Accredited Course Details

RII30820 - Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations Private

Progress your career in Civil Construction with a RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations qualification. Become a recognised skilled plant operator and continue to further your career.

Course Overview

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, and pipeline and recreation works.

Work safely with a range of equipment including excavators, front end loaders, water carts and haul trucks to carry our civil works.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course however a sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy is required for students to be able to complete the required assessments.

Course Structure

To be awarded the RII30820 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:

Core units:
RIIBEF201E- Plan and organise work
RIICCM201E - Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM202E - Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM203E - Read and interpret plans and job specifications
RIICCM205F - Carry out manual excavation
RIICCM206E - Support plant operations
RIICCM207E - Spread and compact materials manually
RIICCM208E - Carry out basic levelling
RIICOM201E - Communicate in the workplace
RIIRIS301E - Apply risk management processes
RIISAM201E - Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
RIISAM203E - Use hand and power tools
RIISAM204E - Operate small plant and equipment
RIIWHS201E - Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
RIIWMG203E - Drain and dewater civil construction sites
Elective units​*
RIIMPO318F - Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO320F - Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIMPO321F - Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
RIIMPO317F - Conduct roller operations
RIIMPO336E - Conduct belly dump truck operations
​*Elective units may vary by location or negotiation

Course Delivery

You have up to 12 months to complete the course.


Assessment is based on competency (the ability to demonstrate specific skills), depending on delivery, may be undertaken through a combination of observation and discussion, case studies and written assignments.

Recognition & Credit

You may already have significant experience in some of the areas covered by this qualification. If you can provide sufficient evidence of this you may be able to meet the course requirements by a recognition pathway. Contact Civil safety for further information.
If you have already have acquired some of the units of competency in this qualification and be eligible for a direct credit for completed units. In order to claim a credit for these units Civil Safety must sight an original Statement of Attainment from the issuing registered training organisation.


You will be required to complete a pre-enrolment assessment as part of the enrolment process.  The pre-enrolment assessment assists in evaluating your suitability for the course and to tailor any required support services to meet your individual needs.  If required, a representative from Civil Safety may contact you to discuss alternative options or available support services to assist you with your course.
During your studies, you will receive feedback after each assessment/assignment and the trainer/assessor will be available to discuss the feedback or provide additional assistance or direction as appropriate. 


A qualification testamur and transcript will be issued by Civil Safety upon successful completion of course requirements, provided that all administrative requirements have been met and course fees are paid in full.  In these circumstances, certificate will be issued within 30 days.

Where a student does not complete all course components, a statement of attainment listing successfully completed units will be issued by Civil Safety within 30 days of course completion/exit as long as applicable outstanding fees are paid.


Enrolment is contingent upon an application being accepted.  Factors considered in the evaluation of enrolment applications include meeting course entry requirements, eligibility for a training subsidy (where applicable) and acceptance or any applicable terms of enrolment.

It is a condition of enrolment in any nationally recognised training (accredited) programme that you supply the training organisation with a valid unique student identifier (USI).  If you don’t already have a USI, you can apply for one online at

Enrolment is confirmed upon payment of applicable fees, Civil Safety will collect no more than $1500 of the total fee on initial enrolment.


You may be eligible to receive a government subsidy for this course.  Please contact Civil Safety to check if you are eligible.

Further Information

Our student handbook is available to prospective students and is available prior to enrolment by contacting any of our training locations or can be downloaded from our website  The student handbook reflects our policies and contains important information on enrolment, recognition, training & assessment, complaints and appeals, fees and refunds, rules and responsibilities and a range of general information.  To enrol or for any further information please contact one of our offices via the contact details in the location section.


Upcoming Programs

Name Location Cost
User Choice - RII30820 Plant Operations Townsville Civil Safety - Townsville $0.00
User Choice - Cairns - RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations Civil Safety - Cairns $0.00
User Choice - Cairns - RII30820 Plant Operations - Transfer Civil Safety - Cairns $0.00
RII30820 Cert III Civil Plant - Trainers Gold Coast - Civil Safety $0.00
RIIMPO319E - Backhoe/loader - RPL - 2023 Civil Safety - Moranbah $200.00
Cert III Plant Ops - Evolution Mining - User Choice Civil Safety - Weipa $0.00
KDW Civil - Cert III User Choice Bundaberg $0.00
User Choice - Plant Operations - RIO Civil Safety - Weipa $0.00
User Choice Moranbah - RII30820 Plant Operations Civil Safety - Moranbah $0.00