Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

National Code: RII30820
TAFE SA Code: TP01289


Gain the skills to work on major projects with this comprehensive training course. You will learn about measurements and calculations, interpreting plans and specifications, manual excavation, plant operations, basic levelling, hand and power tools, workplace safety and risk management, and effective communication. With skilled labour shortages, this is a great investment in your future. Get the hands-on experience you need to build your career with TAFE SA.

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36 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 36 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    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. Job roles may include Team Leader/Supervisor of a Civil Construction Work Team, Machine Operator, Fitter, Labourer.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations (RII30820)
    This course provides skills in communication and organisation, measurements and calculations, interpreting plans and specifications, manual excavation, plant operations, basic levelling, hand and power tools and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 15 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out basic levelling 16
    Carry out manual excavation 8
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Communicate in the workplace 20
    Drain and dewater civil construction sites 20
    Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials 16
    Identify, locate and protect underground services 30
    Operate small plant and equipment 20
    Plan and organise work 20
    Read and interpret plans and job specifications 40
    Spread and compact materials manually 12
    Support plant operations 8
    Use hand and power tools 80
    Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Conduct backhoe/loader operations 200
    Conduct civil construction excavator operations 200
    Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations 80
    Control traffic with stop-slow bat 20
    Cut, weld and bend materials 40
    Lay pipes 40
    Load and unload plant 20
    Repair potholes 36
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