National ID: PMA60116 | State ID: BAM9


The Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology PMA60116 is an advanced post-trade qualification for industry professionals looking to advance their career standing and/or take on further education at a university level.

It is a technical qualification for technologists or para-professionals who undertake technical projects such as plant modifications either individually or as part of a project team where they have a significant technical role. They may have worked their way up through the process plant operation/technology certificate and diploma qualifications or may have entered the industry at this level, either from another industry or trade occupation.

Career outcomes include Person in Charge (PIC) and Offshore Installation Manager (OIM), and the course provides a pathway to university study.

The course is competency-based, which requires those undertaking the training to prove competence by completing practical assessments in the work place, as well as showing theoretical competence.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

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Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

Where Munster
Duration Two semesters full time.
How By Correspondence
Full Time (On Campus)
When Available Semester 2, 2017

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Further study opportunities:

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

These fees are estimates only for students enrolling in government funded courses on a full time basis.

The indicative fees for a course may differ between training providers due to the units they have included in the course outline. These differences generally result from adapting courses to meet local industry needs. The actual cost of a course will also vary if different electives are chosen by the student.

Nominal hours are not hours of training or instruction. They are used to determine course fees and subsidy levels to reflect the cost to deliver quality training.

Other charges may apply.

Indicative Tuition Fees in 2017

VET Student Loans 

Students in an eligible diploma qualifications and above may be assisted through a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET Student Loan scheme. For more information on entrance requirements and eligible course list please see www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans 

For information on VET Student Loans at South Metropolitan TAFE please visit the Student Loans page.

International students

Fees, charges, available locations, applications, and enrolment procedures for international students are different to those applicable to local students.

International students can only study full-time.

For information on international student fees and application, please follow this link to the  TAFE International WA website 

1 Core Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Achieve work outcomes MSMSUP200 AWC30
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSMENV272 AWC13
Process and record information MSMSUP210 AWC28
Work safely MSMWHS200 AWC15

2 Group A - Technical Electives

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Modify plant PMAOPS600 AXM68

3 Group B - Support Electives

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Manage change PSPMGT003 AWU58

4 Group C - Other Support Electives

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Analyse equipment performance PMASUP540 AXM25
Control the process during abnormal situations PMAOPS505 AXM76
Manage risk MSMWHS510 AXN76
Optimise production systems PMAOPS500 AXM78
Plan plant shutdown PMAOPS521 AXM72
Review procedures to minimise environmental impact of process PMASUP520 AXM27

5 Group D - Other Electives

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Assess risk MSMWHS401 AXN77
Manage plant shutdown and restart PMAOPS411 AXM83
Operate complex control systems PMAOPS405 AXM86
  • For TAFE Admissions full-time courses, apply at tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au/ when applications are open. Semester One applications open in September of the prior year, Semester Two (mid-year) applications open in May.
  • For apprenticeships and traineeships (where available), you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.
  • For international students (where available), contact
  • For all other courses, or if you need help or have questions please call us on
    1800 001 001 or email us at info@smtafe.wa.edu.au

Please note: All enrolling students will require a Unique Student Identifier number.

If you are unsure if you have the entry requirements (meet one of the three columns below, where applicable), please apply anyway with as much information as you can provide, alternatives such as literacy or numeracy tests, or entry based on past experience may be possible. 1800 001 001 for more information.

Entrance Requirements

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

South Metropolitan TAFE maintains strong relationships with a number of universities. On completion of diploma and advanced diploma courses, students may be eligible for credit towards a bachelor degree at one of our university partners. For details of our university pathway options, visit our Uni Pathways page.

Please note: Different university entrance arrangements may apply to international students. For further details please contact the individual Universities directly.


Page last updated August 23, 2017