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PMA50116 Diploma of Process Plant Technology

National ID: PMA50116 State ID: BAN5
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Ready to play a key and vital role at the plant and further progress your career towards a leadership role? This nationally recognised qualification will make you job ready to be a Process Plant Coordinator or Manager, and will also give you advanced standing for pursuing a university degree in Engineering.

If you are a professional working in the oil and gas / process plant industry, this course will equip you with the skills you need to progress forward in the field. If you're a student without industry experience, this course will prepare you with the fundamentals to work in process plant operations at a high level.

This is a technical qualification for para-professionals who undertake projects such as plant modifications, energy and mass balances, risk management and safety cases either individually, or as part of a project team. You may have worked your way up through the process plant operation/technology certificate or entered the industry at this level, either from another industry or trade occupation. 

Be guided by our team of lecturers who are experienced professionals, as you grow knowledge of plant design and process plant operations, learning to analyse product failures, plant performance and equipment. You'll be trained to become a skilled specialist operator in the development of new products and product modification, whilst also developing your ability to lead others.

The course will open up a world of employment opportunities across the chemical, oil and gas, hydrocarbons and refining sectors. WA is an international resources hub with many exciting petroleum and minerals projects underway - expand your skillset to a supervisory level and watch your job prospects rise!

The course is designed to qualify graduates to move into management roles. The qualification also leads directly into the Advanced Diploma of Process Plant Technology.


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.


  • apply statistics to operational processes
  • undertake process capability improvements
  • determine energy transfer loads
  • determine mass transfer loads
  • analyse equipment performance
  • process and record information
  • achieve work outcomes
  • work safely

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

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 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.

Career outcomes within the oil & gas industry include Person in Charge (PIC) and Offshore Installation Manager (OIM), while other roles in the resource sector include Superintendent, Advanced Engineering Tradesperson, Project Analyst, Project Coordinator and more.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see h

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

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.

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