Civil & Surveying Certifications

The Civil and Surveying Institute provides various courses that equip you with new skills and knowledge. After course completion, you will receive an Attendance, Completion, or Competency Certificate. These certificates are useful in demonstrating your newly acquired skills and knowledge to your employer and colleagues.

Civil and Surveying Institute Certification

Why certification is important

Our certifications validate your proficiency in utilising leading software for surveying, civil, and water engineering. Supported by industry leaders, they confirm your ability to design future infrastructure using modern tools and techniques.


Enhance your standing from the recruiter’s viewpoint: While your resume may assert your possession of key skills and knowledge, it’s only a professional certificate that provides the definitive assurance.


Showcase your skills with a simple, trusted, and easily verifiable certificate, adding to your professional credibility.


Stand out from the competition with a robust certification program that establishes your credibility among peers, managers, and customers.


Stay motivated and challenged by working towards a clear certification goal, which enhances your skills and knowledge.


Obtain a valuable certification from an Authorised 12d Model Training Centre, which is recognised and respected in the industry.


Seize the opportunity to expedite your path to professional promotion and open the door to potential salary enhancements through certification.

The Civil & Surveying Institute’s certification options

What you need to know

About the Certificate of Attendance


Awarded for completing an instructor-led online course


Serves as proof of attendance


Showcases dedication to professional development


No exam required


Quickly obtainable
Requirements identical to the course taken


Certificate granted via email within 1-2 weeks of completion
certificate of attendance Civil and Surveying Institute

What are the requirements to obtain a Certificate of Attendance?

To obtain the Certificate of Attendance, simply choose a suitable instructor-led online training course. If you attend the course in its entirety, you'll automatically receive your Certificate of Attendance.
About the Certificate of Completion


Awarded for completing self-paced online training


Proves successful completion of course material


Showcases successful completion of course exercises


No exam required, but knowledge quizzes must be completed
Takes weeks to months part-time to complete
Requirements listed on course page


Awarded via SPOT platform upon successful completion
The Certificate of Completion
What are the requirements to obtain a Certificate of Completion?
To obtain the Certificate of Completion, choose a suitable self-paced online training course. Upon successful completion of all course modules, exercises, and knowledge quizzes, you will receive your Certificate of Completion.

About the Certificate of Competency


Awarded upon successful completion of a proctored exam


Verifies technical proficiency in course standards


Shows solid knowledge of relevant field


Appropriate training is required before applying
We recommend preparing for the proctored exam through self-paced or instructor-led online training
Identity verification required before exam


If successful certificate awarded within 1-2 weeks of exam completion

Civil and Surveying Institute Certificate of Competency

What are the requirements to obtain a Certificate of Attendance?

The Certificate of Competency can be obtained by successfully passing a proctored exam. Completing instructor-led or self-paced training is strongly recommended before attempting any proctored exam.

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The trainer was very knowledgeable.

The trainer was very knowledgeable and directed us and answered every question with patience. The course materials were very useful and comprehensive to start 12d.

Sara Abdi

Graduate Civil Engineer

That was very helpful.

Much appreciated. Looking forward to seeing you again in future courses.

Amy Clark

Civil Design Drafter

Cameron was excellent!

Very good instructor. Explained everything clearly and also shared some different info on 12d commands as per students’ insights.

Dylan Pererra

Calibre Group

The software training session helped me to practically apply the theoretical knowledge learned at university.

To plan, and design real-world civil engineering projects. Currently, the most widely used civil engineering software in Australia is 12d.

Ravindu Chandrasekara

Civil Engineering student at Monash University

I’m really glad I took the course.

I found that training to be really useful. I learnt lots of little tips and tricks, even though I’ve been using 12d for about 7 years. The design stuff was great. Easy to follow and very clear.

Josh Brinkman

Southern Land Development Consultants

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I obtain a Certificate of Competency?

To obtain a Certificate of Competency from the Civil and Surveying Institute in your specific discipline, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you have completed the appropriate training before applying for the Certificate of Competency and scheduling the proctored exam.
  2. For better exam preparation and to undertake the practice test, it is recommended to register for the relevant self-paced online training.
  3. Purchase a proctored exam through the Civil and Surveying Institute.
  4. Our support team will contact you within 1-2 business days to schedule a convenient exam time.
  5. The exam lasts for 2 hours and 15 minutes, assessing your proficiency in using 12d Model software. Successful completion results in the granting of the Certificate of Competency.

This certificate demonstrates your competence and expertise to current or potential employers.

How long does it take to complete the certificate program at the Civil and Surveying Institute?

If you are interested in completing a certificate program at the Civil and Surveying Institute, the length of time it takes to obtain your certificate will depend on the type of certificate you are pursuing.

For a Certificate of Attendance in your specific field, you can typically expect to complete the program within 1-3 days.

To receive a Certificate of Completion, the timeframe can range from 2 weeks to 6 months on average. The duration will depend on the particular discipline you are studying and the amount of time you can commit per week to complete the course successfully.

If your goal is to obtain a Certificate of Competency, you will need to pass a Proctored Exam, which typically takes 2-3 hours. However, it’s important to note that you must have a sufficient understanding of the subject matter prior to applying for the exam to earn the Certificate of Competency.

How many of the three available certificates does the Civil and Surveying Institute recommend obtaining?

The recommended number of certificates to obtain at the Civil and Surveying Institute depends on your level of expertise and professional goals.

If you are new to 12d Model software and have little knowledge, it is highly recommended to earn all three certificates: Certificate of Attendance, Certificate of Completion, and Certificate of Competency.

If you are already familiar with 12d Model software or want to enhance your skills, the Certificate of Attendance or the Certificate of Completion may be sufficient.

If you want to demonstrate your proficiency and knowledge to your employer or potential employers, then it is recommended to obtain the Certificate of Competency.

How long is a certification valid for?

Since the infrastructure industry is constantly evolving, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in your field. That’s why Civil and Surveying Institute certifications remain valid for three years only.Trainees are encouraged to make the most of their certification within this time frame. After three years, you may need to renew your certification by taking a refresher course or passing an exam.

How much does certification with Civil and Surveying Institute cost?

For a Certificate of Attendance, the certificate itself is complimentary. However, you will need to complete and pay for the Instructor-led online training, which may vary in price depending on the discipline you are studying. Typically, prices for the training range from $200 to $900 (AUD) Exc. GST.

For a Certificate of Completion, the certificate is also complimentary, but you will need to successfully complete an appropriate SPOT course before obtaining the certificate. You will find both free and paid SPOT courses. The price for the paid SPOT course typically ranges from $300 to $500 AUD Exc. GST.

For a Certificate of Competency, the cost is $300 (AUD) Exc. GST. However, it’s important to note that the cost of preparing for the exam to obtain the certificate is not included in this price. To prepare for the exam, we recommend attending our instructor-led online or self-paced online training, which may have varying costs depending on the course and discipline.