Prepare and use explosives

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCEXP303A, 'Prepare and use explosives'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for blasting

1.1. Permits/ licences are obtained and approved warning signs installed and prominently displayed according to legislative requirements.

1.2. Property manager and relevant controlling authorities are notified of blasting plans and timing as required by legislation.

1.3. The area where the charges are to be used is cleared of stones and other potential missiles.

1.4. The blast site is cleared and made safe prior to charges being placed.

1.5. All explosive products are placed at the required safety distance from any identified hazards.

1.6. Appropriate holes are drilled/dug to place the charge(s) in line with blasting plans.

1.7. Drilling/digging equipment is removed to the prescribed safe distance in accordance with Australian Standards, Acts and Regulations.

1.8. Neighbours and members of the public likely to be concerned or disturbed by shock effects are advised of the blasting program.

2. Prepare explosives

2.1. Quantities of explosives components required are calculated to match the application and prevailing conditions.

2.2. Required explosives are assembled on site, or an explosives mix (of homogenous composition) is calculated precisely to ensure minimum residual mix to be destroyed, and is prepared in accordance with defined requirements.

2.3. Required fusing and detonating components are assembled to match the established explosive requirements in preparation for blasting.

3. Place charges

3.1. Explosives elements are placed in holes or packed using safe working procedures and methods and in accordance with Australian Standards, Acts and Regulations.

3.2. All holes are stemmed and tamped prior to the attachment of the firing system to maximise safety to all personnel and the efficiency of the blasting.

3.3. Electrical firing circuits or fire fuses are checked for continuity and/or earthing as required.

3.4. All extraneous materials are cleared from the site to safe distances in accordance with enterprise standards.

3.5. Routine re-checks of the site and surrounds are performed to ensure that no non-essential personnel are endangered.

3.6. Blasting mats or other control devices are placed as appropriate according to the blasting plan.

3.7. Blast area is guarded according to legislative requirements and enterprise practices.

4. Fire charges

4.1. Prescribed warning notification procedures are carried out in accordance with enterprise and industry standards.

4.2. The blasting site is re-checked to ensure correct placement of explosives and ensure that all safety procedures have been implemented according to supervisor or shot firer's instructions.

4.3. Warning signals including audible and visual signals are issued to ensure that the site is clear.

4.4. Firing procedures are initiated through manual or electric firing systems.

5. Conduct post-firing procedures

5.1. Charges are counted as they fire or are inspected safely post blasting to ensure that misfires are readily identified prior to all clear signals being given.

5.2. Misfire procedures are implemented after prescribed timing and/or practice drills conducted using water jets or additional charges in accordance with Australian Standards, Acts and Regulations.

5.3. Site checks are carried out to ensure that the site is safe and the all-clear signal is given in line with industry practice and legislative requirements.

5.4. Surplus, unserviceable and defective explosives and detonators are destroyed or discarded or stored in line with prescribed procedures and in consideration of the environmental impact.

5.5. Accurate records are completed and kept in line with enterprise and legislative requirements.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCEXP303A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC31810 - Certificate III in Vertebrate Pest Management