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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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Cairns, Mt Isa, Townsville Trade Training Centre

Key dates and info


Recognition of prior learning (RPL): up to 3 years
Blended: up to 3 years

Course details


  • Full Fee $6,500

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How to enrol

Key dates

Cairns Any time Blended
Any time Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Mt Isa Any time Blended
Any time Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Townsville Trade Training Centre Any time Blended
Any time Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland North 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).


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Mt Isa
165-179 Abel Smith Parade
Mount Isa QLD 4825

Townsville Trade Training Centre
763 Ingham Road
Townsville QLD 4818

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.

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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.

RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site Core
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures Core
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment Core
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools Core
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials Core
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace Core
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling Core
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually Core
RIICCM206D Support plant operations Core
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation Core
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and job specifications Core
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services Core
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations Core
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work Core
RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes Elective
RIIMPO320D Conduct civil construction excavator operations Elective
RIIMPO321D Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations Elective
RIIMPO326D Conduct civil construction water cart operations Elective
RIIMPO337D Conduct articulated haul truck operations Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

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 and other Student Rules prior to enrolment.

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



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The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Job prospects

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

Alumni connections

When you graduate from TAFE Queensland you automatically become part of our dynamic, inspiring and talented alumni community. As an alumnus, you can access the range of benefits and services that the TAFE Queensland alumni office provides, including lifelong learning, personal and professional development, events, and volunteer opportunities.

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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 14 November 2017

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