Version Effective: 1st of March, 2021
Version Effective: 1st of March, 2021

PDC86990 - Body Recovery from Water

Course Details

Course Summary

For the first time, this international award winning course is now available online. As a micro-credential it covers the complexities and techniques of body recovery from shallow depth swiftwater environments. Developed by international experts experts and using the latest research to provide an evidence based curriculum, this 8-hour course covers legal authorities, disaster victim identification, recovery incident management, decomposition, water related death investigation considerations, infectious disease control, psychological considerations, management of family and media, recovery management structures, evidential recording for law enforcement, professional standards and ethics, specialist recovery equipment and methods. The course is also useful for those carrying out body recovery from maritime environments.

This is a non-creditable micro-credential which is awarded a digital badge and Certificate of Completion which can be shared to your social networks and displayed in your professional portfolio.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements

Course Details

Course Type Short Course (Professional Development)
Student Availability
  • Domestic
  • International
Application Mode
  • Other
How to Apply
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Simply set up an account on the site to pay and access the micro-credential you wish to study.
Study Area
  • Business, Accounting and Law
  • Education and Humanities
  • Health
  • Mining and Energy
  • Psychology, Social Work and Community Services
  • Science and Environment
  • Transport and Safety Sciences
  • Work and Study Preparation
Skill Area
  • Community Services
  • Drilling
  • Engineering
  • General Education and Training
  • Health
  • Information Technology
  • Justice and Law Enforcement
  • Laboratory Technology
  • Marine
  • Mining
  • Safety

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Undertaking this micro-credential enables students to meet their Continuing Professional Development obligations and industry update requirements in their profession. Upon successful completion of the micro-credential , students will be awarded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours, a non-creditable micro-credential (Digital Badge) and a Certificate of Completion.

Course Structures

Study Mode Definitions

  • Online: Online courses provide the flexibility to study without normally requiring a student to visit a campus. Course content is studied through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers and teachers, and receiving study materials online/electronically. Work integrated learning, including placements, may be included in some courses.
  • On-campus: Students studying in on-campus mode typically are expected to attend and participate in regular, structured on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the University’s academic term. These activities may include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practice, online or other activities and normally will be timetabled at a CQUniversity campus or approved delivery site.
  • Mixed Mode: Students studying in mixed mode will participate in a combination of online learning activities in addition to site-specific learning activities, which may include residential schools, co-op placements and/or work-integrated learning as a compulsory requirement of a unit. The additional site-specific learning activities are what differentiates a mixed-mode unit from an online unit.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

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Micro-credential Course Structure

8 hours 

  • Online
No units are associated with this course

Course Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the factors which influence the decision to transition from rescue to recovery including legal authority and roles of those involved in body recovery operations

2. Outline the international Disaster Victim Identification process, applicable to mass fatality incidents

3. Recognise the factors in pre-planning recovery operations and the recovery management team structure and roles and equipment used for body recovery

4. Identify the health and safety factors to consider in managing decomposition, altered pathology, infection control and personal safety

5. Identify common reactions to traumatic events and the sources of information useful for recovery personnel, affected families and managing the media

6. Identify the required protocols for recording information evidential purposes and giving evidence in court as a witness.


Online Quiz

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