Conduct self-propelled compactor operations (RIIMPO316E)

Course Overview

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to operate a self-propelled compactor to perform perform spreading, levelling and compacting operations.

This unit applies to those working in site -based roles.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors, and must be sourced from state jurisdictions prior to applying this unit.

Unit Sector

Civil infrastructure

Course cost:

Funding – $200

Full Fee – $500


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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Plan and prepare for self-propelled compactor operations

1.1 Access, interpret and apply self-propelled compactor operations documentation

1.2 Obtain, interpret, clarify and confirm work requirements

1.3 Identify hazards and environmental issues, assess the risks and implement control measures in line with workplace policies

1.4 Select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities

1.5 Identify, obtain and implement traffic management signage requirements according to standard operating procedures and safe work practices

1.6 Select required propelled compactor equipment and confirm suitability for work activities

1.7 Obtain and interpret emergency procedures, and be prepared for fires, accidents and emergencies

1.8 Coordinate and communicate planned activities with others at the site prior to commencement of work activity

2. Operate self-propelled compactor in line with establish requirements to complete work activity

2.1 Carry out prestart and start-up checks in line with workplace procedures

2.2 Identify faults or defects and rectify or report within scope of own responsibility and according to workplace procedures

2.3 Drive and operate self-propelled compactor using techniques suited to equipment capabilities, site and work conditions, and according workplace procedures

2.4 Engage and disengage the compacting device

2.5 Identify, remove or manage contaminants in accordance with safe work practices

2.6 Perform work activity within operating capacity of the equipment

2.7 Monitor and manage equipment performance using indicators and alarms

2.8 Monitor hazards and risks during operations, and ensure safety of self, other personnel, plant and equipment

2.9 Park up, shut down, secure and carry out post operational inspection of equipment in line with workplace procedures

3. Relocate the self-propelled compactor

3.1 Prepare the self-propelled compactor for relocation

3.2 Move the machine between worksites, observing relevant codes and traffic management requirements

3.3 Assist loading and unloading machine from float/trailer as required by workplace procedures

4. Conduct housekeeping activities

4.1 Clear work area and dispose or recycle materials according to workplace procedures

4.2 Clean and maintain condition of equipment, ensure suitability for use, and address/report issues

4.3 Complete and file or distribute documentation in a manner that complies with workplace practices


Performance Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate the ability to complete the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit.

The candidate must demonstrate completion of conduct self-propelled compactor operations that safely, effectively and efficiently follows workplace procedures to carry out work activity on at least two occasions, and include:

  • conducting prestart checks prior to commencing operations and shutdown procedures on completion of operations
  • driving and operating the equipment, and adjusting techniques to suit site conditions
  • completing of a minimum of two self-propelled compactor operations, including:
  • compacting a different material on each of the two occasions
  • parking and securing equipment.

In completion of the above the candidate must also:

  • locate and apply relevant documentation, policies and procedures
  • select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities
  • carry out refuelling requirements and procedures
  • apply safe work practices, identifying and reporting all potential hazards, risks and environmental issues
  • apply problem solving and troubleshooting techniques when operating equipment
  • inspect and prepare work area
  • manage changes in the loads centre of gravity during transportation
  • select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities
  • apply compactor operating techniques
  • select and use the required tools and equipment
  • use a range of communication techniques and equipment essential to the safe completion of work activity, including hand, audible and other signals
  • meet written and verbal reporting requirements and procedures associated with equipment operations
  • organise work activities to meet all task requirements.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge to complete the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit. This includes:

Key policies and procedures, legislation and established requirements for self-propelled compactor operations, including those relating to:

  • isolation requirements
  • fires, accidents and emergencies
  • work health and safety, including signs of operator fatigue and how it should be managed
  • identifying site isolation and traffic control responsibilities and authorities
  • project quality requirements
  • operational, maintenance and basic diagnostics
  • personal protective equipment recyclable materials
  • housekeeping activities

Key factors affecting work activities described in performance evidence above, including:

  • equipment processes, technical capability and limitations
  • drawings and sketches
  • ground conditions
  • materials characteristics, including density and viscosity

Key features associeted with civil construction works, including:

  • civil construction terminology
  • basic principles of material technology and material compaction for civil works
  • basic earthworks calculations
  • civil construction activity sequences of road construction, earthworks and drainage.

Assessment Conditions

Mandatory conditions for assessment of this unit are stipulated below. The assessment must:

  • include access to:
  • self-propelled compactor
  • personal protective equipment
  • be conducted in a safe environment; and,
  • be assessed in context of this sector’s work environment; and,
  • be assessed in compliance with relevant legislation/regulation and using policies, procedures, processes and operational manuals directly related to the industry sector for which it is being assessed; and,
  • confirm consistent performance can be applied in a range of relevant workplace circumstances

Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated work environment* provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of this sector’s workplace performance, including environment, task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.


Category: SKU: CSQ-CCT-1-1-2-2-1