Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design

The Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design reflects the role of senior civil works designers or para-professional designers who support professional engineers. They perform tasks that are broad, specialised, complex and technical and include strategic areas and initiating activities. They are responsible for the design of complex projects to ensure the implementation of the client’s site requirements and are required to demonstrate self-directed application of theoretical and technical knowledge and initiate solutions to technical problems or management requirements.


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 made up of:

five (5) Core units

seven (7) elective units made up of:

at least four (4) units from the Group A General Management units listed

at least one (1) unit from the Group B Design units listed

up to two (2) units, from this or any other Training Package or accredited course at any level

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

The units chosen to satisfy the Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design must be additional to the Units of Competency achieved to satisfy the Diploma of Civil Construction Design.

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 BSBOHS607B

Advise on application of safe design principles to control OHS risk

add topic BSBPMG608A

Direct risk management of a project program

add topic BSBWOR502A

Ensure team effectiveness

add topic RIICWD601A

Manage the civil works design process

add topic RIIQUA601A

Establish and maintain a quality system

Group A Elective Units General Management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBMGT608B

Manage innovation and continuous improvement

add topic BSBMGT617A

Develop and implement a business plan

add topic BSBPMG601A

Direct the integration of projects

add topic BSBPMG602A

Direct the scope of a project program

add topic BSBPMG603A

Direct time management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG604A

Direct cost management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG605A

Direct quality management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG606A

Direct human resource management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG607A

Direct communications management of a project program

add topic BSBPMG609A

Direct procurement and contracting for a project program

add topic BSBSMB405A

Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic RIIBEF601A

Conduct business negotiations

add topic RIIBEF604A

Conduct feasibility study

Group B Elective Units Design Units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIICWD507A

Prepare detailed geotechnical design

add topic RIICWD509A

Prepare detailed design of urban roads

add topic RIICWD510A

Prepare detailed design of busways

add topic RIICWD512A

Prepare detailed design of motorways and interchanges

add topic RIICWD520A

Prepare detailed design of rigid pavements

add topic RIICWD526A

Prepare detailed traffic analysis

add topic RIICWD528A

Prepare detailed design of traffic management systems

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


    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:


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