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PMA20116 - Certificate II in Process Plant Operations


At a glance

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.
Application Mode On-campus
Sixteen (16) units must be successfully completed - five (5) core and eleven (11) electives.
Availability Gladstone City
DurationAttendance in the first year: one (1) day per week
Intake Dates
Refer to Entry requirements for further details.

Please refer to the 2017 VET Certificate Level and 2017 VET Diploma and Student Loans Price Lists for a breakdown of the Non Concessional, Concessional and Student Fees.

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Structure and assessment


Standard Course Structure

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices (MSMENV272)
  • Apply workplace context to own job (MSMSUP100)
  • Communicate in the workplace (MSMSUP102)
  • Follow emergency response procedures (MSMWHS110)
  • Work safely (MSMWHS200)
  • Provide first aid (HLTAID003)
  • Operate equipment (MSMOPS200)
  • Work in accordance with an issued permit (MSMPER200)
  • Observe permit work (MSMPER202)
  • Enter confined space (MSMPER205)
  • Gas test atmospheres (MSMWHS217)
  • Read dials and indicators (PMAOPS101)
  • Operate fluid flow equipment (PMAOPS201)
  • Operate and monitor valve systems (PMAOPS223)
  • Interpret process plant schematics (PMAOPS280)
  • Work safely at heights (RIIWHS204D)

Study Sequence

To view more information about these units, as well as the suggested study plan, please visit the handbook.


CQUniversity Gladstone City - VET in Schools (VETiS) Partnered with schools

This course is available as part of the VET in Schools Program at CQUniversity Gladstone City campus.

There are special entry requirements for this program; please refer to Entry requirements.

PARTNERED PROGRAM: This program is delivered in partnership with EQIP Gladstone. 

The first year students will attend 1 day per week completing Certificate II in Process Plant Operations course. The program will include structured training onsite.

In the second year students who successfully complete the first year will be given the opportunity to participate in a structured work experience program that provides an opportunity to expand skills and experience in a practical work environment in the operations and maintenance areas.


Refer to Entry requirements for further details.

Duration and dates

Attendance in the first year: one (1) day per week

Fees and scholarships


Please refer to the 2017 VET Certificate Level and 2017 VET Diploma and Student Loans Price Lists for a breakdown of the Non Concessional, Concessional and Student Fees.

The Queensland Government determines the schedule set by CQUniversity. Additional fees may be charged for printed materials, protective clothing and tools etc. A full copy of all regulations associated with VET fees can be accessed from the Queensland Government Legislation website.

All fees must be paid to finalise enrolment or a payment arrangement entered into. You will be liable for all payments, even if you discontinue enrolment, subject to the Refund Policy. Debt recovery action will be taken to recover outstanding fees. Please select from the following:

  • VET Student Loans
    VET Student Loans will commence from 1 January 2017 and is an interest free Australian Government income contingency loan that assists eligible full fee paying students to pay their Tuition Fees.
  • VET Government funded programs
    The cost of these programs is based on a student contribution fee. A concession may be available in some situations. Additional resource/material costs will vary from program to program.
  • VET fee-for-service programs (full fee paying)
    These are competitively priced full-fee paying programs which do not attract concessions.

Price lists


Please refer to the scholarship pages for more information.

How to Apply


Certificate, diploma and advanced diploma-level courses

To enquire about intake dates or to submit an application:

  • call 13 27 86, or
  • visit us at reception at one of our locations.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

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