Qualification details

PUA30810 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Maintenance) (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 09/Feb/2011

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Is superseded by and equivalent to DEF30812 - Certificate III in Explosive Ordnance Maintenance 14/Mar/2012
Supersedes and is equivalent to PUA30806 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Maintenance) 10/Feb/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBCMN311B - Maintain workplace safetyMaintain workplace safety N/A
BSBSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices N/A
HLTFA201A - Provide basic emergency life supportProvide basic emergency life support N/A
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aid N/A
PUADEFCA422B - Conduct range practicesConduct range practices N/A
PUADEFCM118B - Act as a range safety officer on a permanent rangeAct as a range safety officer on a permanent range N/A
PUADEFEO101D - Work safely with explosive ordnanceWork safely with explosive ordnance N/A
PUADEFEO201C - Respond to fireRespond to fire N/A
PUADEFEO202D - Establish and maintain the safety and security of explosive warehouses and workshopsEstablish and maintain the safety and security of explosive warehouses and workshops N/A
PUADEFEO204C - Examine and certify free from explosive ordnanceExamine and certify free from explosive ordnance N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 441111 Defence Force Member - Other Ranks 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4991-11 Defence Force Member Not Elsewhere Included 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0999 Other Society And Culture 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Defence Services 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 441111 Defence Force Member - Other Ranks 03/Dec/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4991-11 Defence Force Member Not Elsewhere Included 03/Dec/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0999 Other Society And Culture 03/Dec/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 09/Feb/2011 
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Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills Summary for PUA30810 Certificate III in Public Safety  (Explosive Ordnance Maintenance )

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA30810 Certificate III in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Maintenance) have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Public Safety qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.

Employability Skill 

Employability Skills Statement 


  • access and clarify safety procedures and instructions
  • access, read, interpret and apply information on safety
  • follow instructions/directives and report information
  • identify, analyse and confirm requirements to enter an explosive ordnance storage area/facility from work requests/instructions
  • identify and act on or report, breaches in site safety
  • identify and report incidents
  • identify and note organisation incident and injury statistics
  • identify documentation and licensing limitations
  • identify hazardous materials labels and characteristics
  • obtain relevant authorisation before specialised and hazardous work is carried out
  • read to a level required to interpret job instructions, workplace forms and reports
  • record and report details of first aid administered
  • record and report incidents and injuries
  • use a variety of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques
  • write at the level required to complete workplace documentation and reports


  • apply principles of team work, and team aims and objectives
  • encourage other team members
  • liaise with relevant personnel
  • recognise individual differences in the workplace, to value these differences and to adjust behaviour to account for these differences

Problem solving 

  • apply emergency and contingency procedures
  • assess and apply compatibility
  • calculate and apply Net explosive quantity
  • prepare procedures to rectify problems or non-adherence to policy identified during the inspection
  • use knowledge of service environments to assist in work and to guide problem solving

Initiative and enterprise 

  • maintain and/or refurbish site/equipment in accordance with organisation policy and procedures, and Range Standing Orders
  • undertake liaison and notification of parties affected by the disposal in accordance with organisation policy and procedures and Range Standing Orders

Planning and organising 

  • apply occupational health and safety requirements including those contained in organisation procedures, throughout the operation
  • determine the task(s) to be performed, the resources to be allocated and the constraints that must be observed for their achievement
  • develop and implement an explosive ordnance and/or weapons system policy
  • prepare and plan inspection
  • prepare for disposal
  • prepare for entry
  • research and identify environmental extremes related to the service environments


  • apply personal safety measures
  • ensure personal behaviour shows sensitivity to the differences between colleagues
  • meet personal protection equipment requirements
  • recognise and apply individual responsibilities regarding hazardous materials


  • learn about Explosive Transport Regulations
  • learn about Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail
  • learn about legislation such as Racial Discrimination Act 1975; Sex Discrimination Act 1984; Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986; Privacy Act 1988; Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991; Disability Discrimination Act 1992


  • apply relevant characteristics and requirements of the explosive ordnance to be loaded/unloaded
  • defuse and fuse explosive ordnance
  • identify, prepare and position lifting/transfer equipment appropriate for the loading/unloading task
  • understand characteristics and limitations of fuses
  • understand explosive ordnance
  • use appropriate information technology and software

Packaging Rules

Qualification Requirement : 17 units 

All 4 core units plus 7 Group A  (specialisation ) elective units from the list below plus 6 Group B  (general ) elective units 

Where a pre-requisite unit is attached to an elective unit it is identified by this symbol ∟.

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the elective units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of elective units required for the qualification.

The 6 Group B (general) elective units may be taken from the elective units listed below and may include 2 units taken from this Training Package, any other endorsed Training Package or any state/territory accredited qualification where the unit is in a qualification at the same level or a higher level.


Core Units 


Work safely with explosive ordnance


Work with equity and diversity


Maintain workplace safety


Shift materials safely using manual handling methods


Elective Units 

Group A  (specialisation )


Conduct range practices


Act as a range safety officer on a permanent range


Establish and maintain safety and security of explosive warehouses and workshops


Inspect explosive ordnance facilities


Supervise explosive ordnance engineering and logistics processes


Establish and operate an explosive ordnance field storage site


Operate a large quantity explosive ordnance facility


Load and unload platforms


Conduct explosive ordnance inspection


Breakdown explosive ordnance


Fuze and defuze explosive ordnance


Assemble and disassemble explosive components


Perform purging


Dispose of explosive ordnance


Destroy unexploded ordnance


Test for explosive substances


Treat risk within Defence at an operational level


Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment


Carry out inspection of vehicles designed to carry special loads


Operate vehicle carrying special loads


Identify and label explosives and dangerous goods


Load and unload explosives and dangerous goods


Prepare for transport of dangerous good


Apply safe procedures when handling/transporting dangerous goods or explosives

Group B  (general )


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Provide basic emergency life support



Apply first aid


Respond to fire


Examine and certify free from explosive ordnance


Package ammunition


Unpackage ammunition


Monitor explosive ordnance environmental conditions


Conduct external explosive ordnance maintenance


Conduct explosive ordnance packaging inspection


Conduct electrical/electronic circuitry tests


Refurbish explosive ordnance packaging


Gauge explosive ordnance


Respond to workplace emergencies


Complete receival/despatch documentation


Participate in stocktakes


Operate specialised load shifting equipment


Estimate/calculate mass, area and quantify dimensions


Conduct housekeeping activities


Follow security procedures


BSB unit has been imported from the BSB07 Business Services Training Package.

HLT unit has been imported from the HLT07 Health Training Package.

TLI units have been imported from the TLI07 Transport and Logistics Training Package.

Information about customising PUA00 Public Safety Training Package qualifications is on page 12 .

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