Offering Info

Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

  • National Course Code: RII30815
  • TAFE NSW code: RII30815-01V03-21GLA-255

Location – Great Lakes

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

4.3 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

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.


Through theory and practical course-work, you will learn:

  • How to operate a small plant and equipment including excavators, loaders, dozers, graders and rollers
  • How to handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non-toxic materials
  • To identify, locate and protect underground services


Develop the personal qualities and skills needed to get ahead in this field:

  • Confidence to communicate with people at all levels on a construction site
  • Analytical skills to read and interpret plans and specifications quickly
  • Problem solving skills to meet the challenges of civil construction work


Completing the course will equip you with:

  • Work readiness as a trade qualified plant operator
  • Hands on experience working in simulated environments
  • Practical skills in operating hand and power tools, and heavy machinery
  • Practical experience in basic levelling and excavation


Take your career further:

  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Operations)
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision)
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Design)
  • Diploma of Civil Construction (Engineering and Management)
  • Associate Degree of Civil Construction (Engineering and Management)


The civil construction sector is booming across NSW. Skilled plant operators are in high demand due to project works commissioned by the Federal and state government, local councils, private contracting firms and the mining industry.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


You must be at least 15 years old to enrol in this course.


You need to be employed in the civil construction industry and work at a civil construction plant before enrolling in this course.

Practical activities will be completed through your workplace.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Knowledge about handling tools and equipment

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us to learn more about the options available.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice already employed in a civil construction role
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • holding a General Induction Training (White Card) having achieved competency in unit CPCCWHS1001

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • complete 14 Core Units & 5 Elective units = Total 19 units

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a part time day, face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 4.2 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 108 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6.9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are apprentices employed full time in civil construction and are seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become skilled civil construction workers after successful completion.

Students are receiving on the job experience at their workplace while studying through TAFE NSW Wollongbar at the same time.

Students will gain skills and knowledge to become qualified civil construction workers in the civil construction industry, ie, in the private, public or local government sectors.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and job specifications
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually
RIICCM206D Support plant operations
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
Elective Units
Number Title
RIICCM209D Carry out concrete work
RIIMPO319E Conduct backhoe/loader operations
RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO321F Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
RIIMPO317F Conduct roller operations
RIIHAN308F Load and unload plant
RIIRTM203D Work as a safety observer/spotter

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Great Lakes
The Northern Parkway, Tuncurry
Phone 131 601

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