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Certificate II in Process Plant Operations (PMA20116)

Course summary

This course has been developed as a technical qualification for use in the PMA08 Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package. This course is intended to prepare workers to perform operational roles in the chemical, hydrocarbons or refined sectors.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Other
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Apprenticeships, Trades & Training
  • - VET in Schools
Skill Area
  • - Engineering
AQF Level Level 2: Certificate II

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires application direct to Education Queensland and Industry Partnerships (EQIP). The application process includes a formal interview and applicants will be advised of the success of their application prior to finalisation of their enrolment.

No direct enrolment to CQUniversity are accepted for this course. Visit for further information.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Successful completion of this course allow you gain employment as a process plant operator, chemical plant operator, trainee process technician or process technician in a production or manufacturing related industry.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMSUP100 Apply workplace context to own job
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace
MSMWHS110 Follow emergency response procedures
MSMWHS200 Work safely
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MSMOPS200 Operate equipment
MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit
MSMPER202 Observe permit work
MSMPER205 Enter confined space
MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres
PMAOPS101 Read dials and indicators
PMAOPS201 Operate fluid flow equipment
PMAOPS223 Operate and monitor valve systems
PMAOPS280 Interpret process plant schematics
RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task

Course Availabilities

CQUniversity Gladstone City - VET in Schools (VETiS) Partnered with schools

Refer to Entry requirements for further details.

Duration and dates
Attendance in the first year: one (1) day per week

This course is available as part of the VET in Schools Program at CQUniversity Gladstone City campus.

Sixteen (16) units must be successfully completed - five (5) core and eleven (11) electives.


There are special entry requirements for this program; please refer to Entry requirements.

PARTNERED PROGRAM: This program is delivered in partnership with EQIP Gladstone. 

The first year students will attend 1 day per week completing Certificate II in Process Plant Operations course. The program will include structured training onsite.

In the second year students who successfully complete the first year will be given the opportunity to participate in a structured work experience program that provides an opportunity to expand skills and experience in a practical work environment in the operations and maintenance areas.

2018 Unit Availabilities

Unit availabilities have not yet been finalised for this course.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

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Contact Us

To find out more about this course, contact the Student Advice Team on 13 27 86.

Course Requirements

Students will be required to supply their own personal protective equipment.

Practical Placement Information

Meaningful involvement of industry is essential to achieving this qualification outcome; the second year of this course includes a formal structured workplace component.

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

What else might I find useful?

Financial assistance with fees may be available through concessions or via ‘Time to Pay’ payment plan. This and other information such as student support, study and library assistance can be found at