Certificate III in Vehicle Recovery

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 18 units

All 6 core units, plus 6 units from the specialisation elective units listed below, plus 2 units from the safety/environmental elective units listed below, plus 4 units from the general elective

The general elective units may be taken from any remaining specialisation elective units listed below, 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 DEFCM104C

Operate in a threat environment

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic DEFVH001A

Conduct recovery vehicle operations in a field environment

add topic DEFVH002A

Extract disabled equipment using winching techniques in a field environment

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic BSBOHS201A

Participate in OHS processes


Specialisation Elective Units

add topic AURT270278A

Use and maintain workplace tools and equipment

add topic AURV328961A

Recover vehicle

add topic CPCCSF2003A

Cut and bend materials using oxy-LPG equipment

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 RTC2304A

Operate and maintain chainsaws

add topic TLIB507C

Carry out maintenance of vehicles designed to carry special loads

add topic TLIC707C

Operate vehicle carrying special loads

add topic TLID107C

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

add topic TLID3107C

Rig load

add topic TLID3307C

Operate a vehicle-mounted loading crane

add topic TLID407C

Load and unload goods/cargo

add topic TLIF607C

Apply accident-emergency procedures


Safety/Environmental Elective Units

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic MSAENV272A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic DEFEO201C

Respond to fire

add topic PUAWER008B

Confine small workplace emergencies

add topic SROOPS001B

Implement minimal environmental impact practices


General Elective Units

add topic BSBCMM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic BSBINM201A

Process and maintain workplace information

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBWOR202A

Organise and complete daily work activities

add topic MEM16012A

Interpret technical specifications and manuals

add topic PSPGOV204B

Access and use resources

add topic PSPGOV207B

Use technology in the workplace

add topic TLIB2807B

Maintain and use hand tools

add topic TLIE507C

Carry out basic workplace calculations


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF32912 Certificate III in Vehicle Recovery

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from DEF32912 Certificate III in Vehicle Recovery 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.


adjust communication styles to reflect equity and diversity

consult people on policies and decisions that affect them

effectively communicate information relevant to work

identify and apply legislative and statutory requirements

receive, interpret and carry out orders and instructions

use field signals to communicate with other team members


encourage other team members and provide suggestions

guide and facilitate teams

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

support team members in achieving workplace goals

treat each other with respect and dignity

work as a team member under supervision

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

Problem solving

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

identify and access available support

Planning and organising

assist in the employment of early warning and area protection devices

assist team members

supervise others

work without supervision


apply individual movement techniques

assist in the employment of early warning and area protection devices

ensure personal behaviour shows sensitivity to the differences between colleagues

ensure personal conduct complies with an awareness of workplace equity and diversity

maintain individual health and hygiene in the field


learn about relevant drills (such as basic contact drill, counter ambush drill, immediate ambush drill)

learn about relevant legislative and statutory requirements


employ weapons

use field equipment

use weighing devices (scales) and calculators