Unit of competency details

PUADEFCA211B - Supervise the destruction of hostile air targets using line of sight ground based air defence weapon systems (Release 1)


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

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Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080303 Human Resource Management  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080303 Human Resource Management  03/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

This unit covers the competency required to supervise and control all aspects of the operation of a direct fire ground based missile system designed to destroy hostile aircraft.

The control of the ground based missile system requires target interrogation, analysis, engagement and decision-making based on tactical information, situational awareness and observed target activity.

While this work will be undertaken under the commander's direction the individual must be able to act independently as required by the circumstances.

This unit of competency is written for visual range ground based air defence weapon systems, which does not include small arms.

Application of the Unit

Application of the Unit 

The application of this unit in the workplace - the environments, complexities and situations involved - will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

This text will be useful for the purposes of job descriptions, recruitment advice or job analysis; where possible, it will not be too job specific to allow other industries to import it into other Training Packages, where feasible.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite Unit /

PUADEFCA204B Destroy hostile air targets using line of sight ground based air defence weapon systems

PUADEFCM104B Operate in a threat environment

PUAOPE002B Operate communications systems and equipment

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Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

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 Required Skills and Knowledge and/or the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare and deploy ground based air defence systems 

1.1 Resources  required for the performance of the task are determined and organised in accordance with orders

1.2 Identified problems/shortfalls are reported to immediate supervisor in accordance with standard procedures 

1.3 Orders are followed to move to a directed location and concealment is maintained

1.4 Ground based air defence system  is deployed in accordance with orders

1.5 System is established, integrated and checked for functionality

2. Control the engagement of targets with a ground based air defence systems 

2.1 Advice is received on the operational situation and analysed to inform the engagement process

2.2 Ground based air defence system operations  are directed and controlled in accordance with orders and standard procedures

2.3 Operational data  is transmitted to the command post

2.4 Minor incidents  are rectified

2.5 Major incidents  beyond own level of authority or competence are reported to manager/s and action is taken as directed

3. Conduct maintenance on ground based air defence systems 

3.1 Operator maintenance activities are supervised

3.2 Maintenance  activities are performed in accordance with standard procedures

4. Redeploy a ground based missile system 

4.1 Redeployment preparation is carried out

4.2 Orders are followed to move from one directed location to another in accordance with standard procedures

Required Skills and Knowledge


This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills 

  • communicate effectively
  • interpret orders, instructions and directions
  • manage a small team
  • manual dexterity
  • navigate
  • operate communication equipment
  • participate in air defence system deployment and operation drills
  • recognise aerial targets appropriately
  • use simulation systems

Required Knowledge 

  • airspace control measures
  • characteristics, technical capabilities, effects and limitations of air defence systems
  • communication networks
  • factors effecting local defence
  • ground based air defence command structure
  • mechanical principles
  • principles of camouflage
  • radar principles
  • relevant OH&S requirements

Evidence Guide


Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessment must confirm the ability to recognise own level of authority; to correctly identify a number of different types of aerial targets as determined by the Combat Arms Training Centre; to prioritise targets in a high intensity situation encountered in a threat environment; to direct fire in a clear and concise manner, and to take appropriate action in the event of misfire and cancel missile in-flight; and to supervise the deployment and maintenance of ground based air defence systems.

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over a period of time in a range of different environments that could be expected in the workplace.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in a simulated operational environment due to the high cost of ammunition. The simulation should replicate the live environment where stress and fatigue are key features.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access to a hi-fidelity simulator that accurately simulates the threat environment.

Guidance information for assessment 

Information that will assist or guide assessment will be written during Phase II of the Review of the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package.

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.

Resources required may include 


Any allocated support


Ground based air defence weapon system






Visual alerting and cueing systems


Standard procedures may include 

Australian Standards

Defence Instructions

Doctrinal pamphlets

Job guides, other publications

Manufacturers' handbooks, industry specifications and technical instructions

Occupational health and safety (OH&S) regulations

Organisational policies and procedures

Procedure manuals

Relevant local government by-laws

Relevant state/territory or federal legislation

Routine Orders

Standing Operating Procedures

Standing Orders

Written and verbal orders

Ground based air defence system may include 

Alerting and cueing system

Short range air defence weapon system

Very low level air defence weapon system

Operations may include 

Cancel missile in-flight

Fire control


Misfire procedures

Operator direction

Target identification

Target prioritisation

Operational data may include 

Ammunition report

Engagement report

Situation report

Minor incidents may include 

Damage to equipment


Major incidents may include 

Explosive ordnance incident

Incorrect target identification

Injury to personnel

Maintenance may include 

Non technical inspection

Test and adjust equipment

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Corequisite Unit/s

Co-requisite Unit /


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