RII31215 - Certificate III in Civil Foundations

Recognise your experience

If you already have industry experience, then utilising Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to turn your existing skills into a nationally recognised qualification is an ideal way of achieving industry accreditation while broadening your career opportunities.

As this is not a course, you do not need to complete the units listed below. Instead, you simply need to prove that you’re competent in the units shown. Our Facilitators will help make this process as easy and smooth as possible for you. 

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$3,200* $10,000 $6,800

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* RPL cost includes all assessment services and issue of your nationally recognised qualification.

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Yes. All of our qualifications are issued by RTOs which have been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications that meet national quality assurance requirements. This means that they are recognised by industry and educational institutions in all Australian states and territories as conforming to the required competency standards.

Yes. Because all of our qualifications are issued by reputable RTOs and contain the nationally recognised training logo, they each verify that a candidate has met the Units of Competency required to work in their industry occupation. These qualifications do not indicate how you have obtained the qualification (i.e. through RPL), and are exactly the same as a qualification received from a training provider through any other means.

Get Qualified Australia allows you up 3 months to complete the RPL process, however the actual duration is dependent on the length of time it takes you to provide your evidence. While this is generally 4 weeks, the quicker you submit your evidence, the sooner the process will be completed.

Once all the required evidence has been submitted and your evidence has been assessed, the RTO will then review and issue your qualification within 2-4 weeks, provided that no further evidence is required. This makes it possible for you to achieve your qualification in as little as 1 month, and up to 3 months.

Requests for extensions beyond the allotted 3 month period will be considered on an individual case basis.

While our Customer Service Agents will determine the best evidence for your portfolio, evidence generally takes the form of:

  • Resume/CV
  • References
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Portfolio/work samples
  • Photographic and video evidence
  • Education, training and qualifications
  • Job Description
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace communication
  • Bookkeeping and financial records

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The options are really endless. Most people use qualifications to enhance their careers, from achieving a promotion or pay rise, to climbing organisational ranks and getting new job opportunities. In fact, qualifications have shown to increase employability by 11%, and result in promotions 42% of the time.

Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

Please note that while our qualifications may help you meet minimum licensing requirements, only your state’s relevant licensing authority may issue you your licence. For more information about trades licensing, click here.

The following provides the packaging rules for this qualification, followed by the list of relevant units of competency.

Total number of units = 25 

14 core units  plus

11 elective units,  of which:

  • at least five (5) must be chosen from Group A, of which at least two (2) which must be foundation work (RIICFW) units
  • no more than five (5) may be chosen from Group B
  • no more than one (1) unit may be chosen from within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course

All elective units selected for this qualification must reflect current occupational and learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level.

There are both licensed and non-licensed units of competency relating to high risk work in the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package. To be appointed under any statutory requirements in related roles, units of competency should be selected to meet the state/territory licensing requirements.

There are no prerequisites to imported units listed in this qualification. Where a unit is imported as an elective care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified are complied with.


Core units of competency

Unit code 

Unit title 


Plan and organise work


Carry out measurements and calculations


Identify, locate and protect underground services


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Carry out manual excavation


Spread and compact materials manually


Carry out basic levelling


Communicate in the workplace


Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials


Use hand and power tools


Operate small plant and equipment


Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures


Drain and dewater civil construction site


Control construction site water table


Group A

Unit code 

Unit title 


Construct conservation earthworks


Construct and dismantle fences and gates


Construct underpinning


Install temporary and permanent rock anchors


Install primary ground support


Conduct pile driving operations


Conduct cast in-situ piling operations


Direct pile driving operations


Direct cast in-situ piling operations


Conduct earthworks


Operate elevating work platform


Maintain site records


Implement traffic management plan

Group B

Unit code 

Unit title 


Conduct erosion and sediment control activities


Work effectively with diversity


Licence to perform dogging


Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level


Install trench support


Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates


Perform dogging


Conduct basic scaffolding operations


Set up/pack up drill site


Maintain and monitor site quality standards


Conduct local risk control


Respond to site based spills


Cut, weld and bend materials


Position and set up mobile lighting


Enter and work in confined spaces


Control traffic with stop-slow bat


Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

This qualification does not require any licensing.

Visit Get Qualified Australia’s Trade Licensing page for more information surrounding licensing

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