PMA30116 Certificate III in Process Plant Operations

  • National code: PMA30116
  • Mining and Energy

The PMA30116 Certificate III in Process Plant Operations has been developed as a technical qualification for use in the PMA08 Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package.

Job roles/employment outcomes

The PMA30116 Certificate III in Process Plant Operation is intended for advanced operators and operations technicians who use production equipment to directly produce products. At this level, operators/technicians would undertake more advanced operations, typically of integrated plant units in accordance with the operating procedures, and would apply their knowledge to anticipate problems. They would be expected to solve a range of foreseen and unforeseen problems, using product and process knowledge to develop solutions to problems which do not have a known solution, or a solution recorded in the procedures.

Training and assessment in this qualification requires access to facilities and equipment in a relevant workplace environment. Students are therefore required to be currently employed in such an environment, with access available for training and assessment to be conducted at the workplace.

Duration: 12-36 months*

*Duration may vary depending on learner's circumstances and previous experience.

5 Core Units + 16 Elective Units

Qld Certificate 3 Guarantee: Co-contribution Fee Table 

QLD User Choice: Prices will be subject to the nominal hours of the units of competency selected.

Employability Skill Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :
Communication+ maintain communication about multiple subjects and with multiple audiences
+ complete incident and other reports
+ use technical information and manufacturer's information
+ collect, analyse and organise information
+ communicate ideas and information
+ use and contribute to workplace documentation
+ maintain workplace records
Teamwork+ identify and describe own role and role of other
+ work within a team
+ resolve conflicts between team members
+ teamwork strategies
Problem-solving+ recognise a problem or a potential problem in a plant unit, system or area
+ determine problems needing priority action
+ refer problems outside area of responsibility to appropriate person, with possible causes
+ identify appropriate theory base for problem
+ seek information and assistance as required to solve problems
+ solve problems within area of responsibility for plant unit, system or area
+ follow through items initiated until final resolution has occurred
+ identify and isolate faults in equipment
+ use a range of formal problem solving techniques
Initiative and enterprise+ identify the most appropriate process conditions for unit, system or area
+ make adjustments to improve performance of unit, system or area
+ anticipate the impact of the process on the product and other process areas
+ determine problems needing action
+ recommend required action
+ report problems outside area of responsibility
+ distinguish between causes of faults
Planning and organising+ prioritise actions to achieve required outcomes for unit, system or area
+ plan own work requirements and assist others to plan theirs
+ plan scope of unit, system or plant area checks
+ plan and organise activities
+ identify tasks to achieve team goals
+ organise allocation of tasks
+ monitor completion of allocated tasks
+ develop and adjust a production schedule
Self-management+ plan own work requirements from production requests
+ operate within appropriate time constraints and work standards
+ select and use appropriate equipment, materials, processes and procedures
+ plan to ensure effective production
+ apply workplace procedures
+ identify resource requirements, document and monitor
+ recognise limitations and seek timely advice
Learning+ ask questions to gain information
+ identify sources of information to expand knowledge and understanding
+ participate in improvement procedures
+ participate in development of continuous improvement strategies
+ helps others develop competency
Technology+ operation and adjustment of unit, system or plant area processes
+ start up and shut down unit, system or plant area
+ set up unit, equipment or plant area
+ monitor product/process quality
+ function and operating principles of unit, system or plant area
+ maintain workplace records

Career Pathways:

  • Chemical Process Operator

Further Training Pathways:

  • PMA40116 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology
  • MSA41108 Certificate IV in Competitive Manufacturing
  • MSA40108 Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology
  • Any other relevant qualifications.

This qualification is typically used to develop employees performing an advanced operational role that includes an ability to work independently and conduct technical problem solving according to the needs of the work in the chemical, hydrocarbons or refining sectors.

Operators may specialise in one of the following areas:

  • fine chemicals
  • heavy chemicals
  • petrochemicals
  • polymer manufacture
  • hydrocarbon extraction
  • hydrocarbon transmission
  • hydrocarbon processing/refining
  • minerals processing/refining
  • metalliferous processing/refining
  • metals smelting/processing
  • other related areas.

RPL may be available for candidates with previous industry experience.