About the course

About the course

This process plant course is a technical qualification for para-professionals who undertake technical projects such as plant modifications either individually or as part of a project team where they have a significant technical role. It forms part of the Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Oil Refining Training Package (PMA16) and contains a number of specialist unit streams. 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. Our course suits existing workers performing an operational role in the following chemical, hydrocarbons or refining sectors.

  • fine chemicals
  • heavy chemicals
  • petrochemicals
  • hydrocarbon extraction
  • hydrocarbon transmission
  • hydrocarbon processing/refining
  • minerals processing/refining
  • metalliferous processing/refining
  • metals smelting/processing
  • other related areas.

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.

RPL FEES: Completion of this course by RPL costs up to $2,400 depending on the units selected. Your assessor can give you a clear indication of the fees that apply to your unit selection.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

You can enrol throughout the year.

Email industrialsciences@boxhill.edu.au for more information.

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

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

You may apply for entry-level process plant operator employment opportunities in the chemical and oil refining or distribution industries.

A process plant operator utilises sophisticated computerised equipment, in a safe and environmentally aware manner, to control the production processes and quality in both the chemical and oil industries.

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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • have successfully completed Year 10, or equivalent
  • be currently (or recently) working in the oil, gas, process manufacturing, smelting, mineral extraction or processing, industry, in the capacity of operations or maintenance, or
  • have equivalent experience in process manufacturing industries


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. Email industrialsciences@boxhill.edu.au for more information.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

You may wish to progress into the Certificate III in Process Plant Operations.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2

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* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure

You will be required to complete 16 units (5 core units and 11 electives).  You must choose electives as follows:

  • a minimum of 4 from List A
  • the remainder may be chosen from List A, B and C (with a maximum of 5 from group C) to bring the total number of electives to 11
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