Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design [RII60520]


Course Description

The field of civil construction design is a dynamic and integral part of our modern infrastructure. Roads, bridges, buildings, and various other structures are not just marvels of engineering but also incredible feats of design. If you aspire to be at the forefront of creating the physical environment we live in, the Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design is your key to an exciting and fulfilling career. This comprehensive course is designed to empower you with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience necessary to excel in the field of civil construction design.

Civil construction design is the backbone of every civilization, shaping our cities and landscapes. It’s the science and art of planning, designing, and overseeing the construction and maintenance of essential infrastructure. This includes everything from roads, highways, and bridges, drainage, and public buildings. Civil construction designers play a crucial role in ensuring the functionality, safety, and sustainability of these structures.

Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design course
Certificate III in Cabinet Making

Industry-Relevant Curriculum:
Our program is tailored to meet the demands of the ever-evolving civil construction industry. You’ll be exposed to a comprehensive curriculum that covers the core principles of civil construction design, including:

      • Structural Engineering: Understand the principles of structural design and analysis for different types of infrastructure.
      • Road and Highway Design: Learn how to design safe and efficient road and highway systems.
      • Sustainable Construction Practices: Explore eco-friendly design and construction methods.
      • Project Management: Develop the skills needed to oversee and manage construction projects effectively.
      • Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Gain insight into the legal and regulatory aspects of construction design.
      • Computer-Aided Design (CAD): Master the latest CAD software for creating detailed construction plans.

Hands-On Learning:
Our program emphasizes practical, real-world experience. You’ll work on projects that simulate actual industry scenarios, allowing you to apply what you’ve learned in a hands-on setting. This experience is invaluable for your development as a civil construction designer.

Expert Faculty:
Learn from a team of experienced instructors who have a deep understanding of the civil construction field. Their insights and expertise will provide you with a well-rounded education that combines theory and practice.

Cutting-Edge Technology:
Stay up to date with the latest industry tools and technology. We provide access to state-of-the-art design software and equipment to ensure you’re well-prepared for the demands of the profession.

Career Advancement:
Upon completion of the Advanced Diploma, you’ll have the skills and qualifications to pursue a range of exciting career opportunities, including:

      • Civil Construction Designer: Plan and design infrastructure projects, ensuring they meet safety and regulatory standards.
      • Structural Engineer: Work on the analysis and design of structures like bridges and buildings.
      • Construction Project Manager: Oversee the planning, execution, and completion of construction projects.
      • CAD Technician: Use your design skills to create detailed technical drawings for construction projects.
      • Consultant: Offer your expertise to various construction firms, municipalities, or organizations as a design consultant.

Our program is designed to accommodate your needs. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate, a working professional seeking to upskill, or someone looking to switch careers, our flexible scheduling options make it possible for you to achieve your educational goals.

The Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design is your gateway to an exciting and fulfilling career in the world of civil construction. This program offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge, practical experience, and a valuable skill set that is in high demand in the industry. The buildings, roads, and infrastructure you design will impact communities, economies, and the environment. As a civil construction designer, you have the power to influence the way we live, work, and move in the world. Are you ready to unlock your potential and embark on a journey that will transform you into a highly skilled civil construction designer?

Entry Requirements For Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design

    • Applicants must be 18 years or older.
    • All the applicants require the successful completion of studies equivalent to Australian year 12 education as the minimum level of entry into this course.
    • Furthermore, entry into this course students must be able to demonstrate:

– IELTS 5.5 overall or equivalent English proficiency, OR
– Student has completed an English Language course with an Australian educational institution exiting at an Upper Intermediate level, OR
– Student has undertaken at least 5 years’ prior study in an educational institution from selected countries where English was the medium of instruction; OR
– Student has successfully completed in Australia in the English language either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or studies at the Certificate IV or higher level, in the two years before applying to Pinnacle Institute.

English Language Requirements

Test Type
Score or level
Minimum score and at least 10 weeks ELICOS
Minimum score and at least 20 weeks ELICOS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)




TOEFL internet-based test




Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)




Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)




Oxford English Test

B for each test component



*ELICOS – English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students

Domestic Student Fees

  • Enrolment Fees (AUD): $500
  • Material Fees (AUD): $250
  • Tuition Fees (AUD): $12,000
  • Total Fees (AUD): $12,750

International Student Fees

  • Enrolment Fees (AUD): $250
  • Material Fees (AUD): $250
  • Tuition Fees (AUD): $20,000
  • Total Fees (AUD): $20,500
Delivery Mode
  • Face-to-face classroom delivery
  • Self-paced study
  • Online
Delivery Location

This qualification will be delivered at:

  • 6/34 Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner Qld 4120

Learners and trainers have access to high-quality, relevant facilities and training rooms where theoretical and practical training is conducted.

Course Duration
  • All students have up to 92 weeks to complete the required theory and practical components of this program including Holidays.
Course Outcome

On successful completion of this course (the student being deemed competent in all units) the student will be awarded the Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design. If only units are completed and not the full qualification Pinnacle will award a Statement of Attainment. The qualification will be awarded in line with the guidelines outlined in the VET Quality Framework. Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional / highly skilled work and/or further learning.

This qualification reflects the role of an individual working as a senior civil works designer or a para-professional designer, who supports professional engineers. After achieving this qualification, possible job roles may include:

  • Civil Engineering Drafts person.
  • Civil Engineering Design Drafts person.
  • Civil Engineering Technician.
  • Road Design Drafts person.
  • Senior civil construction designed.
  • Structural Engineering Drafting officer.
Career Outcomes

Acquire hands-on experience and cultivate specialized skills to gain a competitive edge in the job market:

  • Develop the abilities to assess project quality, manage budgets, and adhere to time constraints.
  • Build confidence in collaborating with teams to devise and interpret project plans, effectively addressing civil construction hurdles.
  • Gain practical knowledge in civil structure design.
  • Access a solid pathway for further study and expand your career prospects.
Course Structure

92 weeks classroom delivery [includes a maximum of 12 weeks holiday] depending on intake. Students must atend minimum 20 hours class time per week as part of your student visa requirements. Distance learning is not available for international students. However, flexible learning arrangements of distant learning and self -paced study, are available for domestic students with a course duration of 52 weeks including holidays.

Course Units

BSBPMG632 – Manage program risk

BSBTWK502 – Manage team effectiveness

BSBWHS616 – Apply safe design principles to control WHS risks

RIICWD601E – Manage civil works design processes

RIIQUA601E – Establish and maintain a quality system

BSBPMG535 – Manage project information and communication

BSBPMG530 – Manage project scope

RIICWD507D – Prepare detailed geotechnical design

RIICWD533E – Prepare detailed design of civil concrete structures

RIILAT402E – Provide leadership in the supervision of diverse work teams

BSBPMG531 – Manage project time

BSBPMG532 – Manage project quality

Civil construction designers play a pivotal role in the development of our built environment. They are responsible for the following key tasks:

Planning and Design
Civil construction designers are involved in the initial planning and conceptualization of infrastructure projects. They work on creating detailed designs, including blueprints and schematics, that serve as the roadmap for construction.

Regulatory Compliance
Ensuring that construction projects adhere to local, state, and federal regulations and building codes is a critical aspect of a designer’s role. Compliance is necessary to guarantee the safety and longevity of the structure.

Safety and Efficiency
Designers prioritize the safety of the public and construction workers. They also focus on efficiency, aiming to create structures that optimize resources and reduce environmental impact.

In today’s world, sustainability is a core concern in construction design. Civil construction designers strive to create eco-friendly and energy-efficient infrastructure, contributing to a more sustainable future.

Project Management
Designers often take on project management roles, overseeing construction projects from start to finish. This includes budget management, scheduling, and collaboration with various stakeholders.

Practical Experience

Practical experience is a cornerstone of our program. You’ll have the opportunity to work on real projects and gain hands-on experience. This invaluable experience will enable you to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios, preparing you for the demands of the industry.

The Cutting-Edge Role of Technology

In today’s civil construction design, technology is an indispensable tool. Our program ensures you’re well-versed in the latest design software and tools. Proficiency in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software is emphasized, allowing you to create detailed and precise construction plans. This skill is highly sought after in the industry and will significantly enhance your employability.

The Power of Collaboration

Civil construction is a collaborative field. Throughout your program, you’ll work closely with other students, industry professionals, and experts. This collaborative environment fosters teamwork, communication, and the ability to work on multidisciplinary projects, mirroring the reality of the profession.

Legal and Regulatory Understanding

An integral aspect of civil construction design is navigating the legal and regulatory landscape. You’ll gain knowledge of the laws and regulations governing construction, ensuring that your designs are compliant and safe. This legal understanding is essential for anyone aiming to excel in this field.

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design, you’ll have numerous career pathways to explore:

Civil Construction Designer: You can work as a civil construction designer, responsible for planning and designing various infrastructure projects. Your expertise will be essential in ensuring that these projects adhere to safety, environmental, and regulatory standards. You will play a crucial role in the transformation of design concepts into tangible structures that shape our world.

Structural Engineer: With advanced knowledge of structural design and analysis, you can pursue a career as a structural engineer. This role involves the detailed analysis and design of structures such as buildings, bridges, and more. You’ll be at the forefront of ensuring the structural integrity of these vital constructions.

Road and Highway Designer: Specializing in road and highway design opens up opportunities to work on critical transportation infrastructure. You’ll be involved in designing safe and efficient road systems, contributing to improved traffic flow and safety on our highways.

Sustainable Construction Specialist: As a sustainable construction specialist, you’ll focus on eco-friendly and energy-efficient design practices. Your work will play a significant role in minimizing the environmental impact of construction projects, aligning with the global shift toward sustainable development.

Project Manager: Your advanced diploma equips you with the skills needed to take on project management roles. As a construction project manager, you’ll oversee the planning, execution, and completion of projects. This multifaceted role involves managing budgets, schedules, and collaborating with various stakeholders.

CAD Technician: Proficiency in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software is a valuable skill in high demand. As a CAD technician, you’ll create detailed technical drawings for construction projects, ensuring precision and accuracy in design plans. Your work is instrumental in bringing design concepts to life.

Consultant: Armed with advanced knowledge in civil construction design, you can become a sought-after design consultant. Offer your expertise to construction firms, municipalities, or organizations, providing valuable insights and guidance on design projects.

How To Apply

Complete Your Application

Conveniently fill in our online application forms or download our admission form and send to Pinnacle Institute via email or post.

Gather Your Documentation

Prepare and attach all required documents with your application according to Pinnacle Institute entry requirements.

Admission Offer & Paying Fees

Successful applicants will receive our offer of Admission. By paying your tuition fees upon this, you'll receive a confirmation.

What Makes Us Unique


Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia with a population of around 1.6 million in the greater metropolitan area. The city is located in the southeast corner of Queensland (27.5oS, 153oE) and is 960 km (596miles) nort. We are committed to provide consistent and practical solutions to our students with a personal touch and strive to support our services.


We have qualified and experienced trainers, dedicated towards providing quality education to the students.


Student support and services contribute to the quality of their learning experience and their academic success.


We believe to create a welcoming, nurturing atmosphere where students can not only learn, but also feel at home.


The institute has spacious air-conditioned classrooms with natural light. Data projectors installed for presentations.