Course Information

Delivery Mode Campus Locations Duration
Face to face and Independent research Level 11, 55 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria 3000. 98 weeks (which constitutes 79 teaching weeks (1896 hours) + 19 weeks of break period)

Course Overview

This qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to work as a senior civil works designer or para-professional designer supporting professional engineers.

Graduates will be able to perform tasks that are broad, specialised, complex, and technical and include strategic areas and initiating activities.

They are responsible for the design of complex projects to ensure the implementation of the client’s site requirements and are required to demonstrate self-directed application of theoretical and technical knowledge and initiate solutions to technical problems or management requirements a career in this field can be both creative and rewarding.



Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, the types of occupations that you can seek include:

  • Civil Engineering Draftsperson
  • Civil Engineering Design Draftsperson
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Road Design Draftsperson
  • Sewage Reticulation Drafting Officer
  • Structural Engineering Drafting Officer
  • Site Manager
  • Estimator
  • Administrator

Units of Competency

Core subjects

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

Electives subjects

BSBPMG530 Manage program scope
RIICSG405E Carry out inspections of Civil structure
BSBPMG537 Manage project procurement
RIICWD534E Prepare detailed design of civil steel structures
RIICWD533E Prepare detailed design of civil concrete structures
RIICWD507D Prepare detailed geotechnical design
RIICWM601E Establish civil construction plans

Age Requirements:

All students must be aged 18 years or over at the time of applying for admission to the Institute.


Academic Requirements:

Satisfactory completion of studies in applicant’s home country equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification is required for entry into this course.


English Language/Literacy/Numeracy requirements:

We accept admission to the students if they qualify in ANYONE (1) of the following:

The table below shows the English language test providers including information on English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and the minimum overall band scores student must achieve to meet the Student visa English language requirement.

English language test providers Minimum test Score Minimum test score with either 10 weeks of ELICOS, Foundation Standard program or Pathway program Minimum test score with either 20 weeks ELICOS or Foundation Extended program
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 5.5 5.0
TOEFL internet-based test (only accepted if test is taken on or before 25 July 2023) * 64 46 35
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) ** 169 162 154
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 50 42 36

Source : https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500#Eligibility.


ICM can grant you credit towards your course for units of competency that you have already completed with another RTO or authorised issuing organisations. We can also grant you Credit for subjects or units you have completed where equivalence can be established between the unit in your course, and the subject or unit you have completed.

There is no charge to apply for Credit.

To apply, fill in the Credit Application Form and submit it as part of your enrollment.

*Please refer to your Student Prospectus for more information on Course Credit. As an international student you should note that where you are granted credit this will reduce your course duration and you will be informed of this in writing.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where skills and knowledge that you have gained through work and life experience and other unrecognised training can be formally recognised.

ICM has a process that has been structured to minimise the time and cost to applicants and provides a supportive approach to students wishing to take up this option. You should ideally apply for RPL at the time of enrolment, but you may also apply up to 2 weeks into your course. During the entry process and interview stage ICM will discuss with you the process and options for RPL. Suitability is often determined on how much experience you have in a certain area, your work history and previous training. If RPL is determined as a possibility for you, you will be provided with a kit that will guide you in working through each unit to determine relevant skills and experience and identify whether you would be able to provide the required evidence.

A trainer/assessor will be available to assist you throughout this process.

*Please refer to your Student Prospectus for more information on RPL. As an international student you should note that where you are granted RPL this will reduce your course duration and you will be informed of this in writing.