Qualification details

PUA31312 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue) (Release 3)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
3 (this release)Current 02/May/2013
(View details for release 2) Replaced13/Mar/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced17/Aug/2012

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to PUA31310 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)Packaging rules wording reviewed. Imported units updated. 16/Aug/2012

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
BSBFLM312C - Contribute to team effectivenessContribute to team effectiveness Elective
HLTFA211A - Provide basic emergency life supportProvide basic emergency life support Elective
HLTFA302B - Provide first aid in remote situationProvide first aid in remote situation Elective
HLTFA311A - Apply first aidApply first aid Core
HLTFA404C - Apply advanced resuscitation techniquesApply advanced resuscitation techniques Elective
HLTFA412A - Apply advanced first aidApply advanced first aid Elective
PMAOHS214B - Undertake helicopter safety and escapeUndertake helicopter safety and escape Elective
PUACOM001C - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplace Core
PUACOM002B - Provide services to clientsProvide services to clients Elective
PUAEME003C - Administer oxygen in an emergency situationAdminister oxygen in an emergency situation Elective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 441312 Police Officer 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3911 Police Officers 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0699 Other Health 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Public Safety,Maritime Operations 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Lifeguard Supervisor 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 441312 Police Officer 03/Dec/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3911 Police Officers 03/Dec/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0699 Other Health 03/Dec/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 17/Aug/2012 
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Modification History


TP version 



PUA12 V2.1

Imported units updated.


PUA12 V2

Imported units updated


PUA12 v1

New release of existing qualification from PUA00 v8.1: PUA31310. Packaging rules wording revised, imported units updated. Equivalent.


Not applicable.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Candidates may enter the qualification through a number of entry points demonstrating potential to undertake vocational education and training at this qualification level, such as:

  • after achieving the PUA21012 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • working in a lifesaver, lifeguard, first responder or marine rescue role
  • with vocational experience in beach or marine safety and first responder roles.

Pathways from the qualification 

After achieving the PUA31312 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue), candidates may undertake a range of qualifications relevant to their role, such as:

  • PUA41112 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Community Safety)
  • PUA42612 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management).

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA31312 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue) 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.

Employability Skill 

Employability Skills Statement 


  • accurately record the details of casualties' condition, treatment and response to treatment in line with organisation's procedures
  • communicate, which may include Auslan gestures; calming and reassuring a casualty; face-to-face; facsimile; feedback of information; landline and mobile telephone; pamphlets translated into other languages; radio; signalling systems; using interpreters
  • record vital signs in planning treatment and report as appropriate
  • relay instructions clearly, concisely and accurately and obtain confirmation of understanding
  • use clear concise and appropriate language in all communications to client, assignment and organisation's requirements
  • use established communication pathways for routine and non-routine communication
  • use questioning, learning and summarising skills to establish client needs
  • write reports


  • assist members of other emergency services
  • contribute to maintaining safety of other work group members
  • have knowledge of the composition of team and the roles and responsibilities of team members
  • move a casualty, which may be as part of a team
  • establish issues affecting safety of self and other personnel by identifying hazards and assessing risks
  • obtain search operation information and task information, and discuss with team members
  • participate in group discussions and informal meetings

Problem solving 

  • apply fault finding techniques
  • assess the movement of a casualty to a safer location by scene assessment, visual inspections, planning reviews, recognising hazard warnings, interviewing others at the scene
  • employ alternative communication strategies
  • identify hazards to self and others and take appropriate action to safeguard against injury
  • provide emergency care pending the arrival of appropriately qualified personnel
  • seek expert advice

Initiative and enterprise 

  • assess extent and nature of emergency care required
  • assist work group members in danger in accordance with standard operating procedures, ensuring personal safety is maintained
  • immediately report any changes in situation and/or conditions to designated person
  • improvise techniques where there is limited access to equipment
  • monitor, assess and amend treatment and management plan in response to changes in condition of the casualty and/or environment

Planning and organising 

  • assess extent and nature of initial emergency care required
  • select and check personal protective clothing and equipment according to organisational procedures to ensure it is operational prior to entry into incident situation
  • select and check search equipment for serviceability, and store/pack it for use
  • use equipment according to casualty's condition, availability and to organisation's procedures
  • use search formation or grids to locate missing persons or objects


  • establish issues affecting safety of self and other personnel by identifying hazards and assessing risks
  • implement hazard control and mitigation measures with minimum damage to the environment, while maintaining safety of self and others
  • maintain knowledge of legal and ethical issues in pre-hospital care and knowledge of current practices and procedures in emergency care
  • maintain universal hygiene precautions
  • maintain water and food intake, rest breaks and shelter requirements
  • recognise impact of own actions on safety of others
  • remain calm under pressure
  • undertake duties in line with organisational health and safety codes of practice and relevant legislation


  • learn about current practices and procedures in emergency care
  • maintain knowledge in managing identified injuries in line with approved emergency care
  • recognise and refer personal capabilities and limitations to the team leader
  • recognise and report symptoms of operational stress


  • identify hazards by accessing databases
  • operate first aid equipment
  • use communication systems and equipment
  • use hazard control equipment such as atmospheric monitoring equipment; meteorological equipment; radiation monitoring equipment
  • use search equipment such as radio communications equipment; information technology systems; mobile telephone; radio; signalling systems

Packaging Rules

11 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

  • 6 core units
  • 5 elective units

Choose a minimum of 3 elective units from the list below.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the elective list below or elsewhere within this training package or another endorsed training package or accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must be from an equivalent qualification level or higher.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.

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

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


Core Units 


Communicate in the workplace


Maintain safety at an incident scene


Operate communications systems and equipment


Search as a member of an aquatic search team


Work effectively in a public safety organisation


Apply first aid


Elective Units 


Provide services to clients


Administer oxygen in an emergency situation

∟ PUAEME001B Provide emergency care


Provide emergency care for suspected spinal injury

∟ HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support


∟ HLTFA311A Apply first aid


Provide pain management

∟ HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support


∟ HLTFA311A Apply first aid


Treat operational risk

∟ PUAEMR027 Assess operational risk


Assess operational risk


Prepare, maintain and test response equipment


Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures


Navigate in an aquatic environment


Operate an automated external defibrillator in an emergency

∟ PUAEME001B Provide emergency care


∟ HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support


Control a Level 1 incident


Undertake beach safety management activities


Promote public safety objectives by liaison with a culturally specific community


Operate and maintain a small powercraft and motor for rescue operations


Crew small powercraft in a rescue operation


Operate and maintain a personal water craft for rescue operations


Undertake advanced surf rescue

∟ PUACOM001C Communicate in the workplace

∟ PUASAR012C Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills

∟ PUASAR013A Participate in an aquatic rescue operation


Work as a team member in an emergency operations centre


Work autonomously


Drive vehicles under operational conditions


Contribute to team effectiveness


Provide first aid in remote situation


Apply advanced first aid


Apply advanced resuscitation techniques


Undertake helicopter safety and escape


Perform basic water rescues


Supervise clients at an aquatic facility or environment


Perform advanced water rescues


Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities

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