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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 as a blend of distance and face-to-face learning and assessment.

Please note that our public training is conducted in the Illawarra region for all available dates. Any changes to this will be specified above, next to the date option. 

For group bookings we can deliver this course at your location (click “Get a Quote” to find out more).


This course is scheduled for:

Distance learning and assessment and 5 extended days of face-to-face practical demonstrations

Student's should allow approximately 6 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 / Skilling for recovery program, or for eligibility inquiries 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.


To ensure the safety of our staff and clients, participants will be required to have their temperature tested and sanitise upon entry to our premises. Whilst check-in using our QR code is no longer mandatory, we strongly encourage participants to continue to utilise this function. 
In line with the Public Health Order, face masks are no longer mandatory on our premises however are highly recommended in certain situations. Whilst on our premises you may be asked to wear a face mask if you are not able to be physically distanced (e.g. when in a Confined Space or performing 2 person CPR). We ask that you please be mindful and respectful of the health of our staff and other participants in these situations and comply with the request, unless you have an exemption. 
We kindly ask that anyone who has been identified as a close contact in the 7 days prior to the training, is awaiting COVID-19 test results or is feeling unwell in any way to please not attend our premises. 
Should you not be able to meet these requirements, please Contact Us before booking.