RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

The Certificate III in Civil Construction is the industry standard for plant equipment / machinery operators working in the civil construction, construction, earth moving and quarrying industries.

This is hands on Cert III Civil Construction course will support you to acquire the skills and confidence to safely operate plant equipment, complete a variety of support tasks, work in a team and develop a range of skills related to earthworks, road construction and general civil works.

While there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, the learner must be employed full time or part-time and have access to machinery in a workplace to be able to gain sufficient experience to successfully complete the program.

Our supportive team have over 60 years of industry experience to give you the guidance you need to succeed.

On successful completion of this program, participants will receive a nationally recognised Qualification for:

  • RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

  • Duration

    • 4 months (full-time)
    • 6-12 months (part-time)
    • self-paced over 2 years
    • up to 4 years (apprenticeship)
  • Delivery Mode

    • Blended (f2f + workplace)
    • Correspondence
    • Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Location

  • Pre-requisites / entry requirements

  • Requirements
    Full PPE must be worn
  • Outcome
    Nationally recognised Qualification
  • Cost
    $5 130.00 pp (no GST applies)

    CSQ funding available

    openpay available

    Personalised payment plan available

    User Choice Apprenticeship funding available

    BERT member funding may be available

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Where Can a Certificate III in Civil Construction Take You?

Civil Construction Worker

This certificate will give you the skills needed to be a civil construction worker. This includes being able to plan and undertake construction duties, carry out excavations and work within WHS policies and procedures. This hands-on training will have you feeling confident and ready to effectively prepare construction sites, materials, and tools.

Plant operator

The civil construction plant operations course will prepare you to be an effective plant operator and is a suitable career path for those who prefer hands on, operational work. Within the Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations framework, you’ll learn how to support plant operations, work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures and handle resources and materials.


  • RIIBEF201E Plan and organise work
  • RIICCM201E Carry out measurements and calculations
  • RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services
  • RIICCM203E Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • RIICCM205F Carry out manual excavations
  • RIICCM206E Support plant operations
  • RIICCM207E Spread and compact materials manually
  • RIICCM208E Carry out basic leveling
  • RIICOM201E Communicate in the workplace
  • RIISAM201E Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of non-toxic materials
  • RIISAM203E Use hand and power tools
  • RIISAM204E Operate small plant and equipment
  • RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • RIIWMG203E Drain and dewater civil construction site
  • Selected at time of enrolment based on access and availability of machinery

Who Should Do the Civil Construction Plant Operations Training?

Anyone operating machinery / plant equipment in the Civil Construction / Earth moving / Quarrying sector.

ASTRA have developed an easy to follow and modular hands-on RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations course that gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your existing practical skills and know-how to work safely. The program is appropriate for those wishing to gain formal recognition for existing skills.

ASTRA focuses on supporting students looking to enter and renter the workforce and will support your training path no matter your background or walk of life. We are also aligned with partner organisations that can offer additional support in reading and writing skills, career and workplace guidance as well as ‘job readiness’ skills and interviewing techniques for a job application.

Learning Methods

ASTRA use various assessment methods and techniques, including skill and knowledge assessments as an essential step to ensure you progress through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying and training with ASTRA, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples and third-party feedback.

There is self-paced learning required for this course which includes completion of homework and research activities as well as online learning materials. Students may require access to a computer and internet outside of scheduled training days. ASTRA can assist with any resources or access as required.

ASTRA requires all students to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). As a minimum requirement, any personnel attending an ASTRA course and training facility must wear enclosed, lace-up shoes with a non-slip sole. Further guidance and support on PPE will be provided at enrolment.

Before commencing the RII0820 Certificate III n Civil Construction Plant Operations Course, ASTRA recommend you consult your doctor to determine any limitations with conducting practical demonstrations if applicable as there are regular tasks that require manual handling of materials, tools and equipment including exposure to outdoor elements.

Ready to Start the Certificate III in Civil Construction?

Contact your ASTRA Group, your local RTO providers today by calling 3205 0600, emailing training@astragroup.com.au or via our online form and we’ll be in touch shortly.