RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

If you’re working in or want to work in the growing civil construction sector, we have the right course for you.

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Delivery Mode

Study in-person


26-50 weeks part-time

Job Outcome

Mobile plant operator

Estimated Salary


Why study this course?

Skilled construction plant operators are in demand across the construction and mining industries! With jobs expected to continue grow, now is the right time to start a future-proofed career.

What will you learn?

This civil construction course will develop your skills across a range of tools and equipment such as plant operations and equipment, hand and power tools, basic levelling and excavation to prepare you to become a civil construction worker.

How can you study?

On-the-job training

On-the-job training

Combined with face-to-face training and assessments with BAA

Combined with face-to-face training and assessments with BAA

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About the RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operation

Career Pathways

On successful completion of the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations, you’re equipped with a strong foundation of skills and knowledge, ready to work in the dynamic civil construction industry.

This qualification opens up a plethora of opportunities in various sectors, such as road construction, bridge building, pipeline laying, and drainage system construction, to name a few. With your newfound knowledge, you can operate and maintain a variety of heavy machinery, effectively conduct excavation work, and understand how to manage workplace safety and communication effectively.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this Certificate III, you should be over 16 years of age. If you’re under 18, your parent or guardian must sign the enrolment form on your behalf.

This course is ideal for those already working within the Civil Construction sector who want to augment their skills and knowledge. If you’re seeking to make an entry into the industry, this certificate offers a solid starting point.

Before you begin, your language, literacy, and numeracy skills will be evaluated. This assessment is not to hinder your application, but rather to identify any areas where you might need additional support to help you succeed in the course.

Course Duration

The Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations offers flexibility to cater to your learning pace and lifestyle.

Option 1:

This streamlined approach involves intensive learning, with the course held 3 days per week for 26 weeks.

Option 2:

This option is designed for those who want to learn at a less intense pace.

It spans over 50 weeks, starting with 3 days a week over 12 weeks, followed by 1 day a week for the remaining 33 weeks. After the face-to-face classes, students are given an additional 5 weeks to complete all assessment tasks and practice any skills where they have yet to demonstrate competence.

Assessment Methods

The assessment process for this certificate is designed to holistically gauge your understanding and skills.

It will include written tests, practical presentations, and classroom participation. In addition, you’ll need to dedicate some time outside of the training rooms to complete assignments.

These diverse assessment methods ensure that you’re well-versed in both theoretical knowledge and practical skills required in the industry.


To facilitate your learning, most of the materials for the course are supplied as part of your enrolment. After registration, our team will get in touch with you to confirm the final unit selection, as well as any material and resource fees.

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the industry landscape, preparing you to successfully navigate and excel in this evolving industry.

Minimum Technology Requirements

BAA uses a learning management system (LMS) for online course delivery and assessment submission.
The following are the minimum information technology requirements to enable optimal access to the LMS:

PC – Windows Operating System

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (Exclude S Mode)
  • Single-core 1Ghz or higher
  • 2GB of free disk space
  • 8GB RAM

Supported Browsers:

  • Chrome 119 or later (preferred)
  • Microsoft Edge 118 or later
  • Firefox 120 or later
  • Safari 16 or later (Mac only)

The minimum screen resolution: 1200×800. Ensure you have the largest possible screen for the best experience. (Minimum 13-inch Display for PC/Laptop and MAC)

Software Requirements:

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) (preferred)
  • LibreOffice (Microsoft Office Suite alternative)
  • Zoom
  • Acrobat Reader

Mobile Apps (Optional)

  • Zoom
    • iOS 11 or later
    • iPadOS 13 or later
    • Android 6.0 or later
  • Canvas
    • iOS 15 or later
    • Android 8.0 or later


  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later
  • 2GB of free disk space
  • 8GB RAM

VR Centre (Only for Cert IV and Diploma B&C – Module C)
Recommended specifications

  • Processor: 4-core processor
  • 3GB of free disk space
  • 2GB RAM

These are Recommended Specifications. The VR Centre app can run on much lower specs

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Become a civil construction worker

Choosing to undertake this Certificate III at BAA can lead you down a rewarding and varied career path. This qualification is reflective of the roles performed by skilled operators within civil construction, laying a robust foundation for you to progress in your career.

Endless career opportunities

As a graduate, you may pursue positions such as a Leading Hand (Civil Construction), where you would supervise teams, manage resources, and ensure quality control. You could also work as a Site Maintenance Construction Worker, maintaining and repairing assets and equipment.

This qualification is particularly valuable if you’re interested in machinery operation roles. Positions like a Mobile Plant Operator, Earth Moving Plant Operator, and Machine Operator involve hands-on work with heavy machinery, ensuring construction projects are executed smoothly.

Even more entry-level roles such as a Civil Construction General Worker, Labourer, or Traffic Controller offer valuable on-the-job experience that can pave the way for future advancement. These positions provide an excellent opportunity to understand the workings of the industry from the ground up.

In essence, with a Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations, you’re well-positioned to enter and thrive in the dynamic field of civil construction.

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On-the-job training

The Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations course adopts a hands-on approach to learning, combining the best of both theoretical education and practical experience. This means you’re not just learning the concepts, but also applying them in real-world settings.

Mixed-delivery education

The course consists of both in-classroom instruction and on-site training. In the classroom, you’ll engage in a mix of individual research and group discussions. This will allow you to understand the theoretical underpinnings of civil construction, learn about industry standards, safety protocols, and equipment operation techniques.

At the same time, the on-the-job component allows you to put theory into practice on actual construction sites. You’ll get to operate machinery, undertake manual tasks, and work alongside seasoned professionals.

This will help you develop practical skills that are critical in the industry, such as operating various types of heavy machinery, performing site maintenance tasks, and adhering to safety standards.

This mixed-mode delivery method gives you a comprehensive education, preparing you for the realities of civil construction work and setting you up for a successful career in the industry.

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Tuition fees and payment options

Navigating the world of tuition fees and payment options can sometimes feel overwhelming. At Builders Academy Australia, we are committed to providing clarity and support to help you through this process.

Fee structure

Our fee structure is determined based on your government eligibility and the state you’re living in. We offer state-specific guidance and support to help you understand the financial aspects of your education.

For Victorian students, there’s good news! You may be eligible for subsidies through the Victorian Skills First Funding, making the financial load of your education significantly lighter.

To help you better understand the fee structures and payment options for your location, we have specific information for VIC, NSW, ACT, and QLD. Clicking on your respective state will guide you to the relevant information you need.

If you still have questions about tuition fees, or perhaps you’d prefer a personal conversation about your financial options, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 1300 LEGEND.

Our team is ready and willing to guide you through your queries and concerns, ensuring you’re confident about your financial commitment toward your education.

*Salary sourced from Payscale Feb 2021.

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Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations - Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn?

Upon completion of this qualification, you will be armed with a breadth of practical and theoretical knowledge essential to the industry.

This includes understanding how to handle infrastructure materials, operate an excavator, carry out manual excavation, use power tools, identify and protect underground services, operate small plant equipment such as rollers, and safely dispose of non-toxic materials. You will also gain insights into industry safety standards, ensuring a safe and productive work environment.

Is the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations nationally recognised?

Yes, Builders Academy Australia is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and as such, all our programs, including this certificate, are nationally recognised.

Commitment to quality training

Our qualifications are issued under the stringent guidelines of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). As a testament to our commitment to quality training, we have received several awards, including the 2018 and 2020 Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year and the 2020 Australian Small Training Provider of the Year.

What career opportunities are available after course completion?

The Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations can open a variety of career opportunities for you in civil construction. Once you successfully complete this course, you can work in plant operations as a civil construction worker.

A variety of career opportunities await

Your roles there may include operating machinery, performing site maintenance tasks, and ensuring safety standards are met. With further study, you could take your career to the next level, qualifying for roles such as site supervisor or project manager.

Can I study the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations online?

This certificate is a hands-on course that requires practical training. It is primarily offered in-person to ensure that students receive the full benefit of the training, including hands-on use of tools and equipment and direct interaction with trainers and peers. This is the best way to learn valuable information like infrastructure materials, working in underground services, and how to safely dispose of various materials, as well as relevant theoretical knowledge.

However, there may be certain theory components that can be completed online.

What do I need to start studying this course?

To start the Certificate III, you will need a computer or laptop with Microsoft Office installed and access to the internet. This will allow you to complete any online theory components and conduct research when necessary.

You should be available during the hours set on the timetable for in-person training sessions. Being punctual and consistent in attending these sessions will ensure you gain the full benefit from this comprehensive course.

Is government funding available for me?

Financial Support for Your Education

Builders Academy Australia offers courses that are delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding to eligible students. To confirm your eligibility for government funding, you can use our Funding Eligibility Indicator available online.

If you’d prefer to speak to a staff member, you’re welcome to get in touch with our course advisors on 1300 534 363. They are ready to provide all the necessary information and guide you through the process.

Personalised Guidance

To get further insights into the enrolment process, recognise your prior learning, or other course details, you can always speak to our course advisors on 1300 534 363. They’re here to assist you throughout your educational journey.

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