Course Duration
  • 24 Months
Course Study
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online Civil Engineering
Course Location
  • Online
Course Code
Course Code
Course Intakes
  • 3 September 2024
Course Type
Course Type
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Civil Engineering
Course Fees

Course Overview

This course prepares students to competently test and select construction materials for a range of projects, including bridges, roads, tunnels, and commercial and domestic structures. Students will become familiar with the attributes of conventional and emerging materials. They will also study the relevant industry standards, and the necessary quality controls across construction applications.

The civil construction sector is responsible for all infrastructure and building projects and therefore plays an important role in global economies. To reduce the environmental impacts of these projects the use of eco-friendly construction materials and practices are becoming increasingly important.

Materials testing is a vital aspect of sustainable construction practices; it helps to ensure that construction projects use materials that are environmentally responsible, energy-efficient, and long-lasting. Furthermore, to conserve natural resources and reduce waste, it helps in the identification of materials that can be recycled or reused.

Course Details

This course investigates the properties of construction materials, it considers the principles which underpin a range of construction projects, and looks at the associated technical documentation. On completion of the course a graduate will have the capacity to compare materials and practices for sustainability and for the optimal development of buildings and infrastructure.

The delivery methodology — live and interactive webinars with the use of state-of-the-art technologies (including remote and virtual laboratories and simulation software) — ensure you graduate with cutting-edge skills that are valued by employers around the world.

Unit code Unit title  Duration
DCMCMT601  Apply construction materials testing fundamentals  2 Weeks
MSL924006 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 have the capacity to:

  • Compare and select various construction materials (concrete, steel, timber, asphalt, soil, and aggregates);
  • Understand the physical and chemical properties of construction materials, such as strength and durability;
  • Use a range of material tests, including compressive and flexural tests, and soil characterization;
  • Analyse and interpret test results;
  • Create reports that effectively communicate the test results to project managers, engineers, and other stakeholders;
  • Apply relevant industry regulations and standards which relate to construction materials testing;
  • Consider quality control procedures for construction materials and ensure that they meet the required standards and specifications;
  • Understand the importance of the properties of materials for structural and non-structural applications in accordance with the best practices of sustainability in construction.

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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Payment Methods

Learn more about payment methods, including payment terms & conditions and additional non-tuition fees.

VET Student Loan (VSL) Program is available for this course:

This means eligible students can use a VET Student Loan to pay their tuition fees up to a maximum loan cap amount, to be repaid through the Australian Taxation System.

If you have been approved for a VET Student Loan, the borrowed amount will be incurred as a debt that is repayable to the Commonwealth government.

Click here to learn more about your eligibility and applying for VET Student Loan (VSL) on this course.

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 Engineer – design and consultation
  • Construction Materials Test Technician
  • Architectural, Building and/or Surveying Technician
  • Civil Construction employee
  • Construction managers
  • Concreter
  • Technical Officer
  • Civil Designer/Draftsperson
  • Technical Sales Officer
  • Civil Construction Estimator
  • Procurement Officer
  • Construction Foreman

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

This course may use the following software:

  • Excel
  • Ftool / MDSolids
  • PhET – Colorado edu
  • Powerpoint
  • SpaceGass
  • Virtual Labs-Building Materials
  • Virtual Labs-Self Compacted Concrete
  • Virtual Labs-Strength of Materials

Due to ongoing unit and course reviews, software’s may change from the list provided.
Learn more about the Practical Learning at EIT here.

You are expected to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week attending live webinars, 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 has a 70% attendance requirement in the live webinars in order to graduate from the program. If you are unable to attend the live webinars, you have the option of watching the recording of completed webinars and sending a summary of what you have learned from the webinar to the Learning Support Officer. The summaries go towards your attendance requirement for the program.

This program is run online on an intensive 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 module 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.

Any student has a right to appeal a decision of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) or any member of the institute’s staff. EIT has a comprehensive Policy on Appeals and Grievances to assist students.

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