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RII30820 - Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations - 12 - 36 months


Certificate III in Civil Construction - Plant operations is focussed toward a broad range of plant and machinery operators that work within the construction and civil environments.

This course starts by applying underpinning knowledge around safety, organisation, plan reading and general construction site tasks and knowledge while providing an opportunity to gain up to 5 Nationally accredited plant operator competencies. This course will suit anyone from a landscaping labourer to a final trim Grader operator and anything in between.

This course can be contextualised to a variety of environments from Civil sites to road construction, construction, waste management, subdivisional work, bulk earth operations, landscaping, contracting and more.

Usually completed under the NSW apprenticeship scheme, we can accommodate fresh apprentices through to experienced existing workers looking to get recognition for their experience. Elements of this course can also be offered as short courses to meet specific needs.


What we can offer:


Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome. We have chosen the units below to suit most workplaces, students will have the opportunity to complete 15 core units and 5 electives of their choice.

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Cost: We only offer this qualification under the NSW Smart & Skilled traineeship model which is currently fee free to eligible students. We do not offer this qualification under a paid (fee for service) model.

This allows students up 3 years to get through the necessary learning and experience needed to pass.

Experienced operators may proceed through this course in as little as 12 months or faster with RPL.

We do not offer this qualification under a fee for service model.



Students will have access to up to 3 highly skilled Trainer / Assessors and will provide extra support if a physical or learning disability may impede their ability to complete this course in its usual form of delivery. This will be determined on a case by case basis prior to enrolment.



This course is delivered in a mixed mode,

Theoretical components are primarily completed either on line or in face to face workshops.

Practical assessment is undertaken in the actual workplace under work conditions. For this reason, it is critical that students have access to necessary facilities to enable this.

Where face to face visits are not possible we offer digital session with our trainers (phone/zoom/Microsoft teams).



Recognition of Prior Learning is available on request for this course. This is assessed on a case by case basis. RPL is when you feel you may already have certain skills that are part of this course and you can provide evidence of that. Our assessment staff will review your evidence and determine if it meets requirements of the training package.


CT (Credit Transfer):

Credit transfer can be applied for at the enrolment phase. CT is when you have completed the exact unit previously or a superseded version of that unit which is equivalent to the current version. For a CT to be granted you must be able to provide a copy of your statement of attainment/certificate and grant Signature Learning and Development to verify it authenticity with the RTO (provider) that issued it.


Learning Resources:

We can offer paper copies of all student resources if requested however it is our preference that students access resources through our online student portal. Offering digital copies allows us to maintain the currency of our resources and helps us meet our business ambitions of one day being paperless and reducing our carbon footprint. Environmentally sustainable practices are a key business priority for Signature Learning and Development. 


RTO # 45762

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