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RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working within the civil construction plant operations industry. Individuals working within this qualification can apply a broad range of skills in varied work contexts, using some discretion and judgement with relevant theoretical knowledge of the industry. Individuals may be providing advice and supporting a team.


Candidates have a total of 2 years to complete the Certificate III, however, based on a study commitment of 38 hours a week, candidates are able to complete this in 12 months.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licencing requirements

There is no licencing requirement for this qualification. However the industry is heavily licenced on a state/ National basis. This includes;

• White Card
• Forklift
• High Reach Forklift


A possible training pathway for a student completing this qualification could be the following:

Certificate IV Qualifications

* RII40815 Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design
* RII40615 Certificate IV in Civil Construction Operations
* RII40715 Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision

Diploma Qualifications

* RII50415 Diploma of Civil Construction (Management)
* RII50515 Diploma of Civil Construction (design)

These qualifications represent a logical pathway regardless of whether the RTO offers the qualifications.

After achieving the RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations, candidates may pathway into Certificate IV in Civil Construction operations (RII40615) a Certificate IV qualification within the Resource and Infrastructure Industry or other Industry area.

‘Course Credits’ may be gained for further study on completion of this qualification.

Job roles

Job roles associated with this qualification relate to the delivery of training and assessment of competence within the VET sector.

Employment outcomes may include the following role/s:

Job roles associated with this qualification relate to the delivery of training and assessment of competence within the VET sector.

  • Earth moving plant operations
  • Building and construction Operations

Course Content

Sixteen (19) units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • Fourteen (14) are core units
  • Five (5) are elective units

The Nominal Hours for the Qualification as per the Victorian Implementation / Purchasing Guide are 1824 Hours.

On successful completion of the following 19 units you will have attained the RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

The following tables outline the Units of Competencies and FMedge subjects available for this Qualification.

Unit Code Unit Title Core /Elective Subject Area
RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work Core  –
RIICCM201D Carry out measurements and calculations Core  –
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services Core  –
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and specifications Core  –
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation Core  –
RIICCM206D Support plant operations Core  –
RIICCM207D Spread and compact materials manually Core  –
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling Core  –
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace Core  –
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non toxic materials Core  –
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools Core  –
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment Core  –
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures Core  –
RIIWMG203D Drain and dewater civil construction site Core  –
RIIMPO318E Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations Elective  –
RIIMPO320E Conduct civil construction excavator operations Elective  –
RIIMPO321E Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations Elective  –
RIIMPO324E Conduct civil construction grader operations Elective  –
RIIMPO317E Conduct roller operations Elective  –

Please Note: The elective units of competency have been selected by FMedge following industry consultation and are offered in the standard delivery of this course by FMedge. Candidates who have attained competency in alternate units may be eligible to substitute those units for Credit transfer/RPL or RCC in accordance with the training package rules for the RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations. Where this course is offered for our corporate clients and subject to the training packaging rules alternate electives may be substituted to provide customisation to their specific requirements.


Upon successful completion of the required 19 units, you will be awarded RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations.

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Delivery Methods

The course is delivered over 1824 hours through a mix of structured face to face training on the job, and the completion of tasks and research that require additional exploration and development through self-directed learning.

The delivery model of the course allows for the student to set the time frame for completion with a guide of 3 weeks per unit of competency. Weekly contact with tutors and constant access to industry trainers and mentors assist participants build on the knowledge and skills developed with engagement with text, weekly tasks and unit assessments.

Programs can also be designed to meet your timeframe and the specific needs of your personal circumstances, your organisation and market sector.

Please contact us to discuss your organisation’s specific training needs and preferred delivery method (Online, classroom based or a blended approach).

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