National ID: PMA40116 | State ID: BAN0


Our Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology is designed for plant technicians that are ready to take the next step in their career. Technicians undertaking the course will typically be involved in solving complex problems which require theoretical knowledge, combined with an understanding of the production process and equipment across the plant.

This qualification is typically used to develop employees performing a technical role that includes an ability to work independently and conduct technical problem solving according to the needs of the work in the manufactured mineral products industries.

People with this qualification may be expected to work 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:

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Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

Where Australian Centre For Energy And Process Training Acept
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 

The units in Traineeships and Apprenticeships are customised according to the individual Training Agreement that is negotiated with the employer and may vary (within the Qualification rules) in each case.

1 Core Units

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

2 Group A - Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Optimise process/plant area MSMOPS400 AXO32

3 Group B - Support Electives

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Apply technical mathematics MEM23004A WE917
Assess risk MSMWHS401 AXN77
Develop plant documentation PMASUP410 AXM34

4 Group C - Other Electives

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment MEM30012A W5428
Apply statistics to operational processes MSS404052A WD538
Identify equipment faults MSMSUP303 AXO08
Interpret process plant schematics PMAOPS280 AXN19
Operate a distillation unit PMAOPS301 AXN16
Operate equipment MSMOPS200 AWC16
Operate fluid flow equipment PMAOPS201 AXN52
Operate heat exchangers PMAOPS205 AXN49
Operate process control systems PMAOPS305 AXN12
Operate separation equipment PMAOPS246 AXN27
Perform computations MEM12024A W5449
Process and record information MSMSUP210 AWC28
Read dials and indicators PMAOPS101 AXN54
Select and use utilities and services PMAOPS204 AXN51
Use graphical techniques and perform simple statistical computations MEM12025A W5493
Use structured problem-solving tools MSMSUP390 AWC19
Work in accordance with an issued permit MSMPER200 AWC65

Late applications for Semester 2 2017 for this course can still be made for any remaining places, you can express your interest to study this course full time in Semester 2 2017 via our Apply and Enrol page.

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

If you are unsure if you have the entry requirements, 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
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or 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 July 27, 2017