PMA20116 - Certificate II in Process Plant Operations


There are multiple durations. Please refer to Course Structure below.

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

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Understand your TAFE payment choices including payment options and our refund policy. Start by examining the price list for your specific course to gain a better understanding of your fees. Course fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Still uncertain about the best option for you? Contact us on 13 27 86 to discuss your options.

Fee for Service/ Full Fee

Fee for Service/Full Fee occurs when the full tuition fee is charged to students. This may occur when the course is not included in government subsidy program/s or the student is not eligible for a government subsidy. These students are obligated to cover the entire cost. Learn more about Paying for TAFE.

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.

At CQUniversity, we believe that studying should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer scholarships, bursaries and stipends.

Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more

How to apply

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