Certificate III in Military Engineering

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 22 units

All 3 core units, plus 10 units from the specialisation elective units, plus 5 general elective units from Group A, plus 4 general elective units from Group B

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

The 9 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 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

Construction Field

add topic DEFCA301B

Shift loads manually utilising non-motorised equipment

add topic BCC1013A

Monitor machine operations

add topic BCC1014A

Control construction traffic

add topic BCC2006A

Erect/dismantle fencing and gates

add topic BCG1007A

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

add topic BCG1009A

Carry out excavation and install support

add topic BCG1010A

Carry out concreting to simple forms

add topic BCG1017A

Prepare for construction process (demolition)

add topic BCG2002A

Oxy/LPG acetylene cutting

add topic BCG2003A

Carry out general demolition

add topic BCG2007A

Operate elevating work platforms (EWP)

add topic BCG2008A

Use explosive power tools (EPT)

add topic FPICOT2239A

Trim and cut felled trees

add topic FPIFGM2208A

Fall trees manually (basic)

add topic FPIFGM3204A

Fall trees manually (intermediate)

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 DEFCA205B

Observe targets and direct single asset firepower on a single target

add topic DEFCA206B

Observe targets and coordinate multi asset firepower on multiple targets

add topic DEFCA302B

Assist in the construction of minefields

add topic DEFCA303B

Assist in the preparation, construction, operation and maintenance of a field water-point

add topic DEFCA305B

Assist in the construction of wet gap crossings

add topic DEFCA306B

Assist in the construction of dry gap crossings

add topic DEFCA307B

Assist in the preparation, construction and maintenance of roads and tracks

add topic DEFCA308B

Assist in the construction and maintenance of field structures

add topic DEFCA309B

Perform military high-risk search

add topic DEFCA310B

Collect environmental information

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 DEFCO401C

Maintain security in a Defence communications and information systems environment

add topic PUAOPE003B

Navigate in urban and rural environments

Weapons Field

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 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 DEFCM102C

Operate a light support weapon

Detector Dog Field

add topic PSPBORD303A

Deploy detector dog

add topic PSPBORD304A

Maintain detector dog proficiency

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 DEFOH005B

Apply radio frequency radiation safety procedures

add topic DEFOH007B

Apply ionising radiation safety procedures

add topic ADEFOH009B

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 Field

add topic DEFCA311B

Operate an inland tug boat

add topic DEFCA304B

Prepare, operate and maintain small watercraft

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 TDMMC901B

Manoeuvre a domestic vessel of less than 12 metres in length operating within inshore limits

add topic TDMMH1202A

Plan and navigate a short voyage within inshore limits

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 TDTD397C

Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances


General Elective Units

Group A

add topic BCG1000A

Carry out interactive workplace communication

add topic BCG1002A

Plan and organise work

add topic BCG1003A

Read and interpret plans

add topic BCG1004A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic BCG1005A

Use hand and power tools

add topic BCG1006A

Use small plant and equipment

add topic BCG1008A

Use simple levelling devices

add topic BCG1011A

Handle construction materials and safely dispose of waste

add topic BSBCMN107A

Operate a personal computer

add topic BSBCMN108A

Develop keyboard skills

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Group B

add topic DEFEO201C

Respond to fire

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic PUATEA005A

Manage own professional performance

add topic BSBCMN203A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic BSBCMN206A

Process and maintain workplace information


Apply advanced first aid

add topic PSPGOV204B

Access and use resources

add topic PSPGOV207A

Use technology in the workplace

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 DEF32012 Certificate III in Military Engineering

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF32012 Certificate III in Military Engineering 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 own communication styles to reflect equity and diversity principles

apply appropriate techniques when providing constructive feedback to other team members, and giving and receiving support to/from team members

apply interpersonal and cross-cultural communication strategies

apply interpersonal communications

apply non operational and operational communication processes

ensure communication is achieved through non-verbal signals

ensure written communication is to a level required to complete workplace forms and reports

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

send and receive simple non-verbal signals

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

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

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


adhere to formations

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

contribute to identifying team goals and objectives

encourage and acknowledge participation by team members

guide and facilitate teams

maintain the security of the team

operate as a team member during the conduct of security operations, defensive operations and offensive operations

recognise and apply equity and diversity principles

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

understand principles of teamwork and team's aims and objectives

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

Problem solving

assess a fire situation and determine an appropriate course of action

continually assess the environment to identify the threat or their sign

extinguish fires

identify weaknesses exploitation

minimise personal signature

select the type of camouflage required for a particular situation, and detect the capabilities of the threat

Initiative and enterprise

use improvised techniques appropriately such as minimising personal signature

Planning and organising

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

assess factors influencing camouflage and concealment

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

assess threat's detection capabilities

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

select appropriate routes


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

review, monitor and self-assess own performance

work without supervision


access, interpret and rehearse fire emergency procedures


check, identify, select and use firefighting equipment

employ the weapons and weapon sighting systems and associated equipment

handle weapons safely in an operational environment

identify, select and safely handle ammunition

safely handle and carry a service rifle

test or check equipment

use communications and signalling devices

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

use field equipment