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Certificate III in Civil Construction

Pipe Laying
At a glance

At a glance

Get your career in civil construction started with this practical course. Complete this course as a traineeship or have your existing skills recognised to become a skilled operator in infrastructure construction and maintenance.

  • Pipe Layer
  • Road Maintenance Worker
  • Road Construction Worker

Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Laying)

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Course overview

Course overview

Progress your career in civil construction with this practical course. Have your existing skills recognised or complete this course as a traineeship to become a skilled operator. 

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, there is stable future growth predicted for earthmoving plant operators including excavator, bulldozer, and grader operators. This large occupation is expected is create around 30,000 jobs over the next five years. 

In this course you'll learn specialised skills for pipe laying. You'll apply occupational health and safety standards to safely plan for, organise and carry out works on a construction site. Our experienced teachers will assist you to gain a range of skills for site work including earthworks, drainage and concreting.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you as a skilled operator in pipe laying You can continue to progress your career with further study at a Certificate IV level.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 18 elective units from the list below.

  • ten (10) must be chosen from Group G 
  • at least one (1) must be chosen from Group H
  • at least three (3) must be chosen from Group I
  • no more than four (4) may be chosen from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

Plan and organise work
Carry out measurements and calculations
Read and interpret plans and job specifications
Communicate in the workplace
Use hand and power tools
Operate small plant and equipment
Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
Group G
Identify, locate and protect underground services
Carry out manual excavation
Support plant operations
Spread and compact materials manually
Carry out basic levelling
Install trench support
Lay pipes
Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
Implement traffic management plan
Drain and dewater civil construction site
Group H
Install water mains pipelines
Install stormwater systems
Group I
Carry out concrete work
Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates
Install pre-cast gully pits
Repair potholes
Install sub-soil drainage
Lay reinforced concrete box culverts
Maintain drainage systems
Maintain site records
Conduct local risk control
Control traffic with stop-slow bat
Control construction site water table
Group K
Place and form concrete kerb, channel and fixtures
Lay pavers
Maintain sealed roads
Conduct earthworks
Conduct road pavement construction
Group L
Install signs
Install and maintain roadside fixtures

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

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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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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

This qualification is available via a Traineeship pathway and is also available for corporate/commercial clients.

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.

Resources required

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required relevant to the workplace for practical activities (subject to on-site requirements) This includes the use of safety glasses, protective footwear with covered uppers, steel capped toes and non-slip soles to AS2210, leather gloves to AS2161, and hair protection. You should also wear 100% cotton drill industry-standard clothing. If you fail to meet these minimum standards of dress, you will not be permitted entry into practical classes.

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.

Need to know

Replacement Qualification
This program has been replaced by RII30920 - Certificate III in Civil Construction, as of 24 January 2021. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 23 January 2022. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

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