Unit of competency details

SISXEMR201A - Respond to emergency situations (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SISXEMR001 - Respond to emergency situationsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. 02/Sep/2015
Supersedes and is equivalent to SRXEMR001A - Respond to emergency situationsE Updated and equivalent to SRXEMR001A Respond to emergency situations 06/Jun/2011

ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 06/Mar/2013
(View details for release 2) 28/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) 07/Jun/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

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SIS30510 - Certificate III in Sport and RecreationCertificate III in Sport and RecreationSuperseded1-2 
SIS30613 - Certificate III in Sport Career Oriented ParticipationCertificate III in Sport Career Oriented ParticipationSuperseded1-2 
SIS30913 - Certificate III in Sport OfficiatingCertificate III in Sport OfficiatingDeleted1-2 
SIS30810 - Certificate III in Sports TrainerCertificate III in Sports TrainerSuperseded1-2 
SIS30813 - Certificate III in Sports TrainerCertificate III in Sports TrainerDeleted1-2 
RGR20308 - Certificate II in Racing Services (Racing Administration)Certificate II in Racing Services (Racing Administration)Superseded2-3 
SIS20313 - Certificate II in Sport and RecreationCertificate II in Sport and RecreationSuperseded
RGR40508 - Certificate IV in Racing Services (Racing Administration)Certificate IV in Racing Services (Racing Administration)Deleted2-3 
SIS30413 - Certificate III in Outdoor RecreationCertificate III in Outdoor RecreationSuperseded
SIS20113 - Certificate II in Community ActivitiesCertificate II in Community ActivitiesSuperseded
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Skill sets that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Skill sets that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Skill sets that include this unit by the Title columnUsage RecommendationRelease
SISSS00066 - Kayaking Guide White Water Grade 2Kayaking Guide White Water Grade 2Deleted1-5 
SISSS00099 - Trail Bike Guide - Day RidesTrail Bike Guide - Day RidesSuperseded1-2 
SISSS00007 - Abseiling Instructor Single Pitch (Natural Surfaces)Abseiling Instructor Single Pitch (Natural Surfaces)Deleted1-5 
SISSS00087 - Skiing Guide Overnight Intermediate Ski TouringSkiing Guide Overnight Intermediate Ski TouringDeleted1-3 
SISSS00035 - Challenge Ropes Course Manager (Low Ropes)Challenge Ropes Course Manager (Low Ropes)Deleted1-4 
SISSS00033 - Challenge Ropes Course Conductor (Low Ropes)Challenge Ropes Course Conductor (Low Ropes)Deleted1-5 
SISSS00023 - Canoeing Instructor White Water Grade 3Canoeing Instructor White Water Grade 3Deleted1-5 
SISSS00022 - Canoeing Instructor White Water Grade 2Canoeing Instructor White Water Grade 2Deleted1-5 
SISSS00043 - Climbing Instruct (Natural Surfaces) Single Top RopeClimbing Instruct (Natural Surfaces) Single Top RopeSuperseded1-2 
SISSS00040 - Climbing Guide (Natural Surfaces) Multi Pitch LeadClimbing Guide (Natural Surfaces) Multi Pitch LeadDeleted1-4 
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Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080399 Business And Management, N.e.c.  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080399 Business And Management, N.e.c.  18/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

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Updated and equivalent.

Reduction of repetition.

No changes to competency outcome.

Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond appropriately in emergency situations, such as those caused by fire, accident or weather. The unit focuses on the application of organisational policies and procedures to maintain the welfare of participants in an activity in response to emergency situations.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to those who work in a range of roles and settings in the sport, fitness and recreation industry. This may include those working in after-school or holiday-care programs in a range of locations; those assisting in coaching activities, competitions and events, as attendants at sporting grounds or facilities; or those undertaking a role in indoor recreation activities including fitness venues and outdoor recreation activities, such as camps and other guided activities. This unit also applies to those working in aquatic centres, such as instructors, operators or lifeguards.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria 

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the 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.

1. Identify workplace emergency procedures.

1.1. Identify relevant organisation policies  and procedures .

1.2. Recognise emergency and potential emergency situations .

1.3. Identify personnel responsible for the appropriate area.

1.4. Identify location and use of emergency equipment  as required.

1.5. Identify exits and assembly points.

2. Respond to an emergency.

2.1. Report workplace emergency situations to appropriate personnel .

2.2. Use communication systems  during the emergency.

2.3. Follow instructions from appropriate personnel during the emergency.

2.4. Select and use emergency equipment where appropriate.

3. Coordinate and monitor participant response.

3.1. Convey emergency instructions to participants in the activity and colleagues.

3.2. Identify and implement strategies for group control and remove participants and colleagues from danger.

3.3. Monitor the condition and location of participants.

3.4. Provide information on developments to participants.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication skills to:
  • follow instructions and procedures during emergencies
  • report emergency situations
  • inform participants of evacuation procedures
  • debrief participants on the emergency situation
  • planning and organising skills to:
  • coordinate participant movement away from the emergency
  • monitor participants during the emergency
  • literacy and numeracy skills to interpret and follow policies and safety signage
  • technology skills to use emergency and communications equipment
  • problem-solving skills to identify emergency situations and respond safely and promptly.

Required knowledge 

  • organisational policies and procedures to:
  • enable safe response to an emergency
  • ensure safe response to situations according to own work role and level of responsibility
  • first-aid knowledge appropriate to the location and level of responsibility
  • contingency management techniques
  • local call-out procedures and information to access emergency services personnel.

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

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

Evidence of the ability to:

  • identify and follow all organisational emergency policies and procedures in relation to own work role and level of responsibility
  • respond to emergency situations safely and promptly with consideration for the welfare of all participants and colleagues
  • apply contingency-management techniques to respond to emergencies
  • respond to different types of emergency situations relevant to the individual’s current or intended work situation.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • prompt response to emergency situations, which may be simulated in an environment that reflects the individual’s current or intended work situation to demonstrate consistency of performance.

Assessment must also ensure access to:

  • emergency response equipment appropriate to the work environment
  • documentation, such as organisational policies and procedures for responding to emergency situations.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • observation of applying organisational procedures to respond to emergencies
  • observation of coordinating participant movement during the emergency
  • third-party reports from a supervisor detailing work performance
  • oral and or written questioning to assess knowledge of accessing and interpreting organisational policies and procedures.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

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, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Organisational policies and procedures  may include:

  • communication lines
  • debrief procedures
  • duty of care
  • emergency procedures
  • environment protection
  • exit and assembly points
  • hazardous substances and dangerous goods
  • industry codes of practice
  • Work Health and Safety (WHS)
  • public health and safety
  • reporting incidents.

Emergency situations  may include:

  • fire
  • hazardous releases, such as chemical spills
  • bomb threats
  • medical
  • injuries
  • accidents
  • panic and other emotional responses
  • equipment failure
  • lost party or party member
  • changing environmental conditions
  • activity-specific.

Emergency equipment  may include:

  • fire extinguisher
  • fire blanket
  • first-aid kit
  • emergency-signalling devices
  • portable emergency shelter
  • thermal blankets and sheets
  • emergency lighting
  • dehydration equipment.

Appropriate personnel  may include:

  • internal personnel, such as:
  • WHS representative
  • human resources personnel
  • colleague
  • team leader
  • manager
  • supervisor
  • fire warden
  • emergency services, including:
  • Police Search and Rescue
  • State Emergency Service
  • Fire Brigade
  • Ambulance Service
  • Land Management Authorities
  • Australian Volunteer Coastguard.

Communication systems  may include:

  • emergency warning and alarm systems
  • hand signals
  • telephone and radio communications
  • whistles
  • flares.

Clients  may include:

  • participants in an activity or program
  • colleagues
  • small and larger groups.

Unit Sector(s)


Competency Field

Emergency Response.