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PMA30120

Certificate III in Process Plant Operations

Develop your skills in operating production equipment with this technical qualification. This course is perfect for advanced operators and operations technicians to have their existing skills recognised and become a qualified process plant operator.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Eagle Farm Starts anytime Duration: up to 6 months
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
WAYS TO STUDY On campus
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$105
Subsidised
$445
Full Fee
$4,620
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Course overview

Progress your career in process plant operations with this mid-level technical course. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, there is stable future job growth predicted for people working as chemical, gas, petroleum and power plant operators. This specialised career has high earning potential and strong job prospects with nearly one quarter of all workers in the industry located in Queensland.  

In this course you will learn to use and operate production equipment to directly produce particular materials and substances. You will develop skills to undertake more advanced operations typically of integrated plant units in accordance with operating procedures. You will apply your knowledge to identify a range of foreseen and unforeseen problems and will use your product and process knowledge to apply documented solutions or develop new solutions where there is no known solution.

Complete this course to open up a range of possibilities in chemical, emergency support, CSG plant, hydrocarbons extraction, hydrocarbons transmission, LNG plant as a qualified process plant operator. You can take your understanding and skills to the next level with further study pathways.

What can I do?

  • Process Plant Technician
  • Process Plant Operator

Course outcome:

PMA30120 Certificate III in Process Plant Operations

Recognition of experience

Get recognition for the skills and knowledge you have already gained working in the process plant industry through TAFE Queensland's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. You can use RPL to have your existing skills taken into account and earn your qualification sooner

Study pathways

Once you've completed your Certificate III in Process Plant Operations you can progress your career even further. With study options in a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology, you may gain credit from your Certificate III to complete the next level even sooner.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 16 elective units from the list below.

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  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • MSMENV272
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    UNIT CODE :
    MSMENV272
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to comply with environmental regulations, identify environment issues and minimise the risks of negative impact on work and carry out improvements in own work area.
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  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

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  • MSMSUP100
    Apply workplace context to own job
    UNIT CODE :
    MSMSUP100
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to complete own work activities.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply workplace context to own job

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  • MSMSUP102
    Communicate in the workplace
    UNIT CODE :
    MSMSUP102
    Unit description :
    This unit applies to personnel who are required to communicate clearly and accurately to record messages, seek clarification, access needed information, relay information to other people and complete workplace documentation.
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  • Communicate in the workplace

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  • MSMWHS110
    Follow emergency response procedures
    UNIT CODE :
    MSMWHS110
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to follow emergency response procedures in the workplace. It involves the use of workplace policies and procedures to maintain a safe work environment for oneself and others.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Follow emergency response procedures

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  • MSMWHS200
    Work safely
    UNIT CODE :
    MSMWHS200
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to apply workplace policies and procedures to maintain a safe work environment for self and others. The unit of competency covers identifying work health and safety (WHS) hazards, assessing risk and following safety procedures in the workplace with minimal supervision.
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  • Work safely

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Eagle Farm
Anytime
up to 6 months
Part time
Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Concession: $105
  • Subsidised: $445
  • Full fee: $4,620

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Certificate III in Process Plant Operations (PMA30120)

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Certificate III in Process Plant Operations

COURSE CODE: PMA30120
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Training programs for this qualification are suitable to be undertaken as part of a formal training contract with an employer under an Australian Traineeship or Apprenticeship arrangement or Direct Entry.

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

This course is offered via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) only.

The cost of the RPL will vary depending on the number of units of competency you successfully gain recognition for, the fee structure of the course and any assessment or training required. You will be provided with an approximate cost for your unique situation when you apply.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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