Certificate III in Trenchless Technology

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.


Requirements for completion of the qualification

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

Successful completion of twenty six (26) units of competency made up of:

eighteen (18) Core units, and

eight (8) elective units of which:

at least five (5) must come from the Group A electives listed below including at least four (4) at Certificate III level, of which at least one (1) must be a trenchless technology (CTT) unit

up to three (3) units may come from AQF level III from this, or any other, Training Package or accredited course.

Units of competency chosen must

be relevant to the competency requirements for the job function

reflect the competency profile for the occupation at the enterprise level

in the case of accredited course units of competency, not duplicate in part or in whole any unit from a Training Package.

Care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified within imported units, or units chosen as electives, are complied with.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIBEF201B

Plan and organise work

add topic RIICCM201A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic RIICCM202A

Identify, locate and protect underground services

add topic RIICCM203A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic RIICCM205A

Carry out manual excavation

add topic RIICCM206A

Support plant operations

add topic RIICCM207A

Spread and compact materials manually

add topic RIICCM208A

Carry out basic levelling

add topic RIICCM210A

Install trench support

add topic RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic RIICRC203A

Install sub-soil drainage

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

add topic RIISAM201A

Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non toxic materials

add topic RIISAM203B

Use hand and power tools

add topic RIISAM204B

Operate small plant and equipment

add topic RIIWMG203A

Drain and dewater civil construction site

add topic RIIWMG301A

Control construction site water table

Group A Electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic NWP331B

Inspect conduit and report on condition and features

add topic NWP440A

Supervise conduit inspection and reporting

add topic RIICCM209A

Carry out concrete work

add topic RIICCM301A

Construct and dismantle fences and gates

add topic RIICPL301A

Install water mains pipelines

add topic RIICPL302A

Install storm water systems

add topic RIICPL303A

Install sewer pipelines

add topic RIICPL304A

Intall pre-cast access chambers

add topic RIICRC208A

Lay pipes

add topic RIICTC301A

Install tunnelling constructions services

add topic RIICTC302A

Line tunnel

add topic RIICTC303A

Excavate tunnel by machine

add topic RIICTC304A

Muck out tunnel earthworks

add topic RIICTC305A

Construct portals

add topic RIICTT301A

Conduct fluid assisted directional boring

add topic RIICTT302A

Conduct impact moling, ramming and augering

add topic RIICTT303A

Control micro tunnelling and pipe-jacking

add topic RIICTT304A

Undertake on-line replacement for existing pipeline systems

add topic RIICTT305A

Undertake localised repair and sealing of existing pipeline systems

add topic RIICTT306A

Install cure in-place linings for existing pipeline systems

add topic RIICTT307A

Spray linings for existing pipeline systems

add topic RIICTT308A

Install close-fit linings for existing pipeline systems

add topic RIICTT309A

Install slip lining in existing pipeline systems

add topic RIICTT310A

Renovate large diameter pipes and chambers

add topic RIIHAN208A

Perform dogging

add topic RIIHAN211A

Conduct basic scaffolding operations

add topic RIIHAN301B

Operate elevating work platform

add topic RIIHAN307A

Operate a vehicle loading crane

add topic RIIIMG301A

Maintain site records

add topic RIIMPO319A

Conduct backhoe/loader operations

add topic RIIMPO320B

Conduct civil construction excavator operations

add topic RIIOGF302A

Operate drilling fluids and mud pits

add topic RIIOGN303A

Operate mud systems

add topic RIIOHS202A

Enter and work in confined spaces

add topic RIIOHS205A

Control traffic with stop-slow bat

add topic RIISAM205A

Cut, weld and bend materials


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

The following table includes a summary of the employability skills as identified by the resources and infrastructure industry for this qualification. The table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes required here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


speak clearly and directly

listen carefully to instructions and information

read and interpret work instructions and safety signs

calculate basic weights, distances and volumes

complete incident and maintenance reports

adjust communication style to meet the needs of people with diverse backgrounds


apply teamwork in a range of situations, particularly in a safety context

contribute to the planning and execution of operations

work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race, religion or political persuasion and people with disability

recognise and respond sensitively to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds


adjust work methods in response to changing weather and site conditions

participate in team solutions to safety issues

Initiative and enterprise

independently adapt to changing work conditions or different work areas

identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions

identify and assess risks in the workplace

Planning and organising

manage time and priorities to complete work

identify and obtain appropriate equipment and permits

identify potential hazards and prepare appropriate responses

follow procedures and techniques relevant to the equipment and work being done


take responsibility for planning and organising own work priorities and completing assigned tasks

monitor own performance to ensure work will be completed well and on time

understand the standard of work expected at a work site


be willing to learn new ways of working

seek information to improve performance from people and workplace documents like policies, procedures etc

understand equipment characteristics, technical capabilities, limitations and procedures


use technology to monitor and report on work progress

use communications technology appropriate to the workplace (email, mobile, radio, etc)

operate equipment safely