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Civil Construction Plant Operations

RII30815 Certificate III IN Civil Construction Plant Operations

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.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Plant Operator
  • Civil Construction Worker

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the civil construction industry plus elective units.  A total of 19 units are required (14 core units and 5 elective) from the list below. To discuss the selection of elective units please contact the course program department on 1300 852 852.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Course Duration

It is anticipated this course will take up to 36 months to complete, depending on the delivery method and course attendance from the student.  Levels of experience and any additional prior Qualifications in a relevant industry may also affect timeframes.

Delivery Options

This course is offered via the following method across South-East Queensland:

Flexible workplace delivery: (must be working in the industry)

  • Self-paced learning (approximately 5 hours per week)
  • Regular Trainer/Assessor contact through phone calls, texts, workplace visits and email

Recognition of prior learning options may also be applicable depending on experience

Students are supported with:

  • Access to a dedicated Trainer/Assessor until the program is completed
  • Hard copy Learner Guides and Workbooks
  • Access to additional support through the course program department on 1300 852 852
  • Our student handbook

Entry Requirements

Participants are to supply their own suitable protective clothing, including safety boots.

If undertaking as an apprenticeship, participants must have entered into a QLD Apprenticeship contract.

For specific eligibility requirements surrounding possible funding available go to QLD Funding.

Course Fees

For current course fees and information on possible subsidy available go to Course Fees and QLD Funding.

Core 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 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

Elective Units

RIIMPO318E Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO320E Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIMPO317E Conduct roller operations
RIIMPO321E Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
RIIMPO323D Conduct civil construction dozer operations
RIIMPO324E Conduct civil construction grader operations
RIIHAN309E Conduct telescopic materials handler operations
RIIHAN308E Load and unload plant
RIIMPO315D Conduct tractor operations
RIIMPO319D Conduct backhoe-loader operations
RIIMPO325D Conduct civil construction scraper operations


For more information on this course, including fees and funding availability, contact Construction Industry Training on 1300 852 852 or

This Nationally accredited Qualification is delivered by Construction Industry Training – RTO: 41288
All training, assessment and issuance of Qualifications are the responsibility of Construction Industry Training.
For information on refund policy, complaints and appeals procedure, and learners rights refer to information in the Student Handbook.

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