RII30815 – Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Build your career as a trade qualified plant operator with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations. Learn how to safely operate plant equipment such as excavators, loaders, dozers and rollers, and work on exciting civil infrastructure projects in this booming industry.

Note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

This course will run over a 5-month (20 weeks) period with a mix of 2 day and four day weeks. This course is delivered in modules and each module has a classroom, self-directed study, and practical component.

Nil Applicable


Now is the ideal time to make a start on gaining new skills, or upgrading your existing skills, to help you get the job you want. The Victorian Government is making vocational education and training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher qualification than they already hold.

There are now government subsidised training places available to people who meet the eligibility criteria. In 2021 you
are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
  • a New Zealand citizen

And are any of the following:

Under 20 years old as of 1 January 2021
20 years and older and up-skilling by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification

And have commenced no more than:

  • 2 subsidised courses in a year;
  • 2 subsidised courses at the same time;
  • 2 subsidised courses at the same qualification level in your life.

If you are enrolled at a school, you will not be able to receive a government subsidised training place for a course
through Skills First.

Not Eligible – You can still study at your choice of training provider if places are available, but you will have to pay full fee for service (FFS) for your training.

$0.00 with Healthcare Card
$400.00 Skills First
Call us for FFS

If you are enrolled at a school, you will not be able to receive a government-subsidised training place for a course through Skills First, unless you are undertaking the course as part of a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. The Government supports schools in other ways to offer vocational training to their students, so you should discuss all your options with your school.

Not Eligible – You can still study at your choice of training provider if places are available, but you will have to pay the full fee for service (FFS) for your training.

• At the time of enrolment, you must disclose any medications or disability which may affect your learning or physical ability to conduct safe operation of plant machinery (including any vision impairment)
• You must understand and speak the English language and have the ability to conduct Mathematical Calculations at a level that enables the safe operation of plant machinery
• You must supply your current drivers licence or another form of photo identification and Medicare card. Eligible students applying for funding must provide their health care card.
• All course participants will be provided with a student information book detailing their rights and responsibilities.

This qualification is from the RII Resources & Infrastructure Industries Training Package, it can provide Job Pathways in the fields of Plant Operations in Road Construction, Civil Construction and the Mining Industry. For more information, please refer to the Resources & Infrastructure Industry website www.skillsdmc.com.au or contact our office for a Pathways Information Sheet.

Students are required to demonstrate competence to the standard as prescribed in the assessment criteria. Qualified assessors will conduct a written and practical assessment at the completion of each unit of competency. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is offered to students who have previous experience in the industry.

All courses require a position holding deposit of 50% at pre-enrolment. Applicants will be advised of the amount prior to booking. Payment for the balance is required prior to the course commencement. Facilities include Credit Card, EFTPOS, Cheque or Cash.
NOTE: All course documentation is included in these fees.

Recognition of Prior Learning is a process where people are provided with an opportunity to have their skills and knowledge assessed that they have developed outside the formal education system, for example:- life experience, informal training or work experience. The process involves the student providing physical evidence of their experiences that correlate with the unit of competency, you will then need to partake in an interview with the RPL assessor to ascertain that sufficient evidence has been provided. Students are required to complete an RPL application and will be advised of the cost prior to enrolment. If the student intends to apply for RPL, they MUST advise administration prior to enrolment.

1 Stop Driving School will recognise the AQF VET qualifications and VET statements of attainment issued by any other RTO. Credit Transfer is available for students who have previously completed units provided the units are relevant to the qualification the student is enrolling in and can be identified as a current or equivalent unit of competency.

This qualification is Nationally Recognised Training and applicants deemed competent at the conclusion of the course will be provided with a Statement of Attainment for units completed or a RII30815- Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations on completion of the full qualification and wallet-sized competency card for plant machinery.

The following shows the requirements for completion of the qualification which includes 19 units of competency, consisting of fourteen (14) Core Units (C) and five (5) Elective Units (E) and Statements of Attainment for a further six (6) units.

RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and job 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 nontoxic 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

RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO319E Conduct backhoe / loader operations
RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIMPO321F Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations

RIIMPO317D Conduct roller operations (E)

RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform
RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights
RIIHAN308E Load and unload plant
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
RIIWHS205D Control traffic with stop-slow bat
RIIWHS302E Implement traffic management plan
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work in the construction industry