Unit of competency details

DEFEO602C - Plan explosive ordnance trials (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Is superseded by and equivalent to DEFEXO122 - Plan explosive trialsUnit code updated. Content and formatting updated to comply with the new standards. All PC transitioned from passive to active voice. Unit title changed to better reflect unit outcomes. PC 2.4 removed. Assessment Requirements created drawing upon specified assessment information from superseded unit. 21/Oct/2015

Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030715 Precision Metalworking  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030715 Precision Metalworking  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 plan trials in the explosive ordnance research environment.

Explosive ordnance trials are normally conducted to select new weapons systems or explosive ordnance for introduction into the Australian Defence Force.

Application of the Unit

This competency normally applies to the individual who is required to prepare, plan and monitor/amend trials in the explosive ordnance research environment.

Trials are a common component of explosive ordnance research and involve a large number of personnel both in their planning and implementation. Individuals however, may not necessarily be involved in both the planning and implementation of the research. It is common that individuals involved in the planning are not involved with the implementation of the plan.

In other instances an individual may be involved with both the planning phase and the implementation phase of the trials.

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. Develop trials approach 

1.1 Trial  requirements are identified, analysed and details are confirmed if necessary by follow-up consultation

1.2 Trial methodologies and procedures  are identified, analysed and selected in accordance with procedures

1.3 Trial evaluation procedures are identified, analysed and selected in accordance with procedures

1.4 Task requirements are identified, analysed and selected in accordance with procedures

2. Plan for trials 

2.1 Information on resource  requirements and availability are obtained or confirmed in accordance with procedures

2.2 Information support systems  for the trial, including achievable reporting and recording processes are planned in accordance with the identified requirements

2.3 Coordination issues are negotiated and resolved with others

2.4 Work health and safety (WHS) principles and requirements are identified and observed throughout the trial process and are incorporated in the plan

2.5 Trial plan including appropriate resource requirements and documentation is produced and forwarded to relevant parties in accordance with the identified requirements

3. Monitor trials 

3.1 Trial plan is monitored and amended based on changing circumstances in accordance with requirements and procedures

3.2 Liaison is effected with those conducting the trial in accordance with requirements and procedures

4. Analyse and report on trials results 

4.1 Data generated by the trial is collected and reported in accordance with the agreed methodology

4.2 Options and recommendations resulting from the trial are provided in a clear and comprehensive format 

4.3 Post trial reports, statistical reports and other records are produced and maintained in accordance with requirements

Required Skills and Knowledge

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

Required Skills 

  • allocate resources
  • apply organisational WHS requirements
  • apply organisational safety policies and structures
  • assess risks
  • communicate clearly and effectively
  • conduct planning
  • coordinate activities
  • evaluate information
  • write reports

Required Knowledge 

  • evaluation processes
  • organisational WHS requirements
  • organisational safety policies and structures
  • planning processes
  • reporting procedures
  • resource allocation procedures
  • resource requirements
  • risk assessment
  • trialling methodologies

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:

  • identify and select trial methodologies and procedures and trial evaluation procedures where these are not provided
  • plan the trial
  • analyse trial outcomes

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated in a range of actual or simulated trials contexts.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in the workplace or under conditions which accurately simulate a realistic workplace.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access is required to:

  • facilities and resources used in conducting trials in a research environment

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.

Trials  may include:

  • Environmental testing
  • Organisational trials
  • Proof testing
  • Research group or divisional trials
  • Specific field testing which is not a normal component of laboratory testing

Methodologies and procedures  may include:

  • Those established by:
  • organisation
  • research group
  • divisions
  • Or may be specified by the client

Resources  may include:

  • Budgets
  • Materials
  • Personnel
  • Time

Information support systems  may include:

  • Computerised systems
  • Manual systems

A clear and comprehensive format  may include:

  • Development of new procedures for future activities
  • Recommendations that can be easily understood
  • Solutions to problems that were faced in the planning

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

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