Vocational Graduate Diploma of Explosive Ordnance

Not applicable.


8 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

2 core units

6 elective units

Choose a minimum of 4 elective units from the Group A (Specialisation) and Group B (General) lists below, of which 2 units must be from Group A.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the Group A or B 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 DEFEO709D

Apply explosive ordnance design principles


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)


Assess the safety and suitability for service of explosive ordnance


Conduct explosive ordnance capability analysis


Predict and confirm explosive ordnance effects


Assess specific explosive ordnance as being safe and suitable for transport

add topic DEFEO900A

Develop explosive ordnance disposal techniques and render-safe procedures

add topic DEFEO707C Conduct explosive ordnance disposal operations

add topic DEFEO720A

Conduct post blast analysis

add topic MSS408005A

Develop the learning processes of the operations organisation

add topic MSS408006A

Develop and refine systems for continuous improvement in operations

add topic MSS408007A

Develop problem solving capability of an organisation


Group B Elective Units (General)

add topic DEFEO210C

Manage explosive ordnance engineering and logistics processes

add topic DEFTE007A

Apply knowledge of test and evaluation processes

add topic PSPPOL601A

Develop public policy

add topic BSBMGT608C

Manage innovation and continuous improvement


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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 DEF80212 Vocational Graduate Diploma in 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


communicates development, implementation and maintenance of policy, processes and strategy within the organisation

communicates effectively with staff, contractors and customers

interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant:

regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements

codes and standards

process and product specifications

discusses and advocates organisational issues

communicates compliance and reporting information to team members

takes a leadership role in ensuring workforce compliance with standards, regulations and policies

articulates complex ideas clearly

analyses and evaluates reports and reference materials


demonstrates leadership within work teams and business units

collaboratively and effectively develops, implements and oversees operational and strategic plans

works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders

plans, applies and monitors reporting processes

supervises and checks others’ work, monitors work processes and ensures safe work practices

coordinates a range of team members and activities

relates positively to fellow workers and the management team

seeks advice or further directions when faced with unexpected situations that may require decisions or actions beyond own technical competence

relating to people from diverse backgrounds and abilities

uses interpersonal skills to establish rapport with clients and to liaise with team members

Problem solving

leads organisational planning processes

analyses and reviews the capacity of relevant technology and applies it to the solving of problems

responds effectively to hazards, risks and emergencies

oversees processes within the organisation to ensure the effective and continuous provision of services

analyses problems and applies appropriate remedial solutions

uses and analyses complex data in decision making

Initiative and enterprise

regularly assesses/re-assesses risks and hazards and taking appropriate protective measures

seeks advice and further directions when faced with unforeseen circumstances or situations that may require decisions or response actions beyond technical competence

maintains working knowledge of the business activities and operations conducted at the organisation's sites and the associated radiation risks

Planning and organising

leads the effective development of high-level planning processes

plans and participates in the effective delivery of products and services

improves policies, plans and processes

plans for environmental sustainability

periodically reviews risk management or control plans and assesses them for their adequacy, timeliness and effectiveness in risk mitigation

undertakes evidence-based short, medium and long-range planning

plans processes


uses organisational, planning and time management skills to sequence tasks, and meet timelines

conducts inspections and arranging meetings

negotiates targets for key performance indicators

analyses information to identify non-conformances and opportunities for improvements


seeks feedback on organisational and work performance

identifies quality management methods, techniques and tools used to support project management

performs complex research to maintain currency of knowledge and practice

analyses technical and financial information

uses information effectively to improve work performance

identifies potential or actual operational problems

learns from colleagues as part of effective teamwork


uses IT systems to manage and communicate the planning process

uses complex explosive testing technology

understands capabilities and limitations of organisation’s plant, equipment and tools

uses technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing work