Certificate IV in Explosive Ordnance Operations

Not applicable.


17 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

4 core units

13 elective units

Choose a minimum of 11 elective units from the Group A (Specialisation) and Group B (General) lists below, of which 3 units must be 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 BSBCMN311B

Maintain workplace safety

add topic TLID1001A

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)

add topic DEFCA309B

Perform military high-risk search

add topic DEFEO211D

Apply a knowledge of explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO703C

Supervise military explosive ordnance task

add topic DEFEO704C

Control military explosive ordnance operations

add topic DEFEO706D

Participate in the conduct of explosive ordnance disposal operations

add topic DEFEO720A

Conduct post blast analysis

add topic MSL974003A

Perform chemical tests and procedures

add topic TLIF4007A

Implement and coordinate accident-emergency procedures


Group B Elective Units (General)

add topic DEFCA004B

Conduct military searches

add topic BSBCMN311B Maintain workplace safety

DEFCA011 Operate Defence communications equipment

add topic DEFCM314A

Operate an in-service remote positioning vehicle

add topic DEFEO202D

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

add topic DEFEO203C

Dispose of non-explosive dangerous goods

add topic DEFEO710D

Prepare and arm weapon systems

add topic DEFEO711C

Conduct military demolition operations

add topic DEFEO712C

Lay and clear booby traps

add topic DEFEO713C

Lay and clear mines

add topic DEFEO714C

Conduct underwater explosive demolitions

add topic DEFDV001B Dive using self-contained underwater breathing apparatus in open water to 30 metres

add topic DEFEO711C Conduct military demolition operations

add topic DEFEO722A

Detect, record and collect evidence

add topic DEFEQ002B

Supervise equity and diversity in the workplace

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic HLTFA211A

Provide basic emergency life support


add topic HLTFA311A

Apply first aid


Establish context for emergency risk assessment


Assess emergency risk

PUAEMR022 Establish context for emergency risk assessment


Develop treatment options for emergency risk


Manage risk treatment implementation

PUAEMR024 Develop treatment options for emergency risk


Treat operational risk

PUAEMR027 Assess operational risk


Assess operational risk

add topic PUAWER004B

Respond to workplace emergencies

add topic TLIB3006A

Carry out inspection of vehicles designed to carry special loads

add topic TLIC3063A

Operate vehicle carry special loads

add topic TLID3015A

Identify and label explosives and dangerous goods

add topic TLID2016A

Load and unload explosives and dangerous goods


    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 DEF40511 Certificate IV in Explosive Ordnance 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


identify and note organisation incident and injury statistics

identify and/or acquire documentation and licensing limitations

identify and report incidents

identify hazardous materials labels and characteristics and apply recognised and relevant action/criteria

obtain relevant authorisation before specialised and hazardous work is carried out

record and report details of first aid administered

record and report incidents and injuries

write to a level required in the preparation of letters and reports


allocate material, personnel, skills and other requirements for the operations

apply principles of teamwork, and team’s aims and objectives

apply techniques for supporting others/team members

control military teams

direct, control, coordinate and monitor the personnel involved in the operation

encourage other team members

participate as a member of a team that is conducting explosive ordnance disposal

understand composition of teams, and roles and responsibility of team members

work as a member of a team

Problem solving

action reported problems

apply knowledge of explosive ordnance to assist in work and to guide problem solving

apply safety distance calculation procedures

coordinate operation with other concurrent operations and neighbouring/support activities/units as required

estimate net explosive quantity

identify and react to explosive ordnance emergencies

identify and report problems to the chain of command in accordance with procedures and instructions

perform clearance of malfunctioned ordnance

react to ordnance emergencies

reallocate/adjust resources to meet operational needs

understand malfunctioned ordnance clearance and emergency procedures

Initiative and enterprise

gather information and intelligence from intelligence staffs/units/agencies, reports, maps, aerial photographs, other units/organisations, reconnaissance

Planning and organising

access and analyse relevant explosive ordnance information

choose and plan the method of performing the operation

contribute to the determination of safety and evacuation requirements

gather information and intelligence and conduct reconnaissance

identify, acquire and assess materials required

identify occupational health and safety policies/safety precautions addressing the operation and apply in all associated activities

identify resource shortfalls and alternatives and/or include consequential action in the plan

plan the explosive ordnance operation


apply personal safety measures

interpret orders, instructions and directions

recognise and apply individual responsibilities regarding hazardous materials


learn about material safety data sheets (MSDS),

learn about Explosive Transport Regulations

learn about Australian Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail

learn about the characteristics, technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of relevant equipment


apply explosive ordnance knowledge relevant to work being performed

apply knowledge of technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of relevant equipment

arm and de-arm explosive ordnance system

collect, store and check equipment, tools and stores required for explosive ordnance demolitions operations

handle and move hazardous materials

use appropriate information technology and software

use weapon system and platform integration