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Civil Construction (Plant Operations)

Course Overview

NRT.logo.colourThe Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations (RII30815) program offered by WH&S More Skills is designed for participants who have prior experience in the construction industry or other related industries. The duration of the program is tailored to each individual student and is dependent on your prior learning experiences. Students with no previous civil construction experience can expect to complete their qualification over a duration of up to 36 months.


Funding for the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations is available for eligible students through the following programs:

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What is Civil Construction and Plant Operation?

Civil construction falls into the category of civil engineering which is all about designing, constructing and maintaining the physical and naturally built environment. Civil construction is the art of building bridges, dams, roads, airports, canals, and buildings. 

Plant operators are responsible for operating heavy machinery and equipment used in industrial and manufacturing processes—otherwise known as plant. This can involve digging trenches, excavating, crushing rocks, transporting materials and many other tasks. These operators may specialize in a specific plant type or develop skills with a variety of equipment and machinery over the course of their career. The role is heavily reliant on operation and control, making it a suitable career path for physically capable individuals who enjoy completing practical, hands-on tasks.

Units of Competency

The following provides the packaging rules for this qualification, followed by the list of relevant units of competency.

Total number of units = 19

14 core units  plus

5 elective units , of which:

  • at least two (2) must be chosen from Group A
  • a further three (3) may be chosen from Group A, B, or C
  • no more than one (1) may be chosen from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect current occupational and learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level.


Course Code Course Name
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and specifications
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation
RIICCM206D Support plant operations
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non-toxic materials
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site


WH&S More Skills offer the following units of competency for students to select when completing their qualification. Students must select a total number of five elective units from the lists below:

1) Select a minimum of two and maximum of four units from the list below:

Course Code Course Name
RIIMPO318E Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO319D Conduct backhoe/loader operations
RIIMPO320E Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIMPO321E Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations


2) Select a maximum of three units from the list below:

Course Code Course Name
RIIMPO317E Conduct roller operations
CPCCCM2007B Use explosive power tools
CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
CPCCLSF2001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level
RIIHAN208D Perform dogging
RIIHAN211D Conduct basic scaffolding operations
RIIHAN301D Operate elevating work platform
RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces
RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights
TLILIC2005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
TLILIC3006 Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)


3) Select a maximum of one unit from the list below:

Course Code Course Name
CPCCLRG3001A Licence to perform rigging basic level
CPCCLRG3002A Licence to perform rigging intermediate level
CPCCLRG4001A Licence to perform rigging advanced level
CPCCLSF3001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level
CPCCLSF4001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding advanced level
TLILIC2001 Licence to operate a forklift truck
CPCCLHS3001A Licence to operate a personnel and materials hoist
TLILIC3008 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
TLILIC4009 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)
TLILIC4010 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 100 tonnes)
TLILIC4011 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (over 100 tonnes)
CPCCLTC4001A Licence to operate a tower crane
CPCCLTC4002A Licence to operate a self-erecting tower crane


Qualification Description

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.

Qualification Training & Outcomes

With successful completion of this qualification, applicants will be issued with a Certificate in:

RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Mandatory assessment
For students who have selected a High Risk Work Licence outcome(s) as an elective unit, you will be required to complete a mandatory assessment. On successful completion, you will be issued with an assessment summary (AS1) and Statement of Attainment (SOA) for the HRW Licence unit(s) of competency achieved.


High Risk Work Licence Application

For students who select a HRW Licence as one of their elective units

Successful applicants will receive an assessment summary (AS1) from the accredited assessor and a Statement of Attainment from WH&S More Skills. Applicants need to complete the online application for a new Queensland HRW Licence on the Workplace Health and Safety QLD website.  This must be done within 60 days of successfully completing the practical assessment. The application fee is $88.40 and payable at the time of your application.

Students should retain their AS1 and proof of payment as evidence that they can lawfully perform work in the relevant class of High Risk, pending a decision on your application. Upon lodgement, enquiries regarding your application should be directed to Workplace Health and Safety QLD on phone 1300 369 915.

Training Requirements & What To Bring

  • High Risk Work Licence assessments can only be undertaken at the age of 18 years or over
  • Please bring all current High Risk Work Licences (if applicable)
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required prior to course commencement – please bring number to course.
  • Photo ID i.e. Queensland or Interstate Driver’s Licence or Passport
  • Applicants will be required to have a basic knowledge and understanding of the English language
  • PPE must be worn by students attending the course on all occasions. This includes steel cap boots, long pants, long sleeves, (high vis shirt if possible otherwise long sleeves with a high vis vest) and a safety hard hat. For dogging, rigging & scaffolding courses, students are required to bring gloves and safety glasses.

WH&S More Skills will provide whistles as well as the general training equipment, notes, logbook and training plans, calculators and pens.

Terms and Conditions

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Training Facilities

The training facilities are comfortable air conditioned with modern training aids. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided as well as fridges and a microwave for participants to use. There are several takeaway lunch spots of good quality within a kilometre. Lunch is not provided with the training.

Students have direct access to all the necessary plant required for the relevant course i.e. Cranes, EWP, Forklifts and Scaffold.

The Construction Training Centre offers a free car park for all students and visitors, as well as a cafe onsite.

On-site Training & Group Bookings

We also offer onsite training as well as group booking options at our training facilities.

Onsite training and group bookings provide the advantage of being able to choose the course dates as it is suitable for you and your employees.

For more information contact us on (07) 3183 0000 or send an email enquiry.

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