Chemical Plant Operator
Apprenticeship and traineeship details
Please refer to the Declaration Policy for the requirements relating to apprenticeships and traineeships.
The PMA20116 Certificate II in Process Plant Operations is intended for competent operators who operate production equipment or undertake similar roles to directly produce products.
The operator will be able to operate production equipment within defined specifications and procedures and carry out a range of support functions. The operator will be able to apply technical and procedural knowledge to a defined range of situations and activities.
The operator will be able to solve predictable problems by applying known solutions and will report non-routine problems to appropriate personnel.
This qualification applies to the production of a wide range of polymer products and components ranging from consumer products to components to be included in other commercial, industrial or consumer products. Products may be made from a wide range of natural and synthetic polymers covering thermoplastics as well as thermosetting polymers. Production may be long runs of standard products, short runs or ‘one offs’ of specialised products.
For people who do not directly produce product but work in production support roles see MSM20116 Certificate II in Process Manufacturing.
For people who require a more generalist qualification covering the application of good manufacturing practice and lean principles see MSS20316 Certificate II in Competitive Systems and Practices.
Australian Standard Classification of Occupations:
CHEMICAL, PETROLEUM AND GAS PLANT OPERATORS
CHEMICAL PLANT OPERATOR
- Casual NOT PERMITTED in Queensland
The lodgment of a second training contract where one of the training contracts is full-time will be reviewed by the Department to determine if each of the parties to each training contract can meet their obligations. There must be a clear separation between the training and employment requirements for each training contract and must not be replicated through the one occupation only.
Minimum of 15 hours per week over each 4 week period throughout duration of apprenticeship/traineeship.
7.5 hours per week of paid employment. This may be averaged over a 3 month period.
Over the period of a year, the employer must provide at a minimum the equivalent of 375 hours (50 days) of paid employment.
For a school-based trainee to be eligible to complete in this traineeship they must have met the minimum paid employment requirement as outlined below:
- 12 month full time nominal completion duration - 50 days minimum (375 hours)
Note: Each school-based traineeship has minimum paid employment requirements that are unique to the traineeship. Please refer to each traineeship in QTIS for further information.
Apprentices/trainees with a disability are entitled to work less than 15 hours per week when averaged over a 4 week cycle. They must be a holder of a disability pension and Pension concession card to be approved.
Other requirements for school-based:
Students not enrolled in years 10, 11 or 12 may be eligible to enter a SAT provided there are exceptional circumstances warranting consideration and all other entry requirements are met, including being of an age where it is legal to undertake paid employment.
Before a student not in years 10, 11 or 12 commences a SAT, a business case supporting the arrangements must be provided to and approved by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).
Delivery of training to school-based trainees
Limits have been imposed on the amount of institutional training which may be delivered to school-based apprentices, based on the nominal term of a full time training contract. This restriction does not apply to school-based traineeships.
Traineeship Probation/Duration Details:
All apprenticeships have a nominal term - this is the timeframe that is on the Traineeship training contract.
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Minimum education standard:
Minimum entry age:
The Child Employment Act states that the minimum age for apprentices and trainees is 13 years of age, unless otherwise stated.
Students not enrolled in years 10, 11 or 12 may be eligible to enter a SAT.
As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport have unrestricted rights to employment in Australia.
Visa holders may engage in apprenticeships or traineeships provided their work rights allows this, based on information and advice provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Please refer to the Declaration policy, table 16 for the requirements on supervision.
Modified supervision arrangements available: NO
Employers are required to provide, or arrange to provide the facilities, range of work, supervision and training as detailed in the training plan.
Qualified person for traineeships
1. A person who has satisfactorily completed a traineeship in the trainee's calling, and is the holder of a completion certificate issued under an Act, or
2. A person who holds a certificate of recognition issued under an Act, certifying the person has the necessary skills and knowledge in the calling, or
3. A tradesperson in the trainee's calling, as defined under a specific industrial instrument, or
4. A person who holds a tradesperson's certificate or certificate of recognition as a recognised tradesperson issued under the Tradespersons' Rights Regulation Act 1946 in the traineeship calling, or
5. A person who holds a relevant qualification in the traineeship calling, or
6. A person individually, or persons collectively, who has/have documented competence (achieved through an RPL or training pathway) or demonstrated competence in all the competencies the employer is required to provide training for under the trainee's training plan (note - cannot be a person or persons currently undertaking the same traineeship), and
7. A person undertaking a traineeship, at a higher level than the trainee's, whose traineeship incorporates supervisory or coordinating skills and who has documented competence (achieved through an RPL or training pathway) in at least one of the competencies the employer is required to provide to the trainee under the training plan and who is supervised by a person who qualifies under (1), and/or (5) and/or (6).
And, where a licence to practice the calling is required, the qualified person holds a current licence.
Adequate supervision of apprentices and trainees cannot solely be provided from an offsite location by electronic means. Electronic means include, but are not limited to, telephones, radios and webcams.
The level of supervision will normally range between direct, general and broad as per the below guidelines:
- Direct - Close monitoring of work ensuring understanding and identifying potential risks and/or hazards
- General - Occasional monitoring to ensure progress is occurring
- Broad - Quality checking of completed tasks.
Licensing requirements -
There are no specific licenses that relate to this qualification. However, some units in this qualification may have licensing or regulatory requirements in some jurisdictions. Local regulations should be checked for details.
Qld declaration date:
Certificate II in Process Plant Operations
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PMA - Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package - PMA
Queensland User Choice program funding details
The Queensland User Choice program funds preferred suppliers (RTOs) for the provision
of services to eligible apprentices and trainees.
For more information, please visit User Choice in Queensland.
Funded under the User Choice Program:
Full Price - Priority Population Groups:
Queensland Government Contribution - All Other Students including SATs:
Number of funded units of competency:
- Existing Workers with an active registration number commencement date from 1 January 2017 are eligible for funding under the User Choice program for Priority 1, 2 and 3 qualifications
- Full Price is only applicable to priority population groups
- Queensland Government Contribution is applicable to all other students
- Queensland Government Contribution may be the same as Full Price, depending on qualification priority and thin market status
Funding not available for new commencements from:
User Choice Training Catalogue Item:
DELTA Qualification ID:
Industry training group:
Process Manufacturing - General
Industrial relations details
Since 1 January 2010, all private sector employers and employees in Queensland, including apprentices and trainees,
have their wages and conditions of employment covered by the Fair Work Act 2009 and modern awards. This legislation
is administered by the Commonwealth Government Fair Work Ombudsman's office.
Apprentices and trainees are considered employees and may receive entitlements the same as other employees such as: annual leave, sick leave, public holidays, superannuation, workers compensation and allowances. Apprentices and trainees must also receive a pay slip to cover full details of the pay for each pay period. Pay slips have to be given to an employee (including apprentices and trainees) within 1 working day of pay day and be either in electronic form or paper hard copy.
Parties should make enquiries with the Fair Work Ombudsman on Ph: 13 13 94 or at http://www.fairwork.gov.au to determine the correct industrial instrument and entitlements.
When employment is ceasing the employer or the employee (apprentice/trainee) must provide the appropriate notice periods as per the relevant award or registered workplace agreement. A notice period is the length of time that an employer or employee (apprentice/trainee) has to give to end employment. Additional information about notice periods can be found at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment/notice-and-final-pay.
Unfair dismissal is when an employee (apprentice/trainee) is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner. Additional information about unfair dismissal can be found at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment/unfair-dismissal.
Public sector and local government workers in Queensland remain under the state industrial relations system. Additional information about wages and conditions of employment for employees (apprentices/trainees employed by state or local government) can be found at: https://www.forgov.qld.gov.au/pay-awards-and-agreements.