Certificate IV 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


Supervise combat arms operations

add topic DEFCA422B

Conduct range practices

add topic DEFCM008B

Provide technical advice


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)


Supervise an armoured vehicle and crew

add topic DEFCA202B

Conduct field survey to determine fixation and orientation

add topic DEFCA205B

Observe targets and direct single asset firepower on a single target

add topic DEFCA206B

Observe targets and coordinate multi asset firepower on multiple targets

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


Observe targets and engage with joint asset firepower from any agency

add topic DEFCA206B Observe targets and coordinate multi asset firepower on multiple targets

add topic DEFCA209B

Select sites for deployment in a threat environment


Supervise the destruction of hostile air targets using line of sight ground based air defence weapon systems

add topic DEFCA204B Destroy hostile air targets using line of sight ground based air defence weapon systems

add topic DEFCM104C Operate in a threat environment

add topic DEFCA423B

Manage range practices and qualifications

add topic DEFCA422B Conduct range practices

add topic DEFCA424B

Observe and direct machine gun fire

add topic DEFCA427B

Supervise sniper operations

DEFCA431 Undertake sniper tasks


Supervise a section during defensive operations


Supervise a section during offensive operations

add topic DEFCM109B

Supervise a platoon level defensive operations

add topic DEFCM110B

Supervise a platoon level offensive 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 DEFCM306A

Administer personnel

add topic DEFCO108A

Support the operation of a communications and information system facility

add topic DEFOH003B

Identify and monitor radiation hazards

add topic DEFOH005B

Apply radio frequency radiation safety procedures

add topic DEFOH009B

Work safely with lasers

add topic DEFOH010B

Apply laser safety procedures

add topic PUASES010A

Plan, activate and maintain a communications network


Group B Elective Units (General)


Perform the duties of a defending officer at service tribunals


Perform the duties of a prosecuting officer at service tribunals


Conduct individual and collective ceremonial drill

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk in defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct a risk assessment in a defence environment

add topic BSBMGT401A

Show leadership in the workplace

add topic HLTFA412A

Apply advanced first aid

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic PSPGOV403B

Use resources to achieve work unit goals

add topic PSPGOV406B

Gather and analyses information

add topic PSPGOV512A

Use complex workplace communications strategies

add topic PUACOM007B

Liaise with other organisations

add topic PUATEA002B

Work autonomously

add topic PUATEA003B

Lead, manage and develop teams


    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 DEF42612 Certificate IV 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


communicate and apply interpersonal skills

communicate and consult with battlespace operating system experts, commanders, other technical agencies and resource managers

compile reports on equity and diversity issues

complete documentation and reports

conduct research and seek advice from relevant personnel to clarify unclear findings

develop techniques for giving/receiving constructive feedback

ensure written communication is to the required level to complete workplace forms and reports

identify and apply relevant range regulations

identify and communicate equity and diversity strategies to team members

identify and confirm issues through consulting with relevant personnel (if necessary)

maintain communication and conduct debriefs

observe, receive and clarify circumstances requiring advice

provide feedback on equity and diversity strategies to managers

provide technical advice

receive, clarify, adhere to, prepare and deliver orders/instructions

report any shortfalls that limit capability to the chain of command

report or fix any anomalies

use verbal and nonverbal communication techniques including body language, language style and active listening


apply techniques to support others

command, lead and manage infantry personnel

effectively supervise safety

foster and promote equity and diversity practices

lead subordinates by example

monitor subordinates’ health and well-being

organise and direct support from outside agencies

provide assistance to maximise individual contribution to the attainment of the team objectives

supervise and monitor equity and diversity processes within the workplace

understand team dynamics, aims and objectives

understand the composition, roles and responsibilities of team members

Problem solving

analyse and solve problems, and control risk

deal with minor incidents

identify issues, analyse circumstances and undertake research

make planning decisions to solve operational problems


recognise and respond to all unexpected situations that require a quick and decisive response

refer or fix any anomalies

resolve grievances and complaints without bias

take action to correct inappropriate behaviour

Initiative and enterprise

act independently

be incisive in a fluid and demanding environment

display initiative

lead by example

translate research and analyses into clear advice to stakeholders

Planning and organising

action personnel and other administration requirements

apply processes to resolve grievance and complaints

assemble appropriate resources for the task

conduct battle procedures in accordance with standard procedures

confirm the ability of subordinates to complete the task

determine and manage the constraints and risks relevant to the task

ensure the safe and efficient planning and conducting of range practices

identify and apply safety trace data

identify and employ relevant control measures

identify and manage risk

identify sources of information on equity and diversity in accordance with legislative requirements, and organisational policies and practices

make planning decisions to solve operational problems

prepare and plan for infantry operations

prepare for range practices

prepare orders, conduct training and manage resources

provide advice to stakeholders within resource constraints and operational requirements

understand and apply throughout the operation, occupational health and safety requirements and recognised safety precautions, including those contained in Australian Defence Force procedures


conduct post activity analysis and make subsequent recommendations

display leadership by commanding, leading and managing

efficiently perform the duties of the OIC

lead subordinates by example


develop an understanding of research and analysis techniques


operate relevant weapons and ammunition

recondition, replace or return equipment and stores as applicable

use simulation systems