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PUA40301 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Firefighting Supervision) (Release 1)


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

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to PUA40313 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Firefighting Supervision)New units added. Pre-requisites updated. Imported units updated. 12/Mar/2013

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
BSBMGT401A - Show leadership in the workplaceShow leadership in the workplace N/A
PUACOM011B - Develop community awareness networksDevelop community awareness networks N/A
PUACOM012B - Liaise with media at a local levelLiaise with media at a local level N/A
PUAEMR001B - Establish context and develop risk evaluation criteriaEstablish context and develop risk evaluation criteria N/A
PUAFIR401B - Obtain incident intelligenceObtain incident intelligence N/A
PUAFIR402B - Supervise specialist response to aviation incidentsSupervise specialist response to aviation incidents N/A
PUAFIR403B - Assess building plansAssess building plans N/A
PUAFIR404B - Inspect dangerous goods facilitiesInspect dangerous goods facilities N/A
PUAFIR405B - Collect, analyse and provide regulatory informationCollect, analyse and provide regulatory information N/A
PUAFIR406B - Develop prescribed burning plansDevelop prescribed burning plans N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 441212 Fire Fighter 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3995-11 Senior Fire Fighter 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0399 Other Engineering And Related Technologies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Defence Services,Fire and Rescue Services 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Firefighting Supervisor 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 441212 Fire Fighter 02/Feb/2007 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3995-11 Senior Fire Fighter 09/Dec/2002 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0399 Other Engineering And Related Technologies 09/Dec/2002 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 09/Feb/2011 
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Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills Summary for PUA40301 Certificate IV in Public Safety  (Firefighting Supervision )

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA40301 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Firefighting Supervision) 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.

The Employability Skills within a qualification may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

These Employability Skills may be obtained by the completion of this qualification but in no way reflect skills that may apply to any particular position within a fire service.

Employability Skill 

Employability Skills Statement 


  • communicate changes in the incident plan to relevant personnel and organisations
  • communicate effectively
  • communicate incident information to assigned personnel clearly, accurately and in a timely manner
  • conduct briefings and debriefings
  • establish and maintain communication in accordance with organisation's procedures
  • maintain incident records of incident actions and decisions
  • prepare post incident reports to organisation's requirements
  • receive and deal with requests for response


  • acknowledge contributions of personnel in a positive way
  • allocate tasks to appropriate personnel
  • monitor welfare of team members and take appropriate action
  • provide feedback and encourage contributions from group members
  • provide leadership and supervision to ensure that performance and practice are to operational standards
  • seek, encourage and value contributions from personnel during the brief/debrief
  • supervise a response by a small team to incidents
  • supervise post-response activities
  • support and participate in development activities

Problem solving 

  • assess and minimise or control hazards and potential hazards
  • follow up brief/debrief action, which may include identifying issues for review and subsequent action
  • identify alternative strategies and tactics where required and convey them to appropriate personnel
  • identify and request the need for additional resources

Initiative and enterprise 

  • evaluate impact of strategies, tactics and incident operations

Planning and organising 

  • develop and implement an operational plan including objective, strategies and tactics, based on available information and in accordance with organisational procedures
  • monitor, and review operational plan
  • obtain and assess relevant incident information to assist in the planning process
  • plan and prepare a briefing/debriefing in accordance with organisation's policy and procedures


  • communicate clearly in a group setting
  • maintain safe working practices
  • provide leadership to individuals and teams


  • learn about the principles of command and control in relation to initial response to incidents
  • learn about the principles of supervision
  • learn about self-management issues such as time management, workplace administration requirements


  • collect and analyse data applicable to work
  • record and document information collected in accordance with the organisation's requirements
  • use communication equipment

Packaging Rules


Core Units 


Supervise response


Conduct briefings/debriefings


Lead, manage and develop teams


Elective Units 


Obtain incident intelligence


Supervise specialist response to aviation incidents


Assess building plans


Inspect dangerous goods facilities


Collect, analyse and provide regulatory information


Develop prescribed burning plans


Conduct prescribed burning


Plan aircraft operations


Develop air attack strategies


Show leadership in the workplace


Develop community awareness networks


Liaise with the media in the region


Administer work group resources


Plan and conduct a public awareness program


Establish context and develop risk evaluation criteria


Plan and organise assessment


Contribute to assessment



Assess competence


Participate in assessment validation


Plan and organise group-based delivery


Facilitate group-based learning



Coordinate and facilitate distance-based learning


Design and develop learning programs


Maintain information requirements of training and/or assessment organisations


Provide safety advice at a rural/land management incident


Provide safety advice at an urban incident


Control a Level 1 incident


Conduct briefings and debriefings


Manage a multi-team sector


It is important to note that where units of competency within this qualification have pre-requisite requirements, the learner must have been assessed as competent within a fire context prior to undertaking training or assessment.

BSB unit has been imported from the BSB01Training package.

TAA units have been imported from the TAA04 Training and Assessment Training Package.

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

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