Qualification details

RII20712 - Certificate II in Civil Construction (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to RII20709 - Certificate II in Civil Construction 20/Mar/2012
Is superseded by RII20713 - Certificate II in Civil Construction 13/Nov/2013

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 29/May/2013
(View details for release 1) 21/Mar/2012

Units of competency

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RIICCM208A - Carry out basic levellingCarry out basic levellingSupersededN/A
RIICCM209A - Carry out concrete workCarry out concrete workSupersededN/A
RIICCM205A - Carry out manual excavationCarry out manual excavationSupersededN/A
RIICCM201A - Carry out measurements and calculationsCarry out measurements and calculationsSupersededN/A
RIICOM201A - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplaceSupersededN/A
RIIHAN211A - Conduct basic scaffolding operationsConduct basic scaffolding operationsSupersededN/A
RIIOHS205A - Control traffic with stop-slow batControl traffic with stop-slow batSupersededN/A
RIISAM205A - Cut, weld and bend materialsCut, weld and bend materialsSupersededN/A
RIICFW307A - Direct cast in-situ piling operationsDirect cast in-situ piling operationsSupersededN/A
RIICFW306A - Direct pile driving operationsDirect pile driving operationsSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 721211 Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7111-11 General Construction Plant Operator 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0309 Civil Engineering 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Civil Construction 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Construction Hand,Asphalt Worker 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 721211 Earthmoving Plant Operator (General) 02/Oct/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7111-11 General Construction Plant Operator 02/Oct/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0309 Civil Engineering 02/Oct/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 21/Mar/2012 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in an operational role in civil construction, who undertake a prescribed range of tasks using limited practical skills and fundamental knowledge, in a defined context working under supervision.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

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

Packaging Rules

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 sixteen (16) units of competency made up of:

  • ten (10) Core units, and
  • six (6) elective units of which:
  • at least three (3) must come from the Group A electives listed below
  • up to three (3) may come from AQF level II or III from this, or any other Training Package
  • up to (2) may come from an accredited course at AQF II or III 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

There are both licenced and non-licenced units of competency relating to high risk work in the RII09 Resources and Infrastructure Training Package. To be appointed under any statutory requirements in related roles, units of competency should be demonstrated to meet the state/territory licensing requirements. State/territory licensing requirements need to be confirmed by the Registered Training Organisation delivering and/or assessing the competency.

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


Plan and organise work


Carry out measurements and calculations


Identify, locate and protect underground services


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Carry out manual excavation


Spread and compact materials manually


Communicate in the workplace


Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures


Use hand and power tools


Operate small plant and equipment

Group A  

Unit code

Unit title


Use explosive power tools


Licence to perform dogging


Licence to perform rigging basic level


Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level


Trim and cut felled trees


Fall trees manually - intermediate


Hand spread asphalt


Support plant operations


Carry out basic levelling


Carry out concrete work


Install trench support


Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates


Direct pile driving operations


Direct cast in-situ piling operations


Repair potholes


Lay pipes


Conduct basic scaffolding operations


Operate elevating work platform


Enter and work in confined spaces


Control traffic with stop-slow bat


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


Cut, weld and bend materials


Drain and dewater civil construction site

Group B High risk work electives 

Unit code

Unit title


Licence to perform dogging


Licence to perform rigging – basic level


Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding – basic level