Course Details

This course was developed in conjunction with WorkSafe Victoria and is used by WorkSafe Inspectors.

With proper planning, and use of equipment, hazards associated with trench work and excavations are preventable. Excavation and trench work is one of the most dangerous tasks performed by Civil Contractors. If you are unfamiliar with or fail to follow policies and procedures, or lack the training and experience necessary to work safely in these areas, you place workers at risk.

This course is ran by Civil Train Victoria, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO number 3704).

Topics Covered

  • Legal Requirements
    • ACTS and Regulations
  • Guidance Material:
    • Codes of practice
      • Trench safety precautions
      • National code
    • Related AS publications
    • WorkSafe safety alerts
    • WorkSafe information sheets
  • Find out about:
    • How a trench collapses
    • Soil types
    • Zone of influence
  • Methods of preventing collapse and protecting workers
    • Benching
    • Battering
    • Shoring
    • Shields
  • Associated Hazards:
    • Is a trench a confined space?
    • Falls from heights
    • Protecting the general public

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for those working in operational roles within Civil Construction, such as Front-Line Managers, Work Supervisors, OH&S personnel and Project Managers. Those persons requiring a clear understanding of TRENCH SAFETY in the work environment, but do not require to install trench safety systems themselves.


Now Available Online

This workshop is delivered live online where attendees are able to engage with the trainer in a virtual live classroom environment via web conferencing software (Zoom or Teams).


We encourage you to use a device such as a computer/laptop or tablet to view/attend the Virtual Classrooms and navigate the LMS Online Platform.

We do not recommend the use of a mobile device, however if you need to use your mobile device, please ensure you have sufficient data and internet access.

If you do not have access to the required resources, please speak to your workplace immediately.

What qualifications does this offer?

On completion, you will have a clear understanding of your responsibilities for the safety of persons working within the trench environment and have the capability to recognise safe trenching practices and put them into practice. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Civil Train Fees, Charges and Refund Policy

Please ensure that you read the Civil Train Fees, Charges and Refund Policy and check the Terms and Conditions before enrolling in this course with Civil Train. If you have any questions about our Fees, Charges or Refunds/Cancellations Policy, please contact CCF Victoria on (03) 9588 7600.

On-site Group Training Available

Are you an employer with a large group of employees that need training? Civil Train can arrange training for you at your site, ensuring you meet the delivery requirements for the program.