Civil construction and resources industry


Civil construction is the creation of infrastructure involving anything to do with water, earth or transport. It includes earth works for site preparation and subdivision prior to construction. 

Examples of civil construction projects include pipelines, telecommunications, sewers, water treatment systems, highways, roads, bridges, tunnels and light rail transit lines.

Some occupations in this industry include plant operations, trenchless technology, civil foundations, bridge construction and maintenance, pipe laying, road construction and maintenance, road marking, tunnel construction, timber bridge construction and maintenance, traffic management and supervisory and management civil construction occupations.

Some full qualifications include an apprenticeship or traineeship which can provide students with a great pathway to their chosen career.


Full qualification

A full list of the Smart and Skilled qualification prices, student fees and subsidies is available on the Training Services NSW website. Please note, only the qualifications that have an ‘S’ against them are applicable under this program. Courses and provider details are available on the Smart and Skilled website.

Some examples of full qualifications are below:

Certificate II in Civil Construction

Certificate III in Civil Construction

Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction

Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design

Diploma of Civil Construction Design

Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design

Certificate IV in Civil Construction Operations

Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision

Diploma of Civil Construction Management

Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations

Diploma of Underground Coal Mining Management

Part qualification

Part qualifications ( short courses) are also available which offer potential learners a Statement of Attainment or a nationally accredited skill set or skills group, which they can then use as credit towards a full qualification.

Short courses include:

  • license training* e.g. white card and high-risk training
  • work health and safety training
  • plant operator training
  • soft skills entry level or pre-employment training in civil construction, e.g. communicating in the workplace, identifying, locating and protecting underground services, planning and organising work, working safely and following WHS policies and procedures
  • technical entry level or pre-employment training in civil construction, e.g. planning and organising work, supporting plan operations, using hand and power tools, interpreting plans and manual excavation
  • job specific training, e.g. entering confined spaces, working safely at heights, operating a forklift, operating an excavator or skid steer.

* Note: the cost of the license application is not covered under this initiative.

Further information

Search on the DoE website for a complete listing of NSW JobTrainer part qualifications in construction.

"Being part of a pioneering industry is a privilege, and the idea of leaving behind a legacy with each building, renovation, extension or development motivates me every day."

 Nelson Florimo - 2019 Apprentice of the Year

Here to help

The Skills Hub is a free phone service to help you find employment, skills and training support in NSW. Make an appointment online or call 13 77 88.

Good prospects

Australia is rich in natural resources; join a powerhouse industry.

Earning potential

Mid-range graduate salaries are up to $40K.


The majority of graduates are in jobs or further training.

Potential careers

Miner, Driller, Shot firer, Electrician, Truck driver, Plant operator, Civil construction specialist.