PMA20116 - Certificate II in Process Plant Operations

Duration 1 year part-time
Study modeEmployer Based (VET Providers Only), On Campus, Mixed Mode
Total units16


Start the process for your career in plant operations. This qualification is suited to Start TAFE Now (STN) schools students located in Gladstone and is a great opportunity to gain hands-on training in a specialist field.

This course has been developed as a technical qualification for use in the PMA08 Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package. This course is intended to prepare workers to perform operational roles in the chemical, hydrocarbons or refined sectors.

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

You will be required to supply your own steel-capped boots, jeans and a long-sleeved cotton shirt for this course.  If you have any questions in relation to PPE please email

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this course allow you gain employment as a process plant operator, chemical plant operator, trainee process technician or process technician in a production or manufacturing related industry.

Structure & Availability

Start TAFE Now (STN) Course Structure


1 year part-time


Unit CodeUnit Name
MSMSUP100Apply workplace context to own job
MSMWHS110Follow emergency response procedures
MSMSUP102Communicate in the workplace
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200Work safely


Unit CodeUnit Name
PMAOPS222Operate and monitor pumping systems and equipment
MSMOPS100Use equipment
PMAOPS221Operate and monitor prime movers
MSMSUP200Achieve work outcomes
PMAOPS234Monitor and operate low pressure compressors
PMAOPS205Operate heat exchangers
PMAOPS101Read dials and indicators
PMAOPS280Interpret process plant schematics
MSMSUP210Process and Record Information
MSMOPS200Operate equipment
PMAOPS223Operate and monitor valve systems
PMAOPS201Operate fluid flow equipment
MSMPER200Work in accordance with an issued permit

Start TAFE Now (STN) Course Structure

2024On-campus, Gladstone

This course has no residential schools.


Applications to be sent directly to CQUniversity through the online handbook.

Completion of the BKSB (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$6,720
Fee for service per unit$420
Co-Contribution Fee$3,936
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$3,248
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$246
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$203

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding.

For high school students you may be eligible for the Queensland Government’s VET in Schools (VETiS) program which is fee-free. Course specific costs may be applicable, an example would be high vis clothes and safety boots for trade courses.

If you are unsure, please call us on 13 27 86.

How to apply

Step 1: Get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Visit to create a USI or find an existing one.

Step 2: Prepare your eligibility documentation

So that we can assess your application and eligibility for Government funding options, you’ll need to upload documentation as part of your application. This includes proof of your:

  • Queensland Residency and Date of Birth. (e.g. Queensland Driver’s License photo must be of the back and front of the license)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (e.g. Medicare Card or Birth Certificate)

For further information on eligible documentation, visit Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

To fast-track your application, make sure you provide a clear photo showing all the information and upload it with your application.

Step 3: Start TAFE Now Application Documents

If you are applying via our Start TAFE Now Program you will need to ensure you attached the following documents to your application:

Step 4: Apply Online

Our easy-to-use online application system will guide you through the process of applying for a TAFE course. If you need help along the way, call us on 13 27 86.

Click on the Apply button below to start your application.