Diploma of Explosive Ordnance

Not applicable.


14 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

4 core units

10 elective units

Choose a minimum of 8 elective units from the Group A (Specialisation) and Group B (General) lists below, of which 4 must be from the Group A list.

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)


Coordinate area and route search, and clearance of explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO205C

Conduct technical explosive ordnance investigations

add topic DEFEO210C

Manage explosive ordnance engineering and logistics processes

add topic DEFEO214A

Plan loading of dangerous goods

add topic DEFEO606D

Develop unique explosives

add topic DEFEO607C

Determine the properties of explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO705C

Manage military explosive ordnance operations

add topic DEFEO707C

Conduct explosive ordnance disposal operations

add topic DEFEO708C

Conduct improvised explosive ordnance device disposal operations

add topic DEFEO709D

Apply explosive ordnance design principles

add topic DEFEO719A

Render explosive ordnance inert

add topic DEFEO505D Breakdown explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO507D Assemble and disassemble explosive components

add topic DEFEO721A

Remove explosive ordnance from damaged aircraft

add topic DEFEO722A

Detect, record and collect evidence

add topic TLIA5029A

Plan and manage storage of dangerous goods and hazardous substances


Group B Elective Units (General)

add topic DEFEQ003B

Manage equity and diversity

add topic DEFEO720A

Conduct post blast analysis

add topic DEFOH011B

Develop laser safety plans

add topic BSBAUD501B

Initiate a quality audit

add topic BSBAUD503B

Lead a quality audit

add topic BSBAUD504B

Report on a quality audit

add topic BSBMGT502B

Manage people performance

add topic BSBOHS407A

Monitor a safe workplace

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBWOR501B

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic BSBWOR502B

Ensure team effectiveness

add topic HLTFA211A

Provide basic emergency life support


add topic HLTFA311A

Apply first aid

add topic MSL974003A

Perform chemical tests and procedures

add topic PUACOM002B

Provide services to clients

add topic PUACOM007B

Liaise with other organisations


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


Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises


Design emergency management exercises


Treat operational risk

PUAEMR027 Assess operational risk


Assess operational risk

add topic PUATEA003B

Lead, manage and develop teams

add topic PUAWER004B

Respond to workplace 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 DEF50612 Diploma of Explosive Ordnance 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


access and identify safety procedures and instructions

follow instructions/directives and reporting information

identify and note organisation incident and injury statistics

identify and/or acquire documentation and licensing limitations

identify and report incidents

identify breaches in site safety and act or report on them

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

obtain relevant authorisation before specialised and hazardous work is carried out

present reports in a format that ensures the client can readily understand the determined options and solutions

provide evidence to inquiries/courts as required

read, interpret and apply information on safety

read to a level required to interpret job instructions, workplace forms and reports

record and report details of first aid administered

record and report incidents and injuries

use a variety of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques

write at the level required to complete workplace documentation and reports


apply team work principles and strategies

apply techniques for supporting others/team members

delegate authority to subordinates

encourage other team members

participate in and facilitating teams

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

Problem solving

apply diagnostic techniques

action reported defects/problems

check samples and analyses in accordance with laboratory procedures when non-standard results are obtained

conduct qualitative analysis and quantitative analysis

identify net explosive quantities and calculate and monitor throughout the operation

perform established qualitative tests

prepare options and solutions in matters concerning the performance of explosive ordnance

provide and evaluate options

select appropriate solutions

use analytical and evaluation processes

Initiative and enterprise

apply independent decision making

develop unique explosives

develop unique explosives within the research environment

initiate investigations by the Terms of Reference and/or Instruments of Appointment

Planning and organising

collect and preserve evidence

conduct research

determine report requirements

determine resources required for their performance, and any special requirements for their conduct

establish investigation objectives

obtain methodology, coordination requirements and necessary authorisation to progress the investigation

select procedures that incorporate methods which are appropriate and feasible

set objectives within budget and time constraints

source and procure production and support materials


apply personal safety measures

apply principles of leadership

provide leadership to individuals and teams


learn about Explosive Transport Regulations

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

learn about organisational policies,

material safety data sheets (MSDS

support and participate in development activities


handle and move hazardous materials

produce unique explosives

test and/or validate explosive models, simulation and/or prototypes

understand characteristics, technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of explosive ordnance

understand computer modelling relevant to explosives

understand technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of weapons/weapon systems

use available computer technology to control instruments or acquire/translate/convert data