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.
  • Crane, hoist and lift 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 prerequisites, however you should be employed in a suitable position within the building and construction industry.

    You should also hold the unit CPCCWHS1001 Work Safely in the construction industry (White Card) before commencing this program, or within four weeks of commencing. NCT can refer you to quality providers that deliver this unit.


    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, please contact NTS for details on fee for service costs.


    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
    • under 20 years old;


    • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or a holder of an approved bridging, protection, safe haven or humanitarian visa; and
    • over 20 years old and enrolling into a qualification higher than the highest qualification already held

    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  →



    All required equipment and materials are supplied by NTS and provided by the workplace.


    • Short answer questions
    • Workplace activities
    • Workplace Observations
    • Third Party Report
    • Projects related to formwork/falsework


    • 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
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      For eligible students this training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.