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Skilled plant operators in the civil construction industry are in high demand across Australia in local government councils, private contracting firms and the mining industry. Build your skills or get recognised for your experience with this course, in work areas including infrastructure related projects; subdivisions; bridge works; railways, harbours; sewerage and drainage; electrical infrastructure; pipeline and recreation works. Course details

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Workplace: up to 3 years

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Unique Student Identifier (USI) - Student Information

From 1 January 2015 if you are undertaking a nationally recognised program at TAFE Queensland you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Learn all about the USI and how to get your USI for your study.

Key dates

Workplace Any time Workplace

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland South West is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).


Delivered in workplaces throughout Queensland

Resources required

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) relevant to the workplace for practical activities (subject to on-site requirements)
  • steel capped boots
  • a valid email address


This qualification is delivered in the workplace, either via an Apprenticeship pathway, or via commercial arrangements negotiated with employers. Training can occur in workplaces throughout Queensland, however, minimum student numbers do apply in some locations. Please contact us to discuss training solutions for your organisation.

The nominal term for full-time apprentices is up to 36 months (3 years). The training duration for those not entering via an apprenticeship pathway will be subject to the existing skill and experience levels of the learners.

Delivery is generally conducted during standard work hours (1 full day) for the student in the workplace, on an approximate 6 week cycle. Details will be negotiated between TAFE and the employer.

Important Information

Existing workers in the Building and Construction Industry, or those returning to the industry, may be eligible for funding under the CSQ Skills Assessment and Gap Training (SAGT) program. For further information about this great funding opportunity, please visit the CSQ Website or contact us.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 19 units in total, including 14 core units and 5 elective units.

Of the 5 elective units:

  • at least 1 must be chosen from Group A
  • at least 2 must be chosen from Group B
  • no more than 2 may be chosen from Group C
  • no more than 1 may be chosen from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.


  • at least 2 must be chosen from Group A
  • a further 3 may be chosen from Group A, B, or C
  • no more than 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.

RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work Core
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations Core
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services Core
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and job specifications Core
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation Core
RIICCM206D Support plant operations Core
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually Core
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling Core
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace Core
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials Core
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools Core
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment Core
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures Core
RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site Core
RIIMPO318E Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations Elective Group A
RIIMPO319D Conduct backhoe/loader operations Elective Group A
RIIMPO320E Conduct civil construction excavator operations Elective Group A
RIIMPO321E Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations Elective Group A
RIIMPO323D Conduct civil construction dozer operations Elective Group A
RIIMPO324E Conduct civil construction grader operations Elective Group A
RIIMPO315D Conduct tractor operations Elective Group B
RIIMPO317E Conduct roller operations Elective Group B
RIIMPO326D Conduct civil construction water cart operations Elective Group B
RIIVEH304D Conduct tip truck operations Elective Group B
AHCSAW201A Conduct erosion and sediment control activities Elective Group C
AHCSAW301A Construct conservation earthworks Elective Group C
RIICCM204D Place and fix reinforcement materials Elective Group C
RIICCM209D Carry out concrete work Elective Group C
RIICCM210D Install trench support Elective Group C
RIICCM211D Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates Elective Group C
RIICRC201D Repair potholes Elective Group C
RIICRC208D Lay pipes Elective Group C
RIIHAN308E Load and unload plant Elective Group C
RIIWHS205D Control traffic with stop-slow bat Elective Group C
RIIQUA201D Maintain and monitor site quality standards Elective Group C
RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control Elective Group C
RIIBLA201D Support shotfiring operations Elective


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

Eligible apprentices and trainees who meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training plan and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

Existing workers in the Building and Construction Industry, or those returning to the industry, may be eligible for funding under the CSQ Skills Assessment and Gap Training (SAGT) program. For further information about this great funding opportunity, please visit the CSQ Website or contact us.

Students are encouraged to view the TAFE Queensland Student Fees Policy prior to enrolment.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship, please give us a call.


RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Job prospects

  • Plant Operators
  • Earthmoving Plant Operators
  • Civil Construction Worker - Labourer

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland South West to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO), then contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract.

If you aren't employed yet, contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 914 754 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a student, check out the student handbook and refund policy

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace and/or previous learning means less study time for you and getting qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 18 October 2017

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