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52851WA Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations

52851WA Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations

National ID 52851WA State ID BGO91

Become an automation specialist with SM TAFE!

Be at the forefront of Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. This groundbreaking course, developed in partnership with Rio Tinto and the Western Australian government, equips you with skills for top-tier automation facilities.

Join the curve of efficiency-boosting Industry 4.0 trends and secure your path to a job of the future. Expert lecturers guide you through simulated remote operations, ensuring you're job-ready for roles in resources, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, automobiles, and transportation.

Image of 2 people in orange overalls looking at a autonomous control

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


When Semester 2, 2024.

Study Mode On Campus.

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

Important information

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Semester 2, 2024


Duration 19 Weeks
When Semester 2, 2024
Where Munster
How On Campus

Units and fees


National ID Unit title General fee Resource fee
AWAAUT0004 Optimise performance of complex control systems $0.00 $16.50
AWAAUT0005 Maintain continuity of operational control $0.00 $16.50
AWAAUT0006 Improve outcomes within a distributed value chain network $0.00 $16.50
AWACOM0002 Communicate remotely $0.00 $16.50
AWAPER0001 Collaborate to achieve quality outcomes $0.00 $16.50
AWAPER0002 Manage situational awareness $0.00 $16.50
AWAPER0003 Undertake informed and dynamic decision making $0.00 $16.50
AWAPER0004 Optimise personal performance $0.00 $16.50
AWAWHS0002 Control automation safety risks $0.00 $16.50


National ID Unit title General fee Resource fee
Optimise automated haulage operations
$0.00 $16.50
Optimise automated fixed plant operations
$0.00 $16.50
Use structured problem-solving tools
$0.00 $8.25
Facilitate work teams
$0.00 $22.25

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you're a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in to complete this course. Please view the full list of fee disclaimers. 

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