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Diploma of Civil Engineering (Road Construction)

Community Need for the Course

This course is developed to meet the growing need of the Local Construction Industries for effective improvement of road construction practices. In Solomon Islands there is always a focus of major road projects in which smaller roads are not considered priority. This course will enable graduates to assist the government and the Ministry of Infrastructures and Development to be able to equip young Solomon Islanders with Practical Skills to help create jobs and do small construction of feeder roads, footpaths and other important constructions in relation to Road Constructions like Drainage and Small Bridges.  Moreover, the students would be able to get back to their Provinces and be able to assist their Provincial Government upgrading and maintaining their roads together with the involvement of their community. This course targets graduates to be able to construct road with the minimum use of heavy machinery or equipment.

Demand of the Course

The demand for the course is currently very high. According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, most of the Road Construction Companies do not have a Diploma Qualified Civil Engineering Technician. Having a Technician, will add on to the quality of the work and reduce the continuous maintenance of Road Defects for a much longer period of time. In addition, all provinces need at least few Technicians of Civil Engineering to assist in maintaining their Roads through quality and routine checks.

Admission Requirements

This diploma course admits students from


  1. Form 6 Science Students with a Pass in Mathematics Subject and a Pass in Physics Subject

  2. Form 6 Arts Students with a Pass in Mathematics Subject and a Pass in Either Accounting or Economics Subject

Note: Those Pre-Service Students who have not Pass Either of the above Subject may still be admitted, prior to Passing the required Subjects through the Solomon Islands National University UPC Program.


  1. Students with at least 5 years Work having Certificate IV in Carpentry, and Plumbing.

  2. Students with Diploma in either Technical Fields such as Surveying, Electrical, Mechanical or Construction.

  3. At Least Form 3 with minimum of 10 Years working in the Field of Construction and Building Industries or Road Works Industries.

Note: Those In-Service Students who have none of the above criteria may still be admitted prior to Passing the required Subjects through the Solomon Islands National University URPC Program.

Course Overview and Structure

This is a three (3) years diploma course consisting of 28 units.  It is designed to fit in either six (6) semesters arrangement. In the semester 1 and 2 of Year 1 and 2 arrangement the course is delivered with six (6) units each semester and three (3) units for the First Semester of the final year and, one (1) unit delivery arrangement in the Final Semester of the Final Year. The course delivery is designed to include industrial attachments and visits to give learners a closer link with what actually happen in the construction industries. From the total per unit contact hours, between 38 to 110 hours is allocated for each unit.

The course units are pitched at 400, 500 and 600 levels. This should easily be built to an entry to the Third Year of the Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering in the future.

All course units are coded with; CIV for Civil Engineering and DEP for Diploma Engineering Practice, except for 1.) MTH for Department; 2.) COM for Communication Department, 3.) CSC for Computer Science Department and 4.) ACC for Finance Department