About the course

About the course

This process plant course is an advanced post-trade qualification for industry professionals looking to advance their career standing and progress to university studies.

It is a qualification for technologists or para-professionals who undertake technical projects such as plant modifications, energy and mass balances, risk management & safety cases either individually or as part of a project team where they have a significant technical role. They may have worked their way up through the process plant operation qualifications or may have entered the industry from another industry or trade occupation.

The Advanced Diploma is accredited by Engineers Australia, the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in the nation. It is eligible for advanced standing at Edith Cowan University (1.5 years) or Curtin University (1 year).

 The course has been developed specifically for people experienced in the industry to gain a qualification based on work experience or prior studies. It is not offered as classroom based delivery.

As part of the course, you will be assessed on your current competencies in areas of petrochemicals, hydrocarbons, chemical, metal/ore processing, oil, gas, smelting, refining, maintenance and manufacturing using Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  RPL can allow you to fast track through the course if you consider that your previous work experience or other studies cover the subject matters of units within the PMA Process Plant Operations Training Package.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Flexible start dates

Part time: 1 - 12 months (self paced based on the availability of workplace evidence)

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Career Outcomes

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.

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Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. It is expected that you will have worked for many years in a leadership or highly technical role to qualify.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

You may wish to enrol in an Bachelor Degree and specialise in the area you are employed in

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 6

Fees & Finance Options

Full Fee
Tuition Fee$1,814
Service Fee$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83
Material Fee$0
Retain Course Items$0
Total Course Estimate$2,063
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$2,063

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

You will be required to to complete 15 units (4 core and 11 electives from Lists A and B).  You must choose electives as follows:

  • 7 units from Lists A, B and C and a minimum of 1 from List A
  • The remainder may be chosen from Lists A and B (with a maximum of 1 from List E and a maximum of 2 from List F) to bring the total number of electives to 11
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