RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction – Plant Operations

Course Objective

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.

This extended course is for those seeking the role of a skilled operator in civil construction. It combines practical and theoretical knowledge, using a variety of skillsets to develop work capability in civil operations undertaken by local government, state road authorities and civil contractors.

The course meets weekly or monthly, depending on scheduling. Participants will receive the resources and training needed to exercise discretion and judgment in their own actions and in support of a team.


Upon request, ACTA Group provide flexible delivery options whilst meeting national standards of compliance and safety.

    • Group booking discounts apply
    • Courses run weekly/monthly
    • Course times between 7.45am/4pm
    • Classroom or Onsite Training
    • Corporate packages
    • Real life facilities, done with industry experienced, current and competent trainers


Recognition of Prior Learning/RPL: Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is all about the skills and knowledge you’ve collected through work and life experiences and then transferring them to current training course requirements. RPL students must be able to demonstrate currency operating machine and complete all assessments without fail, to be deemed competent to operate machine safely and given a Statement of Attainment.


    • Gold Coast – Burleigh Heads
    • Brisbane – Salisbury
    • Onsite – we come to your site.


To be awarded the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations, the following packaging rules apply:

Total number of units = 20

15 core units plus

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.


Core Units

RIICCM201E Carry out measurements and calculations

RIIBEF201E Plan and organise work

RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services

RIICCM203E Read and interpret plans and specifications

RIICCM205F Carry out manual excavation

RIICCM206E Support plant operations

RIICCM207E Spread and compact materials manually

RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling

RIICOM201E Communicate in the workplace

RIISAM201E Handle resources and infrastructure materials, and safely dispose of non-toxic materials

RIISAM203E Use hand power tools

RIISAM204E Operate small plants and equipment

RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow workplace health and safety policies and procedures

RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction sites.


Elective Units


Group A

RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations

RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations

RIIMPO338E Conduct rigid haul truck operations


Group B

RIIMPO317F Conduct roller operations

RIIMPO326E Conduct water vehicle operations


Group C

HLTAID011 Provide first aid

RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform

RIIRIS201E Conduct local risk control

RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces

RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights

Please note that this course is delivered through the participant’s workplace. Upon completion of the course, all participants will receive a Testamur and Record of Results.

Course Requirements:

  • Be at least 15 years of age;
  • Have completed Year 10 in the Australian school system or equivalent; and
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to ACSF Level 2.
  • Provision of the participant’s Unique Student Identifier (USI); and
  • Provision of Australian legal photo identification for assessment purposes.
  • Must wear steal cap boots

Next Steps

Thank you again for your interest in this course program. Please contact ACTA Group’s Participant Support team on 1300 011 144 or info@actagroup.com.au to commence the application process.

Employment Pathways for this course include:

  • Construction Worker.
  • Plant Operator.
  • Mobile Plant Operator.