Certificate I in Defence Force Cadets

Not applicable.


9 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

6 core units

3 elective units

Choose a minimum of 1 elective unit from the elective list below.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the elective list below, or elsewhere within this training package, or another endorsed training package, or accredited course.

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.

The elective units should be selected from the units that most closely align to an individuals occupational outcomes. Electives selected must not duplicate outcomes of other units.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.

Core Units

add topic DEFCM105C

Participate in ceremonial activities

add topic DEFDC001B

Integrate into the cadet working environment

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic BSBCMM101A

Apply basic communication skills

add topic BSBCMN106A

Follow workplace safety procedures

Elective Units

add topic DEFCM006B

Operate a 22 gauge rifle

add topic DEFDC002B

Function in the Australian aerospace environment

add topic BSBCMN101A

Prepare for work

add topic BSBCMN102A

Complete daily work activities

add topic BSBADM101A

Use business equipment and resources

add topic BSBITU101A

Operate a personal computer

add topic BSBCMM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic HLTFA311A

Apply first aid

add topic ICAU1133B

Send and retrieve information using web browsers and email

add topic MEM500009B

Safely operate a mechanically powered recreational boat

add topic PUAOPE013A

Operate communications systems and equipment

add topic SISOBWG201A

Demonstrate bushwalking skills in a controlled environment

add topic SISONAV201A Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment

add topic SISONAV201A

Demonstrate navigation skills in a controlled environment

add topic SISOOPS201A

Minimise environmental impact

add topic SISOOPS202A

Use and maintain a temporary or overnight site

add topic SISOYSB201A

Demonstrate basic skills to sail a small boat in controlled conditions


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF10112 Certificate I in Defence Force Cadets

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF10112 Certificate I in Defence Force Cadets 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.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement

Defence 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.


acknowledge contact, confirm communication and initiate action

adjust communication styles to reflect equity and diversity

apply interpersonal and cross-cultural communication strategies

communicate within the organisation effectively

ensure information is transmitted concisely and clearly to facilitate accurate reception of the message

ensure that information, knowledge and skills are communicated effectively

ensure written communication is to the standard required

follow directions and instructions from superiors

follow organisational policy and procedures relevant to the operation of communication equipment

operate under direct Orders for Opening Fire

provide constructive feedback to other team members and to give and receive support to/from team members

report information, unsafe actions or situations, faults and defects including communication faults

understand legislative and statutory requirements

understand non operational and operational communication processes

understand organisational policies and guidelines

understand Range Safety Briefs and Practice Briefs

understand standard procedures, job instructions, workplace forms and reports

understand verbal and non-verbal communication techniques including, language style, active listening

use questioning/listening skills to elicit information


encourage and support other team members

guide and facilitate teams

implement effective team work

recognise, value and adjust own behaviour to individual differences in the workplace by treating others with respect and dignity, and applying equity and diversity principles

seek assistance within the organisation when required

work in an acceptable and non-discriminatory manner while establishing rapport and good working relationships with all colleagues

work under supervision and as part of a team including undertaking ceremonial drills as part of a team

Problem solving

apply problem solving strategies across a range of areas such as:

applying fault finding techniques

ensuring alternative communication strategies are employed

identifying and firing on targets

recognising and anticipating safety and security problems and hazards and taking appropriate action

develop practical solutions such as identifying, rectifying and/or reporting faults and defects on various types of equipment

Initiative and enterprise

adapt to new and varied situations

be creative

generate a range of options to overcome problems

Planning and organising

apply recognised safety precautions

develop an understanding of occupational health and safety requirements

identify organisational requirements

plan activities

practice drill movements and firearm drills

prepare and undertake weapons drills

prepare clothing, accessories and equipment for drill and ceremonial activities


comply with workplace equity and diversity practices

conduct self in a manner that shows sensitivity to the differences between colleagues

maintain the standard of dress and bearing

recognise the limit of own authority

participate in personal development activities

seek and act upon formal and informal performance feedback

work ethically while displaying relevant organisational values and exhibiting the qualities required from a cadet of the Australian Defence Force

work without supervision


conduct firearm drills

practice drill movements


clean and service communication equipment according to organisational procedures

competently transmit and receive communications

employ firearm sighting systems and associated equipment

handle firearms safely

identify, select and safely handle ammunition

safely handle and carry a 22 gauge rifle

use communications systems and equipment