This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working with civil construction plant, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.

Build your plant operations career with this Certificate III course. Become a trade-qualified, skilled plant operator in the civil construction sector.

Career Opportunities include:

  • Civil Construction Worker
  • Plant Operators
  • Earthmoving Plant Operator

Course Fee



  • Seven Hills
  • Parramata

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Course Description

A civil construction plant operations Qualification allows a person to undertake works in the civil construction plant sector. This qualification provides a trade outcome in civil construction plant operations.

This course is designed to provide new participants with the theoretical and practical skills, and the knowledge required to work in the civil construction industry. People undertaking this course could learn a range of skills, including infrastructure and building site preparation, environmental and safety requirements, operation of heavy machinery and equipment, installing pipework and drainage systems, and spreading compacting materials.

Importantly, existing workers who have experience in the industry but do not have recognised qualifications can also utilise this course as means of getting their current skills and competencies recognised through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Units of Competency

Core Units

  • RIIBEF201E Plan and organise work
  • RIICCM201E Carry out measurements and calculations
  • RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services
  • RIICCM203E Read and interpret plans and job specifications
  • RIICCM205F Carry out manual excavation
  • RIICCM206E Support plant operations
  • RIICCM207E Spread and compact materials manually
  • RIICCM208E Carry out basic levelling
  • RIICOM201E Communicate in the workplace
  • RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
  • RIISAM201E Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
  • RIISAM203E Use hand and power tools
  • RIISAM204E Operate small plant and equipment
  • RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • RIIWMG203E Drain and dewater civil construction site

Elective Units

  • RIIMPO322E Conduct civil construction tracked front end loader operations
  • RIIMPO338E Conduct Rigid haul truck operations
  • RIIMPO337E Conduct articulated haul truck operations
  • RIIQUA201E Maintain and monitor site quality standards
  • RIIHAN301E Perform Dogging
Entry Requirements

participants must:

  • Have a current SafeWork NSW White Card (or equivalent)
  • Provide 1 form of photo identification documentation, such as driver’s licence or passport. Within these documents, you must be able to show your photo ID, date of birth, signature, and current residential address.
  • Have physically ability to demonstrate required tasks
  • Provide Unique Student Identifier (USI) number
  • Complete TP Training Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment

This training course combines plain English, videos, photos, and questioning to ensure all learners are able to have the best possible chance at comprehending the required knowledge and skills. If you believe you will need assistance to complete the course due to your Language, Literacy or Numeracy skills, please contact our office on 1800 577 301 or to discuss your training needs.


Participants are expected to attend all scheduled classes for training and assessment.

Training & Assessments

Training of this qualification will include:

  • classroom activities
  • theory questionnaires and group activities
  • practical demonstration and observation

All assessment must be completed within 24 months of the commencement date. Students will be provided with learning resources for each unit to support their learning and assessment.

Assessment types may include

  • written questions
  • case studies
  • research tasks
  • project
  • observation / demonstration
  • third party report

Students will be provided with three (3) attempts for each assessment tasks. If students are unable to complete an assessment task satisfactory after the third (3) attempt, they may choose to attend the full unit training again. Please refer to our Student Handbook to get the detailed fee information.


On successful completion of the entire course you will be awarded a nationally recognised RIII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations testamur with an academy transcript. On successful completion of some units but not the full course, you will be awarded a Statement of Attainment listing all units of competency completed successfully.