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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.
Study Mode On-campus
Availability Gladstone City
Duration1 year part-time
Intake Dates
There is one course intake for 2018, available in February.

This course is only available to students from Gladstone regional high schools, all prospective student enquiries and enrolment facilitation is managed by the Education Queensland and Industry Partnership (EQIP), no direct application to CQUniversity is available.  Prospective students should contact EQIP Gladstone, to apply.  Training for RIIWHS204D - Work Safely at Heights, RIIWHS202D - Enter confined space and MSMWHS217 - Gas Test Atmospheres is delivered in partnership with Ambition Training (contact: 0447 006 246).

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

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

Core Units
  • 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)
Elective Units
  • 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.


VET in Schools (VETiS)

This course is available to study on-campus, through the VETiS program at the following locations:

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina
Classes will commence from 31 January and will end 31 October 2018. Classes will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 8 am - 3 pm. 


There is one course intake for 2018, available in February.

Duration and dates

1 year part-time

Fees and scholarships


Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

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:

For further information

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

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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