RII31220 – Certificate III in Civil Foundations

RII31220 - Certificate III in Civil Foundations

Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working in foundation work in the Civil construction industry, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.

Units of Competency

Successful completion of 26 units of competency made up of:

  • 15 core units, plus
  • 11 elective units

Units of Competency delivered

Core Units

  • RIIBEF201E Plan and organise work
  • RIICCM201E Carry out measurements and calculations
  • RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services
  • RIICCM203E Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • RIICCM205F Carry out manual excavation
  • RIICCM207E Spread and compact materials manually
  • RIICCM208E Carry out basic levelling
  • RIICOM201E Communicate in the workplace
  • RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
  • RIISAM201E Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non-toxic materials
  • RIISAM203E Use hand and power tools
  • RIISAM204E Operate small plant and equipment
  • RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • RIIWMG203E Drain and dewater civil construction sites
  • RIIWMG301E Control construction site water tables

Elective Units

  • AHCSAW201 Conduct erosion and sediment control activities
  • AHCSAW301 Construct conservation earthworks
  • RIICCM210E Install trench support
  • RIICCM211E Erect and dismantle fences and gates
  • RIICFW301E Construct underpinning
  • RIICFW303E Install primary ground supports
  • RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform
  • RIIIMG301E Maintain site records
  • RIIRIS201E Conduct local risk control
  • RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces
  • RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights


This course is delivered over approximately 12 – 24 months, allowing for application of learnings within the workplace in between structured sessions.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification. Students are expected to be already working in a site-based role.

Course Outcome and Pathways

Successful graduates will receive a Certificate of Award and Transcript for this qualification. Students who do not complete the full qualification can exit with a Statement of Attainment for successfully completed units of competency.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Civil Foundations Worker
  • Construction Labourer – Civil

After achievement of this qualification, graduates may wish to undertake RII40720 – Certificate IV in Civil Construction.

National Recognition

Everyone is entitled to an opportunity to have their previous skills and knowledge recognised in order to gain formal qualifications and reduce duplication of training and/or assessment activity (and sometimes cost). Students are encouraged to apply at program commencement. Please refer to the Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) information in our Student Handbook for further information.

Training and Assessment

Kevesther delivers its training programs onsite at clients’ workplaces (or alternatively at Kevesther’s own training facilities) through face-to-face training, coaching, and assessment activity (assessment includes knowledge questions and practical demonstration). Wherever possible, we utilise our client’s own company documentation and worksite-specific construction plans, etc. for more effective transfer of learning relevant to individual workplaces. Kevesther’s trainers and assessors work with our clients in a team-approach to ensure each student is given every opportunity to successfully complete their programs.