National ID: PMA20116 | State ID: BAN1


Our Certificate II in Process Plant Operations PMA20116 offers students exposure to the fundamentals of process plant operations. It forms part of the Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Oil Refining Training Package (PMA16), and offers a number of specialist streams.

The course takes eight weeks when studied full-time, but can also be offered part-time over a year. Flexible study options (online and external) are available for students studying around work commitments.

This qualification is typically used to prepare new employees or develop existing workers performing an operational role in the chemical, hydrocarbons or refining sectors.

Operators may specialise in one of the following sectors:

  • fine chemicals
  • heavy chemicals
  • petrochemicals
  • hydrocarbon extraction
  • hydrocarbon transmission
  • hydrocarbon processing/refining
  • minerals processing/refining
  • metalliferous processing/refining
  • metals smelting/processing
  • other related areas.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Graduates from this course will have the knowledge and experience to access highly rewarding entry-level trainee production operator jobs.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

Where Australian Centre For Energy And Process Training Acept
Duration One semester full-time
How Flexible
Full Time (On Campus)
Part Time
When Available Semester 2, 2017

Graduates from this course will have the knowledge and experience to access highly rewarding entry-level trainee production operator jobs.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

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
Follow emergency response procedures MSMWHS110 AWC06
Work safely MSMWHS200 AWC15
Communicate in the workplace MSMSUP102 AWC20
Apply workplace context to own job MSMSUP100 AWC36
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSMENV272 AWC13

2 Group A Technical Electives

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Interpret process plant schematics PMAOPS280 AXN19
Operate fluid flow equipment PMAOPS201 AXN52
Operate and monitor valve systems PMAOPS223 AXN39
Operate equipment MSMOPS200 AWC16
Operate separation equipment PMAOPS246 AXN27

3 Group B Support Electives

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Perform computations MEM12024A W5449
Process and record information MSMSUP210 AWC28
Control minor incidents MSMWHS205 AWC14

4 Group C Other Electives

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Use equipment MSMOPS100 AXO37
Work in a team MSMSUP106 AWC31
Clean workplace or equipment MSMSUP101 AWC33
Work in accordance with an issued permit MSMPER200 AWC65
Read dials and indicators PMAOPS101 AXN54
  • This course uses TAFE Admissions, to study full-time in Semester Two 2017, apply through tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au/ on or after May 1st, 2017 and before June 12th, 2017.
  • Online courses normally have enrolments available ongoing at any time, for help enrolling or for more information
    call: 1800 001 001 or email: info@smtafe.wa.edu.au
  • 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.

Entrance Requirements

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

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 May 23, 2017