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PMA60116 Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology

National ID: PMA60116 State ID: BAM9
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Have a career dream to work on key oil and gas projects and reach your true potential in a supervisory role? Become a highly skilled operator in process plant technology with this advanced qualification.

SM TAFE is endorsed by Engineers Australia (EA) with accreditation for this course in line with consistently meeting national and international benchmarks for the program, including delivery and innovation in program design.

Be guided by our expert lecturers who are industry professionals, as you gain a specialised skillset to work on high level projects in process plant technology and manufacturing, such as plant modifications and risk management. You'll be equipped with knowledge to determine energy and mass transfer loads, perform plan start up and shutdown, analyse equipment performance and optimise productivity, whilst you further develop your leadership and problem solving skills.

If you're currently an industry professional, this course will assist you to advance your career standing, with the program being specifically designed to bolster the skills of recruits, existing workers and supervisors. SM TAFE also offers university pathway qualifications, providing students the opportunity to gain entry into second year Engineering programs at leading universities.

This course provides a direct pathway to employment opportunities across the exciting resources sector in chemical, oil and gas, hydrocarbons and refining fields. You'll be job ready for roles such as Person in Charge (PIC) and Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) in oil and gas or positions such as Superintendent and Project Coordinator in resources.

Study in specialist facilities

Learn in SM TAFE’s Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT), located at Munster Campus. The Centre offers a world-class, specialist training facility aligned with training requirements of the oil and gas, processing and resources industries, featuring a real-life operating plant, a control room and an office space for industry partners to allow direct participation with students, as well as technical engineering workshop rooms.

SM TAFE works closely with industry partners such as Shell, Chevron and Woodside to ensure our training meets industry practice. Students can gain hands-on experience with advanced technologies and equipment, and be trained in an industry standard setting.


  • determine energy & mass transfer loads
  • plant shutdown 
  • equipment performance
  • improvements to process capability
  • processing and recording information
  • safe work practices

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.

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

New students who have not studied PMA50116 Diploma of Process Plant Technology must apply instead for the lower level qualification due to pre-requisite skills/knowledge requirements. Students that have already completed PMA50116 Diploma of Process Plant Technology are eligible to apply for a credit transfer to reduce the study load and overall course cost.

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 2 days per week when studied full time across one semester. 

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement


What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book, eraser, ruler and calculator) and wear enclosed footwear.

In addition, the following uniform is required to be worn at all classes:

  • PPE/Uniform – steel cap boots (no volleys permitted) , long trousers and long sleeve.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

Work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you which will involve your attendance at a workplace.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Become a specialist in your field with university study

The information about university credit points and tuition costs provides a general guide only. SM TAFE recommends students discuss credit points with the university or college of their choice at the time of graduation.

The Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology is accredited by Engineers Australia, the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in the nation. When your second semester study plan includes the Engineers Australia skillset, advanced standing is available.

Edith Cowan University

This course when the Engineers Australia skill set is included has a study pathway to Edith Cowan University(opens in a new tab)  - 1.5 years

Curtin University

This course when the Engineers Australia skill set is included has a study pathway to Curtin University(opens in a new tab)  - 1 year

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