RII31619 – Certificate III in Trenchless Technology

RII31619 - Certificate III in Trenchless Technology

Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working in trenchless technology 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:

  • 9 core units, plus
  • 17 elective units, of which:
    • up to 12 must be chosen from the electives below, of which at least 1 must be a trenchless technology (RIICTT) unit
    • up to 5 may be chosen from the electives listed below, elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

Units of Competency delivered

Core Units

  • RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
  • RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations
  • RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services
  • RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
  • RIIIMG301D Maintain site records
  • RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
  • RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces

Elective Units

  • RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation
  • RIICCM206D Support plant operations
  • RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually
  • RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling
  • RIICCM209D Carry out concrete work
  • RIICCM210D Install trench support
  • RIICCM302 Track directional boring operations
  • RIICCM303 Conduct vacuum excavations
  • RIICPL301D Install water mains pipelines
  • RIICPL302D Install stormwater systems
  • RIICPL303D Install sewer pipelines
  • RIICPL304D Install pre-cast gully pits
  • RIICRC203D Install sub-soil drainage
  • RIICRC208D Lay pipes
  • RIICTT301E Conduct fluid assisted directional boring
  • RIICTT302E Conduct impact moling, ramming and augering
  • RIICTT303E Control micro tunnelling and pipe-jacking
  • RIICTT304E Undertake on-line replacement for existing pipeline systems
  • RIICTT305E Undertake localised repair and sealing of existing pipeline systems
  • RIICTT306E Install cure in-place linings for existing pipeline systems
  • RIICTT307E Spray linings for existing pipeline systems
  • RIICTT308E Install close-fit linings for existing pipeline systems
  • RIICTT309E Install slip lining in existing pipeline systems
  • RIICTT310E Renovate large diameter pipes and chambers
  • RIIHAN208D Perform dogging
  • RIIHAN211D Conduct basic scaffolding operations
  • RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform
  • RIIHAN307E Operate a vehicle loading crane
  • RIIOGF302D Operate drilling fluids and mud pits
  • RIIOGN303D Operate mud systems
  • RIIRIS202D Responding to site based spills
  • RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
  • RIISAM203D Use hand power tools
  • RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment
  • RIISAM205D Cut, weld and bend materials
  • RIIWHS205E Control traffic with stop-slow bat
  • RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site


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:

  • Trenchless Technology Civil Foundations Worker 
  • Construction Worker – Trenchless Technology

After achievement of this qualification, graduates may wish to undertake RII40715 – Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision.

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.