Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Upskill yourself or your workforce with a RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations and become a skilled operator working with Civil Construction Plant.



Gain specialised skills as a plant operator with Major Training’s RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations. This plant operator apprenticeship will train you to work effectively in a diverse range of civil construction roles. And is ideal for employers looking to upskill their staff and for individuals seeking to expand their career in civil construction.

Course Details

Our Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations will qualify you to be a skilled civil construction plant operator. You will be ready to apply a broad range of skills in varied work contexts, using discretion, judgement, and relevant theoretical knowledge.

From operating specialised machinery to driving heavy vehicles, our plant operator apprenticeship will provide a platform for you to step into your preferred construction role.

What You'll Learn

Plan and organise work

Carry out measurements and calculations

Identify, locate and protect underground services

Read and interpret plans and specifications

Carry out manual excavation

Support plant operations.

Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

The civil construction industry is run by a wide range of heavy machinery and equipment. The Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations will prepare and qualify you to operate plant in civil construction, mining, extractive industries, quarries and more.

Possible Roles

Excavator Operator

Bulldozer Operator

Loader Operator

Roller Operator

Backhoe Operator

Grader Operator

Potential wages could be in the region of $75,000 to $80,000 per year

Delivery options

Find out more about the available delivery options for this course.

Self Paced Study

Self-paced training is suited to individuals who may or may not be employed but whom are looking to undertake study for personal professional development.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Course Duration

Up to 36 months

What You'll Pay

Full Cost: Enquire Now

Funded Options
CSQ Funding

Amount Funded: $1,500 plus $400 per gap unit trained

Student Gap Fee (what you will pay): $250

Learn More about CSQ Funding here; CSQ Funding

User Choice Funding

User Choice Funding is available. Please see here for more information on costs; User Choice Funding

Study Now Pay later

Study Now, Pay Later options are available for this course. Please see here for more information; Study Now, Pay Later

Employer Based
Student Support

Study Information

View our comprehensive resource hub and explore more information about payment options, student support, credit transfer/RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning), assessment methods, and the wealth of resources available to enhance your educational journey.

We accept a range of payment options:

  • Credit Card via our secure payment gateway
  • Study Now and Pay Later with up to 12 Months Interest-Free -> Learn More Here
  • AfterPay: Pay in 4 easy installments -> Learn More Here


At Major Training Group, we aim to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their studies and that is why students have access to a range of support options to help them along the way. They include:

  • Additional practical training sessions
  • Extended learning time
  • Alternative training methods and resources
  • Access to our experienced staff for one-on-one training
  • Recognition of previous learning and experience to speed up the process.

Students with prior industry experience may be eligible for RPL. Students may also qualify for credit transfer if they can demonstrate prior qualifications and/or statements of attainment. You can learn more about credit transfer and RPL here.

We use a variety of assessment methods including;

  • Online
  • Paper
  • Video
  • Q&A
  • Demonstration
  • Short written answers
  • Longer written answers
  • Third-party observation
  • Knowledge skills observation 
  • Employer reports

Information for Businesses

Major Training maximises the value of a plant operator apprenticeship and simplifies the process. We develop customised Apprentice Training Plans face to face with students and employers across Cairns and South-East Queensland. This ensures the apprentice is learning the right skills for them and the business. We also:

  • Train theory and practical skills onsite with your apprentice
  • Only employ industry current trainers and assessors
  • Work in partnership with Australian Apprenticeship Networks
  • Provide education and coaching to employers around the supervision ratio and requirements
  • Offer support to employers for performance management of apprentices as required.

Did you know that the government can provide up to $6000 in incentives for employers if their apprentice completes a Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations?

Eligible employers may receive the following government incentives:

Government Incentives



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