Unit of competency details

PUADEFCA210B - Supervise indirect fire weapons (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 09/Feb/2011

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080303 Human Resource Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080303 Human Resource Management  03/Sep/2009 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

This unit covers the competency required to supervise and control all aspects of the operation of indirect fire weapons.

While this work will be undertaken under the commander's direction the individual must be able to act independently as required by the circumstances.

Application of the Unit

Application of the Unit 

The application of this unit in the workplace - the environments, complexities and situations involved - will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

This text will be useful for the purposes of job descriptions, recruitment advice or job analysis; where possible, it will not be too job specific to allow other industries to import it into other Training Packages, where feasible.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite Unit /

PUADEFCA201B Operate indirect fire weapons

Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a Unit of Competency.

Performance Criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the Required Skills and Knowledge and/or the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare and deploy an indirect fire weapon 

1.1 Resources required  for the performance of the task are determined and organised in accordance with orders

1.2 Identified problems/shortfalls are reported to immediate supervisor in accordance with standard procedures 

1.3 Indirect fire weapon is deployed in accordance with orders

1.4 Occupational health and safety (OH&S) requirements and recognised safety precautions are applied throughout the operation in accordance with standard procedures

2. Engage targets with indirect fire 

2.1 Indirect fire weapon operations are directed and controlled in accordance with orders and standard procedures

2.2 Appropriate ammunition  is selected in accordance with orders

2.3 Minor incidents  are rectified

2.4 Major incidents  beyond own level of authority or competence are reported to manager/s and action is taken as directed

3. Conduct maintenance of indirect fire weapons 

3.1 Operator maintenance activities are supervised

3.2 Maintenance  activities are completed in accordance with standard procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge


This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills 

  • interpret orders

Required Knowledge 

  • ammunition:
  • type colour hazard band labelling
  • marking
  • slot/batch numbers
  • packaging
  • nomenclature
  • factors affecting local defence
  • laws of armed conflict
  • principles of camouflage
  • safety precautions associated with the task

Evidence Guide


Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessment must confirm the ability to effectively lead an indirect fire weapon operating crew; to apply appropriate OH&S requirements and recognised safety precautions; to test sights; to carry out non technical inspections; and to understand the limit of own authority.

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over a period of time in different operational or simulated operational environments.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in a simulated operational environment due to the high cost of ammunition. The simulation should replicate the live environment where stress and fatigue are key features.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access to a live fire range, competent indirect fire weapon crew, the indirect fire weapon, and live ammunition.

Guidance information for assessment 

Information that will assist or guide assessment will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

Range Statement


The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised  wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Resources required may include 


Any allocated support






Standard procedures may include 

Australian Standards

Defence Instructions

Doctrinal pamphlets

Job guides, other publications

Manufacturers' handbooks, industry specifications and technical instructions

OH&S regulations

Organisational policies and procedures

Procedure manuals

Relevant local government by-laws

Relevant state/territory or federal legislation

Routine Orders

Standing Operating Procedures

Standing Orders

Written and verbal orders

Ammunition may include 

Anti armour

Anti personnel

High explosive


Improved conventional munitions



Precision guided munitions


And may be used with fuse types:

  • delay
  • proximity
  • super quick (point detonating/graze)
  • time

Minor incidents may include 

Damage to ancillary equipment

Damage to firing mechanism

Damage to sighting equipment

Damage to the recoil system

Injury to personnel

Jammed ammunition

Major incidents may include 

Exposure to direct or indirect attack from hostile forces

Loss of personnel

Unintended explosive ordnance detonation

Maintenance may include 

Exercising recoil mechanism

Non technical inspection

Sight testing

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Corequisite Unit/s

Co-requisite Unit /


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