Course Overview


This course is focused on the skills needed to select construction materials suitable for different applications, such as buildings, bridges, roads, and tunnels among other civil construction projects. The course structure is unique and designed to equip students with knowledge of conventional and emerging construction materials, covering materials characterization, quality control and standards.

Worldwide, the civil construction sector plays an important role in the global economy via infrastructure and building projects. The construction engineering industry seeks qualified professionals capable to understand materials performance and its quality control commonly employed in civil engineering and construction (aggregate, steel, timber, bitumen, asphalt, and concrete).

This course aims to empower construction engineering professionals with the capability to combine skills from construction materials behaviour and application in infrastructure and building projects.

At a glance

  • 24 Months
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online
Course Type
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Civil Engineering

Course Details

Eight threads run through the program to give you maximum, functional coverage in the field of civil and structural engineering. These threads comprise of environmental issues in civil and structural engineering, engineering technologies, laboratory and field-testing fundamentals, construction bases (soils, rock, fluids), construction materials (aggregate, steel, timber, bitumen, asphalt, concrete), pavement design and maintenance, quality assurance in materials testing, and engineering management.

Unit code Unit title  Duration
DCMCMT601  Apply construction materials testing fundamentals  2 Weeks
MSL924004 Use laboratory application software  2 Weeks
DCMCEP603  Apply basic principles in civil engineering projects  2 Weeks
DCSBME604  Use basic mathematics in engineering  6 Weeks
DCSCON605  Use basic construction in engineering  3 Weeks
DCSPHY606  Use physics in engineering  3 Weeks
DCSSTA607  Use statics in engineering  4 Weeks
DCSMAT608  Use materials in engineering  2 Weeks
DCSOEE609  Operate in an engineering environment  2 Weeks
DCSMTH610  Use mathematics in engineering  4 Weeks
DCMBST611  Interpret basic soil testing  3 Weeks
DCMSST612 Use soil stabilisation techniques  3 Weeks
DCSBFE613  Use basic fluids in engineering  3 Weeks
DCMCTP614 Interpret basic concrete tests  3 Weeks
DCSSOM615  Use strength of materials in engineering  4 Weeks
DCMCAT616 Interpret basic aggregate tests  2 Weeks
DCMQAM617  Assure quality assurance in materials testing  2 Weeks
DCSENV618  Use basic environmental concepts in engineering  2 Weeks
DCSBSA619  Use basic structural analysis in engineering  2 Weeks
DCMSTP620 Determine basic steel properties, applications and tests  3 Weeks
DCMPRM621 Apply principles of rock mechanics  3 Weeks
DCMTTP622  Interpret basic timber tests  3 Weeks
DCSSOL623  Use soils in engineering  3 Weeks
DCSFLE624  Use fluids in engineering  2 Weeks
DCMBBT625  Interpret basic bitumen tests  3 Weeks
DCMBAT626  Interpret basic asphalt tests  3 Weeks
DCMPTE627  Assess pavement technologies and design criteria  3 Weeks
DPEFPE619  Apply the fundamentals of professional engineering  4 Weeks
DCMAME629  Use asset management in engineering  3 Weeks
DCMIST630 Interpret in-situ quality tests for soils, concrete and asphalt  4 Weeks
DCMPCM631  Determine pavement condition and plan maintenance  4 Weeks
DCMCCM632  Determine concrete condition and durability standards  4 Weeks


Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Civil and Structural Engineering (Materials Testing) will be able to: 

  • Analyse specified project requirements using appropriate mathematics and physics computations 
  • Identify relevant properties of key aspects in the physical environment and in materials associated with projects 
  • Analyse, diagnose, plan, design and execute solutions with respect to testing and application of materials in bitumen and asphalt, pavements, and in structures constructed with timber, steel, and reinforced concrete 
  • Apply effective materials testing techniques to civil and structural projects 
  • Evaluate typical contemporary issues concerning materials testing in civil and structural engineering 
  • Formulate engineering solutions to typical scenarios related to materials used in civil and structural engineering 
  • Implement and utilise engineering solutions to diverse fields in any organisation 
  • Prepare and explain complex technical information and concepts to plan, communicate and implement solutions to a range of engineering environments and contexts 
  • Manage complex projects on time and within budget 
  • Manage self-autonomy within an organisation, to achieve objectives that have outputs based on engineering applications. 

Student applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the following minimum entry requirements are to be strictly adhered to: 

  • Applicants must have at least an Australian Year 12 or Cert III trade qualification (or equivalent) in a related field;  


  • They must have at least 2 years’ work experience in a related field 


  • At least 4 years’ work experience in a related field – subject to acceptance of an application for Credit to Entry ** 


  • Satisfactory English language proficiency at an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education (or equivalent); OR 
  • A specified level of achievement in a recognised English language test such as IELTS (or equivalent) at a score of at least 5.5 (with no individual band score less than 5.0), or equivalent; OR 
  • Satisfactory completion of another course offered by EIT, or by another tertiary institution, in English. 

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This qualification is officially accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework by the Training Accreditation Council (TAC), and EIT is approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) for delivery by EIT in all Australian states. EIT delivers this program to students worldwide.

Find out more about country-specific accreditation and professional recognition.

This course is classified as Level 6 under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

  • Civil engineering design and consultation
  • Construction Materials Test Technician
  • Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
  • Civil Construction workers
  • Construction managers
  • Concreters

The program leader for this program is Dr. Ana Evangelista.

You are expected to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week learning the program material and completing assessments. This includes attending weekly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This program is run online on a part-time basis and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take 24 months to complete. 

We understand that sometimes work commitments and personal circumstances can get in the way of your studies, so if at any point you feel that you are struggling with the pace of the course or finding a particular unit challenging, you are encouraged to contact your designated learning support officer for assistance. 


Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

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