Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision

This qualification reflects the role of employees working in supervisory positions in civil construction. They perform tasks involving a broad range of varied activities most of which are complex and non-routine. They are responsible for the quantity and quality of the output of others, contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems and apply management plans to the workplace.


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:

four (4) Core units, and

eight (8) elective units of which:

at least two (2) must come from the Group A electives listed below including either add topic RIICWM401B Supervise civil works or at least one AQF IV Apply the principles unit of competency

at least two (2) from the Group B electives listed below

up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level III, IV or Diploma in 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 BSBMGT401A

Show leadership in the workplace

add topic BSBMGT402A

Implement operational plan

add topic BSBOHS407A

Monitor a safe workplace

add topic RIIRIS401A

Apply site risk management system

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic LGAWORK401A

Develop works maintenance schedule

add topic LGAWORK402A

Prepare for operational works

add topic MSL924001A

Process and interpret data

add topic MSL975007A

Supervise earthworks inspection, sampling and testing operations

add topic MSL975016A

Perform complex tests to measure engineering properties of materials

add topic RIIBLA401A

Manage blasting operations

add topic RIIBLA402A

Monitor and control the effects of blasting on the environment

add topic RIICBS401B

Apply the principles of asphalt paving and compaction

add topic RIICBS402B

Apply the principles for the application of bituminous sprayed treatment

add topic RIICBS403B

Apply the principles for the application of polymer modified binder

add topic RIICBS404B

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 binder

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 RIICRC406B

Apply the principles of pavement maintenance

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 RIICSG405A

Carry out inspections of civil structures

add topic RIICSG406A

Apply principles of maintenance of civil structures

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 RIICWD525B

Select pavement surfacing

add topic RIICWM401B

Supervise civil works

add topic RIICWM402A

Supervise civil works contractors

add topic RIICWM503A

Prepare civil works cost estimate

add topic RIICWM504A

Prepare civil works bill of quantities

add topic RIICWM505A

Prepare civil works schedule of rates

add topic RIIDML401A

Apply the principles of demolitions

add topic RIIMEX403A

Apply the principles of canal construction

add topic RIIMPO402A

Apply the principles of earthworks construction

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBCUS401A

Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

add topic BSBFIA402A

Report on financial activity

add topic BSBFIM501A

Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBINM401A

Implement workplace information system

add topic BSBINN301A

Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic BSBMGT403A

Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBPMG405A

Apply human resources management approaches

add topic BSBPMG408A

Apply contract and procurement procedures

add topic BSBPMG510A

Manage projects

add topic BSBSMB403A

Market the small business

add topic BSBSMB404A

Undertake small business planning

add topic BSBSMB402A

Plan small business finances

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBWOR404B

Develop work priorities

add topic LGADMIN417A

Conduct community consultations

add topic LGACOM401A

Administer contracts

add topic LGACOM402A

Arrange contracts

add topic LGACOM409A

Prepare tender documentation

add topic LGACOM410A

Prepare response to tenders

add topic MSL953001A

Receive and prepare samples for testing

add topic MSL973001A

Perform basic tests

add topic MSL973002A

Prepare working solutions

add topic MSL973006A

Prepare trial batches for evaluation

add topic MSL974001A

Prepare, standardise and use solutions

add topic PMLTEST403B

Assist with geotechnical site investigations

add topic MSL974003A

Perform chemical tests and procedures

add topic MSL974005A

Perform physical tests

add topic MSL974010A

Perform mechanical tests

add topic NWP440A

Supervise conduit inspection and reporting (for supervisors and managers)

add topic RIICCR401A

Develop and maintain positive community relations

add topic RIICOM301B

Communicate information

add topic RIICWD503A

Prepare work zone traffic management plan

add topic RIIENV401A

Supervise dust and noise control

add topic RIIGOV401B

Apply, monitor and report on compliance systems

add topic RIIOHS302A

Implement traffic management plan

add topic RIIOHS401A

Supervise work in confined spaces

add topic RIIQUA401A

Apply a quality management system on site

add topic RIIRAI402A

Apply and monitor site plant and resource management plan

add topic RIIRIS301B

Apply risk management processes

add topic RIISAM401A

Apply site plant, equipment and infrastructure management plan

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction


    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

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 members’ 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)

use computer technology to monitor and communicate project status

use IT to create documents and maintain records of work activities