Certificate III in Aviation (Rescue Crewman)


This qualification reflects the role of a rescue crewman working in the helicopter operational environment. Successful completion will require competency in units that relate to work defined as aligned at AQF Level 3.

Qualifications should be structured to align with licensing and regulatory requirements applicable to the occupation concerned.

Performance of a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures and within known time constraints.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful assessment outcome for a total of 14 units comprising:

9 core units listed below


5 elective units. At least 3 of the elective units must be selected from the elective units list below. Up to 2 elective units with appropriate contextualisation may be selected from any currently endorsed national Training Package or accredited course. Where the choice of a unit from another currently endorsed national Training Package or accredited course is made, this unit must come from a qualification or course at Certificate II or above and must contribute towards the vocational outcome of the qualification.

Core Units




Handling Cargo/Stock

add topic TLIA107C

Secure Cargo


Safety Management

add topic AVIF4001B

Manage human factors in aircraft flight

add topic AVIF3005B

Maintain the safety of people and aircraft

add topic AVIF3006B

Respond to abnormal and emergency situations within the aircraft

add topic AVIF2014A

Undertake aircraft underwater escape and survival

add topic PUAFIR209B

Work safely around aircraft


Equipment and Systems Operations

add topic AVIW3024A

Perform wireman duties

add topic AVIW3025A

Complete aircraft/equipment pre- and post-flight actions


Situation Awareness

add topic AVIZ1005B

Maintain basic situation awareness in the aviation workplace

Elective Units




Communication Calculations

add topic AVIE4001B

Maintain aircraft radio communications


Safety Management

add topic AVIF3016A

Marshal aircraft

add topic HLTFA201A

Provide basic emergency life support

add topic HLTFA404A

Apply advanced resuscitation techniques



add topic TLIO207D

Follow security procedures


Equipment and Systems Operations

add topic AVIW3006B

Refuel aircraft

add topic AVIW3026A

Conduct night aided vision aviation operations

add topic AVIW3027A

Deliver pyrotechnics and hand held stores

add topic AVIW4028A

Manage aircraft sensor systems


Aircraft Operation and TrafficManagement

add topic AVIY4051A

Conduct external load-lift operations

add topic AVIY3052A

Conduct Helicopter Landing Site and Unprepared Helicopter Landing Site operations

add topic AVIY4054A

Conduct hoisting operations


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Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

AVI30510C ertificate III in Aviation (Rescue Crewman)

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the Aviation Industry for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Implement and monitor communication systems and procedures required for rescue operations

Read and interpret relevant regulations, instructions, signs and labels applicable to aviation rescue operations

Speak clearly and directly on matters related to aviation rescue operations

Listen to and interpret verbal information related to rescue operations

Write documents as part of duties, including completion of relevant forms and reports

Negotiate issues with others in the course of rescue operations

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Use relevant communication equipment.


Collaborate with others in the course of rescue operations

Provide situational leadership as appropriate in the flight workplace

Motivate others in the workplace

Assist others in the workplace to achieve and maintain competence

Assist in the resolution of any interpersonal conflicts that may arise during rescue operations

Avoid and prevent the harassment of others in the workplace

Work with persons of different ages, gender, race, religion, political persuasion, etc.

Problem solving

Identify and solve or report problems arising in the course of rescue operations

Monitor and anticipate problems that may occur in the course of rescue operations including hazards and risks and take appropriate action to report or resolve the problems within limits of responsibility

Identify and control hazards and risks in a range of aviation flight situations and take appropriate precautions

Use mathematics to solve various calculations related to rescue operations.

Initiative and enterprise

Modify activities dependent on differing rescue situations and contingencies

Take appropriate initiatives in a range of operational situations

Respond appropriately to any changes in equipment, standard operating procedures and the working environment.

Planning and organising

Follow and apply operational and emergency plans, systems and procedures

Monitor systems and procedures for compliance with regulations and codes of practice

Implement the workplace security and safety management systems

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

Collect and interpret information needed in the course of rescue operations

Organise and plan own work activities

Manage time and priorities in the course of rescue operations.

Self management

Interpret and apply regulations and instructions

Establish and follow work plans and schedules where applicable

Evaluate own work performance.


Contribute to learning and assessment activities in the workplace

Assist others to adapt to any changes in workplace systems, equipment, procedures and the workplace operating environment

Assist in the instruction, coaching or mentoring of others in the workplace

Contribute to the assessment of the competence of others in the workplace

Adapt own competence in response to any changes in rescue operations

Update own knowledge and skills required for rescue activities.


Use equipment and materials appropriately as required during rescue operations

Follow and apply operational and servicing instructions for equipment used during rescue operations

Follow and apply OH&S procedures when using flight equipment and facilities.