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RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations


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Casuarina, Remote

Estimated completion time: 1 year/s

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Occupation types
Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)

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 & 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 VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 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


Pathways from the qualification

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

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.

Course fees

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

This course is a full fee paying course. VET full fees will apply to all new and continuing domestic students enrolling in this course.
2019: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses is available 2019 VET Fees.pdf.

VET tuition fees

This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2019: Information about 2019 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available 2019 VET Fees.pdf. VET Tuition Fees for 2019 will be charged at $3.20 per nominal hour for subsidised training.

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.

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

  • 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

    Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

    Location and study mode

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

    Locations: Casuarina, Remote

    Study Mode: Mixed mode
    Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.

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

Contact details

Trades (Central)
Location: Alice Springs Campus
Phone: 08 8959 5465


Automotive and Civil
Location: Casuarina Campus
Phone: 08 8946 7506
Fax: 08 8946 6433

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 516 - 1370.


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
 RIIMPO318E  Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations  80
 RIIMPO319D  Conduct backhoe/loader operations 200
 RIIMPO320E  Conduct civil construction excavator operations 200
 RIIMPO321E  Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations 160
 RIIMPO323D  Conduct civil construction dozer operations 240
 RIIMPO324E  Conduct civil construction grader operations 240
 RIIMPO325D  Conduct civil construction scraper operations  160
 RIIHAN311E  Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier 80
 RIIMPO315D  Conduct tractor operations 60
 RIIMPO316D  Conduct self propelled compactor operations  40
 RIIMPO317E  Conduct roller operations 80
 RIIMPO326D  Conduct civil construction water cart operations  40
 RIIMPO337D  Conduct articulated truck operations  40
 RIIMPO338D  Conduct rigid haul truck operations  40
 RIIVEH304D  Conduct tip truck operations  60
 RIICCM204D  Place and fix reinforcement materials 40
 RIICCM209D  Carry out concrete work 40
 RIICCM210D  Install trench support 16
 RIICCM211D  Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates 40
 RIICRC201D  Repair potholes 36
 RIICRC208D  Lay pipes  40
 RIIHAN208D  Preform dogging  80
 RIIHAN301D  Operate elevating work platform 40
 RIIHAN308E  Load and unload plant 20
 RIIQUA201D  Maintain and monitor site quality standards 20
 RIIRIS201D  Conduct local risk control  20
 RIISAM205D  Cut, weld and bend materials 40
 RIISAM213D  Position and set up mobile lighting 10
 RIIWHS202D  Enter and work in confined spaces 30
 RIIWHS204D  Work safely at heights 20
 RIIWHS205D  Control traffic with stop-slow bat 20
 RIIWHS302D  Implement traffic management strategies (unnamed) 20
  Total nominal hours for elective units 186 - 1040
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 516 - 1370


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