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Version Effective: 7th of February, 2022
Version Effective: 7th of February, 2022

PMA30120 - Certificate III in Process Plant Operations

Course Details

Course Summary

The Certificate III in Process Plant Operation is intended for advanced operators and operations technicians who use production equipment to directly produce products. At this level, operators/technicians would undertake more advanced operations, typically of integrated plant units in accordance with the operating procedures, and would apply this knowledge to anticipate problems. You will be expected to solve a range of foreseen and unforeseen problems, using product and process knowledge to develop solutions to problems which do not have a known solution or a solution recorded in the procedures.


Entry Requirements

Ability to work in a Production Environment which may include inclement weather i.e. hot / cold or storm events, plant shutdowns, process plant upsets, walking up and down stairs in production areas.

Gain knowledge and understanding on various plant equipment, plant process drawings, process operations, understanding various chemicals used within the process plant environment.

Communication skills with other departments i.e. engineering, maintenance, laboratory, contractors etc.

Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.


Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
  • Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC)
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Now
Study Area
  • Apprenticeships, Trades & Training
  • Mining and Energy
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Skill Area
  • Engineering
  • Food Processing
  • Laboratory Technology
  • Mining
  • Process/Manufact Food
  • Utilities
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Certificate III in Process Plant Operations (PMA30120) provides opportunities to progress to Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology (PMA40116) through to Diploma (PMA50116) and Advanced Diploma in Process Plant Technology (PMA60116) in to other production type roles including but not limited to engineering, leadership or management.

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 5 core units
  2. Complete 16 elective units

Study Mode Definitions

  • Mixed Mode courses are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools and/or workshops.
  • Online courses are delivered using online resources only.
  • On-campus courses are delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching at CQUniversity campuses.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

Select a course structure below to view the delivery details , including the different study modes offered for each structure.

Standard Course Structure

The planned duration of the program will be delivered over a 43 week period (458 hours)

  • Online
  • RPL/RCC/Credit
  • Employer Based (VET Providers Only)
  • Mixed Mode
  • On-campus
Core Units

To be awarded the PMA30120 Certificate III in Process Plant Operations competency must be achieved in twenty-one (21) units of competency, which consists of:

5 core units; and

16 pre-selected elective units from within the packaging rules for PMA30120 Certificate III in Process Plant Operations

MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details
MSMSUP100 Apply workplace context to own job More Information Training.gov Details
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace More Information Training.gov Details
MSMWHS110 Follow emergency response procedures More Information Training.gov Details
MSMWHS200 Work safely More Information Training.gov Details
Pre-Selected Elective Units
PMAOPS334 OPERATE AND TROUBLESHOOT GAS ABSORPTION SYSTEM More Information Training.gov Details
PMAOPS343 TRANSFER BULK FLUIDS IN TO/OUT OF STORAGE FACILITY More Information Training.gov Details
PMAOPS204 SELECT AND USE UTILITIES AND SERVICES More Information Training.gov Details
PMAOPS201 Operate fluid flow equipment More Information Training.gov Details
PMAOPS314 OPERATE AND TROUBLESHOOT COMPRESSOR SYSTEMS More Information Training.gov Details
PMAOPS223 Operate and monitor valve systems More Information Training.gov Details
PMAOPS205 OPERATE HEAT EXCHANGERS More Information Training.gov Details
PMAOPS280 Interpret process plant schematics More Information Training.gov Details
PMAOPS306 OPERATE AND TROUBLESHOOT A PRODUCTION UNIT More Information Training.gov Details
MSMSUP303 IDENTIFY EQUIPMENT FAULTS More Information Training.gov Details
MSMOPS100 USE EQUIPMENT More Information Training.gov Details
PMAOPS101 Read dials and indicators More Information Training.gov Details
PMAOPS221 OPERATE AND MONITOR PRIME MOVERS More Information Training.gov Details
MSMOPS200 Operate equipment More Information Training.gov Details
MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit More Information Training.gov Details
MSMSUP210 Process and Record Information More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

For the following units, you may choose your own order of study, while taking into account pre-requisite requirements and the unit availability.
Unit Code Unit Name
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
PMAOPS205 OPERATE HEAT EXCHANGERS
MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit
MSMOPS200 Operate equipment
PMAOPS221 OPERATE AND MONITOR PRIME MOVERS
PMAOPS101 Read dials and indicators
MSMOPS100 USE EQUIPMENT
MSMSUP303 IDENTIFY EQUIPMENT FAULTS
PMAOPS306 OPERATE AND TROUBLESHOOT A PRODUCTION UNIT
PMAOPS280 Interpret process plant schematics
PMAOPS223 Operate and monitor valve systems
MSMSUP100 Apply workplace context to own job
PMAOPS314 OPERATE AND TROUBLESHOOT COMPRESSOR SYSTEMS
PMAOPS201 Operate fluid flow equipment
PMAOPS204 SELECT AND USE UTILITIES AND SERVICES
PMAOPS343 TRANSFER BULK FLUIDS IN TO/OUT OF STORAGE FACILITY
PMAOPS334 OPERATE AND TROUBLESHOOT GAS ABSORPTION SYSTEM
MSMWHS200 Work safely
MSMWHS110 Follow emergency response procedures
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace
MSMSUP210 Process and Record Information

Course Assessment Information

RPL - Students who have previous informal and formal learning need to advise their trainer/assessor prior to enrolment. If the student wishes to apply for an RPL they need to apply to the RPL Centre.
Credit transfer - If credit for relevant formal qualifications is sought, then the process will be actioned after the student has enrolled in at least one unit of competency as directed by the relevant trainer/assessor. The Trainer/Assessor will work with the student on their credit transfer application, and provide advice and support as necessary.
Assessment Types
Third Party Verification
Practical Task
RPL
Written/Electronic Assessment
Course Learning Outcomes
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