Certificate III in Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental

Not applicable.


18 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

5 core units

13 elective units

Choose a minimum of 11 elective units from the Group A (Specialisation) and Group B (General) elective lists below, of which 5 must be taken from Group A.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the elective lists 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 DEFEO101D

Work safely with explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic HLTFA211A

Provide basic emergency life support

add topic PSPOHS301A

Contribute to workplace safety

add topic TLID1001A

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)

add topic DEFEO204C

Examine and certify free from explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO206C

Apply a knowledge of the service environment

add topic DEFEO401D

Load and unload platforms

add topic DEFEO505D

Breakdown explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO506D

Fuze and defuze explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO507D

Assemble and disassemble explosive components

add topic DEFEO800A

Prepare proof firing points

add topic DEFEO801A

Undertake proof firings of small arms

add topic DEFEO802A

Undertake proof firings of other calibre weapons

add topic DEFEO807A

Prepare explosive ordnance for proof tests

add topic DEFEO808B

Prepare explosives for metal hardening

add topic DEFEO815A

Operate small watercraft

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment

add topic TLID2016A

Load and unload explosives and dangerous goods


Group B Elective Units (General)

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic DEFCA003B

Operate a radar to locate targets

add topic DEFCA208B

Maintain radar systems at field operator level


Follow security procedures

add topic DEFEO201C

Respond to fire

add topic DEFEO202D

Establish and maintain the safety and security of explosive warehouses and workshops

add topic DEFEO203C

Dispose of non-explosive dangerous goods

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 DEFSO001C

Operate a radar system

add topic PUAOPE013A

Operate communications systems and equipment

add topic PUAWER004B

Respond to workplace emergencies

add topic TLIA3015A

Complete receival/despatch documentation

add topic TLID2012A

Operate specialised load shifting equipment

add topic TLIF2012A

Apply safe procedures when handling/transporting dangerous goods or explosives

add topic TLIF1002A

Conduct housekeeping activities


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF32512 Certificate III in Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF32512 Certificate III in Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental 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.

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


access and clarify safety procedures and instructions

access, read, interpret and apply information on safety

follow instructions/directives and report information

identify, analyse and confirm requirements to enter an explosive ordnance storage area/facility from work requests/instructions

identify and act on or report, breaches in site safety

identify and note organisation incident and injury statistics

identify and report incidents

identify documentation and licensing limitations

identify hazardous materials labels and characteristics

obtain relevant authorisation before specialised and hazardous work is carried out

read to a level required to interpret job instructions, workplace forms and reports

record and report details of first aid administered

record and report incidents and injuries

use a variety of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques

write at the level required to complete workplace documentation and reports


apply principles of team work, and team aims and objectives

encourage other team members

liaise with relevant personnel

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

Problem solving

apply emergency and contingency procedures

assess and apply compatibility

calculate and apply net explosive quantity

prepare procedures to rectify problems or non-adherence to policy identified during the inspection

use knowledge of service environments to assist in work and to guide problem solving

Initiative and enterprise

maintain and/or refurbish site/equipment in accordance with organisational policies and procedures, and Range Standing Orders

undertake liaison and notification of parties affected by the disposal in accordance with organisational policies and procedures and Range Standing Orders

Planning and organising

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

determine the task/s to be performed, the resources to be allocated and the constraints that must be observed for their achievement

develop and implement an explosive ordnance and/or weapons system policy

prepare and plan inspection

prepare for disposal

prepare for entry

research and identify environmental extremes related to the service environments


apply personal safety measures

ensure personal behaviour shows sensitivity to the differences between colleagues

meet personal protection equipment requirements

recognise and apply individual responsibilities regarding hazardous materials


learn about Depot Standing Instructions, Section Procedural Instructions (SPI), Departmental Maintenance Procedure Instructions (DMPI) and Technical Instructions Armament Depots (TIAD)

learn about legislation such as Racial Discrimination Act 1975; Sex Discrimination Act 1984; Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986; Privacy Act 1988; Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991; Disability Discrimination Act 1992


apply relevant characteristics and requirements of the explosive ordnance to be loaded/unloaded

defuse and fuse explosive ordnance

identify, prepare and position lifting/transfer equipment appropriate for the loading/unloading task

understand characteristics and limitations of fuses

understand explosive ordnance

use appropriate information technology and software