Qualification details

RII31209 - Certificate III in Civil Foundations (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by RII31213 - Certificate III in Civil Foundations 13/Nov/2013

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 21/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) 22/Jun/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

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RIICFW307A - Direct cast in-situ piling operationsDirect cast in-situ piling operationsSupersededN/A
RIIOHS202A - Enter and work in confined spacesEnter and work in confined spacesSupersededN/A
RIIWMG301A - Control construction site water tableControl construction site water tableSupersededN/A
RIIRIS201B - Conduct local risk controlConduct local risk controlSupersededN/A
RIIOHS205A - Control traffic with stop-slow batControl traffic with stop-slow batSupersededN/A
RIICFW306A - Direct pile driving operationsDirect pile driving operationsSupersededN/A
AHCSAW301A - Construct conservation earthworksConstruct conservation earthworksSupersededN/A
RIISAM203B - Use hand and power toolsUse hand and power toolsSupersededN/A
RIIHAN208A - Perform doggingPerform doggingSupersededN/A
RIIIMG301A - Maintain site recordsMaintain site recordsSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 312914 Other Draftsperson 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3129-79 Building And Engineering Associate Professionals Nec 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0309 Civil Engineering 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Civil Construction,Foundation/Construction Drilling 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Foundation Layer,Foundation/Construction Driller 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312914 Other Draftsperson 01/Apr/2022 
ANZSCO Identifier 312999 Building And Engineering Technicians Nec 02/Sep/200931/Mar/2022
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3129-79 Building And Engineering Associate Professionals Nec 02/Sep/2009 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0309 Civil Engineering 02/Sep/2009 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 02/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working in foundation work in the civil construction industry, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.

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 twenty five (25) units of competency made up of:

  • fourteen (14) Core units, and
  • eleven (11) elective units of which:
  • at least ten (10) must come from the Group A electives listed below including at least five (5) units at Certificate III level, two (2) of which must be foundation work (CFW) units
  • up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level II, III or IV in this, or any other Training Package.

Units of competency chosen must be relevant to the competency requirements for the job function.

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


Carry out basic levelling


Communicate in the workplace


Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures


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


Use hand and power tools


Operate small plant and equipment


Drain and dewater civil construction site


Control construction site water table

Group A  

Unit code

Unit title


Carry out concrete work


Install trench support


Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates


Construct and dismantle fences and gates


Construct underpinning


Install temporary and permanent rock anchors


Install primary ground support


Conduct pile driving operations


Conduct cast in-situ piling operations


Direct pile driving operations


Direct cast in-situ piling operations


Conduct earthworks


Perform dogging


Conduct basic scaffolding operations


Operate elevating work platform


Maintain site records


Set up/pack up drill site


Enter and work in confined spaces


Control traffic with stop-slow bat


Implement traffic management plan


Maintain and monitor site quality standards


Conduct local risk control


Cut, weld and bend materials


Position and set up mobile lighting


Conduct erosion and sediment control activities


Construct conservation earthworks