Certificate III in Aviation (Aerodrome Operations)


This qualification is suitable for those engaged in aerodrome operations within the Aviation Industry. It reflects the roles of an Aerodrome Reporting Officer or Works Safety Officer operating in the aviation environment.

It involves 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. It may also include responsibility for coordinating the work of others.

Job roles:

Occupation titles can vary and may include:

Aerodrome Operations Officer

Aerodrome Reporting Officer

Airport Safety Officer

Airside Operations Officer

Operations Officer

Works Safety Officer.

Note: ‘WSO’ is defined as ‘a person appointed in writing as a Works Safety Officer for the purpose of ensuring the safe conduct of aerodrome works’ (as per Civil Aviation Safety Regulations).


Requirements for completion of the qualification

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

5 core units listed below


9 elective units, which may be selected from the elective units listed below, or may include up to 4 units drawn with appropriate contextualisation from this Training Package and/or any other relevant currently endorsed national Training Package or accredited course.

Where imported units are selected, care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified in the unit are complied with.

Core Units




Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic AVIB3005A

Inspect and report on aerodrome serviceability

add topic AVIB3007A

Inspect and report on obstacle limitation surfaces


Driving Vehicle

add topic AVIC2001A

Drive on the airside



add topic AVIO3001A

Monitor airside access and airside driving


Situation Awareness

add topic AVIZ1005B

Maintain basic situation awareness in the aviation workplace

General Elective Units




Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic AVIB3006A

Inspect and report on serviceability of aerodrome lighting systems


Communication and Calculation

add topic AVIE3003B

Complete a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)

add topic AVIE3004B

Maintain radio communications as part of airport operations


Safety Management

add topic AVIF2012A

Monitor the transfer of hazardous materials

add topic AVIF2020B

Employ fatigue management practices in the aviation workplace

add topic AVIF2023A

Follow occupational health and safety procedures

add topic AVIF3012A

Apply relevant laws and regulations to the operation of an aerodrome

add topic AVIF3025A

Facilitate the safety of aerodrome works and works site access

add topic AVIF3026A

Facilitate an aerodrome emergency response


Resource Management

add topic BSBWOR301B

Organise personal work priorities and development



add topic AVIO2001A

Use firearms on an aerodrome to control wildlife hazards


Administration and Finance

add topic BSBRSK401A

Identify risk and apply risk management processes



add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Equipment and Systems Operations

add topic AVIW3021A

Coordinate aircraft ground operations

add topic AVIW3023A

Implement wildlife hazard control measures

add topic AVIW5022A

Coordinate the removal of disabled aircraft


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

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

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the Transport and Logistics 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 aerodrome operations

Read and interpret relevant regulations, instructions, signs and labels applicable to the supervision of aerodrome operations

Speak clearly and directly on matters related to aerodrome operations

Listen to and interpret verbal information related to aerodrome operations

Write documents as part of duties, including completion of relevant forms, timesheets, service logs and incident reports

Negotiate issues with others in the course of aerodrome operations

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Use relevant communication equipment.


Collaborate with others in the course of aerodrome operations

Provide leadership to other personnel in the aerodrome 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 aerodrome operations

Avoid and prevent the harassment of others in the workplace

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

Problem solving

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

Monitor and anticipate problems that may occur in the course of aerodrome 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 aerodrome situations and take appropriate precautions

Use mathematics to solve various calculations related to aerodrome operations.

Initiative and enterprise

Modify activities dependent on differing aerodrome situations and contingencies

Take appropriate initiatives in a range of operational situations such as those above

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 aerodrome operations

Organise and plan own work activities

Manage time and priorities in the course of aerodrome operations.

Self management

Interpret and apply regulations and instructions

Establish and follow own work plans and schedules

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

Assist in the creation of a learning environment in the workplace

Adapt own competence in response to any changes in aerodrome operations

Update own knowledge and skills required for aerodrome operations activities.


Use equipment and materials required during aerodrome operations

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

Follow and apply work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures when using and servicing aerodrome operations equipment and facilities.