Award issued

PUAWER005B Operate as part of an emergency control organisation

PUAWER008B Confine small workplace emergencies

The renewal time frames for these units should be based on the findings of a workplace risk assessment. Commonly, this training is refreshed every 24 months. Locate the most current training package at  

Our obligation to you

We are required to provide clear evidence to enable you to decide if this course is suitable for you.

This course teaches the skills and knowledge required to implement the emergency response specified in the workplace emergency procedures or specified by a person at a higher level in the emergency control organisation. It also teaches the skills and knowledge required to confine small workplace emergencies, such as a small fire that can be controlled using a nearby fire extinguisher.

It has been developed to cover the broad range of emergencies and workplaces as considered in Australian Standard 3745-2010 and applies to employees in the workplace within all industries and in all contexts.

People who undertake this work will be working within the command, control and coordinate structure of the emergency control organisation.

Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909 is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment and will be issuing the statement of attainment for this unit even if the training is provided by an authorised third party.

Choosing a training or education provider

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to allow you to be fully informed about your decision to enrol in a course of study. We recommend reading this information prior to enrolling.  It is available by clicking here.

Are there physical requirements for this course?

It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training. There can be no exceptions to these Australian Government requirements that are clearly written into the Training Package. Therefore, students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued with a statement of attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.

This course requires a student to be physically able to undertake risk management and use and re-stow initial response equipment.

Student cohort (types of students)

Allens Training Pty Ltd is required to determine the amount of training they provide to each student, with regard to the existing skills, knowledge and experience of the student. This is achieved by identifying the cohort category or the student undertaking the proposed training and also the mode/s of delivery being provided.

Skill levels will vary in relation to the type of student or ‘cohort’.  Allens training have identified 2 different types of cohorts as listed below. 

1. Students new to the training

2. Students with previous training and/or experience similar to this course

Students new to training

Where the student cohort consists of new entrants or inexperienced workers, we ensure that we give them the opportunity to fully absorb the required knowledge and to develop skills over time in the different contexts they would experience in the workplace.

This may require a longer time-frame than for those students with significant training/industry experience.

Students with previous training and/or experience

It is recognised that some individuals may have current experience in the industry and may demonstrate the skills required.  Whilst this can be taken into account, the session will be conducted to suit all students as one may have experiences that others may not have and may require additional time to complete all tasks.  Therefore, for this course, the course duration is expected to be the same for each student cohort.

Course type and delivery method

Amount of training and the AQF volume of learning

The AQF Volume of Learning describes how long a student, who does not hold any competencies identified in the qualification, would normally take to develop all of the required skills and knowledge at that qualification level. The amount of training comprises the formal learning activities that are provided to a student to enable them to meet the requirements of each training product and gain the skills and knowledge specified in the relevant training product.

It is acknowledged that the duration and amount of training for this strategy has been developed by consulting with industry; considering legislative requirements; identifying the scheduled daily tasks completed by a typical student; consulting with employers with regards having access to the students for the purposes of delivering training and assessment; identifying workplace training requirements; and analysing the existing knowledge and skills including previous experience and prior formal or informal training completed by the students who are undertaking training.

Exceptions for duration of the course

Course durations are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 students. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 students, it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of students.

Pre-course study

There is no pre-course study for the course.

Student written agreement

If you are completing this course, please download the student agreement to ensure that you are aware of your rights and obligations.  You can access the student written agreement by clicking here.

Pre-requisite requirements

There are no prerequisite, entry, licensing or regulatory requirements for this course.

Course locations and contact details for your course   

The course can be located at and the partners contact details are also located in their booking portal.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)      

Completing any vocational education course in Australia, it is a requirement for you to obtain and supply a USI. This is obtainable from if a USI is not supplied and verified with a certificate cannot be issued to you.

If you are under 18 years of age

It is a requirement that parental/guardian consent is obtained for students under the age of 18 to be able to participate in a course.  The form for this can be found here.

Resources that will be available for this course  

Scenarios that reflect a range of emergency situations that may be expected in the workplace

A range of people from a range of cultural, linguistic, social and ethnic backgrounds, and a range of physical and intellectual abilities – simulated or real

Documenting and reporting forms

PPE and warden identification

Communication systems and equipment

Emergency reports, signals and warnings such as:

- audible/visual alarms

- audible or vibrating pagers

- coded or uncoded public address announcements

- e-mail and screen alerts

- stench alarms

- verbal alert

Emergency stations such as:

- assembly or marshalling points

- designated telephone or intercom

- designated muster points

- emergency control point

- master emergency control point

- warden inter-communication point (WIP) phones

Emergency resources such as:

- containment systems

- fire protection equipment, portable fire extinguishers, fire blankets or hose reels

- personal access bar codes/swipe cards

- barricades

- first-aid kits

- mechanical ventilation and air handling equipment

- spill control kits

- surveillance equipment

- warning signs

Course fees

This course may be delivered by way of partnership arrangements with your local trainer. The course fee will be paid direct to the trainer (the partner organisation). This course is usually arranged by the employer of a workgroup and the employer can be invoiced for the training. If the employer does not arrange the training, or the employer does not agree to fund the training, training fees must be paid by the individual student direct to the trainer.

All partners of Allens Training Pty Ltd will be required to meet minimum resource and facility requirements and course fees are available at the time of enrolment. Course fees will be communicated to you prior to enrolment.

Funding and work placement arrangements       

There is no funding or work placements associated with this course.

Student support

Upon enrolment, we will give you an opportunity to provide information to us in relation to any LLN support you may need to successfully complete this course. There is also the opportunity to provide details and communicate any special needs or support requirements you may have. 

We provide equitable access to all required educational and support services, so that no student is disadvantaged to be able to enrol into this course regardless of their mode of study or location. Students can organise to meet with their trainer on a one-to-one basis for additional support, plus email and phone contact.   Assistance can be sought from our student support officer at Allens Training Pty Ltd by phoning 1300 559 064.

What does competency-based training mean?   

A competency-based training environment is centred on demonstrated competence against industry-defined standards of performance. Competency-based training is the concept that individuals learn at different rates as well as through different modes and different environments and that the skills and knowledge that a student has acquired previously are able to be formally recognised.


Upon enrolment, you will be provided with detail assessment task specifications and activities specific to the unit of competency.   At the conclusion of this course, you will be required to complete and submit the following formal completed items for assessment:

Theory assessment – questions and answers based on course knowledge requirements such as:

Arrangements for evacuating people who need support

Assessing and anticipating the progress of emergencies that might reasonably be expected in the workplace

Command, control and coordinate function of the emergency control organisation

Context of own role within the workplace emergency procedures

Emergency assessment and reporting procedures

Emergency reporting signals, alarms, warnings and procedures

Emergency response and operating procedures

Members of the emergency control organisation and their roles and responsibilities

Evacuation priorities

Hazard identification

Precautions to be taken during emergencies and during an evacuation

Methods of accounting for people during and after emergencies

Methods of summoning first aid to occupants or visitor injured during an emergency evacuation

Need to keep the relevant person informed of the developing situation

Post initial response emergency activities

Responses to meet the various situations

Workplace procedures

Actions to be followed when initial response action is not safe

Appropriate initial response equipment

Facilities that may be used to confine emergencies

Hazards involved with initial response action

Implications of the incorrect use of equipment

Limitations of initial response equipment

Limitations of use of emergency control equipment or facilities

Methods of extinguishment

Safe use of initial response equipment

Situations that must not be responded to because of the risk

Types of emergencies

Practical assessment

Simulated assessment environments will reflect the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.  Skills must be demonstrated, whilst working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess students’ skills and knowledge. The assessable practical tasks are listed below, showing what skills will be assessed.

You will be assessed on performing scenario and task demonstrations of:

Following workplace procedures

Contributing to emergency management planning

Responding to a severe weather emergency

Respond to a fire emergency

Respond to a bomb threat

Which will include demonstrating your ability to:

Relate to a range of people from a range of cultural, linguistic, social and ethnic backgrounds, and a range of physical and intellectual abilities

Apply methods of accounting for people

Assist people who need assistance

Carry out a search pattern within an area

Communicate clearly by the means specified in the workplace emergency procedures

Contribute to emergency management planning

Exercise leadership within a workplace emergency context

Using equipment assigned to assist with implementing the workplace emergency procedures post initial response emergency activities

Responses to meet the various situations

Communicating in an effective manner

Giving and following instructions

Implementing workplace procedures

Re-stowing initial response equipment

Conducting risk assessment

Using initial response equipment

Managing a small workplace emergency

Recognition of any prior learning or previous courses (RPL)

Upon enrolment, you are given the opportunity to upload your previous certificate and based on that evidence, the course can be modified based on your previous knowledge. There is a currency requirement to be able to demonstrate skills such as operating as part of an emergency control organisation.

Credit transfer

You will not be required to repeat any unit of competency in which you have already been assessed as competent, unless a regulatory requirement or license condition (including industry licensing schemes) requires this. Our Credit Transfer process uses evidence to determine if a unit can be transferred in this course. Any application for credit transfer will require that the unit of competency evidence is verified.  

Foundation skills required

Foundation skills are the underpinning communication skills required for participation in the workplace, the community and in adult education and training.

Learning – to learn to prepare and operate as part of an emergency control organisation

Reading – to read procedures, plans and signs for emergency, evacuation

Writing – to complete documentation such as reports/risk assessments

Oral communication – to communicate clearly with a range of people

Numeracy – to count the people in the assembly area

Other foundation skills essential to performance for the course.

Reasonable adjustment explained

Reasonable adjustment refers to flexibility in assessment approaches to account for individual learning needs, while still adhering to the assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited course. Whilst reasonable adjustments can be made in terms of the way in which evidence of performance is gathered, the evidence criteria for making competent/not yet competent decisions should not be altered in any way.

If a student meets essential entry requirements, the RTO must endeavour to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ necessary for them to complete their course work or demonstrate competency. This may include adjusting the physical environment, student learning materials or the manner that a theory test is completed. In most situations, a student with a disability will be able to tell the RTO what he or she needs to be able to study. If necessary, the RTO should also seek advice from disability areas within government departments or organisations that represent or provide services to people with a disability.

Adjustments may include:

Modifying educational premises. For example, making ramps, modifying toilets and ensuring that classes are in rooms accessible to the person with a disability.

Modifying or providing equipment. For example, lowering lab benches, enlarging computer screens, providing specific computer software or an audio loop system.

Changing assessment procedures. For example, allowing for alternative examination methods such as oral exams, or allowing additional time for someone else to write an exam for a person with a disability.

Changing course delivery. For example, providing study notes or research materials in different formats or providing a sign language interpreter for a person who is hearing impaired.

We engage with industry experts  

As part of ongoing improvement activities and industry consultations, Allens Training Pty Ltd consult with industry experts to ensure best practice occurs in resources and realistic assessment tools.

Training considerations from the trainer and assessor

The RTO’s training and assessment strategies and practices, including the amount of training they provide, are consistent with the requirements of training packages courses and enable each student to meet the requirements for each unit of competency or module in which they are enrolled.

RTO responsibilities

As the RTO, Allens Training Pty Ltd is required to:

Have qualified trainers and assessors to deliver the training and assessment.

Educational and support services to meet the needs of the student cohort/s undertaking the training and assessment.

Learning resources to enable students to meet the requirements for each unit of competency.

Facilities, whether physical or virtual, and equipment to accommodate and support the number of students undertaking the training and assessment.

Monitoring and improvement         

Continuous improvement will occur through ongoing industry consultation, feedback from students, and feedback from clients. Feedback for this training program is collected through:

Employer questionnaire managed by the Allens Training Pty Ltd head office.

Every student is given the opportunity for post course survey and these survey results are available for both the trainer and RTO to view.

Feedback is collected, analysed and actioned. Identified actions are documented.

Related Course Documentation

What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) requires that students be aware of their rights and responsibilities once they have selected their training provider. By enrolling into any of our courses you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions outlined in our Student Agreement

All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

What should I look for when choosing a training provider?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to help you to be fully informed about your decision to enrol into a course. This information can be found by clicking here.

A copy of the Student Agreement should be read before enrolling in this course.