PMA20116 - Certificate II in Process Plant Operations

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.


Employer Based (VET Providers Only), On-campus


1 year part-time




16 units


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.

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

Start TAFE Now (STN) Course Structure


1 year part-time

MSMSUP100Apply workplace context to own job
MSMWHS110Follow emergency response procedures
MSMSUP102Communicate in the workplace
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200Work safely
MEM11011BUndertake manual handling
MSMWHS217Gas test atmospheres
MSMPER205Enter confined space
HLTAID003Provide first aid
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

2021 FebruaryGladstone
2022 FebruaryGladstone
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

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.

Entry to this course requires application direct to Education Queensland and Industry Partnerships (EQIP). The application process includes a formal interview and applicants will be advised of the success of their application prior to finalisation of their enrolment. No direct enrolment to CQUniversity are accepted for this course. Visit for further information.

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.
Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
Fee for service$5,792.00 (2021)
Fee for service per unit$362.00 (2021)
Fee for service$6,144.00 (2022)
Fee for service per unit$384.00 (2022)

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.

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