Unit of competency details

DEFEO804A - Conduct dynamic small arms proof tests (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Is superseded by and equivalent to DEFEXO145 - Conduct dynamic small arms testsUnit code updated. Content and formatting updated to comply with the new standards. All PC transitioned from passive to active voice. PC 1.7 removed. Element 1 one new PC. Assessment Requirements created drawing upon specified assessment information from superseded unit. 21/Oct/2015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 030305 Materials Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030305 Materials Engineering  03/Sep/2012 
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DEF12 V2

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DEF12 V1

First release.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency required to conduct dynamic small arms proof tests in the explosive ordnance environment.

Explosive ordnance dynamic small arms proof tests are conducted to ensure weapons systems or small arms ammunition in service with the Australian Defence Force meets the required standards. The dynamic small arms proof tests are a common component of explosive ordnance quality assurance and involve a number of personnel both in their planning and implementation.

This unit does not cover the planning of dynamic small arms proof tests, which is covered in DEFEO602C Plan explosive ordnance trials.

Application of the Unit

This unit was developed for proof testing specialists working within proof and experimental organisations in Defence but is applicable to any individual in this field of work.

Typically these individuals must demonstrate the ability to work as individuals and as part of a team under direct and/or indirect supervision, use discretion and judgement, and take responsibility for the quality of their output. 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 dynamic small arms proof tests 

1.1 Stakeholders  and test participants are briefed in accordance with organisational policies and procedures , and test plan 

1.2 Safety systems and procedures are checked and initiated in accordance with organisational policies and procedures, and test plan

1.3 Information on resource requirements and availability is obtained and confirmed in accordance with procedures

1.4 Information support systems  for dynamic small arms proof tests , including achievable reporting and recording processes, are prepared in accordance with resource requirements

1.5 Coordination issues with others affected by the tests are negotiated and resolved

1.6 Safety traces are constructed when required, in accordance with standard procedures

1.7 Work health and safety (WHS) principles and requirements are identified and observed throughout the test process

2. Conduct tests 

2.1 Dynamic small arms proof test planners are identified and liaison is effected in accordance with policies and procedures

2.2 Test plan is implemented, monitored and amended based on changing circumstances in accordance with methodologies and procedures 

2.3 Tests  are conducted in accordance with testing requirements

2.4 Resources  are allocated to testing tasks in accordance with test plan and resource availability

2.5 Data being generated by tests is recorded in accordance with agreed methodology

3. Report on test results 

3.1 Data generated by the test is collected and reported in accordance with policies and procedures

3.2 Options and recommendations resulting from the test are provided in a clear and comprehensive format 

3.3 Post testing 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 effectively with stakeholders
  • coordinate activities
  • evaluate information
  • liaise effectively with stakeholders
  • write reports

Required Knowledge 

  • dynamic small arms proof testing methodologies
  • evaluation processes
  • organisational WHS requirements
  • organisational safety policies and structures
  • reporting procedures
  • resource allocation procedures
  • resource requirements
  • risk assessment

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 apply dynamic small arms proof tests methodologies and procedures including the coordination of test resources and the documentation of test results.

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated in a range of actual or simulated dynamic small arms proof tests contexts

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in the workplace or in a simulated work environment, in accordance with all relevant legislation and organisational requirements.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access is required to:

  • facilities and resources used in conducting dynamic small arms proof tests

Method of assessment 

This unit may be assessed with the following unit:

  • DEFEO101D Work safely with explosive ordnance

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.

Stakeholders  may include:

  • Clients or customers (internal and external)
  • End user/s
  • General public
  • Industry
  • Landowner/s
  • Organisation's senior management
  • Other agencies
  • Other functional areas within the organisation
  • Project teams
  • Relevant interest groups
  • Sponsor/funding bodies
  • Steering committee members
  • Supplier/service provider
  • Unions

Organisations  may include:

  • Defence
  • Defence contractors and sub-contractors
  • Defence Materiel Organisation
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation
  • International test agencies

Policies and procedures  may include:

  • Government and organisational policy, guidelines and procedures relating to:
  • delegation approvals
  • industrial agreements
  • procurement guidelines
  • resourcing
  • risk management
  • security
  • strategic or operational plans
  • technical and regulatory framework
  • testing and evaluation
  • training
  • Relevant commonwealth, state/territory and local laws affecting organisation's administration such as:
  • financial management and accounting legislation and regulations
  • WHS legislation
  • public sector management acts

Test plans  may include:

  • Acquisition strategies
  • Budget and financial management strategy
  • Contract management
  • Cost estimates
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Expected/measurable outcomes
  • Facilities
  • Functional performance specifications
  • Governance strategy
  • Implementation strategy
  • Inclusions and exclusions
  • Information/communication strategy
  • Intellectual property strategies
  • Milestones
  • Objectives
  • Occupational concept document
  • People plan including human resource management and human resource development
  • Performance criteria/indicators
  • Purpose
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control
  • Quality standards
  • Rationale
  • Required resources
  • Resource management
  • Risk management
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Safety criteria
  • Schedule/timeline
  • Specific equipment, instrumentation, and/or specialised facilities and required conditions
  • Task/WBS
  • Test and evaluation master plan (TEMP) criteria
  • Test concept document
  • Testing control mechanisms
  • Testing deliverables and their acceptance criteria

Information support systems  may include:

  • Computerised systems
  • Manual systems

Dynamic small arms proof tests  may include:

  • Proof testing of small arms up to and including 0.5 inch calibre
  • Proof testing of small arms against specified standards
  • Specific field testing which is not a normal component of laboratory testing

Methodologies and procedures  may include:

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

Tests  may include:

  • Person firings with the firer holding the weapon
  • Proof firings from pre-established fixed facilities

Resources  may include:

  • Budgets
  • Materials
  • Personnel
  • Time

Clear and comprehensive format  may include:

  • Development of new procedures for future activities
  • Outcomes that can be easily understood
  • Solutions to problems that were faced during the testing

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

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