Certificate IV in Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental

Not applicable.


17 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

5 core units

12 elective units

Choose a minimum of 10 elective units from the Group A (Specialisation) and Group B (General) lists below, of which 7 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 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 DEFCA203B

Produce meteorological data

add topic DEFEO206C

Apply a knowledge of the service environment

add topic DEFEO211D

Apply a knowledge of explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO601D

Assess explosive ordnance firings

add topic DEFEO602C

Plan explosive ordnance trials

add topic DEFEO803A

Conduct static proof tests

add topic DEFEO804A

Conduct dynamic small arms proof tests

add topic DEFEO805A

Conduct dynamic other calibre proof tests

add topic DEFEO806A

Conduct environmental tests

add topic DEFEO809A

Acquire data related to velocity

add topic DEFEO810A

Acquire data related to pressure

add topic DEFEO811A

Acquire data related to time

add topic DEFEO812A

Acquire data related to environment

add topic DEFEO813A

Acquire data related to imagery

add topic DEFEO814A

Provide survey data for proof and experimental firing

add topic DEFEO815A

Operate small watercraft

add topic DEFTE003A

Conduct testing processes


Group B Elective Units (General)

add topic DEFCA210B

Supervise indirect fire weapons

add topic DEFCA201B Operate indirect fire weapons

add topic DEFCA422B

Conduct range practices

add topic DEFCA423B

Manage range practices and qualifications

add topic DEFCA422B Conduct range practices


Supervise the operation of mortars

add topic DEFCA412B Operate a mortar


Supervise the operation of direct fire support weapons

add topic DEFCA414B Operate direct fire support weapon systems on operations

add topic DEFCM118B

Act as a range safety officer on a permanent range

add topic DEFCM119B

Conduct basic range practices on a permanent range

add topic DEFEO202D

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

add topic DEFEO208C

Supervise explosive ordnance engineering and logistics processes

add topic DEFEO209C

Control explosive ordnance engineering and logistics processes

add topic DEFEQ002B

Supervise equity and diversity in the workplace

add topic DEFOH012B

Identify confined space

add topic DEFOH013B

Enter confined space

add topic DEFOH014B

Test confined space environment

add topic DEFOH013B Enter confined space

add topic DEFOH015B

Control entry to confined spaces

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment

add topic BSBADM409A

Coordinate business resources

add topic BSBOHS407A

Monitor a safe workplace

add topic BSBREL401A

Establish networks

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


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

add topic PUAWER004B

Respond to workplace emergencies

add topic PSPPROC303A

Carry out basic procurement

add topic PSPGOV404B

Develop and implement work unit plans

add topic PSPPM401B

Design simple projects

add topic PSPPM402B

Manage simple projects

add topic PSPPM403B

Close simple projects

add topic TLIF4007A

Implement and coordinate accident-emergency procedures

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 DEF42012 Certificate IV 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


communicate with supervisors, suppliers, clients and subordinates

identify and confirm requirement for explosive ordnance breakdown from work requests/instructions

identify and report breaches in site safety

liaise with supervisors, suppliers, clients and superiors as required

obtain relevant authorisation before specialised and hazardous work is carried out

prepare and provide relevant reports and documentation

use verbal and non-verbal communication techniques including language, language style, active listening


apply team work principles and strategies

control a number of work teams

direct, brief, coordinate and monitor personnel

encourage other team members

participate in and facilitate teams

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

use techniques for supporting others/team members

Problem solving

apply formulae to determine the net explosive quantity and compatibility for the facility

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

identify and action the requirement for waivers

undertake spatial measurement including length, width, perimeter and area

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

Initiative and enterprise

initiate and monitor processes

initiate any remedial action required

Planning and organising

ascertain availability and appropriateness of drawings, work procedures and associated documentation

assess plant, equipment and tools for availability, function and serviceability

identify and allocate resources required for the processes

identify occupational health and safety policies addressing the processes and apply for the duration in all associated activities

identify resource shortfall and measures, and initiate their sourcing

inspect the facility and potential explosive site to be licensed and draw conclusions and recommendations from these activities

monitor and coordinate the activities within and between processes

plan and prepare for licensing

plan the conduct of processes

research and examine the required documentation


apply independent decision making

apply personal behaviour that shows sensitivity to the differences between colleagues

apply personal safety measures

interpret environmental effects relevant to explosive ordnance

meet work priorities


apply knowledge of general properties of explosive ordnance

learn about explosive ordnance knowledge relevant to work

understand design principles of explosive ordnance

understand effects of explosive ordnance

understand inter-operability of explosive ordnance

understand safety, legislative and statutory requirements relevant to explosive ordnance


apply explosive ordnance knowledge relevant to work being performed

maintain grenades

understand characteristics, technical capabilities, effects and limitations of Australian Defence Force explosive ordnance

understand technical capabilities and limitations of equipment used in the licensing process

use appropriate information technology and software

use equipment such as computers, digital cameras, laser range finders, global positioning systems

use weapon system and platform integration