Certificate III in Field Petroleum Operations

Not applicable.


17 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

8 core units

9 elective units

Choose a minimum of 2 elective units from the Group A (Petroleum) elective list.

Choose a minimum of 2 elective units from the Group B (Safety) elective list.

Choose a minimum of 2 elective units from the Group C (Transport) elective list.

Choose a minimum of 1 elective units from the Group D (General) list below.

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 DEFCM104C

Operate in a threat environment

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic DEFPE001A

Conduct field refuelling operations from a bulk fuel installation

add topic DEFPE004A

Assist in the construction and maintenance of a non-permanent bulk fuel installation

add topic DEFPE005A

Assist in the construction and operation of a non-permanent inland pipeline liquid distribution system

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic BSBOHS201A

Participate in OHS processes

add topic SISOOPS201A

Minimise environmental impact


Group A Elective Units (Petroleum)

add topic AVIW3006B

Refuel aircraft

add topic DEFCM007B

Marshal aircraft (Defence)

add topic DEFPE002A

Conduct field refuelling operations using drum stock

add topic DEFPE003A

Test fuel hoses

add topic DEFPE006A

Assist in the operation of the tank fabric collapsible marine system

add topic DEFPE007A

Assist in the operation of the towed flexible barge system

add topic TLID2407C

Use specialised liquid bulk transfer equipment (gravity/pressurised)

add topic UEGNSG604B

Fill gas cylinders


Group B Elective Units (Safety)

add topic HLTFA311A

Apply first aid

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic DEFEO101D

Work safely with explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO201C

Respond to fire

add topic DEFOH012B

Identify confined space

add topic DEFOH013B

Enter confined space

add topic DEFOH014B

Test confined space environment

add topic PUAWER008B

Confine small workplace emergencies


Group C Elective Units (Transport)

add topic TLIA1307C

Receive goods

add topic TLIA2007C

Replenish stock

add topic TLIA2207C

Participate in stocktakes

add topic TLID1001A

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

add topic TLID2003A

Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances

add topic TLID2004A

Load and unload goods/cargo

add topic TLID1007C

Operate a forklift

add topic TLID2016A

Load and unload explosives and dangerous goods

add topic TLIF2012A

Apply safe procedures when handling/transporting dangerous goods or explosives

add topic TLID2807C

Prepare for transport of packaged dangerous goods in bulk

add topic TLID4307B

Shift loads using gantry equipment


Group D Elective Units (General)

add topic BSBCMM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic PSPGOV204B

Access and use resources

add topic PSPGOV207B

Use technology in the workplace

add topic TLIA1407C

Use product knowledge to complete work operations

add topic TLIB1028A

Maintain and use hand tools

add topic TLIB3007B

Undertake general site maintenance

add topic TLIE1005A

Carry out basic workplace calculations

add topic TLIF1002B

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 DEF32612 Certificate III in Field Petroleum 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.

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


effectively communicate information relevant to work

give and receive support to/from team members

receive, interpret and carry out orders and instructions

relay information to others

share knowledge and skills between team members

use a variety of communication skills

use field signals to communicate with other team members


contribute to identifying team goals and objectives

move in patrol formations

participate in patrols

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

support team members in achieving workplace goals

treat each other with respect and dignity

use the different contributions that people can make to the team

work as a team member under supervision

Problem solving

apply detection avoidance techniques

apply mine and booby trap incident drills

apply obstacle crossing drills

deal with enemy offensive measures and tactics

judge distances

respond to an enemy threat or enemy actions

use range cards to document distances to discernible features

Initiative and enterprise

encourage and acknowledge participation by team members

make a positive contribution to the effectiveness and efficiency of a team

Planning and organising

assist in the employment of early warning and area protection devices

comply with the conventions of armed conflict


apply individual camouflage and concealment measures to minimise detection

apply individual movement techniques

maintain individual health and hygiene in the field

work without supervision


learn about standard procedures

learn about tactical terminology and orders

learn about use of field equipment


employ weapons

use field equipment