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PMA20116 Certificate II in Process Plant Operations

Course Description

The PMA20116 Certificate II in Process Plant Operations is a technical qualification for operators in the hydrocarbons, petrochemical, chemical, metal/ore processing and related process manufacturing industry sectors.

This course is best suited for workers who operate production equipment or undertake similar roles directly producing products. The operator would apply a breadth and depth of knowledge to a defined range of situations and would be expected to apply this knowledge to solve a defined range of problems by applying known solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

Students will undertake theory assessments and hands on practicals in their workplace or in a simulated environment. To gain a qualification students will need to complete 5 core units and 11 elective units (see the following page for units).

Course Delivery

With theory online and practicals in the workplace or simulated environment, this course takes approximately 6-12 months to complete.

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Skills obtained

Simulated Work Environment

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Compile and produce appropriate documentation of work operations.

Risk Management

Determine likelihoods and consequences to implement appropriate procedures.

Environmental Procedures

Understand your workplaces’ role in applying environmental policies to your specific industry.

Unit of Competencies
Unit Code Unit Name
PMA20116 Certificate II in Process Plant Operations.
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices.
MSMSUP100 Apply workplace context to own job.
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace.
MSMWHS110 Follow emergency response procedures.
MSMWHS200 Work safely.
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PMAOPS223 Operate and monitor valve systems.
PMAOPS234 Monitor and operate low pressure compressors.
PMAOPS246 Operate separation equipment.
PMAOPS280 Interpret process plant schematics.
MSMPER205 Enter confined space.
MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit.
MSMSUP240 Undertake minor maintenance.
MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres.
MSMPER201 Monitor and control work permits
MSMWHS201 Conduct hazard analysis.
HLTAID003 Provide first aid.
MEM11011B Undertake manual handling.
PMAOPS101 Read dials and indicators.
MSMOPS200 Operate equipment.
MSMPER202 Observe permit work.
MSMOPS212 Use organisation computers or data systems
MSMSUP200 Achieve work outcomes
MSMSUP210 Process and record information
TLID2010 Operate a forklift


There are no entry requirements. Students who do not currently work on a site, we can arrange a simulated environment.

Course Cost and Duration

The maximum course cost is $3, 700.00 – however, if students hold any units of competency required in this course, we would require a copy of the students Academic Transcripts as this can reduce study time and cost.

$10/nominal hour – costs will vary depending on previous units completed and electives selected.

Additional Information

Volt Edge requires, in addition to the core units, a combination of Elective competency standard units to achieve a total weighing of 11 points.
The elective units will be determined by Volt Edge upon application.

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