Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design

This qualification reflects the role of people providing design support for professional engineers. They perform tasks involving a broad range of varied activities most of which are complex and non-routine, for example, this might include Civil Works drafting. They are responsible for applying the design work instructions and practices to ensure the quantity and quality of the output of others and contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems.


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 twelve (12) units of competency made up of:

a minimum of two (2) units of competency from General units listed

a minimum of two (2) units of competency from Drafting units listed

a minimum of two (2) units of competency from Design units listed

a minimum of two (2) units of competency from Technical units listed

up to one (1) unit may come 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.

General Units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBINM401A

Implement workplace information system

add topic BSBINN301A

Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBMGT401A

Show leadership in the workplace

add topic BSBMGT403A

Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBWOR401A

Establish effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBWOR404A

Develop work priorities

Drafting Units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MEM09011B

Apply basic engineering design concepts

add topic MEM30001A

Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings

add topic MEM30002A

Produce basic engineering graphics

add topic MEM30003A

Produce detailed engineering drawings

add topic MEM30004A

Use CAD to create and display 3D models

Design Units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIICWD501A

Prepare detailed design of foundations

add topic RIICWD502A

Prepare detailed design of lighting

add topic RIICWD504A

Prepare detailed design of environmental controls

add topic RIICWD505A

Prepare detailed design of landscaping

add topic RIICWD506A

Prepare detailed design of canals

add topic RIICWD507A

Prepare detailed geotechnical design

add topic RIICWD508A

Prepare detailed design of rural roads

add topic RIICWD511A

Prepare detailed design of sub-divisions

add topic RIICWD513A

Prepare detailed design of rail civil infrastructure

add topic RIICWD514A

Prepare detailed design of dams

add topic RIICWD515A

Prepare detailed design of airfield civil works

add topic RIICWD516A

Prepare detailed design of bicycle ways

add topic RIICWD517A

Prepare detailed design of industrial hardstands

add topic RIICWD518A

Prepare detailed design of open car parks

add topic RIICWD519A

Prepare detailed design of inter modal facilities civil works

add topic RIICWD521A

Prepare detailed design of flexible pavements

add topic RIICWD522A

Prepare stabilised material mix design

add topic RIICWD523A

Prepare asphalt mix design

add topic RIICWD524A

Prepare design of spray seal surfacing

add topic RIICWD525A

Select pavement surfacing

add topic RIICWD527A

Prepare detailed design of traffic signals

add topic RIICWD529A

Prepare detailed design of underground services

add topic RIICWD530A

Prepare detailed design of surface drainage

add topic RIICWD531A

Prepare detailed design of subsurface drainage

add topic RIICWD537A

Prepare detailed design of marine structures civil works

Technical Units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic PMLDATA400A

Process and interpret data

add topic PMLTEST403B

Assist with geotechnical site investigations

add topic PMLTEST404A

Perform chemical tests and procedures

add topic PMLTEST406A

Perform physical tests

add topic PMLTEST411A

Perform mechanical tests

add topic PMLTEST511B

Supervise earthworks inspection, sampling and testing operations

add topic PMLTEST520A

Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materials

add topic CPPSIS5002A

Capture new spatial data

add topic CPPSIS5005A

Obtain and validate existing spatial data

add topic CPPSIS5006A

Integrate spatial datasets

add topic CPPSIS3005A

Collect basic spatial data

add topic RIICBS401A

Apply the principles for the asphalt paving and compaction

add topic RIICBS402A

Apply the principles for the application of bituminous sprayed treatment

add topic RIICBS403A

Apply the principles for the application of polymer modified binder

add topic RIICBS404A

Apply the principles for the selection and use of bituminous emulsion

add topic RIICBS405A

Apply the principles for the application of slurry surfacing

add topic RIICBS406A

Apply the principles of pavement profiling using a profiler

add topic RIICBS407A

Apply the principles for the manufacture and delivery of hot mix asphalt

add topic RIICBS408A

Apply the principles for the manufacture of cold mix

add topic RIICBS409A

Apply the principles for the manufacture of polymer modified binders

add topic RIICBS410A

Apply the principles for the manufacture of bituminous emulsion

add topic RIICBS411A

Apply the principles for the manufacture of slurry surfacing

add topic RIICPL401A

Apply the principles for the installation of underground service using open excavation

add topic RIICRC401A

Apply the principles of flexible pavement construction

add topic RIICRC402A

Apply the principles of rigid pavement construction

add topic RIICRC403A

Apply the principles of the stabilisation of materials

add topic RIICRC404A

Inspect and report on pavement condition

add topic RIICRC405A

Carry out pavement condition measurement

add topic RIICSG401A

Apply the principles of civil concrete structures construction

add topic RIICSG402A

Apply the principles of civil steel structures construction

add topic RIICSG403A

Apply the principles of civil timber structures construction

add topic RIICSG404A

Apply the principles of civil masonry, crib and gabion structure construction

add topic RIICTC401A

Apply the principles of tunnel construction

add topic RIICTT401A

Apply the principles for the installation of underground services using trenchless technology

add topic RIICTT402A

Apply the principles for the repair and rehabilitation of underground services using trenchless technology

add topic RIIMEX403A

Apply the principles of canal construction

add topic RIIMPO402A

Apply the principles of earthworks construction

add topic RIISTD202A

Collect routine site samples


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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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:


provide clear and direct feedback

listen carefully to instructions and information

read and interpret project plans and safety signs

calculate basic weights, distances and volumes

complete accurate work plans, technical reports, risk assessments, etc

negotiate solutions to customer and workplace based issues

negotiate project details with clients

network with other professionals working in the same field

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


plan and lead team performance and operations

coordinate project activities and timelines with clients

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

provide feedback and advice to staff

participate in site-wide planning and coordination activities


re-allocate staff and resources in response to changing weather, site conditions and priorities

work with staff to solve problems and coordinate team member’s responsibilities and activities

work cooperatively with clients to resolve contract and operational issues

participate in ongoing review and adjustment of operations against performance indicators and project milestones

Initiative and enterprise

act independently to identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions

identify and take steps to resolve risks in the workplace

encourage the exploration and application of innovative approaches to improve on operational performance

Planning and organising

manage and coordinate time and priorities for self and team

identify and obtain appropriate personnel and resources for work

ensure that risks are assessed and appropriate emergency plans are in place

ensure that project planning incorporates the possibility of adapting to future changes


take responsibility for ensuring team targets and goals are achieved

understand the standard of work expected at the work site

proactively manage team performance

develop trust and confidence in staff and customers


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

participate in, and where appropriate, lead change processes

work with staff to create learning and development plans

prepare and lead formal or informal training sessions


apply a range of basic IT skills in monitoring and reporting on systems

operate equipment safely and according to manufacturer and workplace guidelines

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

computer technology is used to monitor and communicate project status

use IT to create documents and maintain records of work activities