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Qualified Pipe Layers are in high demand for major infrastructure projects such as highways, dams and the drainage of construction sites. Build your skills or get recognised for your experience in work areas in Civil Construction. Course details

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Workplace: up to 3 years

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Workplace Any time Workplace

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland South West is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).


Delivered in workplaces throughout Queensland

Resources required

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) relevant to the workplace for practical activities (subject to on-site requirements)
  • steel capped boots
  • a valid email address


This qualification is delivered in the workplace, either via a Traineeship pathway, or via commercial arrangements negotiated with employers. Training can occur in workplaces throughout Queensland, however, minimum student numbers do apply in some locations - please contact us to discuss training solutions for your organisation.

The nominal term for full-time trainees is 36 months (3 years). The training duration for those not entering via a traineeship pathway will be subject to the existing skill and experience levels of the learners. Delivery is generally conducted during standard work hours (1 full day) for the student in the workplace, on an approximate 4 to 6 week cycle. Details will be negotiated between TAFE Queensland and the employer.


Requirements for completion of Stream 3 – Pipe Laying include:

Total number of units = 25

7 core units plus

18 elective units, of which:

  • 10 must be chosen from Group G
  • at least 1 must be chosen from Group H
  • at least 3 must be chosen from Group I
  • no more than 4 may be chosen from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work Core
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations Core
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and job specifications Core
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace Core
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools Core
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment Core
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures Core
Group G
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services Elective
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation Elective
RIICCM206D Support plant operations Elective
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually Elective
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling Elective
RIICCM210D Install trench support Elective
RIICRC208D Lay pipes Elective
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials Elective
RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management plan Elective
RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site Elective
Group H
RIICPL301D Install water mains pipelines Elective
RIICPL302D Install stormwater systems Elective
Group I
RIICPL304D Install pre-cast gully pits Elective
RIICCM211D Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates Elective
RIICCM209D Carry out concrete work Elective
RIICRC201D Repair potholes Elective
RIICRC203D Install sub-soil drainage Elective
RIIIMG301D Maintain site records Elective
RIIWHS205D Control traffic with stop-slow bat Elective
RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control Elective
RIIWMG301D Control construction site water table Elective
RIICRC209D Lay reinforced concrete box culverts Elective
RIICRC301D Maintain drainage systems Elective
Group K
RIICRC302D Place and form concrete kerb, channel and fixtures Elective
RIICRC303D Lay pavers Elective
RIICRC304D Maintain sealed roads Elective
RIICRC306D Conduct earthworks Elective
RIICRC307D Conduct road pavement construction Elective
Group L
RIICRC204D Install and maintain roadside fixtures Elective
RIICRC202D Install signs Elective


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

Eligible apprentices and trainees who meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training plan and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

Existing workers in the Building and Construction Industry, or those returning to the industry, may be eligible for funding under the CSQ Skills Assessment and Gap Training (SAGT) program. For further information about this great funding opportunity, please visit the CSQ Website or contact us.

Students are encouraged to view the TAFE Queensland Student Fees Policy prior to enrolment.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, please give us a call.


RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Laying)

Job prospects

  • Pipe Layer

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland South West to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO), then contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract.

If you aren't employed yet, contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 914 754 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a student, check out the student handbook and refund policy

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace and/or previous learning means less study time for you and getting qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 18 October 2017

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