Certificate III in Armoured Operations

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 18 units

All 5 core units, plus 6 units from the specialisation elective units, plus 4 transport elective units, plus 3 general elective units

Specialisation elective units should be selected from the fields that most closely align to an individual's occupational outcomes.

The 3 general elective units may be taken from the general elective units listed below, or may include 2 units taken from within this Training Package or any other endorsed Training Package at the same qualification level or a higher level.


Core Units

add topic DEFCA101B

Operate and maintain an armoured fighting vehicle

add topic DEFCA102B

Operate and maintain armoured fighting vehicle weapon systems

add topic DEFCM001B

Use personal camouflage and concealment in a threat environment

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic BSBCMN211A

Participate in workplace safety procedures


Specialisation Elective Units

Combat Field

add topic DEFCA001B

Observe and monitor hostile areas to detect targets

add topic DEFCA002B

Operate remote sensors to detect targets

add topic DEFCA003B

Operate a radar to locate targets

add topic DEFCA004B

Conduct military searches

add topic DEFCA005B

Operate communications equipment

add topic DEFCA006B

Perform an individual free fall parachute descent

add topic DEFCA007B

Perform an individual free fall parachute descent carrying combat equipment

add topic DEFCA008B

Perform an individual static line parachute descent

add topic DEFCA009B

Perform an individual static line parachute descent carrying combat equipment

add topic DEFCA010B

Perform a team free fall parachute descent carrying combat equipment

add topic DEFCA401B

Undertake security operations

add topic DEFCA402B

Undertake defensive operations

add topic DEFCA403B

Undertake offensive operations

add topic DEFCA404B

Undertake reconnaissance tasks

add topic DEFCA405B

Undertake surveillance patrol tasks

add topic DEFCO401B

Maintain security in a Defence communications and information systems environment

add topic PUAOPE003B

Navigate in urban and rural environments

Weapons Field

add topic DEFCA406B

Operate a service pistol

add topic DEFCA407B

Operate a sustained fire machine gun

add topic DEFCA408B

Operate sustained fire machine guns on operations

add topic DEFCA409B

Operate a shotgun

add topic DEFCA410B

Throw grenades on operations

add topic DEFCA411B

Operate a grenade launcher

add topic DEFCA412B

Operate a mortar

add topic DEFCA413B

Operate a direct fire support weapon

add topic DEFCA414B

Operate direct fire support weapon systems on operations

add topic DEFCA415B

Operate anti-personnel weapon

add topic DEFCA416C

Employ hand operated pyrotechnics

add topic DEFCA417B

Destroy targets using a direct fire guided weapon system

add topic DEFCA419B

Operate a service rifle on operations

add topic DEFCA420B

Operate a light support weapon on operations

add topic DEFCM101C

Operate a service rifle

Explosive Ordnance Field

add topic DEFEO101D

Work safely with explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO706D

Participate in the conduct of explosive ordnance disposal operations

add topic DEFEO711C

Conduct military demolition operations

add topic DEFEO712C

Lay and clear booby traps

add topic DEFEO713C

Lay and clear mines

Safety and Emergency Field

add topic DEFCA302B

Assist in the construction of minefields

add topic DEFCA304B

Prepare, operate and maintain small watercraft

add topic DEFCA305B

Assist in the construction of wet gap crossings

add topic DEFCA306B

Assist in the construction of dry gap crossings

add topic DEFOH005B

Apply radio frequency radiation safety procedures

add topic DEFOH007B

Apply ionising radiation safety procedures

add topic DEFOH009B

Work safely with lasers

add topic DEFOH012B

Identify confined space

add topic DEFOH013B

Enter confined space

add topic DEFOH014B

Test confined space environment

add topic PUAEME001B

Provide emergency care

add topic PUAFIR207B

Operate breathing apparatus open circuit

add topic PUAFIR308B

Employ personal protection at a hazardous materials incident


Transport Elective Units

add topic DEFTP001B

Operate a vehicle in an environment of threat

add topic DEFTP002B

Operate a vehicle at night

add topic DEFTP003B

Operate a vehicle over difficult terrain

add topic DEFTP004B

Operate a vehicle using night fighting equipment (NFE)

add topic DEFTP005B

Operate a multi-axle trailer

add topic BCCPO3002B

Conduct dozer operations

add topic SRODRV001B

Drive and recover a 4WD vehicle

add topic SRODRV002B

Drive a 4WD vehicle in difficult terrain using advanced technique

add topic SRODRV003B

Coordinate recovery of a 4WD vehicle using advanced techniques

add topic TDTB397B

Carry out vehicle servicing and maintenance

add topic TDTB497B

Carry out vehicle inspection

add topic TDTC2501A

Operate four wheel drive vehicle

add topic TDTC297B

Drive light rigid vehicle

add topic TDTC397B

Drive medium rigid vehicle

add topic TDTC497C

Drive heavy rigid vehicle

add topic TDTC697B

Drive multi-combination vehicle

add topic TDTD1597B

Identify and label explosives and dangerous goods

add topic TDTD1697B

Load and unload explosives and dangerous goods

add topic TDTF1097B

Apply fatigue management strategies

add topic TDTF1297B

Apply safe procedures when handling/transporting dangerous goods or explosives

add topic TDTF1397B

Coordinate breakdowns and emergencies

add topic TDTH297C

Plan and navigate routes


General Elective Units

add topic BCG1006A

Use small plant and equipment

add topic BSBCMN203A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic BSBCMN206A

Process and maintain workplace information

add topic BSBSUS201A

: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Apply advanced first aid

add topic PSPGOV204B

Access and use resources

add topic PSPGOV207A

Use technology in the workplace

add topic DEFEO201C

Respond to fire

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic PUATEA005A

Manage own professional performance

add topic RTC1301A

Operate basic machinery and equipment

add topic RTC2304A

Operate and maintain chainsaws


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF31512 Certificate III in Armoured Operations

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF31512 Certificate III in Armoured 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.


access, interpret and rehearse fire emergency procedures

access, read and interpret local emergency procedures

adjust communication styles to reflect equity and diversity principles

apply appropriate techniques when providing constructive feedback to other team members and to give and receive support to/from team members

apply interpersonal and cross-cultural communication strategies

ensure that information, knowledge and skills are communicated effectively and shared

follow organisational policies and guidelines

follow legislative and statutory requirements

follow standard procedures, safety procedures and instructions

identify, confirm and report the nature and scope of the fire

identify emergency alarms and match with response requirement

identify, report and/or rectify armoured fighting vehicle faults

recognise and report breaches of organisational codes of ethics and/or practice and statements of values

send and receive simple non-verbal signals

seek support where required to enable identification and implementation of positive alternatives to personal problems

share and effectively communicate between team members, information, knowledge and skills relevant to work

work with others and make a positive contribution to the effectiveness and efficiency of a team


assist in the completion of tasks when requested by other team members and is appropriate

conduct inspections and checks to maintain armoured fighting vehicle performance

conduct operator maintenance

contribute to identifying team goals and objectives

encourage and acknowledge participation by team members

guide and facilitate teams

identify, acquire and engage targets

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

test, adjust or replace armoured fighting vehicle sub-systems and ancillary equipment

understand principles of teamwork and team's aims and objectives

work as part of an armoured fighting vehicle crew

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

Problem solving

continually assess the environment to identify the threat or their sign

identify, report and or rectify faults on armoured fighting vehicles

identify weaknesses for exploitation

minimise personal signature

select the type of camouflage required for a particular situation

Initiative and enterprise

use improvised techniques appropriately such as minimising personal signature

Planning and organising

apply navigational techniques

assess factors influencing camouflage and concealment

assess the environment so that appropriate camouflage and concealment techniques can be applied

assess the tactical situation so that appropriate camouflage and concealment techniques can be applied

assess threat's detection capabilities

conduct weapon drills

demonstrate understanding of, and apply throughout operation, occupational health and safety requirements and recognised safety precautions including those contained in the Australian Defence Force procedures

operate vehicle communications systems

prepare armoured fighting vehicle for operations/battle

prepare weapon systems for operations

select appropriate routes


commit to the jurisdiction's laws and the organisation's policy procedures

comply with workplace equity and diversity practices

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

identify, plan and implement personal development strategies

model and maintain high standards of personal performance, ethics and integrity

monitor and manage personal physical and emotional health

recognise the limit of own authority

review, monitor and self-assess own performance

seek formal and informal performance feedback regularly

work without supervision


access, interpret and rehearse fire emergency procedures

conduct weapon drills


apply driving techniques to negotiate complex terrain

apply tactical operating techniques

check, identify, select and use firefighting equipment

check the armoured fighting vehicle for operation

conduct operations using armoured fighting vehicle direct fire weapon systems

identify in-service ammunition

maintain weapon systems

manoeuvre armoured fighting vehicle to allow the direct fire weapon systems to be employed

operate/drive an armoured fighting vehicle

operate equipment to support weapon functions

use communications and signalling devices

use emergency devices (e.g. parachute, life-raft) and weapons