Qualification details

PUA50310 - Diploma of Public Safety (Forensic Investigation) (Release 1)


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

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to PUA50300 - Diploma of Public Safety (Forensic Investigations) 10/Feb/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to PUA50312 - Diploma of Public Safety (Forensic Investigation)Pathways information reviewed. 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
PUAPOLFC002B - Maintain a safe forensic working environmentMaintain a safe forensic working environment N/A
PUAPOLFC003B - Detect, record and collect physical evidenceDetect, record and collect physical evidence N/A
PUAPOLFC004B - Evaluate and document cases and facilitate analysesEvaluate and document cases and facilitate analyses N/A
PUAPOLFC005B - Prepare and submit forensic documentationPrepare and submit forensic documentation N/A
PUAPOLFC006B - Contribute to and comply with quality systemsContribute to and comply with quality systems N/A
PUAPOLFC008B - Process and interpret comparative evidenceProcess and interpret comparative evidence N/A
PUAPOLFC022A - Prepare and present specialist forensic evidence or opinionPrepare and present specialist forensic evidence or opinion N/A
PUAPOLFC029A - Use and maintain specialist forensic equipmentUse and maintain specialist forensic equipment N/A
PUATEA002B - Work autonomouslyWork autonomously N/A
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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 0911 Justice And Law Enforcement 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Police Forces 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Forensic Investigator 

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 0911 Justice And Law Enforcement 03/Dec/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 09/Feb/2011 
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Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

In the public safety industry, qualification pathways depend on a range of factors specific to each industry such as organisational/agency structure, promotional structure and rank structure.

Policing qualifications have been developed to set agreed minimum standards for police personnel that should be contextualised within the specifics of each Police jurisdiction/ agency/organisational policy and procedure.

A recruit will join a Police agency, generally become a Police Officer and subsequently move into a specialist role (such as a supervisor, detective, dog handler, scientific officer etc.).

Therefore, the recruit will be equipped vocationally with generic Police competencies, and often move into a supervising, managing, leading role or into a technical specialist role.

Civilian employees are usually employed within an agency to perform a specific role but can then move laterally or vertically. Therefore, civilians would be given the opportunity to demonstrate previous experience or present relevant qualifications.

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include:

  • achievement of the PUA50210 Diploma of Public Safety (Policing)
  • completion of police jurisdictional specific training
  • achievement of partial or full, higher and vocational qualifications relevant to forensic investigation
  • entry points that demonstrate potential to undertake vocational education and training at this qualification level, such as vocational experience within a range of environments such as policing, forensic and other relevant environments or relevant work experience in such environments.

Pathways from the qualification 

After achieving the PUA50310 Diploma of Public Safety (Forensic Investigations), candidates may undertake a range of qualifications relevant to their role, either to contribute to further technical expertise in a specialist area or to move to a supervising or managing role. Pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include to:

  • commence the PUA60310 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Forensic Investigation).

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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Entry Requirements

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Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills Summary for PUA50310 Diploma of Public Safety  (Forensic Investigations )

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA50310 Diploma of Public Safety (Forensic Investigations) 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 


  • communicate in writing (clearly and unambiguously)
  • communicate orally (listen, establish rapport, negotiate, resolve conflict)
  • record physical evidence prior to examination to ensure continuity and accuracy


  • discuss and document logistics of the examination with other forensic practitioners as required
  • effectively communicate safety issues/concerns to colleagues, supervisors and when necessary other emergency service workers and the public
  • work effectively with a range of practitioners

Problem solving 

  • analyse, make decisions and solve problems in responding to a range of physical evidence contexts including the systematic examination of items of physical evidence
  • implement corrective action to address non-conformance
  • minimise workplace risks to self, colleagues and the public

Initiative and enterprise 

  • assess need for specialist and/or external agency assistance and request where necessary
  • identify and report non-conformance of laboratory practice in accordance with quality system requirements
  • identify system improvements and deficiencies and convey to management

Planning and organising 

  • analyse task requirements and implement strategies to successfully examine and record forensic evidence
  • organise work effectively
  • plan, implement and where necessary adapt workplace safety responses to situational contexts


  • confirm arrangements, role and involvement in proceedings
  • evaluate involvement in the judicial proceedings to inform future practice
  • follow instructions and directions


  • learn about general duty of care responsibilities
  • learn about organisational policy and procedures covering safety issues/practices
  • learn about legislative and procedural requirements for the security, protection and preservation of evidence


  • accurately use recording equipment and processes to produce evidence that is acceptable in courts
  • take forensic photographs
  • use discipline specific laboratory equipment, such as fingerprinting equipment, computer software, photographic equipment

Packaging Rules

Qualification Requirement : 9 units 

All 9 core 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.


Core Units 


Maintain a safe forensic working environment


Detect, record and collect physical evidence


Evaluate and document cases and facilitate analyses


Prepare and submit forensic documentation


Contribute to and comply with quality systems


Process and interpret comparative evidence


Prepare and present specialist forensic evidence or opinion


Use and maintain specialist forensic equipment


Work autonomously


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