RIIHAN308F – Load and Unload Plant

NOTE: Clients must have access to a suitable truck and or trailer to load machines onto, plus a drum based, track based and wheeled based machine for this course and a suitable work area to undertake our course.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to load and unload plant.

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

Prior to performing this activity, skills and knowledge should be developed for the individual plant. This can be achieved through completing the equivalent operator unit or being assisted by someone who has this knowledge. Refer to the Implementation Guide for further details.

Course Summary

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 loading and unloading plant that safely, effectively and efficiently follows workplace procedures to carry out work activity on at least two occasions, and include:

  • displaying signage and erecting barriers to isolate work site
  • calculating volume and weight of loads
  • placing and securing loading and unloading aids
  • moving plant onto and off trailer or float, halting at designated position
  • securing plant to trailer or float
  • slackening securing devices and removing in a safe sequence
  • stowing loading aids

In the course of the above work, the candidate must also:

  • select, check and use required loading tools and equipment
  • select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities
  • apply safe work practices and identify and report potential hazards and environmental issues, and assess risks
  • apply fault finding techniques
  • locate and apply required documentation, policies and procedures
  • meet written and verbal reporting requirements and procedures associated with loading and unloading plant
  • apply operational safety
  • maintain equipment records

Elements Covered:

  • Prepare to load and unload plant
  • Load the plant in line with established requirements
  • Unload the plant in line with established requirements


All training will be conducted by a qualified staff member.

The Training will follow a set format and cover all Elements and performance criteria set out in this unit. Learning resources if required will be provided to clients on confirmation of booking into this course.


A knowledge-based theory/classroom session ending with an examination will need to be completed prior to any practical training or assessment session being offered. Due to the dangerous nature of this unit of competency, candidates will only move to the practical training/assessment once they have successfully completed the theory session.

A practical session will be conducted at a site suitable for the number of people participating in the course.

Additional Information

A Provisional Licence is a minimum requirement to operate this item in a public area as per Transport Tasmania Licencing requirements.

On successful completion of this course, attendees will receive a statement of attainment for unit RIIHAN308F Load and unload plant.

Load and unload plant descriptor

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