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PUAFIR017 Work Safely around aircraft

Course Overview


This unit of competency involves the skills and knowledge required to apply safe work practices when operating in or around aircraft at an airbase. It includes working safely near aircraft and facilitating safe ground support and it applies to personnel working in the public safety sector who work around aircraft.

The fire sector is those sections of government departments, statutory authorities or organisations that have responsibility under jurisdictional arrangements for the delivery of firefighting and fire management services.

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


This unit is also used in conjunction with aerial pest control related activities for certified aerial marksmen’s proficiency in aircraft safety, loading, unloading and embarking procedures.

Available Units of Competency

·       PUAFIR017     Work safely around aircraft (Elective)


Entry Requirements / Pre-Requisites

·       Nil licencing

·       Must not be a prohibited person for operating in secure airport area (airside)

·       Eligibility should be assessed against requirements for issuance of an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) (Current ASIC holders preferred)


Qualification Structuring Rules

Unit: 1 Unit - PUAFIR017 – Work safely around aircraft


Delivery Options

Face to face, workplace assisted and remote delivery support strategies available.

Course Duration: 

1 - 2 Days depending on student & client requirements, worksite workshop delivery linked to worksite operational employment activities supported by Trainer/Assessor visits. Each client’s requirements being considered, some homework activity and student time management will be important to ensure we maintain the volume of learning requirements on this qualification.

​If delivered in conjunction with the use of firearms for pest control activities from aircraft this unit will be assessed by our expert environmental firearms instructor/s with qualifications, certifications and a background in aviation, humane, ethical, environmental animal management.


Cost is determined based on the individual student requirements, assessment strategy and any potential funding applicable.

As an indicative guide the following options are available with this program:

·        Qld User Choice Program Eligible - No

·        Qld Certificate III Guarantee Eligible Program - No

·        Non-Funded Full Course Fee - $550.00

·        RPL Assessment Fee – N/A


Full details of fees and charges are available from Ballistic Training Solutions by contacting one of our consultants to discuss your individual requirements.


On successful completion you will receive a Nationally recognised Statement of Attainment. ​


Education Pathways

This program is part of the Aviation Training Package along with the Public Safety Training Package and links to further qualifications at the Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma levels in various qualifications.


Occupational Pathways

·        Primary Producers with aerial muster or spraying activities

·        Aerial Research Officers / Wildlife Officers

·        Certified Aerial Marksmen

·        Shooters engaging in environmentally sustainable hunting or pest management activities around aircraft

·        Ground crew, support crew and emergency service personnel


Summary of Learning & Competency Outcomes


  • applying Work, Health and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) organisational requirements

  • complying with regulatory requirements and organisational procedures

  • delivering briefings in appropriate locations including an area that is free of distractions including movement and noise, is safe and convenient to subsequent deployment needs and has the necessary facilities and equipment

  • ensuring safety and quality procedures are applied

  • identifying hazards and risks and acting to minimise, mitigate, control or eliminate

  • implementing precautions and working safely whilst around aircraft

  • using personal protective clothing and equipment and specialist aviation support equipment

  • Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and includes knowledge of

  • aerodrome layout, facilities and services including working zones and lighting facilities

  • aerodrome legislation, industry standards, regulations and security procedures

  • aircraft features and movement characteristics

  • aircraft performance, operation, loading and refuelling precautions

  • assessment and risk mitigation processes

  • organisational documentation, policies and procedures

  • participation in briefings including Situation, Mission, Execution, Administration, Command/control, Safety (SMEACS) and questions

  • personal protective clothing and equipment including fire extinguisher, first aid kit, high visibility protective overalls and vests, respiratory protection, signalling devices, lighting or beacons and head, hand, eye, ear and foot protection

  • roles and responsibilities of personnel supervising, managing and supporting aircraft operations

  • site hazards

  • suitable locations for conducting briefings and debriefings

  • types of aircraft including aeroplanes, helicopters, remotely piloted aircraft and airborne vehicles

  • Work, Health and Safety (WHS)/Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) organisational requirements including safe work practices around aircraft



Where to from here

If you are a ground crew operator, emergency services volunteer or worker, professional shooter or someone who undertakes work in the vicinity of operating aircraft and need to upgrade your skills contact the Team at Ballistic Training Today!

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