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52851WA Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations

National ID: 52851WA State ID: BGO91
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Do you want to become an engineering specialist in the well-paid field of automation, which is rapidly on the rise across the industries?

As leaders in the sector of implementing automated technology, SM TAFE was proud to launch this course as the very first of its kind in Australia, to ensure students are job ready for employment in remote operations centres and skilled in the latest advancements. The qualification was launched in partnership with Rio Tinto and the Western Australian government and is designed to give students the skills to work at some of Australia’s top tier automation facilities, such as Rio Tinto’s Remote Operations Centre in Perth. 

Industry 4.0 is known as the fourth industrial revolution and the next stage in manufacturing, whilst autonomous technology allows tasks to be performed without the control of a human. Automating processes is just one of the Industry 4.0 trends boosting the efficiency of organisations and you can be part of the curve as you ensure your path to a job of the future. 

Be guided and supported by our expert team of lecturers as you gain skills in working with our simulated remote operations centre – you’ll learn how to operate the equipment and software that control automation processes.

SM TAFE has key industry connections which give students strong employability opportunities and your in-demand skillset can lead to jobs in resources, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, automobiles and transportation. 

Study in specialist facilities

Students study this course at our state-of-the-art automation centre at Munster campus, with specialist simulation facilities allowing students to develop real-world experience. The purpose-built training facility features remote control operations simulator, mechatronics labs and technical engineering workshop rooms, along with Applied Engineering facilities including IOT home automation, 3D printing, CNC-milling, laser, precision milling and vinyl cutting.

This campus is also home to the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT), a world-class facility recognised by industry for its specialist training capability. 


  • optimising performance of a complex control system within the organisation
  • using knowledge of the organisation’s value chain to improve quality outcomes
  • optimising automated operations as a controller in a specialist area
  • maintaining continuity of operational control through effective briefings and handovers
  • using a range of communication technology to communicate remotely with team members or other stakeholders
  • managing situational awareness and other factors that affect personal performance to reduce the likelihood and severity of errors
  • making informed decisions in known or predictable situations and undertaking dynamic decision making in complex, high consequence situations
  • controlling automation safety risks
  • influencing quality outcomes through collaborative work practices and informal leadership of colleagues

This course remains FEE FREE in 2024! The tuition fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA Government for WA residents.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.

* Please note that eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training. Tuition fees are free, but resource fees may be payable for some courses

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

There are no pre-requisite's for this course, however it is recommended that students complete the 52845WA Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations, if they do not have a background knowledge in the industry.

Full time study

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week when studied full time for 19 weeks.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 5 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

Work placement is not a requirement for this course.

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 (pens, highlighter, notepad).

Your lecturers will advise you at orientation of any additional requirements to suit process plant safety, such as long sleeve shirt, long trousers and steel-capped boots. Hard hats and safety glasses will be supplied by us. 

Select your preferred campus and apply

Click on your preferred campus and study mode below to get started with your application. 

Semester 1, 2024

Duration 19 Weeks
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Munster
How On Campus

Semester 2, 2023

Duration 19 Weeks
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Munster
How On Campus

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