Chief Warden

Course Description

This course is designed to provide Chief Wardens and Deputy Chief Wardens with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make decisions about the safety of occupants during a broad range of emergencies and facilities as considered in the Australian Standards 3745 and 4083.

It includes leading the preparation of facility emergency response procedures; commanding, controlling and coordinating facility emergency response procedures and responses and concluding the facility emergency incident. Individuals who undertake this work may also act as the primary liaison with emergency services after their arrival.

Unit of Competency

PUAFER006 Lead and emergency control organisation

Course Content

  • Legislation and Australian Standards
  • Emergency Planning Committee
  • Emergency Control Organisation
  • Duties & Responsibilities of Chief Fire Wardens
  • Emergency Decision Making
  • Leadership in Emergencies
  • Human Behaviour
  • EWIS / EWS (where relevant)
  • Communication in Emergencies
  • Post-Evacuation Activities

Entry Requirements and Prerequisites

PUAFER005 Operate as part of an Emergency Control Organisation – must be held prior to enrolling in PUAFER006

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to relate to a range people from a range of cultural, linguistic, social and ethnic backgrounds, and a range of physical and intellectual abilities
  • Ability to Communicate Effectively and assertively and show leadership in an incident
  • Ability to read and write and communicate in English
  • Interpersonal Communication skills


PUAFER005 Operate as part of an Emergency Control Organisation

Participant Responsibilities

Participants are required to be on time for all courses and bring a form of identification such as Australian Drivers Licence or Medicare Card for verification of details listed on the course enrolment form.

Due to the practical nature of this course, participants will be required to wear suitable attire such as long pants and work boots. Where appropriate other PPE such as High Visibility clothing, safety glasses and hard hats are to be worn.

For additional Participant Responsibilities, refer to the Participant Handbook.


Face to Face

Face to Face training will be conducted over a period of 6 hours including both theory and practical components. Training can be conducted both on or offsite site provided access to a range of emergency equipment appropriate to the sites emergency plan and a suitable training room is available for use.

PARCOR caters for training onsite throughout Victoria including areas such as Melbourne, Geelong, Portland, Warrnambool, Colac, Bendigo, Ballarat, Horsham, Sale, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Mildura, Wangaratta, Dandenong, Frankston and Traralgon.

Facilitated Online Learning

This course shall be delivered over a 4 hour period using an online meeting platform called Zoom. Zoom is a free application that will need to be installed on each participants computer, tablet or phone. Multiple participants can participate from the one device. Your trainer shall send participants an invite to the course which includes installation instructions one week prior to the scheduled start time.

On completion of the facilitated online course, participants will be required to complete a theory assessment. This can be completed as either a written workbook or online assessment. Participants will then be required to provide a short video and or completed Evacuation Log as evidence of leading an emergency exercise such as an evacuation. This is to include a brief outline on the steps that they took throughout the exercise.

It is expected that all assessment activities should take less than 2 hours to complete.

Group Size

To ensure quality training and a safe learning environment, the maximum allowable group size is 12 participants.

What Information Will PARCOR Require?

Due to the assessment requirements of the unit of competency, PARCOR will need to be provided with the following information prior to training commencement;

  • Emergency Management Plan

What Will Your Organisation Receive?

  • Statement of Attainment issued to individual participants who successfully complete the requirements of the unit of competency and have a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Nationally Recognised Training Summary for your Health and Safety Office compliance file

How Often Should Reassessment be Conducted?

Australian Standard 3745 requires a skills retention activity be conducted at intervals no greater than every six months. The industry regards reassessment on a two to three year cycle as good practice.

Where Can I View the Unit of Competency?

PUAFER006 Lead An Emergency Control Organisation

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