Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

A modern course, delivered online for those who wish to formalise their knowledge and skills in emergency and disaster management. 


The CLET PUA52312 Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management) is a dynamic course specifically targeted at students looking to gain or improve their skills in emergency management or disaster management. Emergency management is a growth area in Australia and internationally as nature bears its worst on parts of the world, and war continues to erupt in different locations.

Study the PUA52312 Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management) with CLET and be a part of the teams that ensure safe communities during times of emergency and disaster.

Australian Qualifications Framework
Australian Qualifications Framework
Course Name: Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)
Course Code: PUA52312
Maximum Course Completion Time: 2 Years
Units Studied: 10
Nationally Recognised Training:
Fees: $3995
Assessment: Yes
Assessment Due Dates: No - study at your pace
Start Date: Monthly - enrol anytime
Core Units

This unit covers the competency to develop networks and relationships and liaise effectively with other organisations.

This unit describes the outcomes required to participate in working groups or other forums that contribute to developing an emergency risk assessment and treatment plan for a community.

The emergency risk management process used will be developed in close cooperation with the community and consistent with the National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines.

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

This unit describes the outcomes required to apply emergency management concepts and principles, and jurisdictional emergency management arrangements to organisational policies, procedures, planning and decision making.

This unit describes the outcomes required to design, develop or modify activities that exercise elements of emergency management arrangements.

Emergency management exercises are used to test emergency plans, practise responding to an emergency, develop and/or practise emergency management skills, build motivation for emergency management personnel, and/or measure an organisation’s ability to manage an emergency.

This unit covers the competency to manage the organisation's public safety responsibilities within the context of established policy and organisational relationships.

This unit covers the competency to manage and evaluate projects.


This unit covers the competency required to support an affected community to develop a strategic approach to its recovery.

This support may include strengthening ongoing community capacity; enhancing the social, economic, environmental and physical infrastructure of the community; and resolving local and external issues hindering recovery.

This unit describes the outcomes required to manage a range of recovery functions and services such as financial assistance, personal support programs, health services, rebuilding programs and business continuity.

It necessarily involves recovery planning (post emergency) and coordinating service delivery together with the monitoring and review of its effectiveness.

This unit covers the competency to acquire and manage physical resources to achieve the jurisdiction's objectives.

This unit covers the competency required to bring together organisations and other resources to support an incident.

Incidents that require such resource coordination are typically Level 3 incidents, which are characterised by degrees of complexity that may require the establishment of divisions for effective management of the situation. These incidents will usually involve delegation of all functions.

This unit also coves the systematic acquisition and application of organisational, human and equipment resources in an incident.

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

This course is assessed using a diverse range of assessment strategies to ensure we cover the assessment conditions for each unit of study and provide our students with interesting and flexible assessment experiences.

All assessments are completed in your own time and submitted online, with no assessment due dates. This modern and flexible approach is designed to reduce the uncomfortable pressure and unnecessary stress that traditional assessment testing is so famous for. Marking feedback is provided online usually within 3 weeks of submission.

Many assessments will include researching, reading and analysing information on your computer, laptop or tablet (Internet required), however each unit of study provides assessment instructions and benchmarks you can easily follow to successfully complete each assessment task.

Click here to read in full: How we assess our courses.

Formal Entry Requirements:

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however please read through the following information to assess if you have the English language and literacy skills necessary to successfully complete this course.  Further, access to a current emergency or disaster management environment is required to be able to successfully complete all required assessment tasks.

Suggested Entry Pathways:

Due to the ASCF core skills of learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy involved in this course, it is suggested that:

Education: you have successfully completed year 12 or a Certificate IV or higher.

Employment: working in or volunteering for an emergency management organisation, such as the SES or CFA. This will assist with the level of learning required to successfully complete this course.

Is this course right for me?: to assist with your decision, click on the 'Is this course right for me' button positioned at the top of the right hand side of this page and it will ask you questions to assist you in making your decision to enrol.

Technical Requirements: please see the technical requirements below, as you will need access to a modern personal computer and the internet to study this course. In addition, you will need to be able to use this computer, including basic word processing, use of Microsoft Office software and electronic communication platforms and internet search engines.

Enrolment Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing: if you cannot meet any of the above suggested entry requirements, which are a guide only and not mandatory, and you would still like to enrol into this course, it is a procedure during our enrolment process to email everyone a link to participate in a short online LLN test that will check your current learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy skills and from these results, allow us to offer you the necessary support needed, if any, to help you successfully complete this course.

This course is delivered in English online and requires all participants to have sufficient spoken and written comprehension to successfully complete all study and assessment requirements.

Participants with English as their second language may need to provide evidence of English language competency if they did not complete year 11 and 12 English before enrolling into the course.

Examples of acceptable evidence:

  • IELTS - testing centres:- Overall score of 5.5
  • TOEFL:- 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)
  • 12 months in English-speaking employment:- letter from employer or statutory declaration OR
  • Participation in the CLET Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test as part of the enrolment process that will allow you to record your current core learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy skills against the profile of your selected course. From there, support is offered, if required.

If you do not believe your spoken and written English is at the standard to participate in this course, see the following list of organisations that can provide you with assistance to build your English Language and Literacy skills.

The Reading Writing Hotline

Adult Migrant English Program

If you have read through the above information and you believe you have the English skills to participate and complete this program we are here to support you all the way.

CLET student support is monitored Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm (Qld time), so we are here daily to help you with your studies. You can send an individual message to student support 24/7 and all questions will be answered during 8am-4pm (Qld time) Monday to Friday.

If you would prefer personal contact, you may call the student support line during the above hours for phone support from one of our qualified student support officers.

  • Send a message 24/7
  • Phone Support: 8am-4pm (Qld time) Monday to Friday

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Emergency Management - all sectors
  • Police Officer
  • Watch House Officer
  • Border Force
  • Prison Officer
  • ADF

Study Online FEES - By Payment Plan: $3995 (Full Fee)

  • Payment Option*: $500 on enrolment plus remaining amount x 9 Monthly payment(s)
  • Payment Option: $1000 on enrolment plus remaining amount x 1 Monthly payment(s)
  • Payment Option: Approved credit assessment payment plan: $500 deposit and payment plan as per CLET credit assessment (for people with relevant previous study or work experience: - call us, email us or live chat with questions)
* 100 Administration fee applies

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available on all CLET qualifications. If you have completed formal or informal training and have knowledge, skills and employment experience in this area, you may apply for RPL.

You will be asked to provide evidence to support your application and the CLET RPL team will assist you through the RPL assessment process. Apply for RPL below to commence the process. Click here for more information.

Credit is also available for this qualification. If you have completed previous study in this qualification, or an equivalent, you can provide a copy of your transcript/s from your earlier study and CLET will conduct a credit assessment.

Equipment required:

  • Modern computer (PC, Mac or tablet) with speakers, webcam and microphone (smart phones and tablets are permitted as they have built in camera and microphone)
  • Internet (see the technical requirements below for more information on computer and browser requirements

Software required:

  • Microsoft Office software with Word and PowerPoint, or equivalent for Mac or tablet
  • PDF documents are permitted for submission if using tablet applications such as 'Pages' to create your documents

Computer Specifications:

Windows PC / Laptop / Tablet

Apple Mac PC's


  • Android Latest
  • Latest version of Chrome

iPhone & iPad*

* Students using an iPad or iPhone will need to upload documents from a Laptop, PC or have a Dropbox account

Firefox Browser does not support all software provided inside CLET online Study Cloud

CLET technical staff are available if any assistance is required.

Study Now (Online)

This course is a flexible, self paced external course - Study using the latest online software from home with 7 day a week support. No need to attend workshops.

Study from home: self paced

Course Start Dates (Timetable):

  • Monday 19/08/2019
  • Monday 16/09/2019

Apply for Credit for Prior Study

If you have already studied one or more of the same unit/s from this course, you may submit a request for credit for prior study before enrolling. Once approved this will reduce the course fee that you will be required to pay to complete the remainder of the course.


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  • Interactive online study and assessments
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