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Vocational Education & Training

RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Not available to international students.


Casuarina, Remote

Estimated completion time: 1 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)
Area of study
Building and Construction
Engineering and Mining

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.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.

This qualification may be suitable for Apprenticeships.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Civil Construction include:

  • Face Loader Operator
  • Quarry Processing Plant Operator
  • Grader Operator (Extractive Industries)
  • Haul Truck Operator (Mining)
  • Front-end Loader Operator
  • Plant Service and Maintenance Operator (Quarry)
  • Quarry Equipment Operator
  • Dozer Operator (Mining and Extractive Industries)
  • Pipelayer Operator
  • Scraper Operator (Mining)
  • Inbye and Outbye Operator
  • Sales Loader Operator
  • Scraper Operator (Civil Construction)
  • Scraper Operator (Extractive Industries)
  • Mobile Plant Operator (Extractive Industries)
  • Backhoe Operator
  • Excavator Operator (Mining and Extractive Industries)
  • Earthmoving Plant Operator
  • Water Cart Operator
  • Quarry Mobile Equipment Operator
  • Excavator Operator (Mining)
  • Bogger Operator
  • Shotfirer's Assistant
  • Shotfirer
  • Bulldozer Operator
  • Grader Operator (Civil Construction)
  • Grader Operator (Mining)
  • Haul Truck Operator (Extractive Industries)
  • Excavator Operator (Civil Construction) 

Credit transfers and pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline. <br />

Pathways from the qualification

Certificate IV qualifications within the RII Resource and Infrastructure Training Package.

Entry requirements

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, students will need to demonstrate an
appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake a course at this level.
This qualification is suitable to both Apprentices and Non Apprentices.

All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package.

Additional information

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Away from base

AFB: This is an approved Away From Base (AFB) 'mixed-mode' course.For further information about AFB see

Employability skills

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Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina, Remote

Study Mode: On campus or onsite delivery

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

Course structure

To achieve a Certificate III in Civil Construction a total of nineteen (19) units of competency must be completed comprising fourteen (14) core and five (5) elective units, of which:

  • at least one (1) must be chosen from Group A
  • at least two (2) must be chosen from Group B
  • no more than two (2) may be chosen from Group C
  • no more than one (1) may be chosen from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.
  • at least two (2) must be chosen from Group A
  • a further three (3) may be chosen from Group A, B, or C
  • no more than one (1) may be chosen from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.
    All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect current occupational and learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level.
    There are both licensed and non-licensed units of competency relating to high risk work in the RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package. To be appointed under any statutory requirements in related roles, units of competency should be selected to meet the state/territory licensing requirements.
    There are prerequisites to imported units listed in this qualification. Where a unit is imported as an elective care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified are complied with.
    The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 550 - 770.

    This training program is taken from the RII Resource and Infrastructure Training Package and can be tailored to suit individual project requirements.  Exceptions to this program would need to be negotiated by the employer/project manager and CDU. Selection of all electives must conform to the qualifications packaging rules.  Individual programs will be considered on a mutually agreed basis.

    Code Module/Unit of Competency
    RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work 20
    RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services 30
    RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and specifications 40
    RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation 8
    RIICCM206D Support plant operations 8
    RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually 12
    RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling 16
    RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace 20
    RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non toxic materials 16
    RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools 80
    RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment 20
    RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures 20
    RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site 20
      Total nominal hours for core units 330
    RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations 80
    RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations 200
    RIIMPO317F Conduct roller operations 80
    RIIMPO326E Conduct civil construction water cart operations 40
    RIIVEH304D Conduct tip truck operations 60
    RIIWHS205D Control traffic with stop-slow bat 20
    RIIWHS302D Implement traffic management strategies (unnamed) 20
      Total nominal hours for elective units 186 - 440
      Total nominal hours for the qualification 550 - 770


    Course fees

    Domestic Students
    2021 VET fees will be published as soon as they become available.

    The following Fees are applicable to this course:

    Domestic Students

    Domestic full fees

    VET full fees are applicable to this course.
    2021: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.
    2022: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

    VET tuition fees

    NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
    2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.
    2022: VET Tuition Fees for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

    Fee for service

    In some circumstances this course may be available as fee-for-service. Please contact the relevant team to discuss delivery charges for this program.

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