Manage training areas and ranges


This unit describes the skills required to manage Defence training areas and ranges. Defence training areas and ranges are areas prescribed for the conduct of Defence activities and exercises. Their management is a process requiring a range of functions including the management of the activities being conducted on these training areas and ranges, the security of facilities and personnel, the investigation of incidents and accidents, and the maintenance and upgrading of the facilities.

This unit was developed for Defence personnel who work in range management and range control but may be relevant to others who work in this field.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

Those undertaking this unit would work independently or as part of a team, under direct and indirect supervision, while performing complex tasks in a moderate range of familiar contexts. They would use discretion and judgement and take responsibility for the quality of their outputs.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions section.

1. Manage training area and range activities

1.1 Identify the responsibilities associated with the management of training area and range activities.

1.2 Identify and implement plans and instructions for the efficient operation of the training area/range.

1.3 Identify resources and report shortfalls.

1.4 Identify stakeholders and forward relevant information to them.

1.5 Control and coordinate training area and range activities to ensure safe and sustainable operations.

2. Manage training area and range security

2.1 Identify security processes, procedures and plans.

2.2 Promulgate, monitor and adjust access, egress and circulate changes.

2.3 Identify and report unauthorised access and security breaches.

3. Facilitate investigations

3.1 Identify and report incidents and accidents.

3.2 Conduct investigations.

3.3 Implement recommendations for changes to policy and procedures resulting from investigations.

4. Monitor and maintain training area and range facilities

4.1 Monitor training area and range facilities.

4.2 Identify and report maintenance requirements.

4.3 Identify and report facility improvements and upgrades.

Evidence of Performance

Evidence required to demonstrate competence must satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria. If not otherwise specified the candidate must demonstrate evidence of performance of the following on at least one occasion.

accessing interpreting and applying Range Standing Orders and other instructions and policy

liaising and negotiating

developing, implementing and modifying plans

directing and controlling all aspects of range management

exercising Defence regulations relevant to Defence practice areas

exercising tact and judgement in a command and control environment

interpreting and applying technical information

reading and understanding technical specifications, maps, diagrams, traces

representing mathematical ideas in appropriate format

solving problems and making decisions

managing training area and range security

monitoring and maintaining training areas and ranges

Evidence of Knowledge

Evidence required to demonstrate competence must satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria. If not otherwise specified the depth of knowledge demonstrated must be appropriate to the job context of the candidate.

communications equipment and systems

composition of teams and roles and responsibilities of team members

Defence practice areas (DPA) – areas of land, sea or air declared for the purpose of conducting Defence operations or practices under Defence Force Regulations (DFR) Part XI, by the Minister for Defence and notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette

local alert and warning systems

locally available resources, their capabilities and access to them

nature of local hazards and plans, including effects on the provision of communications

principles of risk assessment and risk management

range danger area traces

Range Standing Orders, instructions, clearance certificates and standard operating procedures (SOP) relevant policies, publications, legislation and regulations

team work principles and strategies

weapons/systems characteristics

Assessment Conditions

Competency should be assessed in an actual workplace or in a simulated environment, with access to equipment and infrastructure appropriate to the outcome. Competency should be demonstrated over time to ensure the candidate is assessed across a variety of situations.

Assessors must satisfy the NVR/AQTF mandatory competency requirements for assessors.

Foundation Skills

The foundation skills demands of this unit have been mapped for alignment with the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). The following tables outline the performance levels indicated for successful attainment of the unit.

ACSF levels indicative of performance:

Further information on ACSF and the foundation skills underpinning this unit can be found in the Foundation Skills Guide on the GSA website.

Competency Field