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2012 Graduate Certificate in Road Engineering and Construction(N5R)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum .5 yrs, Maximum 2 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): School of Engineering (03) 6226 2135 or Dr Damien Holloway (03) 6226 2136 or email


The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education Inc. (CPEE) is an incorporated association established by Austroads (the National Association of State Road Authorities) and the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) in 1994. Since 1996 CPEE has offered postgraduate courses in pavement engineering jointly with Deakin and (2003) La Trobe universities and (2005) as a non self-accrediting higher education provider.

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) is a professional organisation providing member services and advocacy for those involved in and delivering public works and engineering services to the community. Previously known as the Institute of Municipal Engineering Australia (IMEA), the organisation is now expanding its traditional local government engineering focus to public works and thereby covering all levels of government and private practice. The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) supports the proposed course and under an agreement with CPEE has indicated it will continue to support course development.

The link with IPWEA (the Institute of Public Works Engineers, Australia) will provide valuable exposure for the University. IPWEA represents engineers (mainly civil) working in local government throughout Australia. IPWEA has developed an Infrastructure Management manual which has been adopted internationally, in South Africa, U.K., U.S.A. and New Zealand. CPEE has links with the road industry within Australia and New Zealand as well as many overseas countries.

There are no other comparable university courses dealing with Road Engineering and Construction. The proposed courses comply with the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework for Graduate Certificates and Diplomas. The courses are designed to provide "vocational skills and knowledge in a new professional area".

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Road Engineering and Construction must hold an undergraduate Bachelor level degree in a pavement engineering related discipline, or equivalent.

A student admitted must complete satisfactorily 4 units to be eligible for the award Graduate Certificate in Road Engineering and Construction. Completion of the Graduate Certificate is required before enrolment in the Graduate Diploma.

An applicant with other relevant tertiary qualifications and relevant industry experience may be considered for entry to the Graduate Certificate in Road Engineering and Construction.

English language requirements can be satisfied if international applicants provide documentary evidence of one of the following:

  • First language is English and secondary and/or undergraduate studies were conducted in English. A certified copy of the applicant's studies record clearly indicating that English was the language of instruction must be supplied;
  • A score of 580 or better in the American Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) plus Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5;
  • An overall band score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test conducted by a British Council/IDP Office, provided that no individual band score is less than 6.

Course Objectives

The course aims to provide place-bound professional engineers in public works and industry positions with access to modern tools to efficiently design and construct durable roads and highways.The road pavement industry experience is that a specialist qualification is important in raising the status of professionals in the industry, and the distance education mode allows courses to be readily offered to candidates throughout Australia and New Zealand as well asoverseas. The distance mode will greatly assist the ongoing learning process for those who change employer and/or are located in rural/regional areas and are unable to access traditional face-to-face university programs.

Career Outcomes

Roads and pavements form a large component of the national investment in infrastructure, and there is increasing appreciation of the need for efficient design and construction to minimize the long-term lifecycle costs, including operation, maintenance, management and renewal of these major physical assets. This will add to the demand for technical specialists with road engineering skills, and career opportunities exist with State governments, larger local authorities, private civil and mining companies, contracting, consulting and regulatory organizations.

Articulation to/from Course

Graduate Diploma in Road Engineering and Construction

Professional Recognition

This course is supported by the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (IPWEA) which is also expected to give professional recognition to the award.

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