Civil Construction Plant Operator

Course Code 3120CIV021
Locations Glenormiston

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Study Mode On Campus, Short Course
Length Up to six weeks
Commencement Follow the book now button for upcoming dates
Timetable Three days a week. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8am - 4pm
Course Overview

This course will give you the skills and knowledge in the operation of excavators, skid loaders, articulated front end loaders and rollers.

Through a combination of classroom learning and practical training our experienced trainers will teach you to operate and work with heavy earthmoving machinery on a simulated worksite.

On successful completion of this course you will receive certificates of competency for the use of rollers, skid steer loaders, excavators and wheeled loader operations.

The course runs for six weeks, although this time frame may be reduced at the assessors discretion for experienced operators.

What will I Learn?

You will learn skills including the operation of :

  • Rollers
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Excavators
  • Wheeled front end loaders

Units can be completed individually. Please contact our team to discuss your training options.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this course will give you the skills to operate earthmoving machinery. You will receive a certificate of competency for the units you successfully complete.


You may continue furthering your skills in this field with a Certificate III in Civil Construction.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must be at least 18 years of age to enrol in this course.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name
RIIMPO321F Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
RIIMPO317F Conduct roller operations

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After booking

Once you have booked your place in a short course, you will receive an email confirming the date, time and location of the course, and instructions on the next steps of your enrolment process. A tax invoice/receipt is automatically emailed to you at the time of purchase. 

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Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online. This evaluation helps us ensure you receive any necessary support to achieve a successful outcome for your course. Failure to complete will incur a $20 administration fee for a booking cancellation or transfer.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI online, or already have a USI but can’t remember it? Find your USI online.

Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

If you would like to book a place to complete all 4 units, you can book your place and pay online for $2340.

If you would like to book a place to complete specific unit(s) please contact us to book your place. Individual unit costs listed below.

  • RIIMPO317F – Conduct Roller Operations - $360
  • RIIMPO318F – Conduct Civil Construction Skid Steer Loader Operations - $360
  • RIIMPO320F – Conduct Civil Construction Excavator Operations - $900
  • RIIMPO321F – Conduct Civil Construction Wheeled Loader Operations - $720

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Course Fees $2,340.00
No concession or government funding applies
How do I pay for the short course?

You can book and pay for your place in a short course online by following the book now button. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus for assistance in your booking.

If your course is to be invoiced to a third party, (eg. Work Cover, employer or agency) an Authority to Invoice (ATI) form needs to be completed and signed by the third party. Please contact us via the live chat below, calling 1300 648 911, or email to receive the form.

Next Steps
How to book

There are four simple steps when applying for a course with us. 

  1. Book – you can book and pay for your place online via the book now button.  A tax invoice/receipt is automatically emailed to you upon payment.
  2. Get ready – you will receive an email confirming the date, time and location of the course from the short course team. The email will also include the next steps with links to complete a pre-training review and to create a unique student identifier. You will need to follow the links to complete the pre-training review and create or confirm your unique student identifier. Your enrolment form will also be attached in this email.
  3. Enrol – upon completion of the pre-training review, you need to sign and return your enrolment form including your unique student identifier number and photo ID. We will then process your enrolment in the short course.
  4. Attend and complete the short course - 100% attendance of the short course is required. Upon successful completion of the short course, you will be sent a Statement of Attainment for the accredited units completed within 30 days.

If need any assistance with completing your booking, contact our Customer Service team via the live chat below, call 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

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Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.