Conduct environmental tests

This unit covers the competency required to conduct environmental tests of explosive ordnance and other equipment.Environmental tests are conducted to ensure weapon systems and explosive ordnance in service with the Australian Defence Force meet the required environmental standards. The tests are also conducted on other Defence and non Defence equipment. The environmental tests can be conducted as a component of the assessment of safety and suitability for service (S3 process) or as an in-service survey. This unit does not cover the planning of environmental tests, which is covered in DEFEO602C Plan explosive ordnance trials.


This unit was developed for environmental testing specialists working within proof and experimental organisations in Defence but is applicable to any individual in this field of work.

Typically these individuals must demonstrate the ability to work as individuals and as part of a team under direct and/or indirect supervision, use discretion and judgement, and take responsibility for the quality of their output. All activities are carried out in accordance with relevant organisational policies and procedures.


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for environmental tests

1.1 Stakeholders and test participants are briefed in accordance with organisational policies and procedures, and test plan

1.2 Safety systems and procedures are checked and initiated in accordance with organisational policies and procedures, and test plan

1.3 Information on resource requirements and availability is obtained and confirmed in accordance with procedures

1.4 Information support systems for environmental tests, including achievable reporting and recording processes, are prepared in accordance with resource requirements

1.5 Coordination issues with others affected by the tests are negotiated and resolved

1.6 Safety traces are constructed when required, in accordance with standard procedures

1.7 Work health and safety (WHS) principles and requirements are identified and observed throughout the test process

2. Conduct tests

2.1 Environmental test planners are identified and liaison is effected in accordance with policies and procedures

2.2 Test plan is implemented, monitored and amended based on changing circumstances in accordance with methodologies and procedures

2.3 Tests are conducted in accordance with testing requirements

2.4 Resources are allocated to testing tasks in accordance with test plan and resource availability

2.5 Data being generated by tests is recorded in accordance with the agreed methodology

3. Report on test results

3.1 Data generated by the test is collected and reported in accordance with policies and procedures

3.2 Options and recommendations resulting from the test are provided in a clear and comprehensive format

3.3 Post testing reports, statistical reports and other records are produced and maintained in accordance with requirements

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills

allocate resources

apply organisational safety policies and structures

apply organisational WHS requirements

assess risks

communicate effectively with stakeholders

coordinate activities

evaluate information

liaise effectively with stakeholders

write reports

Required Knowledge

environmental testing methodologies

evaluation processes

organisational WHS requirements

organisational safety policies and structures

reporting procedures

resource allocation procedures

resource requirements

risk assessment

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Assessment must confirm the ability to apply environmental test methodologies and procedures including the coordination of test resources and the documentation of test results.

Assessment must also confirm the ability to conduct environmental tests against required standards.

Consistency in performance

Competency should be demonstrated in a range of actual or simulated environmental test contexts.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Context of assessment

Competency should be assessed in the workplace or in a simulated work environment, in accordance with all relevant legislation and organisational requirements.

Specific resources for assessment

Access is required to

facilities and resources used in conducting environmental tests

Method of assessment

This unit may be assessed with the following unit:

DEFEO101D Work safely with explosive ordnance.

In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.

Assessment is completed using appropriately qualified assessors who select the most appropriate method of assessment.

Assessment may occur in an operational environment or in an industry-approved simulated work environment. Forms of assessment that are typically used include:

direct observation

interviewing the candidate

journals and workplace documentation

third party reports from supervisors

written or oral questions

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Stakeholders may include:

Clients or customers (internal and external)

End user/s

General public



Organisation's senior management

Other agencies

Other functional areas within the organisation

Project teams

Relevant interest groups

Sponsor/funding bodies

Steering committee members

Supplier/service provider


Organisations may include:


Defence contractors and sub-contractors

Defence Materiel Organisation

Defence Science and Technology Organisation

International test agencies

Policies and procedures may include:

Government and organisational policy, guidelines and procedures relating to:

delegation approvals

industrial agreements

procurement guidelines


risk management


strategic or operational plans

technical and regulatory framework

testing and evaluation


Relevant commonwealth, state/territory and local laws affecting organisation's administration such as:

financial management and accounting legislation and regulations

OH&S legislation

public sector management acts

Test plans may include:

Acquisition strategies

Budget and financial management strategy

Contract management

Cost estimates

Evaluation criteria

Expected/measurable outcomes


Functional performance specifications

Governance strategy

Implementation strategy

Inclusions and exclusions

Information/communication strategy

Intellectual property strategies



Occupational concept document

People plan including human resource management and human resource development

Performance criteria/indicators


Quality assurance

Quality control

Quality standards


Required resources

Resource management

Risk management

Roles and responsibilities

Safety criteria


Specific equipment, instrumentation, and/or specialised facilities and required conditions


Test and evaluation master plan (TEMP) criteria

Test concept document

Testing control mechanisms

Testing deliverables and their acceptance criteria

Information support systems may include:

Computerised systems

Manual systems

Environmental tests may include:

Dust and dirt

Extremes of heat and cold

Humidity and rain

Vibration and shock

Methodologies and procedures may include:

Those established by:




Or may be specified by the client

Tests may include:

Design and manufacture of specific test apparatus

Use of environmental chambers

Resources may include:





Clear and comprehensive format may include:

Development of new procedures for future activities

Outcomes that can be easily understood

Solutions to problems that were faced during the testing


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.