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.

This is on-the-job training so you need to be employed in the civil construction industry to undertake this course.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course however participants are required to have sufficient numeracy and literacy skills to read and comprehend instructions.

To study as a trainee within this program you must be indentured as a trainee with your employer. The minimum age for a trainee is 13 years of age as stated within The Child Employment Act, unless otherwise stated.


On-the-job/Work Based – Students will complete all their training and assessments on the job, with the exception of the elective RIIWHS202D – Enter and work in confined spaces.  This elective will be delivered through attending classroom training.


All students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process if they believe that they have suitable skills and knowledge through work experience, formal and informal training and / or general life experiences.


Fees are subject to change annually.  Fees are payable at the time of enrolment.

The User Choice 20-23 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

Traineeship: eligible trainees that meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a set fee per nominal hour. These fees are calculated at a regulated rate of $1.60 per nominal hour. The fees may vary depending on the electives selected at time of signup.  Concession rates apply for students who hold a current Health Care Card or who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are calculated at a regulated rate of $0.64 per nominal hour.

Fee for Service

Service Fee for Service Price
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) $3,500.00 + $400 for each unit requiring training and assessment.
Full Course $13,600.00



RIIBEF201E Plan and organise work
RIICCM201E Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM203E Read and interpret plans and specifications
RIICCM205F Carry out manual excavation
RIICCM207E Spread and compact materials manually
RIICCM208E Carry out basic levelling
RIICOM201E Communicate in the workplace
RIISAM201E Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
RIISAM203E Use hand and power tools
RIISAM204E Operate small plant and equipment
RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
RIIWMG203E Drain and dewater civil construction site
RIIWMG301E Control construction site water table



RIICFW301E Construct underpinning
RIICFW304E Conduct pile driving operations
RIICFW306E Direct pile driving operations
RIICRC306E Conduct earthworks
RIIIMG301E Maintain site records
RIICCM210E Install trench support
BSBRIS201E Conduct local risk control
RIIRIS202E Respond to site based skills
RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces
RIIWHS205E Control traffic with stop-slow bat