Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Operations)

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 17 units

All 4 core units plus 3 Group A (specialisation) elective units from the list below plus 10 Group B (general) elective units

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 10 Group B (general) elective units may be taken from the elective units listed below and may include 2 units taken from this Training Package, any other endorsed Training Package or any state/territory accredited qualification where the unit is in a qualification at the same level or a higher level.


Core Units

add topic PUADEFEO101D

Work safely with explosive ordnance

add topic PUADEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic BSBCMN311B

Maintain workplace safety

add topic TLID107C

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods


Elective Units

Group A (specialisation)

add topic MSL974003A

Perform chemical tests and procedures

add topic PUADEFCA309B

Perform military high-risk search

add topic PUADEFEO211D

Apply a knowledge of explosive ordnance

add topic PUADEFEO703C

Supervise military explosive ordnance task

add topic PUADEFEO704C

Control military explosive ordnance operations

add topic PUADEFEO706D

Participate in the conduct of explosive ordnance disposal operations

add topic PUADEFEO720A

Conduct post blast analysis

add topic TLIF707C

Implement and coordinate accident-emergency procedures

Group B (general)

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic HLTFA201A

Provide basic emergency life support


add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic PUADEFCA004B

Conduct military searches

add topic BSBCMN311B Maintain workplace safety

add topic PUADEFCA005B Operate communications equipment

add topic PUADEFCM314A

Operate an in-service remote positioning vehicle

add topic PUADEFEO202D

Establish and maintain the safety and security of explosive ordnance warehouses and workshops

add topic PUADEFEO203C

Dispose of non-explosive dangerous goods

add topic PUADEFEO710D

Prepare and arm weapon systems

add topic PUADEFEO711C

Conduct military demolition operations

add topic PUADEFEO712C

Lay and clear booby traps

add topic PUADEFEO713C

Lay and clear mines

add topic PUADEFEO714C

Conduct underwater explosive demolitions

add topic PUADEFEO722A

Detect, record and collect evidence

add topic PUADEFEQ002B

Supervise equity and diversity in the workplace

add topic PUADEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic PUADEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment

add topic PUAEMR001B

Establish context and develop risk evaluation criteria

add topic PUAEMR002B

Identify, analyse and evaluate risk

add topic PUAEMR001B Establish context and develop risk evaluation criteria

add topic PUAEMR003B

Determine treatment strategies

add topic PUAEMR004B

Manage treatment strategy implementation

add topic PUAEMR003B Determine treatment strategies

add topic PUAEMR006B

Treat risk at an operational level

add topic PUAEMR007B

Conduct risk assessment

add topic PUAWER004B

Respond to workplace emergencies

add topic TLIB607C

Carry out inspection of vehicles designed to carry special loads

add topic TLIC707C

Operate vehicle carry special loads

add topic TLID1507D

Identify and label explosives and dangerous goods

add topic TLID1607D

Load and unload explosives and dangerous goods


BSB unit has been imported from the BSB07 Business Services Training Package.

HLT unit has been imported from the HLT07 Health Training Package.

MSL unit has been imported from the MSL09 Laboratory Operations Training Package.

TLI units have been imported from the TLI07 Transport and Logistics 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 PUA40510 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Operations)

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA40510 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance 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.

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


identify and note organisation incident and injury statistics

identify and/or acquire documentation and licensing limitations

identify and report incidents

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

obtain relevant authorisation before specialised and hazardous work is carried out

record and report details of first aid administered

record and report incidents and injuries

write to a level required in the preparation of letters and reports


allocate material, personnel, skills and other requirements for the operations

apply principles of teamwork, and team's aims and objectives

apply techniques for supporting others/team members

control military teams

direct, control, coordinate and monitor the personnel involved in the operation

encourage other team members

participate as a member of a team that is conducting explosive ordnance disposal

understand composition of teams, and roles and responsibility of team members

work as a member of a team

Problem solving

action reported problems

apply knowledge of explosive ordnance to assist in work and to guide problem solving

apply safety distance calculation procedures

coordinate operation with other concurrent operations and neighbouring/support activities/units as required

estimate net explosive quantity

identify and react to explosive ordnance emergencies

identify and report problems to the chain of command in accordance with procedures and instructions

perform clearance of malfunctioned ordnance

react to ordnance emergencies

reallocate/adjust resources to meet operational needs

understand malfunctioned ordnance clearance and emergency procedures

Initiative and enterprise

gather information and intelligence from intelligence staffs/units/agencies, reports, maps, aerial photographs, other units/organisations, reconnaissance

Planning and organising

access and analyse relevant explosive ordnance information

choose and plan the method of performing the operation

contribute to the determination of safety and evacuation requirements

gather information and intelligence and conduct reconnaissance

identify, acquire and assess materials required

identify occupational health and safety policies/safety precautions addressing the operation and apply in all associated activities

identify resource shortfalls and alternatives and/or include consequential action in the plan

plan the explosive ordnance operation


apply personal safety measures

interpret orders, instructions and directions

recognise and apply individual responsibilities regarding hazardous materials


learn about material safety data sheets (MSDS),

learn about Explosive Transport Regulations

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

learn about the characteristics, technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of relevant equipment


apply explosive ordnance knowledge relevant to work being performed

apply knowledge of technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of relevant equipment

arm and de-arm explosive ordnance system

collect, store and check equipment, tools and stores required for explosive ordnance demolitions operations

handle and move hazardous materials

use appropriate information technology and software

use weapon system and platform integration