52889WA Diploma of Civil and Structural Engineering

National ID
52889WA
WA Course Code
BGR66
CRICOS code
108218G
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Why choose this course?

Shape the future of the civil engineering industry with this qualification. This course will provide you with the knowledge and leaderships skills required for the principal areas of civil construction so that you can establish yourself in this expanding industry.

You will be taught engineering drafting to Australian Standards (AS 1100) and gain exposure to computer-aided design (CAD) packages selected from AutoCAD, Microstation, Revit and 12D. In addition, you will learn sustainability principles and produce civil construction drawings as part of your assessment, gain skills to work with steel and concrete structures, design principles of bulk earth works and plan civil works.

This course will be delivered at East Perth and Perth campus. Specialised classrooms are available across both campus locations and classes will be scheduled to provide you access to these facilities. Your class locations will be provided at the commencement of each semester and detailed on your timetable. Transport between both campuses is free and you can catch either the bus or train.

Career opportunities

  • Civil Engineering Design Draftsperson
  • Structural Engineering Drafting Officer

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Equivalent to Australian Year 12 with a pass in Year 11 Maths is required for entry into this course.

  • OR Completion of MEM30505 Certificate III in Engineering - Technical is required for entry into this course.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2023

At this campus
This course may be delivered at North Metropolitan TAFE's East Perth and Perth Campus. Specialised classrooms are available across both campus locations and classes will be scheduled to provide student access to these facilities. Your class locations will be provided at the commencement of each semester and detailed on your timetable. Transport between both campuses is free and you can catch either the bus or train.
Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2023
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $15,400
  • Resources fee: $20
  • Materials fee: $320

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 18 units. These 18 units are comprised of 18 core units and 0 elective units as listed below. Units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.


There are 8 units in this qualification that have pre-requisite units which are delivered and assessed in the first semester of this course to ensure that the students have the required underpinning knowledge and skills for the subsequent units.


Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • DCSBCD617 Produce basic concrete drawings
  • DCSBCE602 Use basic CAD in engineering
  • DCSBFE613 Use basic fluids in engineering
  • DCSBME604 Use basic mathematics in engineering
  • DCSBSD611 Produce basic steel drawings
  • DCSBSE612 Use basic soils in engineering
  • DCSCAD616 Use CAD in engineering
  • DCSCON605 Use basic construction in engineering
  • DCSENV618 Use basic environmental concepts in engineering
  • DCSGRE603 Use graphics in engineering
  • DCSMAT608 Use materials in engineering
  • DCSMTH610 Use mathematics in engineering
  • DCSOEE609 Operate in an engineering environment
  • DCSPHY606 Use physics in engineering
  • DCSSOM615 Use strength of materials in engineering
  • DCSSTA607 Use statics in engineering
  • DCSSUR614 Use surveying in engineering
  • VU22678 Use building information modelling (BIM) technology for a project
Elective units

There are no elective units for this course.

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include evidence gathering methods which have been selected in consultation with industry. This includes knowledge questions, case study scenarios, projects, presentations, observations, reports and portfolios. Methods of assessment are based on the job role and evidence is collected via a simulated work environment or workplace created on-campus. Skills are assessed holistically during the practical demonstration of tasks and this evidence is gathered using observation checklists which are completed by the trainer/assessor. 

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, PowerPoint presentations, learning guides, handouts, NMT Library catalogue and opportunities to engage with industry professionals.

Facilities and equipment may include access to relevant software (CAD, MS Office Suite), computers, printers, workplace manuals/procedures, workshops, and a simulated work environment and facilities including surveying equipment, soil testing labs, fluid labs, strength of material labs, drafting office simulations, and a workshop with hand tools, power tools and access to technicians.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2024

At this campus
This course may be delivered at North Metropolitan TAFE's East Perth and Perth Campus. Specialised classrooms are available across both campus locations and classes will be scheduled to provide student access to these facilities. Your class locations will be provided at the commencement of each semester and detailed on your timetable. Transport between both campuses is free and you can catch either the bus or train.
Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2024
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $15,400
  • Resources fee: $20
  • Materials fee: $320

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 18 units. These 18 units are comprised of 18 core units and 0 elective units as listed below. Units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.


There are 8 units in this qualification that have pre-requisite units which are delivered and assessed in the first semester of this course to ensure that the students have the required underpinning knowledge and skills for the subsequent units.


Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • DCSBCD617 Produce basic concrete drawings
  • DCSBCE602 Use basic CAD in engineering
  • DCSBFE613 Use basic fluids in engineering
  • DCSBME604 Use basic mathematics in engineering
  • DCSBSD611 Produce basic steel drawings
  • DCSBSE612 Use basic soils in engineering
  • DCSCAD616 Use CAD in engineering
  • DCSCON605 Use basic construction in engineering
  • DCSENV618 Use basic environmental concepts in engineering
  • DCSGRE603 Use graphics in engineering
  • DCSMAT608 Use materials in engineering
  • DCSMTH610 Use mathematics in engineering
  • DCSOEE609 Operate in an engineering environment
  • DCSPHY606 Use physics in engineering
  • DCSSOM615 Use strength of materials in engineering
  • DCSSTA607 Use statics in engineering
  • DCSSUR614 Use surveying in engineering
  • VU22678 Use building information modelling (BIM) technology for a project
Elective units

There are no elective units for this course.

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include evidence gathering methods which have been selected in consultation with industry. This includes knowledge questions, case study scenarios, projects, presentations, observations, reports and portfolios. Methods of assessment are based on the job role and evidence is collected via a simulated work environment or workplace created on-campus. Skills are assessed holistically during the practical demonstration of tasks and this evidence is gathered using observation checklists which are completed by the trainer/assessor. 

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, PowerPoint presentations, learning guides, handouts, NMT Library catalogue and opportunities to engage with industry professionals.

Facilities and equipment may include access to relevant software (CAD, MS Office Suite), computers, printers, workplace manuals/procedures, workshops, and a simulated work environment and facilities including surveying equipment, soil testing labs, fluid labs, strength of material labs, drafting office simulations, and a workshop with hand tools, power tools and access to technicians.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2024

At this campus
This course may be delivered at North Metropolitan TAFE's East Perth and Perth Campus. Specialised classrooms are available across both campus locations and classes will be scheduled to provide student access to these facilities. Your class locations will be provided at the commencement of each semester and detailed on your timetable. Transport between both campuses is free and you can catch either the bus or train.
Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $15,400
  • Resources fee: $20
  • Materials fee: $320

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 18 units. These 18 units are comprised of 18 core units and 0 elective units as listed below. Units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.


There are 8 units in this qualification that have pre-requisite units which are delivered and assessed in the first semester of this course to ensure that the students have the required underpinning knowledge and skills for the subsequent units.


Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • DCSBCD617 Produce basic concrete drawings
  • DCSBCE602 Use basic CAD in engineering
  • DCSBFE613 Use basic fluids in engineering
  • DCSBME604 Use basic mathematics in engineering
  • DCSBSD611 Produce basic steel drawings
  • DCSBSE612 Use basic soils in engineering
  • DCSCAD616 Use CAD in engineering
  • DCSCON605 Use basic construction in engineering
  • DCSENV618 Use basic environmental concepts in engineering
  • DCSGRE603 Use graphics in engineering
  • DCSMAT608 Use materials in engineering
  • DCSMTH610 Use mathematics in engineering
  • DCSOEE609 Operate in an engineering environment
  • DCSPHY606 Use physics in engineering
  • DCSSOM615 Use strength of materials in engineering
  • DCSSTA607 Use statics in engineering
  • DCSSUR614 Use surveying in engineering
  • VU22678 Use building information modelling (BIM) technology for a project
Elective units

There are no elective units for this course.

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include evidence gathering methods which have been selected in consultation with industry. This includes knowledge questions, case study scenarios, projects, presentations, observations, reports and portfolios. Methods of assessment are based on the job role and evidence is collected via a simulated work environment or workplace created on-campus. Skills are assessed holistically during the practical demonstration of tasks and this evidence is gathered using observation checklists which are completed by the trainer/assessor. 

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, PowerPoint presentations, learning guides, handouts, NMT Library catalogue and opportunities to engage with industry professionals.

Facilities and equipment may include access to relevant software (CAD, MS Office Suite), computers, printers, workplace manuals/procedures, workshops, and a simulated work environment and facilities including surveying equipment, soil testing labs, fluid labs, strength of material labs, drafting office simulations, and a workshop with hand tools, power tools and access to technicians.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

At this campus
This course may be delivered at North Metropolitan TAFE's East Perth and Perth Campus. Specialised classrooms are available across both campus locations and classes will be scheduled to provide student access to these facilities. Your class locations will be provided at the commencement of each semester and detailed on your timetable. Transport between both campuses is free and you can catch either the bus or train.
Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $15,400
  • Resources fee: $20
  • Materials fee: $320

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 18 units. These 18 units are comprised of 18 core units and 0 elective units as listed below. Units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.


There are 8 units in this qualification that have pre-requisite units which are delivered and assessed in the first semester of this course to ensure that the students have the required underpinning knowledge and skills for the subsequent units.


Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • DCSBCD617 Produce basic concrete drawings
  • DCSBCE602 Use basic CAD in engineering
  • DCSBFE613 Use basic fluids in engineering
  • DCSBME604 Use basic mathematics in engineering
  • DCSBSD611 Produce basic steel drawings
  • DCSBSE612 Use basic soils in engineering
  • DCSCAD616 Use CAD in engineering
  • DCSCON605 Use basic construction in engineering
  • DCSENV618 Use basic environmental concepts in engineering
  • DCSGRE603 Use graphics in engineering
  • DCSMAT608 Use materials in engineering
  • DCSMTH610 Use mathematics in engineering
  • DCSOEE609 Operate in an engineering environment
  • DCSPHY606 Use physics in engineering
  • DCSSOM615 Use strength of materials in engineering
  • DCSSTA607 Use statics in engineering
  • DCSSUR614 Use surveying in engineering
  • VU22678 Use building information modelling (BIM) technology for a project
Elective units

There are no elective units for this course.

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include evidence gathering methods which have been selected in consultation with industry. This includes knowledge questions, case study scenarios, projects, presentations, observations, reports and portfolios. Methods of assessment are based on the job role and evidence is collected via a simulated work environment or workplace created on-campus. Skills are assessed holistically during the practical demonstration of tasks and this evidence is gathered using observation checklists which are completed by the trainer/assessor. 

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, PowerPoint presentations, learning guides, handouts, NMT Library catalogue and opportunities to engage with industry professionals.

Facilities and equipment may include access to relevant software (CAD, MS Office Suite), computers, printers, workplace manuals/procedures, workshops, and a simulated work environment and facilities including surveying equipment, soil testing labs, fluid labs, strength of material labs, drafting office simulations, and a workshop with hand tools, power tools and access to technicians.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

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Last updated on November 30, 2022