Learn the knowledge and practical skills required to operate small plant and equipment in the resources and infrastructure industries.

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Why Choose COVE?

Our courses prepare you for positions that are in demand right now. A COVE qualification leads you to meaningful employment in booming industries.

COVE trainers are experienced, engaging educators who know their content from first-hand experience. Work with a team that is dedicated to your success!

This course will teach you how to:

Operate any pieces of equipment like lawn mover, driller, power tools and cutting tools need a basic training of how to safely operate them and in the event of any incidents how to follow emergency procedures.

Common small plant and equipment include:

Will you need Small plant and equipment Awareness Training?

When workers cut, crush, drill, polish, saw or grind or use mowers.

Getting the best out of plant and equipment requires a good working knowledge of how each machine operates.

Always read the operator manual and make sure you get appropriate training before using any plant or equipment, large or small.

Getting the right results also requires a complete understanding of the job at hand. Always refer to your WMS and work instructions to make sure you are producing the right results and doing the job properly.

When you are operating plant and equipment it is important that you do so within the specified tolerances, so you can work towards achieving the desired results.

These tolerances will be determined by the design specifications and will include tolerances for a variety of factors.

The task may require you to operate the small plant or equipment in a particular way. Always make sure that it is within the capability and purpose of the equipment. Refer to the manufacturer’s specifications if you are not sure.

Small plant and equipment operating techniques could include:

  • The speed at which you operate (slow, medium, fast).
  • The duration the equipment is engaged in the task (1 minute, 25 minutes).
  • The force required to carry out the task (use of strength).
  • The type and amount of material being moved, cut or manipulated by the equipment.

Awareness For Employers

An employer (PCBU) at a workplace must manage the risks to health and safety associated with operating small plant and equipment, that is reasonably likely to cause injury to the person or any other person. The employer (PCBU) must protect anyone that works with the small plant and equipment.

Awareness Training Details


  • 100% Online
  • Train at your own pace
  • Same Day Certificate
  • Generally participants complete the course in 45 – 60 minutes


  • Just $55.00
  • For face to face training or group bookings please call us

Course Overview

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to operate small plant and equipment in the resources and infrastructure industries.

It applies to those working in operational roles. They generally work under supervision to undertake a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and take responsibility for the quality of own work outcomes.

Course Outline

You will learn about:


  • Planning and preparing to work with small plant and equipment.
  • Choosing and checking the equipment before you use it.
  • Using small plant and equipment safely.
  • Maintain the equipment.
  • Cleaning up after work.


Pre-Requisites For Awareness Training

Participants must:

  • Have at least a Year 10 level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills
  • Have the ability to read and write English
  • Contact us if you have any concerns about your level of language literacy or numeracy

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What People Say About Us

Extremely Helpful

Robert was extremely helpful and explained things in great detail in a theory and practical sense made the course enjoyable and very functional to bring the knowledge into a new career. Feel very comfortable working with the mobile crane and feel confident picking lifting equipment and applying the learnings onto the job site.
Jack Lowe

Highly Recommended

I highly recommend the boys at Cove training. Bob Thomas is an Absolute Gun of a bloke, the teaching methods used by Bob is top class and he relates to the boys, weather it being overworked or tired. Will any day of the week recommend Cove.
Brandon Tyson

Awesome trainer

Spent a great day at Cove Training yesterday i received excellent training from Mark and Norm two different gentlemen both dedicated to helping me pass my test and gain my licence. They were successful. I do not hesitate to recommend Cove to anyone looking to improve their driving skills. Thanks gents a great day.
Ross McDonald

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