Unit of competency details

DEFEO212C - License explosive ordnance facilities and potential explosive sites (Release 2)


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

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to DEFEXO067 - License explosive facilities and potential explosive sitesUnit code updated. Content and formatting updated to comply with the new standards. All PC transitioned from passive to active voice. PC 1.4 removed. Element 1 one new PC. Elements 2 & 3 merged. One new element. Assessment Requirements created drawing upon specified assessment information from superseded unit. 21/Oct/2015

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080317 Quality Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080317 Quality Management  03/Sep/2012 
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Modification History


TP version 



DEF12 V2

Layout adjusted.


DEF12 V1

First release.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency required to inspect and license explosive ordnance facilities and potential explosive sites and review current licences. Explosive ordnance licensing applies to all potential explosive sites and is part of the quality and safety control processes.

Application of the Unit

This competency normally applies to the individual who is required to inspect and license explosive ordnance facilities and potential explosive sites, and review current licences.

The unit requires the individual to inspect the potential explosive facility, to apply formulae to determine the net explosive quantity and compatibility for the facility, and to prepare the licensing documentation for approval.

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. Plan and prepare for licensing 

1.1 Explosive ordnance facility  to be licensed is identified from work requests/instructions, analysed and confirmed

1.2 Documentation  related to the facility is identified and assembled in accordance with organisational  procedures

1.3 Liaison is undertaken with relevant personnel in accordance with current procedures

1.4 Work health and safety (WHS) and explosive safety requirements including those contained in organisational procedures, are identified and applied throughout the licensing process

2. Inspect facility 

2.1 Facility  is inspected in accordance with licensing requirements

2.2 Facility construction standards  are confirmed in accordance with licensing requirements

2.3 Measurements  are taken in accordance with licensing requirements

3. Calculate licence 

3.1 Formulae  are applied and calculations conducted in accordance with licensing requirements

3.2 Licensing shortfalls  are advised in accordance with organisational procedures

3.3 Licensing documentation is prepared and forwarded to appropriate personnel  in accordance with organisational procedures

3.4 Documentation, records and reports related to the facility licence are maintained in accordance with organisational procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required Skills 

  • apply WHS requirements
  • calculate licensing requirements
  • communicate with stakeholders effectively
  • conduct inspections
  • identify problems and non adherence to policy and standards
  • interact with stakeholders effectively
  • interpret the capabilities and effects of Australian Defence Force explosive ordnance
  • maintain documentation
  • read and understand relevant workplace documentation

Required Knowledge 

  • characteristics, technical capabilities, effects and limitations of Australian Defence Force explosive ordnance
  • documentation requirements
  • explosive ordnance licensing formula
  • inspection procedures
  • net explosive quantity and compatibility
  • policies and procedures applicable to explosive ordnance facilities
  • relevant documentation
  • relevant WHS requirements
  • reporting requirements
  • spatial measurement including length, width, perimeter and area
  • technical capabilities and limitations of equipment used in the licensing process
  • verbal and non-verbal communication techniques including language style, active listening

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:

  • plan and prepare for licensing
  • research and examine the required documentation
  • inspect the facility and potential explosive site to be licensed
  • draw conclusions and recommendations from these activities

The unit requires the individual to be able to:

  • demonstrate their knowledge of licensing requirements
  • demonstrate the application of formulae relevant to licensing
  • prepare licensing documentation for authorisation

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over time and should be observed in a range of actual or simulated work contexts.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed by observing an individual within the workplace or simulated environment in a role where the licensing of explosive ordnance facilities is required.

Evidence should be gathered through questioning relating to required knowledge and the submission of a portfolio of licensing documentation conducted over a range of facilities.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access is required to:

  • explosive ordnance facilities and resources used in the licensing of those facilities.

Method of assessment 

In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.

Assessment is completed using appropriately qualified assessors who select the most appropriate method of assessment.

Assessment may occur in an operational environment or in an industry-approved simulated work environment. Forms of assessment that are typically used include:

  • direct observation
  • interviewing the candidate
  • journals and workplace documentation
  • third party reports from supervisors
  • written or oral questions

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.

Explosive ordnance facility  may include:

  • Current licensed facility being reviewed
  • Potential explosive site which may be a cavern, chamber, building, cell or stack, which contains or is intended to contain explosive ordnance under consideration
  • Potential explosive site to be licensed
  • And may include more than one facility on a site

Documentation  may include:

  • Aerial photographs
  • Current licence
  • Diagrams
  • Other maps
  • Reports
  • Risk assessments
  • Safe guarding maps
  • Standing operating procedures
  • User requirement
  • Waivers

Organisation  may include:

  • Defence organisation
  • Enterprises that work with explosive ordnance
  • Other government departments or instrumentalities that work with explosive ordnance

Inspection of facility  may include:

  • Examination of electronic and manual records and the inspection of the following areas:
  • alarm and fire protection systems
  • access controls
  • earthing systems
  • venting systems
  • licensing requirements, including:
  • net explosive quantity
  • facility compliance
  • facility records, including:
  • environmental
  • maintenance and housekeeping standards, including:
  • building standards
  • And may require the use of equipment such as:
  • computers
  • digital cameras
  • laser range finders
  • global positioning systems

Facility construction standards  may include:

  • Access
  • Size
  • Type of construction

Measurements  may include:

  • Height and width of traverses
  • Safety distances

Formulae  may include:

  • Blast effects
  • Safety distances

Licensing shortfalls  may include:

  • Recommendations on steps required to meet licensing requirements

Appropriate personnel  may include:

  • Authorising officer
  • Licensing authority
  • Minister for Defence
  • Ordnance safety group
  • Regional services

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

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