Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

National Course Code: RII30820

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations builds your heavy machinery plant skills so you can work with earthmoving equipment like rollers and tip trucks. Collaborate with colleagues on exciting infrastructure projects from roads, to railways, to airports.




Nationally Recognised Training

On campus, Combination

Apprenticeship Allowed

Part Time, Variable

Fully government-subsidised



Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Operate a small plant and equipment including excavators, loaders, dozers, graders, and rollers
  • Handle industry resources and infrastructure materials
  • Safely dispose of non-toxic materials
  • Identify, locate, and protect underground services


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • The ability to work in changing environments
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • The ability to work as part of a team


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Experience reviewing real construction plans, specifications and drawings
  • Industry networks with peers, colleagues and plant operations professionals
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Accreditation to work as a trade qualified plant operator

Career opportunities:

  • Earthmoving plant operator
  • Civil construction worker
  • Excavator operator
  • Front-end loader operator
  • Mobile plant operator
  • Grader operator
  • Skid steer operator
  • Haul truck operator