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Undergraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering Fundamentals

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At a glance

Get a head start on your civil engineering career with this entry-level course and unlock a direct entry pathway into the Associate Degree of Civil Engineering (HED001).

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HED006 Undergraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering Fundamentals

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Course overview

Course overview

Get a head start on your civil engineering career with this entry-level course from TAFE Queensland. This course will provide you with an understanding of the fundamentals of civil engineering and prepare you for entry into the Associate Degree of Civil Engineering (HED001).

In this course you'll receive an introduction to engineering mathematics, 2D CAD modelling, as well as civil design and drafting. You'll learn how to use mathematical operations to solve engineering problems, develop your understanding of one of the most commonly used drafting packages in the civil design industry, and be introduced to the fundamental elements of a broad range of engineering disciplines including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and hydraulic. 

Successful completion of this course will provide you with a guaranteed direct entry pathway into the Associate Degree in Civil Engineering (HED001) with full credit transfer of all successfully completed units. 

Units

The successful achievement of this Undergraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering Fundamentals requires you to complete all 4 core units. These units are all delivered online.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Year 1 Semester 1
CEA1111
Engineering Mathematics 1 Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
CEA1112
Engineering Fundamentals Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
CEA1113
2D CAD Modelling Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125
CEA1114
Engineering Practices 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
  • 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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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

It is highly recommended that at commencement of this course, you should be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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

  • English (4, Sound Achievement), 
  • Maths A, B or C (4, Sound Achievement); and/or
  • relevant work experience or qualification that indicates your likely success of course completion.

If you have not completed Mathematics A, it is strongly recommended that you complete a 20 hour intensive Maths Workshop with TAFE Queensland prior to the commencement of this course.

Please refer to the following Selection Criteria for further information regarding entry into this course.

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.

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 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

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.   

Pathway
This course is face to face delivery and is a direct entry pathway into HED001 Associate Degree in Civil Engineering with full credit transfer for all successfully completed units of study. 

Government Loan Schemes
This course is approved for HECS-HELP and is Commonwealth Supported. Commonwealth Supported Places in the course are limited.

HECS-HELP is a scheme that assists eligible Commonwealth supported students to pay their student contribution amount with a loan. HECS‑HELP loans are available at all public universities and at a handful of private higher education providers.

This course is also approved for FEE-HELP. FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that covers the cost of your tuition fees on your behalf. FEE-HELP is available to students who are not studying in a Commonwealth supported place (and are therefore not eligible for HECS-HELP).

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.

Disclaimer

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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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
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland