Certificate III in Military Land Operations

Not applicable.


14 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

3 core units

11 elective units

Choose a minimum of 8 elective units from the Group A or B lists below, of which 7 units must be from Group A.

Choose the remaining 3 elective units from either the Group A or B 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.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.


Core Units


Undertake stability actions


Undertake defensive actions


Undertake offensive actions


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)

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


Operate Defence communications equipment


Perform an individual static line parachute descent


Perform a team free fall parachute descent


Navigate in remote and unmodified landscapes


Use individual protective equipment in a CBRN threat environment


Operate and maintain an armoured vehicle


Operate and maintain armoured vehicle weapon systems

add topic DEFCA201B

Operate indirect fire weapons

add topic DEFCA202B

Conduct field survey to determine fixation and orientation

add topic DEFCA203B

Produce meteorological data

add topic DEFCA204B

Destroy hostile air targets using line of sight ground based air defence weapon systems

add topic DEFCA205B

Observe targets and direct single asset firepower on a single target

add topic DEFCA206B

Observe targets and direct multi asset firepower on multiple targets

add topic DEFCA205B Observe targets and direct single asset firepower on a single target

add topic DEFCA404B

Undertake reconnaissance tasks

add topic DEFCA405B

Undertake surveillance tasks

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 DEFCA416B

Employ hand operated pyrotechnics

add topic DEFCA417B

Destroy targets using a direct fire guided weapons system

add topic DEFCA418B

Undertake sniper tasks

add topic DEFCA419B

Operate a service rifle on operations

add topic DEFCA420B

Operate a light support weapon on operations

add topic DEFCM001B

Use personal camouflage and concealment in a threat environment

add topic DEFCM002B

Operate night fighting equipment

add topic DEFCM103C

Operate a service hand grenade

add topic DEFCM104B

Operate in a threat environment

add topic DEFCM201B

Apply non-lethal unarmed self-defence techniques

add topic DEFCO108A

Support the operation of a communications and information system facility

add topic DEFCO401B

Maintain security in a Defence communications and information systems environment

add topic DEFEO101D

Work safely with explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO201C

Respond to fire

add topic DEFEO706C

Participate in the conduct of explosive ordnance disposal operations

add topic DEFEO711B

Conduct military demolition operations

add topic DEFSU006B

Navigate using celestial aids


Group B Elective Units (General)

add topic DEFCA301B

Shift loads manually using non-motorised equipment

add topic DEFCA304B

Prepare, operate and maintain small watercraft

add topic DEFOH005B

Apply radio frequency radiation safety procedures

add topic DEFOH007B

Apply ionising radiation safety procedures

add topic DEFOH009B

Work safely with lasers


Navigate using celestial aids

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 TLIF2010A Apply fatigue management strategies
add topic TLIF3013A Coordinate breakdowns and emergencies

add topic DEFTP002B

Operate a vehicle at night

add topic DEFTP003B Operate a vehicle over difficult terrain
add topic TLIH3002A Plan and navigate routes

add topic DEFTP003B

Operate a vehicle over difficult terrain

add topic TLIF3013A Coordinate breakdowns and emergencies

add topic DEFTP004B

Operate a vehicle using night fighting equipment (NFE)

add topic DEFTP005B

Operate a multi-axle trailer

add topic TLID2004A Load and unload goods/cargo

add topic TLIF3013A Coordinate breakdowns and emergencies

add topic AURT217665A

Remove, fit and inspect wheel assemblies

add topic AURT217985A

Fit tyres and rims for specific applications (heavy)

add topic AURT317968A

Identify and fit tyres and rims for specific applications (heavy)

add topic BSBINM201A

Process and maintain workplace information

add topic CPCCCM2005A

Use construction tools and equipment

add topic CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

add topic CPPSEC3003A

Determine response to security risk situation

add topic CSCSAS205A

Contain incidents that jeopardise safety and security

add topic CSCSAS402B

Manage threatening behaviour

add topic HLTFA402A

Apply advanced first aid

add topic PUAFIR308B

Employ personal protection at a hazardous materials incident

add topic PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit

add topic RIIMPO323A

Conduct dozer operations

add topic RIISAM204B

Operate small plant and equipment

add topic AHCMOM203A

Operate basic machinery and equipment

add topic AHCARB205A

Operate and maintain chainsaws

add topic TDMMC907C

Manoeuvre a domestic vessel within the limits of responsibility of a coxswain

add topic TDMMH1207B

Plan and navigate a short voyage within inshore limits

add topic TLIB2003A

Carry out vehicle servicing and maintenance

add topic TLIB2004A

Carry out vehicle inspection

add topic TLIC2002A

Drive light rigid vehicle

add topic TLIC3003A

Drive medium rigid vehicle

add topic TLIC3004A

Drive heavy rigid vehicle

add topic TLID2016A

Load and unload explosives and dangerous goods

add topic TLID3015A

Identify and label explosives and dangerous goods

add topic TLID2003A

Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances

add topic TLIF2010A

Apply fatigue management strategies

add topic TLIF2012A

Apply safe procedures when handling/transporting dangerous goods or explosives

add topic TLIF3013A

Coordinate breakdowns and emergencies


    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 DEF33212 Certificate III in Military Land 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


adjust own communication styles to reflect equity and diversity principles

apply cultural sensitivity

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

complete documentation

conduct post operation administration

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

identify and rectify defects within limits of authority or reported to supervisor

maintain communication between individuals and groups

maintain effective body language, communication styles and have due consideration for the individual’s gender, race culture and religion

receive and clarify security operations orders (where required), defensive operation orders, offensive operations orders, confirmatory orders

receive, interpret and carry out orders and instructions

use field signals to communicate with other team members

understand tactical terminology and orders


adhere to formations

apply equity and diversity principles

maintain the security of the team

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

participate in patrols

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

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

work under supervision as part of a team

Problem solving

apply mine and booby trap incident drills

apply obstacle crossing drills

deal with enemy offensive measures and tactics

identify and engage targets

identify and rectify defects within the limits of authority

judge distances

respond to an enemy threat or enemy actions

undertake basic contact drill

undertake counter ambush drill

undertake immediate ambush drill

use natural and artificial cover to provide a measure of protection on the battlefield

use detection avoidance techniques

use range cards to document distances to discernible features

Initiative and enterprise

use improvised techniques appropriately such as minimising personal signature

Planning and organising

assist in the employment of early warning and area protection devices

conduct battle procedures, defensive routines, weapon drills and drills and routines

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

prepare for security operations, defensive operations, offensive operations


apply individual camouflage and concealment measures to minimise detection

apply individual movement techniques

comply with workplace equity and diversity practices

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

maintain individual health and hygiene in the field

perform the duties and responsibilities of an individual member of a tactical team

recognise limit of own authority


develop an understanding of weapon drills, drills and routines, counter ambush drill, immediate ambush drill, mine and booby trap incident drills, obstacle crossing drills


clean weapons

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 field equipment