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PUA20719 Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)

Course Description

This highly practical and interactive program provides the knowledge and skills required by responders to perform a range of varied activities such as respond to wildfire, participate in prescribed burning and community safety. Ideal for persons operating as part of a firefighting team, responding to disasters and/or incidents that endanger life, property and the environment.

The skills and knowledge developed on this program can be applied in a wide range of industries, such as emergency services, mining, construction, manufacturing and the rural sector. Highly suitable for Government & non Government Emergency Response personnel.

Units of Competency

This course consists of:

Core Units

  • PUAEQU001 Prepare, maintain and test response equipment^
  • PUAFIR204 Respond to wildfire^
  • PUAFIR210 Prevent injury
  • PUATEA001 Work in a team

Elective Units

  • PUACOM001 Communicate in the workplace
  • PUACOM002 Provide services to clients
  • PUAFIR208 Participate in community safety activities
  • PUAFIR017 Work safely around aircraft
  • PUAFIR201 Assist with prescribed burning^
  • PUAWHS001 Follow defined work, health and safety policies and procedures
  • PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment
^These units have pre-requisite requirements.

This qualification can be customised and contextualised with alternate elective units in line with packaging rules for specific groups.  Contact Us to find out more. 

Course Outline

  • Prepare, Maintain and Test Response Equipment
  • Risk management, community safety & working effectively in a team
  • Operational procedures and protocols
  • Fire behaviour and responding to wildfire
  • Client services and communication
  • Fire fighting

Mode of Delivery

This course will be delivered via face to face or can be delivered as a blend of self-paced online and face-to-face facilitation.

For individuals, we offer scheduled training programs in the Illawarra region.

For group bookings, we can provide this training at one of our leading training facilities or at your site as required, simply click “Get a Quote” to find out more and arrange suitable dates.



This course is scheduled for:

Distance learning and assessment and 12 days of face-to-face practical demonstrations (depending on electives chosen).

Student's should allow approximately 6-12 months to complete this course.

Pre-Requisite and Entry Requirements

Students holding a previous certification for the unit of competency and are seeking recognition must supply their credential at the time of enrolment.

Students must have language, literacy and numeracy skills (LLN) to interpret and apply relevant information to commence learning in this program. An LLN assessment may be conducted upon receipt of enrolment application to ensure each student has the appropriate level of skills required to undertake this course.

^PUAFIR210 Prevent injury is a formal pre-requisite for PUAEQU001, PUAFIR204 and PUAFIR201 and is covered within this program.


Students who successfully complete this course and demonstrate competence will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The certification will be issued by Risk Response and Rescue (RTO 90774).


This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under Smart & Skilled. Concessions or partial/full exemptions may apply for eligible participants. For more information Contact Us.

  • For individual and group bookings please click “Get a Quote” to find out more or Contact Us.
  • Concessions or partial/full exemptions may apply for eligible participants. 
  • Full course cost: $6,190, For eligible participants student fee ranges from $0-$1200 per student

Course Inclusions

All course materials, handouts and personal protective equipment will be provided.

Student Requirements

Students must wear appropriate clothing and footwear when attending face-to-face sessions.

Refer to the Participant Information Handbook for information about our policies and procedures.

Additional Information

For more information about the NSW Government Smart and Skilled program, or for eligibility enquiries click here.

*Learning and assessment hours will vary depending on your existing skills, underpinning knowledge and prior experience and your commitment to your learning and practical application of activities.