Course Details

Designed to meet the national competency standards for installing trench support, this nationally accredited course provides practical training on trench shoring and safety. It also aims to satisfy the training requirements of State Regulations.

During the course, participants will be required to excavate and install primary ground support systems and physically demonstrate competency within a simulated/controlled trench environment using equipment provided.

This course is run by nationally accredited Registered Training Organisation Civil Train Victoria (RTO number 3704).

Government Subsidy is available for eligible candidates. Click here to check your eligibility.

Topics Covered

  • Legislation and Code of Practice “Safety Precautions in Trenching Operations”
  • Concepts of Trench Safety
  • Trench Shields
  • Battering
  • Soldier Sets
  • Closed Sheeting
  • Trench Hazards (including ground conditions, services, property, etc)
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Notification and Record Keeping
  • Development & Use of Safe Working Procedures
  • Confined Space Entry Requirements (including atmospheric hazards)
  • Plant Safety and Safety Equipment
  • Interpretation of Rescue Procedures

Some of the protective systems covered in this course are:

  • Sloping (sloping system)
  • Benching (benching system)
  • Shoring (shoring system)
  • Shield (shield system)

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for those working in an operational role at worksites within civil construction.

NOTE: You must bring a current Photo ID for verification and validation of identity. If you do not have Photo ID you can obtain a Keypass by phoning 1300 304 614 or visit


Although not physically demanding, participants will be using equipment and performing activities that will require a reasonable level of fitness.

What qualifications does this offer?

Participants, if deemed competent, will be issued with a statement of attainment for the following units of competency:
RIICCM210E – Install Trench Support
RIIRIS201E – Conduct Local Risk Control
RIICCM206E – Support Plant Operations

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.