Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working with civil construction plant, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.


Requirements for completion of the qualification

The following table provides the packaging rules for this qualification, followed by the list of relevant units of competency.

Successful completion of nineteen (19) units of competency made up of:

fourteen (14) mandatory units of competency, and

five (5) elective units from the electives list below, including:

one (1) unit from Group A electives listed below AND two (2) units from Group B electives listed below


two (2) units from Group A electives listed below

Care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified within imported units, or units chosen as electives, are complied with.

Mandatory units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIBEF201B

Plan and organise work

add topic RIICCM201A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic RIICCM202A

Identify, locate and protect underground services

add topic RIICCM203A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic RIICCM205A

Carry out manual excavation

add topic RIICCM206A

Support plant operations

add topic RIICCM207A

Spread and compact materials manually

add topic RIICCM208A

Carry out basic levelling

add topic RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic RIISAM201A

Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non toxic materials

add topic RIISAM203A

Use hand and power tools

add topic RIISAM204A

Operate small plant and equipment

add topic RIIWMG203A

Drain and dewater civil construction site


Unit code

Unit title

add topic CPCCCM2007A

Use explosive power tools

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic RIICCM204A

Place and fix reinforcement materials

add topic RIICCM209A

Carry out concrete work

add topic RIICCM210A

Install trench support

add topic RIICCM211A

Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates

add topic RIICRC201A

Repair potholes

add topic RIICRC208A

Lay pipes

add topic RIIHAN208A

Perform dogging

add topic RIIHAN211A

Conduct basic scaffolding operations

add topic RIIHAN301B

Operate elevating work platform

add topic RIIHAN308A

Load and unload plant

add topic RIIOHS202A

Enter and work in confined spaces

add topic RIIOHS204A

Work safely at heights

add topic RIIOHS205A

Control traffic with stop-slow bat

add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

add topic RIISAM205A

Cut, weld and bend materials

add topic RIISAM213A

Position and set up mobile lighting

add topic RTD2202A

Conduct erosion and sediment control activities

add topic RTD3205A

Construct conservation earthworks

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIMPO318B

Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations

add topic RIIMPO319A

Conduct backhoe/loader operations

add topic RIIMPO320A

Conduct civil construction excavator operations

add topic RIIMPO321B

Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations

add topic RIIMPO322A

Conduct civil construction tracked front end loader operations

add topic RIIMPO323A

Conduct civil construction dozer operations

add topic RIIMPO324A

Conduct civil construction grader operations

add topic RIIMPO325A

Conduct civil construction scraper operations

add topic RIIMPO327A

Conduct pipe layer operations

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIICRC308A

Conduct paver operations

add topic RIICRC309A

Conduct stabiliser operations

add topic RIIHAN309A

Conduct telescopic materials handler operations

add topic RIIHAN311A

Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier

add topic RIIMPO311A

Conduct haul truck operations

add topic RIIMPO315A

Conduct tractor operations

add topic RIIMPO316A

Conduct self propelled compactor operations

add topic RIIMPO317A

Conduct roller operations

add topic RIIMPO326A

Conduct civil construction water cart operations

add topic RIIMPO328A

Conduct continuous bucket trencher operations

add topic RIIVEH304A

Conduct tip truck operations


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

The following table includes a summary of the employability skills as identified by the resources and infrastructure industry for this qualification. The table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes required here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


speak clearly and directly

listen carefully to instructions and information

read and interpret work instructions and safety signs

calculate basic weights, distances and volumes

complete incident and maintenance reports

adjust communication style to meet the needs of people with diverse backgrounds


apply teamwork in a range of situations, particularly in a safety context

contribute to the planning and execution of operations

work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race, religion or political persuasion and people with disability

recognise and respond sensitively to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds


adjust work methods in response to changing weather and site conditions

participate in team solutions to safety issues

Initiative and enterprise

independently adapt to changing work conditions or different work areas

identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions

identify and assess risks in the workplace

Planning and organising

manage time and priorities to complete work

identify and obtain appropriate equipment and permits

identify potential hazards and prepare appropriate responses

follow procedures and techniques relevant to the equipment and work being done


take responsibility for planning and organising own work priorities and completing assigned tasks

monitor own performance to ensure work will be completed well and on time

understand the standard of work expected at a work site


be willing to learn new ways of working

seek information to improve performance from people and workplace documents like policies, procedures etc

understand equipment characteristics, technical capabilities, limitations and procedures


use technology to monitor and report on work progress

use communications technology appropriate to the workplace (email, mobile, radio, etc)

operate equipment safely