Diploma of Civil Construction Design

The Diploma of Civil Construction Design reflects the role of personnel working as designers or design para-professionals who support professional engineers. They perform tasks involving a high level of autonomy and requiring the application of significant judgement in planning and determining the selection of equipment/roles/techniques for themselves and others. They are required to develop site specific work designs to ensure the implementation of the client’s site requirements. They demonstrate the application of a broad range of technical, managerial, coordination and planning skills.


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 (20) units made up of:

a minimum of four (4) units from the General units listed

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

a minimum of four (4) units of competency from the Design units listed

a minimum of four (4) units of competency from the Technical units listed

a maximum of two (2) units at Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma level, 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.

NOTE: The units chosen to satisfy the Diploma of Civil Construction Design must be additional to the units achieved to satisfy the Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design.

General units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBCUS501A

Manage quality customer service

add topic BSBINM501A

Manage an information or knowledge management system

add topic BSBMGT608B

Manage innovation and continuous improvement

add topic BSBPMG503A

Manage project time

add topic BSBPMG505A

Manage project quality

add topic BSBPMG508A

Manage project risk

add topic BSBPMG509A

Manage project procurement

add topic BSBWOR501A

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic BSBWOR502A

Ensure team effectiveness

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 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 RIICWD509A

Prepare detailed design of urban roads

add topic RIICWD510A

Prepare detailed design of busways

add topic RIICWD511A

Prepare detailed design of sub-divisions

add topic RIICWD512A

Prepare detailed design of motorways and interchanges

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 RIICWD520A

Prepare detailed design of rigid pavements

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 RIICWD526A

Prepare detailed traffic analysis

add topic RIICWD527A

Prepare detailed design of traffic signals

add topic RIICWD528A

Prepare detailed design of traffic management systems

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 RIICWD532A

Prepare detailed design of tunnels

add topic RIICWD533A

Prepare detailed design of civil concrete structures

add topic RIICWD534A

Prepare detailed design of civil steel structures

add topic RIICWD535A

Prepare detailed design of civil timber structures

add topic RIICWD536A

Prepare detailed design of civil masonry, crib and gabion structures

add topic RIICWD537A

Prepare detailed design of marine structures civil works

Technical units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic PMLDATA500B

Analyse data and report results

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 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 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


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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


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

provide feedback and advice to staff

lead site-wide planning and coordination activities


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

manage staff to solve problems and coordinate individual responsibilities and activities

work cooperatively with clients to resolve contract and operational issues

manage the 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

lead change and continuous improvement processes

manage 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