your behalf.

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If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Entry requirements

Assumed knowledge
It is assumed that applicants will have the following:

  • English (4, Sound Achievement) and
  • Maths A, B or C (4, Sound Achievement)

International Applicants will have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) with a Sound Achievement in Maths.

All Applicants

  • Applicants without Mathematics A are strongly advised to complete a 20 hours intensive Maths Workshop with TAFE Queensland one week prior to the commencement of semester.
  • All non-school-leaver applicants must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion.
  • All applicants are referred to the Selection Criteria -  what type of applicant are you, for specific information about your individual circumstances.

English Language Proficiency Standards:

  • PTE: 50 (min 50 each skill)
  • IELTS: 6.0 (Writing 6.0, all other skills no less than 5.5) 
  • ISLPR: 3 on all skills
  • TOEFL iBT: 60 (13 reading, 12 listening, 18 speaking, 23 writing)
  • OET: pass at "C" level in each of four components

Please note that Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) does not satisfy English Language proficiency for this qualification.

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  • Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. 
  • International applicants who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs  to have adequate welfare arrangements in place. TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with the Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of those welfare services (fees apply).
  • All applicants under the age of 18 are required to participate in an Interview with the Dean Higher Education prior to an offer being made by TAFE Queensland.

Selection criteria

Admission to all TAFE Queensland higher education courses is on a competitive basis, and there are several ways you can apply to study a higher education course. The type of applicant you are will determine the selection criteria TAFE Queensland considers when assessing your individual application. For further information and to determine the type of applicant you are, please visit the How to Apply - Degrees and Admissions page on our website.

If you are an applicant with recent secondary education, you can Apply now through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) or via Direct Entry Application.


Professional Practice Placement
During your course you will be required to complete professional practice placement so you can start using and improving your new skills and knowledge in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 240 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading, stationery and resources list, and/or required textbook list during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network. Whilst most readings are also available to download, there is a cost to print those resources. For more information about printing costs please refer to the printing section of the TAFE Queensland Library network website.

You will also need to have access to a scientific calculator (type required to be advised during orientation).

White card
A White Card is required to access engineering and construction work sites and may be required while undertaking professional placement. You will be offered the opportunity, at an additional cost (approximately $65 to $125), to complete the General Safety Induction Course (White Card Training) while completing your degree.

Need to know

Download your Associate Degree in Civil Engineering 2021 Course Information handbook here.

Orientation session
Part of the Higher Education enrolment process at TAFE Queensland is your attendance at orientation. This provides you with information about being a para professional in the Civil Engineering sector. It will enable you to make an informed decision about your ability to successfully complete the course.

At orientation, you will be informed about the academic calendar, time commitments, and other demands the course will place upon you, so you can make an informed decision about your enrolment at TAFE Queensland.

Criminal History check
During your enrolment at TAFE Queensland you may be required to provide TAFE Queensland with updated Criminal History Checks. If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Coordinator for further information.

Basic Key Skills Builder’ (bksb)
Successful applicants enrolling into the first semester may be required to undergo diagnostic testing through the Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) platform. This testing is delivered by TAFE Queensland.

This process identifies knowledge gaps in Mathematics and English language competencies. This is followed by referring students to remedial classes as required.

Students are occasionally referred to TAFE Queensland’s Adult Tertiary Preparation Mathematics and English Language courses prior to resuming their enrolment.

Student Profile
The student profile is a snapshot of data about all students who commenced undergraduate study in the most recent semester intake, including applicants offered in all offer rounds across all campuses and international students. 

A student profile is provided for TAFE Queensland as a whole as well as for each of our undergraduate courses. The student profile shows the number of students admitted to the institution/course, along with their life and education experiences Learn More

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing comprises credit and recognition of prior learning. You may be able to have your prior studies or work experience count as credit towards your course and be able to graduate sooner. We call this 'advanced standing'.

Prior studies include units completed at TAFE Queensland or at another institution. Our policy is available here.

This course has the following specific advanced standing:

  • HED006 Undergraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering Fundamentals -  4 Units of Study (40cp) -  specified credit.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland