Unit of competency details

DEFCA209B - Select sites for deployment in a threat environment (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to DEFMIL068 - Select sites for deployment in a threat environmentUnit code updated. Content and formatting updated to comply with the new standards. All PC transitioned from passive to active voice. Assessment Requirements created drawing upon specified assessment information from superseded unit 21/Oct/2015

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 24/Jan/2013
(View details for release 1) 15/Mar/2012


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080315 Project Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080315 Project Management  03/Sep/2012 
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Modification History


TP Version 



DEF12 V2

Application added. Minor Range Statement changes. Evidence Guide updated.


DED12 V1

First release.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency required to select a work site in a threat environment .

The person will select sites through an independent reconnaissance to determine the most suitable location for deployment.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. In a Defence context, this means that there is no civilian need to hold this unit in order to meet licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements.

Application of the Unit

This competency was developed for combat arms personnel required to select sites for deployment in an operational environment but is applicable to any individual in this field of work.

The person would normally work within a team providing protection from possible threats, but also must be prepared to act independently, use discretion and judgement, and take responsibility for the quality of their outputs.

All activities are carried out in accordance with relevant organisational policies and procedures.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

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 Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for site selection 

1.1 Orders are received from supervisor and confirmed.

1.2 A reconnaissance plan  is prepared.

1.3 Equipment  is selected and checked for serviceability in accordance with standard procedures. 

2. Select sites 

2.1 Possible sites are reviewed  from appropriate areas.

2.2 Possible sites are evaluated for suitability. 

2.3 Most suitable site is selected and relevant data is recorded.

2.4 Post site selection activities  are conducted 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 

  • calculate mathematical data
  • navigate
  • use communications systems
  • work in a team environment

Required Knowledge 

  • characteristics, capabilities of the equipment to be deployed
  • use of an appreciation process

Evidence Guide

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

Assessment must confirm the ability to make workable assessments of site suitability; to record data accurately and to complete the task within the allocated time frame.

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over time and across a range of simulated or actual workplace situations.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in the workplace or in a simulated workplace environment. The individual must be assessed as part of a team.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access to a training or operational setting and equipment required for reconnaissance.

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.

Reconnaissance plan  may include:

  • actions to be taken in the event of an incident
  • methods of movement
  • routes
  • security considerations
  • timings

Equipment  may include:

  • communications equipment
  • global positioning systems
  • navigational equipment
  • site markers
  • survey instruments

Standard procedures  include:

  • Australian Standards
  • defence instructions
  • doctrinal pamphlets
  • job guides, other publications
  • manufacturers' handbooks, industry specifications and technical instructions
  • work health and safety (WHS) 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

Reviewing possible sites  may include:

  • aerial photographs
  • geospatial data
  • maps
  • satellite imagery

Evaluating suitable sites  may include:

  • accessibility
  • clear fields of view
  • forward terrain obstruction
  • gradient
  • natural obstacles
  • purpose
  • threat levels

Post site selection activities  may include

  • analysis of collected data
  • briefing site occupants and supervisors
  • preparation for site occupation
  • preparation of directions in relation to site

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.