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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

To successfully complete this course, students must complete a total of 16 units, consisting of:
5 core units and 11 elective units.
Core Units
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
Elective Units
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
Study Sequence
Enrol into all units at once. 

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task

Course Intakes

VET in Schools (VETiS)

There is one course intake for 2018, available in February.

Duration and dates
1 year part-time


This course is available to study on-campus, through the VETiS program at the following locations:

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina
Classes will commence from 31 January and will end 31 October 2018. Classes will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 8 am - 3 pm. 

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

No related course found.

Third Party Services arrangement

EQIP Gladstone provides the following services on behalf of CQUniversity for this course:
  • Recruitment of senior students from the Gladstone Region State High Schools
Senior students should email: or contact their local Gladstone regional school.

Ambition Training provides the following services on behalf of CQUniversity for this course and only to students who are recruited by EQIP Gladstone:
  • Provision of educational or support services
  • Delivery of training and/or assessment
(Only the following 3 units in this course)
  • RIIWHS204D - Work Safely at Heights
  • RIIWHS202D - Enter confined space
  • MSMWHS217 - Gas Test Atmospheres
Students can contact Ambition Training on Ph: 0447 006 246; or speak to their CQUniversity trainer.

Resource Requirements

Students are required to supply their own personal protective equipment as required including appropriate clothing and footwear. Such items include:
  • Cotton drill long pants
  • Cotton drill short or long sleeved shirt 
  • Steel capped boots
  • Safety glasses

Contact Us

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

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