Certificate III in Timber Bridge Construction and Maintenance

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working in timber bridge construction and maintenance in the civil construction industry. The individual 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 eight (28) units of competency made up of:

twenty three (23) mandatory units, and

five (5) elective units of which:

at least four (4) must come from the electives listed below including at least two (2) at Certificate III level

up to one (1) unit may come from Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level from this, or any other Training Package

Units chosen must be relevant to the job function.

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

Mandatory 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 RIICTB201A

Maintain timber bridges

add topic RIICTB301A

Undertake visual inspection

add topic RIICTB302A

Install temporary support members

add topic RIICTB304A

Install or replace sub-structure members

add topic RIICTB305A

Install or replace super-structure members

add topic RIICTB306A

Splice and connect timber members

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic RIIOHS202A

Enter and work in confined spaces

add topic RIIOHS205A

Control traffic with stop-slow bat

add topic RIISAM201A

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

add topic RIISAM203A

Use hand and power tools

add topic RIISAM204A

Operate small plant and equipment

add topic RIIWMG203A

Drain and dewater civil construction site


Unit code

Unit title

add topic FPICOT2221A

Trim and cross cut felled trees

add topic RIICBM304A

Operate a bridge inspection unit

add topic RIICBM307A

Construct formwork and false work on concrete bridges

add topic RIICCM209A

Carry out concrete work

add topic RIICCM301A

Construct and dismantle fences and gates

add topic RIICFW304A

Conduct pile driving operations

add topic RIICFW306A

Direct pile driving operations

add topic RIICTB202A

Apply bridge durability treatment

add topic RIICTB203A

Produce drawings and sketches

add topic RIICTB303A

Erect a temporary modular support system (bailey) on an existing bridge

add topic RIICTB307A

Assemble a temporary modular bridge

add topic RIICTB308A

Install or replace truss members

add topic RIICTB309A

Construct, maintain and remove coffer dams

add topic RIICTB310A

Construct specialised timber deck systems

add topic RIIHAN208A

Perform dogging

add topic RIIHAN211A

Conduct basic scaffolding operations

add topic RIIHAN302A

Conduct intermediate scaffolding operations

add topic RIIOHS302A

Implement traffic management plan

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

add topic RIISAM205A

Cut, weld and bend materials


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

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