Certificate IV in Military Land Engineering

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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 5 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

add topic DEFCA209B

Select sites for deployment in a threat environment

add topic DEFCA315B

Supervise engineering operations

add topic DEFCM008B

Provide technical advice


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)


Supervise combat arms operations

add topic DEFCA309B

Perform military high-risk search

add topic DEFCA312B

Construct equipment bridging

add topic DEFCA316B

Supervise the construction of short term roads or tracks


Prepare and operate a field water point


Operate an inland modular raft or ferry


Coordinate area and route search, and clearance of explosive ordnance

add topic DEFCA422B

Conduct range practices

add topic DEFCA423B

Manage range practices and qualifications

add topic DEFCA422B Conduct range practices

add topic DEFCO208B

Operate in a field communications and information systems environment

add topic DEFEO703C

Supervise military explosive ordnance task

add topic PUAFIR306B

Render hazardous materials incidents safe

PUAFIR215 Prevent injury

add topic PSPBORD405A

Develop operational effectiveness of detector dog teams

add topic PSPBORD406A

Conduct detector dog training

add topic PSPGOV406B

Gather and analyse information

add topic PSPPM401B

Design simple projects

add topic PSPPM402B

Manage simple projects

add topic PSPPM403B

Close simple projects

add topic AHCSAW201A

Conduct erosion and sediment control activities

add topic LGAWORK304A

Construct and maintain drainage systems

add topic TLIB1001A

Check and assess operational capabilities of equipment

add topic TLIB3015A

Undertake site inspection


Group B Elective Units (General)

add topic DEFCM118B

Act as a range safety officer on a permanent range

add topic DEFCM119B

Conduct basic range practices on a permanent range


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 DEFCM306A

Administer personnel

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk in defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct a risk assessment in a defence environment

add topic PUATEA003B

Lead, manage and develop teams

add topic PUACOM007B

Liaise with other organisations

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 BSBMGT401A

Show leadership in the workplace

add topic HLTFA412A

Apply advanced first aid

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF42712 Certificate IV in Military Land Engineering 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 managers

compile reports on equity and diversity issues

complete documentation and write reports

conduct debriefs

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

develop instructions from given orders

develop techniques for giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner

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

identify and communicate equity and diversity strategies to team members

provide feedback on equity and diversity strategies to managers

receive, clarify, prepare and deliver orders as necessary

report shortfalls that limit capability

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


apply techniques to support others

command, lead and manage engineering personnel

direct and supervise subordinates

foster and promote equity and diversity practices

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

supervise engineering operations

work within a team environment

understand team dynamics, aims and objectives

understand the composition, roles and responsibilities of team members

Problem solving

analyse and solve problems

deal with minor incidents

determine and manage constraints and risks relevant to the task

identify issues, analyse circumstances and undertake research

navigate by day and night, vehicle and foot

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

lead by example

translate research and analysis into clear advice for stakeholders

Planning and organising

apply processes to resolve grievance and complaints

assemble appropriate resources for the task

conduct battle procedures

confirm and maintain the competence of subordinates

determine and manage the constraints and risks relevant to the task

draw simple construction plans

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

prepare and plan for engineering operations

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


act independently

be incisive in a fluid and demanding environment

conduct post activity analysis and make subsequent recommendations

ensure that the individual decision making process is conducted in accordance with standard procedures

lead by example


develop an understanding of research and analysis techniques


operate global positioning system (GPS)

operate weapons

recondition, replace or return equipment, stores and ammunition where applicable

undertake the construction process (including the design and use of field machines)

use appropriate information technology and software

use computers