Certificate III in Explosive Ordnance Operations

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 17 units

All 4 core units plus 7 Group A (specialisation) elective units from the list below plus 6 Group B (general) elective units

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 6 Group B (general) elective units may be taken from the elective units listed below and may include 2 units taken from this Training Package, any other endorsed Training Package or any state/territory accredited qualification where the unit is in a qualification at the same level or a higher level.


Core Units

add topic DEFEO101D

Work safely with explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic BSBCMN311B

Maintain workplace safety

add topic TLID107C

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods


Elective Units

Group A (specialisation)

add topic DEFEO203C

Dispose of non-explosive dangerous goods

add topic DEFEO701C

Dispose of explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO702D

Destroy unexploded ordnance

add topic DEFEO703C

Supervise military explosive ordnance task

add topic DEFEO710D

Prepare and arm weapons systems

add topic DEFEO711C

Conduct military demolition operations

add topic DEFEO712C

Lay and clear booby traps

add topic DEFEO713C

Lay and clear mines

add topic DEFEO714C

Conduct underwater explosive demolitions

add topic DEFDV001C Dive using self-contained underwater breathing apparatus in open water to 30 metres

add topic DEFEO711C Conduct military demolition operations

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment

add topic TLIB607C

Carry out inspection of vehicles designed to carry special loads

add topic TLIC707C

Operate vehicle carrying special loads

add topic TLID1507D

Identify and label explosives and dangerous goods

add topic TLID1607D

Load and unload explosives and dangerous goods


Group B (general)

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic HLTFA201A

Provide basic emergency life support


add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic DEFCA004B

Conduct military searches

add topic BSBCMN311A Maintain workplace safety

add topic DEFCA005B Operate communications equipment

add topic DEFCM118B

Act as a range safety officer on a permanent range

add topic DEFCM119B

Conduct basic range practices on a permanent range

add topic DEFEO204C

Examine and certify free from explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO301D

Package ammunition

add topic DEFEO302D

Unpackage ammunition

add topic DEFEO303D

Monitor explosive ordnance environmental conditions

add topic DEFEO501D

Conduct explosive ordnance inspection

add topic DEFEO502D

Conduct external explosive ordnance maintenance

add topic DEFEO503C

Conduct explosive ordnance packaging inspection

add topic DEFEO508D

Conduct electrical/electronic circuitry tests

add topic DEFEO521A

Refurbish explosive ordnance packaging

add topic PUAEMR001B

Establish context and develop risk evaluation criteria

add topic PUAEMR002B

Identify, analyse and evaluate risk

add topic PUAEMR001B Establish context and develop risk evaluation criteria

add topic PUAEMR003B

Determine treatment strategies

add topic PUAEMR004B

Manage treatment strategy implementation

add topic PUAEMR003B Determine treatment strategies

add topic PUAEMR006B

Treat risk at an operational level

add topic PUAEMR007B

Conduct risk assessment

add topic PUAPOLFC003B

Detect, record and collect physical evidence

add topic PUAWER004B

Respond to workplace emergencies

add topic TLIA1507C

Complete receival/despatch documentation

add topic TLID1207C

Operate specialised load shifting equipment

add topic TLID2707D

Prepare for transport of dangerous goods

add topic TLIF1207D

Apply safe procedures when handling/transporting dangerous goods or explosives

add topic TLIF207C

Conduct housekeeping activities


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF30912 Certificate III in Explosive Ordnance Operations 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.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement


identify and confirm requirement for disposal of non-explosive dangerous goods from work requests/instructions

identify and note organisation incident and injury statistics

identify and recognise hazardous materials labels and characteristics and apply relevant action/criteria

identify and report incidents

identify documentation and licensing limitations and/or acquired

obtain relevant authorisation before specialised and hazardous work is carried out

read, access, interpret and apply technical instructions related to the disposal of non-explosive dangerous goods

record and report details of first aid administered

record and report incidents and injuries

understand United Nations classification and segregation requirements of explosive ordnance

undertake liaison and notification of parties affected by the disposal


conduct military demolition operations, normally undertaken as a member of a team

coordinate activities involved in the task with concurrent/ neighbouring/support activities/units

coordinate and monitor personnel

encourage other team members

recognise individual differences in the workplace, to value these differences and to adjust behaviour to account for these differences

supervise a military team

supervise personnel

Problem solving

apply emergency and contingency procedures

calculate and apply Net explosive quantity

calculate safety distances including safety fuse burning times

identify and react to explosive ordnance emergencies

perform clearance of malfunctioned ordnance

undertake mathematical calculations related to demolition operations

Initiative and enterprise

react to ordnance emergencies

Planning and organising

apply occupational health and safety requirements including those contained in organisation procedures, throughout the disposal operation

complete site/equipment preparation

plan and prepare for explosive ordnance task

prepare for destruction

prepare for disposal

undertake clearance drills and sequences

undertake mine laying drills and procedures


apply personal behaviour that shows sensitivity to the differences between colleagues

apply personal safety measures


conduct drills to lay mines

conduct rehearsals and/or trial runs where practical

learn about material safety data sheets (MSDS);

learn about Defence Explosive Ordnance Publications

learn about Explosive Transport Regulations

learn about Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail


dispose of explosive ordnance

handle and move hazardous materials

make safe identified traps, by disposal or marking

operate mine clearance laying and marking equipment

prepare weapon platform

test explosives, accessories and equipment

understand the characteristics and limitations of the unexploded ordnance to be destroyed