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This course set is appropriate for those working in operational roles undertaking work in confined spaces in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries. It is designed to teach participants how to identify confined space hazards, work safely within confined spaces according to an issued permit and operate various confined space safety equipment.

Confined spaces are commonly found in tanks, ducts, flues, chimneys, containers or other similar enclosed or partially enclosed structures. They pose dangers because they are usually not designed to be areas where people work.

This training is required for anyone who may be required to act as a standby, operate gas detectors or to safely and efficiently enter and work in a confined space.  On completion participants will be able to competently understand legislations and standards applicable to enter and work in confined spaces and:

  • obtain appropriate entry permit and instructions for performing work in confined space
  • interpret and apply safe work method statements
  • apply tagging and lock out
  • select, wear and care for personal protective equipment
  • use atmospheric monitoring devices prior to entering the confined space and during confined space activity
  • applying safe materials handling methods
  • remove tagging and lock out, and cleaning up the area

Additionally, this course set has been designed for individuals who work alone or as part of a team as an operator required to wear breathing apparatus in their work role.  This might be because they are working in a confined space, with hazardous gases/vapours, or in an oxygen deficient atmosphere.

It covers the skills and knowledge required to conduct pre-donning checks and tests on breathing apparatus, operate and maintain breathing apparatus and equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere, and conclude operations as defined by the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment.

Concluding operations will include correctly closing down, removing and cleaning the breathing apparatus and reporting faults and/or damage to breathing apparatus.

Units Delivered

The following units will be included in your certificate:

MSMWHS216 - Operate breathing apparatus
RIIWHS202D - Enter and work in confined spaces

Course Delivery

This course can be delivered/assessed in the workplace or at facility organised by the training provider.

Course Durations

Course durations can vary for multiple reasons, so the durations below are the minimum possible amount.

Refresher Face to Face contact time of at least 14 Hours
Face-to-Face Face to Face contact time of at least 14 Hours

As a minimum, entrants to this course set must have:

  • The literacy and numeracy competencies to be able to read testing equipment and determine the available working time from a breathing apparatus set
  • The physical capability to wear and work in a breathing apparatus and associated equipment in a range of conditions

Individuals undertaking this course set will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.

This certificate does not require renewal

Please note that enrolment to this course is made with Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909. Please refer to the student handbook located on the RTO website ( for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

Performance tasks:

  • Side entry into confined space
  • Top entry into confined space
  • Ground level entry into confined space
  • Demonstrating pre-donning checks, tests procedures and fault reporting
  • Demonstrating concluding operation techniques
  • Labelling the components of breathing apparatus
  • Demonstrating consistency in performance over time in a range of actual or simulated environments


  • Completion of site-based Risk Assessment form and an Entry Permit
  • Completion of an Equipment Fault log  

Theory assessment  A written assessment consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.

This course is delivered and assessed on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909