Certificate IV in Public Safety (SES Leadership)

Not applicable.


12 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

5 core units

7 elective units

Choose a minimum of 5 elective units from the list below.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the elective lists below, or from elsewhere within this training package, or another endorsed training package, or accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must be from an equivalent qualification level or higher.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.

Where a pre-requisite unit is attached to a unit it is identified by this symbol .

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of units required for the qualification.


Core Units

add topic PUACOM003B

Manage information

add topic PUACOM005B

Foster a positive organisational image in the community

add topic PUAMAN002B

Administer work group resources

add topic PUAOPE015A

Conduct briefings and debriefings

add topic PUATEA003B

Lead, manage and develop teams


Elective Units

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Coordinate search and rescue operations

add topic PUACOM002B

Provide services to clients

add topic PUACOM008B

Develop and organise public safety awareness programs

add topic PUACOM012B

Liaise with media at a local level

add topic PUACOM013B

Administer a local public safety group


Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises


Design emergency management exercises

add topic PUALAW001B

Protect and preserve incident scene

add topic PUALAW002B

Conduct initial investigation at incident scene

add topic PUALAW003B

Give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting

add topic PUAPRO001B

Promote a learning environment in the workplace

add topic PUASES010A

Plan, activate and maintain a communications network

add topic PUAOPE013A Operate communications systems and equipment

add topic PUAVEH001B

Drive vehicles under operational conditions

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

For the purposes of gaining a qualification the following three units count as one unit*:

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Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS301B *

Contribute to assessment


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Assess competence

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Participate in assessment validation


    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.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA40212 Certificate IV in Public Safety (SES Leadership) 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


check team members’ understanding of objectives and standards

communicate objectives and required standards

consult team members about implementing new work practices

encourage discussion, analyses and evaluation by personnel of their anticipated or actual roles in the activity they are in


make presentations at community group gatherings, special interest forums, other organisation forums, community events and festivals

present information in a format suitable for analysis, interpretation and dissemination

present information, which may include routine and complex reports and submissions, briefing notes, ministerials, proposals, project plans, articles and promotional material

provide regular constructive feedback on all aspects of work performance

provide team members with up-to-date information

refer non-routine requests for information to an appropriate person


acknowledge contributions to team operations

apply interpersonal skills

consult team members

encourage and support team members

improve performance of teams and individuals

inform relevant personnel involved in the activity of debriefing requirements

lead and supervise individuals and teams

maintain a team

manage and develop individuals and teams

use coaching and mentoring as development tools

use team members’ skills

Problem solving

allocate resources to facilitate required outcomes

apply conflict resolution and negotiation techniques

follow up brief/debrief actions, which may include addressing issues identified

identify, analyse and develop solutions for difficulties in achieving required outcomes

manage difficulties to achieve positive outcomes

review activity against the policies, practices and training of the organisation to identify any discrepancies

review information held by the organisation to determine suitability and accessibility

use problem solving

Initiative and enterprise

identify and access required resources in accordance with organisation’s policy and procedures

identify brief/debrief follow-up actions and act upon them in a timely manner

prepare plans to obtain information which is not available or accessible within the organisation

report the results of information gathering, analysis and synthesis so they can be input to policy development and organisation decision making

select an appropriate location for the brief/debrief

Planning and organising

collect appropriate incident information

determine and identify the information needs of individuals/teams and the sources

develop an action plan to meet individual and team training and development needs

identify and assess training needs of individuals and the team

monitor and evaluate resource usage against targets and organisational standards

plan and prepare a briefing/debriefing in accordance with the organisation’s policy and procedures

store equipment stock and supplies in accordance with organisation’s policy and procedures

summarise and record brief/debrief findings if appropriate in a format suitable for subsequent action by the appropriate personnel


collect information that is timely and relevant to the needs of individuals/teams

participate in conferences

provide leadership to individuals and teams

report the results of information gathering, analysis and synthesis within specified time frames and to the standard defined by the organisation


learn about maintaining records of resource allocation and usage in accordance with relevant legislation and organisational guidelines

learn about organisation’s policies, and organisation’s procedures for activity debriefing, practices and training processes in relation to activity

support and participate in development activities


analyse, which may include application of statistical methods

complete mathematical calculations

know about the organisation’s policy, procedures and standards for technology and data associated with management information systems

operate resource management systems for example, computer database resource lists

use computerbased tools to produce resource reports

use management information systems to store and retrieve data for decision making

use management information systems, which may include computers, communication channels, records management, market trends, registries and file records, basic statistical information