Offering Info

Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

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

Location – Great Lakes (Apprenticeship)


Part Time



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

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Civil Construction builds your plant operations skills so you can contribute to exciting infrastructure projects as an earthmoving plant operator. Collaborate with colleagues and work on a range of projects from roads, to railways, to airports.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Operate a small plant and equipment including excavators, loaders, dozers, graders, and rollers
  • Handle industry resources and infrastructure materials
  • Safely dispose of non-toxic materials
  • Identify, locate, and protect underground services


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • The ability to work in changing environments
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • The ability to work as part of a team


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Experience reviewing real construction plans, specifications and drawings
  • Industry networks with peers, colleagues and plant operations professionals
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Accreditation to work as a trade qualified plant operator

Career opportunities:

  • Earthmoving plant operator


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design
  • Diploma of Civil Construction Design

This course is superseded.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.


TAFE NSW offers Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.

To be eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • That you hold a valid general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card)


In addition to meeting the above requirement, apprentices must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the civil construction industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application


There may be options for you to study as a non-apprentice. Enquire today and one of our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements.


Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors.

Visit the SafeWork website for more information.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in working outdoors and with big machinery
  • Relevant employment or access to appropriate workplace environments to perform your skills
  • Intermediate level fitness to manage the physical demands of the role
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multitask and respond well to rapid change
  • Experience handling tools and equipment

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


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


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.


There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. 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.

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

Fees information

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