CPC30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations


The Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations provides training for individuals working as skilled operators with civil construction plant, who apply a broad range of skills in varied work contexts, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge.

This practical course is delivered mainly on the job, allowing participants to learn, gain, validate and improve their skills and knowledge in civil construction.

The core units of competency in the qualification cover common skills for the civil construction industry as well as specialist units in operation plant and equipment.

This course is delivered by National Construction Training (NCT), a trading name of National Training Services Pty Ltd (RTO 21254).


Training for this qualification is conducted on the job over 12 months.


Career outcomes after completing this course may include:

  • Earth moving plant operators.
  • Structural steel construction workers
  • Paving and surfacing layers
  • Mobile plant operators
  • Road constructor
  • Tunnel constructor
  • Bridge constructor
  • Pipe layer
  • Foundations constructor


    This qualification is suitable for those who are currently working in the civil construction industry.


    There are no prerequisite qualification requirements, however applicants should be employed with the building and construction industry.

    You must have completed unit CPCWHS1001 Prepare to Work safely in the construction industry prior to commencing the course. Either a Statement of Attainment must be submitted as evidence prior to commencing the course or they must confirm having a valid White Card by selecting the option ‘Yes’ in ‘Vocational Education and Training Qualification History’ section of NTS Enrolment Application Form.


    National Training Services can access state government funding for this qualification through the Victorian Skills First funding program. Participants who are eligible for Skills First funding will pay no tuition fees. If participants are not eligible for funding a fee may be required. See our Statement of Fees for details of the fee for service costs if you are not eligible for Skills First funding..


    You may be eligible for Skills First Funding if you are:

    • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or a holder of an approved bridging, protection, safe haven or humanitarian visa; and
    • living in Victoria
    • enrolling in no more than 2 Skills First funded programs this year

    Statement of fees for Skills First funded students

    Contact National Training Services to inquire about your eligibility for State Government funding. Phone 03 9988 7989.


    To be awarded the RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations competency must be achieved in twenty (20) units of competency. These are comprised of:

    • Fifteen core units
    • Five elective units

    View the full list of units of competency here  →


    Learning and assessment materials are supplied by NTS and equipment is provided by the workplace.

    There are 5 elective units require specialized equipment. National Training Services staff will undertake an equipment check before enrolment and advise you of any required equipment that is not available.

    If equipment for any of these 5 units is not available on the work site, then National Training Services may be unable to undertake training and assessment in these units or complete the qualification unless alternative elective units can be agreed on or participants can undertake some of the equipment training off-site with NTS or with another provider that has the equipment. Contact National Training Services during business hours if you want to discuss any of these options.

    Training undertaken with another RTO will be at the participant’s own time and expense and a Statement of Attainment will be required by National Training Services before the scheduled completion of training so that the full qualification can be issued.

    The details of the 5 electives can be found in the full list of Units of Competency here



    The scheduled duration for training and assessment of this program is 12 months.

    National Training Services has a one (1) month break in training and assessment each year which coincides with Christmas and New Year.

    One (1) month will be added to the scheduled duration of this program for each Christmas / New Year break in training and assessment where applicable.

    The total time to complete this program will be extended by 1 month unless the program is commenced in January.

    The total time to complete this program will be shown on your training plan and course scheulede which will include applicable Christmas/New Year breaks.

    Completion within the specified program duration is dependent on participants maintaining consistent attendance and submitting their assessments on time.

    Please note there will normally be a period of 1 month following the submission of final assessments before the results are processed and the certification issued.


    • Short answer questions
    • Workplace activities
    • Workplace Observations
    • Third Party Report
    • Projects related to Civil Construction


    • A minimum of 12 structured training days over 12 months
    • One on one learning
    • Self-paced reading
    • Research
    • Practical demonstration and practice
    Helpful links

    training.gov.au  –  for detailed course information.

    vba.vic.gov.au  –  Victorian Building Authority.


      Brokering Arrangements
      National Training Services has appointed brokers to identify and recruit workplaces and individuals wishing to undertake this training. See the National Training Services Brokers List on our Compliance page for details.
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      For eligible students this training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.