Certificate II in Public Safety (SES Rescue)

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 7 units

All 6 core units plus 1 elective unit from the list below

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.

Pathways into the qualification and pathways from the qualification

Within the SES sector, pathways into and from qualifications are based on organisational requirements and capabilities, as well as the requirement to meet unit of competency pre-requisites.


Core Units

add topic PUACOM001C

Communicate in the workplace

add topic PUAOHS001C

Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures

add topic PUASAR022A

Participate in a rescue operation

add topic PUAEME001B Provide emergency care


add topic HLTFA201A Provide basic emergency life support

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic PUATEA004D

Work effectively in a public safety organisation

add topic HLTFA201A

Provide basic emergency life support


Elective Units

add topic FPICOT2239A

Trim and cut felled trees

add topic PUACOM002B

Provide services to clients

add topic PUAEQU001B

Prepare, maintain and test response equipment

add topic PUALAW001B

Protect and preserve incident scene

add topic PUAOPE013A

Operate communications systems and equipment

add topic PUAOPE014A

Navigate to an incident

add topic PUASAR008B

Search as a member of a land search team

add topic PUASES008A

Undertake storm and water damage operations

add topic PUASES012A

Work as a team member in an emergency operations centre

add topic PUAVEH001B

Drive vehicles under operational conditions


FPI unit has been imported from the FPI05 Forest and Forest Products Training Package.

HLT unit has been imported from the HLT07 Health Training Package

Information about customising PUA00 Public Safety Training Package qualifications is on page 12.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for PUA20410 Certificate II in Public Safety (SES Rescue)

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA20410 Certificate II in Public Safety (SES Rescue) 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.

Public Safety 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


anticipate hazards and associated risks and discuss these with rescue team members

communicate techniques, which may include nationally agreed hazard marking systems, relevant legislative and regulatory requirements

conduct rescue procedures in accordance with the supervisor's instructions

identify hazards and report results to the supervisor

interpret Material Safety Data Sheets

maintain communication with other team members using appropriate techniques and terminology

participate in operational debriefing and complete documentation

report to the supervisor the need for additional personnel and/or specialist equipment

report, which may include operational documentation procedures for reporting injuries and accidents


contribute to team activities

make contributions to participative arrangements in the workplace within organisational procedures and scope of responsibilities and competencies

participate in group discussions and informal meetings

participate in rescue operations as a member of a rescue team

recognise, where identified, signs and symptoms of operational stress in self and others and report these to relevant personnel

understand small group dynamics

work cooperatively with personnel from other organisations

work with others in a team situation

Problem solving

minimise or control hazards and environmental conditions

provide emergency care pending the arrival of appropriately qualified personnel

read and interpret maps

recognise and resolve problems and conflict

recognise hazards in the work area, rectify them where possible, and report them to designated personnel according to workplace procedures

Initiative and enterprise

raise occupational health and safety issues with designated personnel in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant occupational health and safety legislation

use improvised techniques where there is limited access to equipment

Planning and organising

assess work load

identify factors affecting work requirements, assess the impact and take appropriate action to ensure work requirements are met

identify hazards and assess risks

open and prepare the operations centre by activating communications systems, and accessing appropriate plans and directories in accordance with unit standing operating procedures

prepare and respond to rescues

set priorities within allocated timeframes


conduct oneself at all times in accordance with organisation's policies, procedures and standards

manage own work

monitor own work

observe designated dress codes

participate in programs to ensure level of expertise meets organisation's requirements

recognise and manage signs of personal stress

recognise level of well being necessary to perform work effectively

recognise personal capabilities and limitations and refer them to the supervisor


access workplace information

clarify workplace information where necessary

identify training and development needs relevant to the area of work in conjunction with the supervisor and follow up with relevant personnel

maintain current required licences and certificates

participate in programs to ensure level of expertise meets organisation's requirements


identify appropriate rescue equipment

operate first aid equipment

select appropriate rescue equipment

use communication technology if relevant to workplace requirements

use information technology effectively