PMA40116 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology

The PMA40116 Certificate IV in Process Plant Technology is a technical qualification for plant technicians and operations technicians who will typically be involved in solving complex problems which require theoretical knowledge, combined with an understanding of the production process and equipment across the plant.

Start an exciting career in the chemical, hydrocarbons and refining industries with our Nationally Recognised Qualification in Process Plant Technology.



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Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements listed in the training package for this qualification. It is preferred that the students have obtained a minimum of a School Certificate or equivalent. Students are required to; be at least 16 years of age (students under 18 years of age will need a parent or guardian to approve their enrolment).

Recommended Course Structure

A total of twenty-six(26) units are required to complete this qualification; five (5) core and twenty-three (23) elective units.

Core Units

  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMSUP100 Apply workplace context to own job
  • MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace
  • MSMWHS110 Follow emergency response procedures
  • MSMWHS200 Work safely

Elective Units

  • MSMOPS400 Optimise process/plant area
  • MSMOPS401 Trial new process or product
  • PMAOPS402 Respond to abnormal process situations
  • PMAOPS405 Operate complex control systems
  • PMAOPS410 Operate remote production facilities
  • PMAOPS411 Manage plant shutdown and restart
  • PMAOPS433 Manage wells and gathering systems
  • PMAOPS434 Commission wells and gathering systems
  • PMAOPS450 Solve colour problems
  • PMAOPS460 Monitor and operate tailings management facilities
  • MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSL954004 Obtain representative samples in accordance with sampling plan
  • MSMPER400 Coordinate permit process
  • MSMSUP400 Develop and monitor quality systems
  • MSMSUP404 Coordinate maintenance
  • MSMSUP405 Identify problems in fluid power system
  • MSMSUP406 Identify faults in electronic control
  • MSMWHS400 Contribute to WHS management system
  • MSMWHS401 Assess risk
  • FBPPHM2001 Follow work procedures to maintain Good Manufacturing Practice requirements
  • FBPPHM3001 Apply Good Manufacturing Practice requirements





Employment Opportunities

On successful completion of this nationally accredited qualification you will be competent in skills and knowledge required to work as:

  • Manufacturing process Operator
  • Process Support Operator
  • Production Support Worker
  • Chemical Plan Technician
  • Hydrocarbons Plant Technician
  • Refinery Plant Technician






12 months






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  • Industry Experienced Trainers

  • Job Ready Skills Training

  • Dedicated Support and Guidance

  • Government Funding

  • Local Campuses

Student Testimonials

"I found everyone to be very patient and professional with me from the beginning until the end of the enrollment process. Thank you for everything!!! Excellent institution!!"


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