Unit of competency details

DEFCM105C - Participate in ceremonial activities (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 24/Jan/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced15/Mar/2012

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Is superseded by and equivalent to DEFMIL007 - Participate in ceremonial activitiesUnit code updated. Content and formatting updated to comply with the new standards. All PC transitioned from passive to active voice. 21/Oct/2015

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 120505 Work Practices Programmes 03/Sep/2012 
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Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency required to perform ceremonial drill movements  and to participate in ceremonial activities.

Ceremonial drill fosters discipline, team work and a sense of collective identity while providing an appropriate means to physically commemorate the unique history, customs and traditions of military service.

Application of the Unit

This unit of competency would typically apply to a member of the Australian Defence Force.

Ceremonial activities are performed individually, usually as part of a team and under orders.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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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 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 for ceremonial activities 

1.1 Clothing , accessories and equipment  for drill and ceremonial activities  are prepared in accordance with standard procedures. 

1.2 Drill movements are practised under supervision to achieve the required standards.

2. Participate in ceremonial activities 

2.1 Clothing, accessories and equipment are worn in accordance with standard procedures.

2.2 All drill movements as required for the relevant ceremonial activity are executed 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 

  • apply turns and inclines at the halt
  • apply turns and inclines on the march in quick time
  • change from slow to quick march and quick to slow march
  • conduct drill with arms
  • eyes right and left in slow and quick time, open and close order on the march in slow while marching in line
  • form ranks, stand at ease and stand easy
  • leave ranks, report to an officer and be dismissed
  • march and halt in quick time
  • march, halt, turn and incline in slow time
  • march in line, change direction by forming at the halt and on the march in slow and quick time
  • move on parade and advance in review order
  • number, prove and right dress
  • participate in a ceremonial parade or activity
  • perform as a member of a ceremonial parade
  • perform drill to the drum
  • perform paces, close order and officer on parade dismissed
  • perform salutes

Required Knowledge 

  • fronts and flanks
  • generic parade sequences
  • meaning of words of command
  • preparation of clothing and equipment in accordance with Standing Orders for Dress
  • purpose of drill
  • types of ceremonial activities that employ drill

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

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

Assessment must confirm the ability to:

  • perform a range of ceremonial drill movements
  • participate in a ceremonial activity

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated during the preparation and conduct of a ceremonial activity.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in the workplace or in a simulated workplace environment.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access is required to:

  • team of ceremonial activity participants
  • appropriate conducting area
  • publications and equipment relevant to the type of ceremonial activity

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.

Ceremonial drill movements  may include:

  • advance in review order
  • change from slow to quick time and quick to slow time
  • forms in slow and quick time
  • form two ranks from three and three ranks from two
  • march in line in slow and quick time
  • marching in quick time
  • marching in slow time
  • open and close or march
  • open and close order on the march
  • paying compliments
  • turns at the halt
  • turns on the march
  • wheels

Clothing, accessories and equipment  may include:

  • bayonets
  • ceremonial uniform
  • firearms
  • medals, badges and accoutrements
  • slings
  • webbing

Ceremonial activities  may include:

  • beating the retreat
  • birthday, graduation and passing out parades
  • freedom of entry to towns or cities
  • funerals
  • guards
  • presentation of colours, guidons or banners
  • unit parades

Standard procedures  may include:

  • ceremonial manual
  • defence instructions
  • doctrine pamphlets
  • drill pamphlets
  • work health and safety regulations
  • procedure manuals
  • relevant state/territory or federal legislation
  • routine orders
  • standing orders for dress
  • written and verbal orders and instructions

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

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