Professional Certificate of Competency in Fundamentals of Road Construction


Program Description

This Three-Month Program is Delivered via EIT's Innovative Live Online Approach.

Road construction methods have changed significantly over time. Modern techniques have been progressively improved by the study of road traffic, recycled materials, planning, and management of resources available. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills in the disciplines of road construction to facilitate a faster learning curve in relevant industry positions. It covers the fundamental principles and concepts used in management, planning, design, operations, and construction of roads. 

This course aims to provide an understanding of road construction planning, materials, and practices. You will learn:

  • The factors involved in the planning of the roads.
  • How to categorize and prioritize the properties of alternative road materials.
  • Earthwork operations.
  • How to propose drainage and pavements systems.
  • Roadside aspects.


Program Details

This course is designed to provide a clear understanding of the factors involved in the planning and construction of roads. It gives participants a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in construction, operability, design and maintenance of road facilities. The course covers the construction of a road to the alignment, gradient and cross fall selected by the designer which often involves a considerable amount of earthworks. The operations necessary for setting out and control of earthworks are described and elaborated on together with a brief outline of the elements involved in a geometric design. The course also presents the operations involved in the loosening, removing and depositing of earth, soil and rock. It provides information on the construction of earthworks and the preparation of pavement foundations subsequent to the construction of a pavement structure. Furthermore, roadside construction is also covered including access for the construction and maintenance of the road, control of surface water drainage, the provision of underground drainage, the provision of safety barriers, and signs and lighting for the safe operation of the road. Worked examples and case studies are used throughout to facilitate practical learning.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Who Will Benefit

  • State road authority and local government engineers and managers with responsibilities in the provision, approval, design, construction or maintenance of concrete roads and pavements. This also includes project managers and senior supervisors.
  • Consulting engineers with involvement in road or pavement projects.
  • Road and pavement construction contractors, engineers, project managers and supervisors.
  • Local government engineers, project managers and senior supervisors.
  • Technical operatives and engineering graduates and “cadets” looking for specialist knowledge for career development.

Duration and Time Commitment

You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending a bi-weekly webinar that runs for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered in an interactive online format and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete. Certification

Participants who achieve at least 60% in each assignment and complete all homework, plus attend 65% of the live webinars will receive the EIT Certificate of Competency in Fundamentals of Road Construction.

Program Structure

Project Delivery

  • Contracts
  • Time & Cost
  • Preconstruction Planning, Bidding & Programming
  • Plant & Equipment
  • Safety & Risk Assessment
  • Maintenance

Module 2: Preliminary Investigations

  • Land Acquisition
  • Planning approval
  • Environmental approval
  • Cultural and Indigenous Heritage
  • Site Investigations
  • Relocation of Services

Module 3: Subgrade Evaluation

  • Subgrade support measures
  • Factors to be considered in estimating subgrade support
  • Field Determination of subgrade CBR
  • Laboratory determination of subgrade CBR and elastic parameters
  • Adoption of presumptive CBR values
  • Limiting subgrade strain criterion

Module 4: Setting Out

  • Geometric design
  • Surveys
  • Machine Guidance Systems

Module 5: Earthworks I

  • Flexible pavement
  • Soil
  • Clearing & Grubbing
  • Unsuitable Material
  • Excavation

Module 6: Earthworks II

  • Slope Stability
  • Severe conditions
  • Subgrade requirements

Module 7: Drainage

  • Moisture
  • Permeability
  • Surface drainage
  • Floodway
  • Dryland salinity
  • Water treatment

Module 8: Pavement Materials

  • Traffic
  • Materials characterization and properties
  • Stockpile
  • Quality control

Module 9: Construction

  • Setting out
  • Delivery
  • Placing material
  • Spreading
  • Compaction
  • Surfacing
  • Quality assurance

Module 10: Unsealed Roads

  • Classification
  • Surfacing the pavement
  • Finishing the project

Module 11: Sealed Roads

  • Sprayed Sealing
  • Priming
  • Asphalt
  • Finishing

Module 12: Roadsides

  • Signs
  • Barries
  • Fences
  • Landscaping

Software and Hardware Requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended); or macOS 10.12 or higher (recommended);
  • Storage: A minimum of 4GB memory (RAM), and a minimum of 20GB of spare disk space is recommended;
  • Processor: 1.5Ghz or higher, 2 cores or higher;
  • An 11” Monitor with at least 1024x768 screen resolution;
  • Internet access with at least 5Mbps download and upload speeds;
  • A valid personal email address;
  • Speakers and microphone/headset (can be built-in);
  • A webcam that can recognize your face;
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or similar software;
  • An up-to-date web browser.

Instructor - Dr Kym Neaylon

Kym's early civil engineering career was practically based in open-cut mining, local government engineering, state government, road construction and contract superintending before he specialized in bituminous pavement surfacings for 30 years. Coming from such a practical background, his PhD dissertation was the first in Australia in the field of chip sealing. He has consulted in bituminous surfacings for most state road jurisdictions in Australia, and in New Zealand, Ethiopia and Fiji. In 8 years with the Australian Road Research Board, Kym project-led Austroads research projects in areas of chip sealing, bituminous binders, and skid resistance. Prior to that, he was the Surfacings Engineer with the South Australian Government for 17 years. Kym also spent 4 years as Research Manager, Pavements and Surfacing at WSP Opus International Consultants, where he led and managed a team at Opus Research (NZ) in the fields of pavements, chip seals, asphalt, bituminous binders, finite element modelling, nanocomposites and materials laboratory testing. He is currently the Chairman of the Australian Standards committee on bitumen and related products for road making.


Why Online?

EIT recognizes that many of our potential students have work and/or family commitments which makes pursuing further study very challenging. Our online programs have been specifically designed to reduce the significant financial, time and travel commitments often required by traditional on-campus programs. Benefits of online delivery include:

  • Upgrade your skills and refresh your knowledge without having to take valuable time away from work.
  • Learn from almost anywhere – all you need is an Internet connection.
  • Interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice.
  • Learn from international industry experts.
  • Revisit recordings of webinars whenever and as often as you wish.


EIT uses an innovative, online approach to ensure that you have a supportive, interactive and practical education experience. Our delivery model involves live, interactive online webinars, a practical sandbox environment and hands-on weekly problem-solving exercises with support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer and academic staff.

In addition, we provide additional resources and reading guides, which you examine at your convenience.

Webinars are conducted using a specialized, live, interactive software system. You will receive course materials and assessments through an online student portal which is available 24 hours a day.

All you need to participate is an adequate Internet connection, a computer, speakers and, if possible, a microphone. The software package and setup details will be sent to you prior to the program.

Last updated Oct 2020

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The key objective of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is to provide an outstanding practical engineering and technology education; from Diplomas through to Masters Degrees. The finest eng ... Read More

The key objective of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is to provide an outstanding practical engineering and technology education; from Diplomas through to Masters Degrees. The finest engineering lecturers and instructors, with extensive real engineering experience in the industry, are drawn from around the world. The learning is gained through face-to-face classes as well as synchronous, online (eLearning) technologies. Read less
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