Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Navigate Up
Sign In
Skip Navigation LinksHome > About Komatsu > Customer Training

RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Get on the road to a successful career.

​This nationally recognised Qualification is for individuals wishing to develop or enhance their proficiency as a plant operator in the civil construction industry. Skilled plant operators are in strong demand across Australia as private contractors, plant hirers, and skilled operators within local government councils, quarrying and mining, and other relevant resource industry sectors.

Komatsu Training Academy offers a range of courses and modules to build on your current skills, or get recognised for your past industry experience, across a wide range of operator applications and work areas including: infrastructure - related projects (subdivisions, bridge works, railways, harbours, sewerage and drainage, electrical infrastructure, pipeline and recreation works), bulk earthworks, detail excavation, and the extractive industries (quarrying and mining).

Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare machinery for the day’s operation
  • Identify and report on hazards related to plant and prepare work requirements
  • Identify underground services
  • Clean, lubricate and refuel machines
  • Perform minor repairs and adjustments when and as required
  • Apply and work within safety requirements while meeting environmental requirements as part of the operations
  • Work from drawings and specifications under direction from supervisors
  • Operate plant equipment and all attachments in varying construction environments

Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations provides training in both theory and practical elements to prepare you for a career as a plant operator. This is on-the-job training, so you will need to be employed in the civil construction industry to undertake this course.

While there are no formal entry requirements for this Qualification, those enrolling with Komatsu Training Academy must be employed in a relevant industry sector and have access to the required equipment and practical work scope to fulfil the requirements of this course.

Training Locations

This Certificate III can be delivered at any customer workplace or worksite throughout Australia.

Resources Required

Please note participants will be provided with all learning and assessment materials as well as with a log book (which is usually provided by the trainer/assessor during workplace visits).

Participants will require Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) relevant to their workplace for practical activities (subject to on-site requirements).


This Qualification is delivered in the workplace, either via an Apprenticeship pathway, or through commercial arrangements negotiated with employers. Training can occur in workplaces throughout Australia, although minimum student numbers will apply in some locations. Please contact Komatsu Training Academy to discuss training solutions for your organisation.

The nominal term for full-time plant operator apprentices is up to three years (36 months). The training duration for course participants not entering via an apprenticeship pathway will depend on the existing skill and experience levels of the learners.

Delivery is generally conducted during standard work hours (one full day) for the student in the workplace, on an approximate four-to-six week cycle. Details will be negotiated between Komatsu and the employer.

Course Content

The successful achievement of this Qualification requires completion of 19 units in total, including 14 core units and 5 elective units of which:

  • At least 2 elective units must be chosen from Group A
  • At least 3 elective units must be chosen from Group A,B and C
  • No more than 1 elective unit may be chosen from elsewhere in this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.
  • If you are unsure of what elective units are right for you please discuss this in more detail with Komatsu Training Academy on 1300 390 377.

Core Units

RIIBEF201D Plan and organise work
RIICCM201D  Carry out measurements and calculations
RIICCM202D Identify, locate and protect underground services
RIICCM203D Read and interpret plans and specifications
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation
RIICCM206D Support plant operations
RIICCM207D  Spread and compact materials manually
RIICCM208D Carry out basic levelling
RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
RIISAM201D Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
RIISAM203D Use hand and power tools
RIISAM204D Operate small plant and equipment
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures 
RIIWMG203D  Drain and dewater civil construction site


 Group A Electives

RIIMPO318E Conduct civil construction skidsteer loader operations
RIIMPO319D Conduct backhoe/loader operations
RIIMPO320E Conduct civil construction excavator operations
RIIMPO321E Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
RIIMPO323D Conduct civil construction dozer operations
Conduct civil construction grader operations
RIIMPO325D Conduct civil construction scraper operations


Group B Electives

RIIMPO317E Conduct roller operations
RIIMPO337D Conduct articulated truck operations
RIIVEH304D Conduct tip truck operations


Group C Electives

RIICCM210D Install trench support
RIICCM211D Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates
RIIHAN308E Load and unload plant
RIIWHS202D Enter work in confined spaces
RIIWHS204D  Work safely at heights


Recognition of Prior Learning

Operators can fast-track to a formal Qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Gaining recognition for the skills you’ve gained from the workplace and/or previous learning means less study time for you and getting qualified a whole lot sooner.

If you are unsure of what’s right for you, or would like to discuss this and other Komatsu Training Academy programs in more detail, please call us on 1300 390 377.