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Enter and work in confined spaces two and three day training courses from SGS – gain the knowledge and skills required to control risks and eliminate hazards when entering and working in confined spaces.

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These courses are designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge required for entering and working in confined spaces in the resources and infrastructure industries.

Training is structured to ensure participants have an understanding of hazards and risk controls in and around a confined space and the requirements needed to enter and conduct work in a confined space in accordance with an issued permit. Our three day training course also includes breathing apparatus and confined space rescue training.

What will you learn?

On completion of either the two or three day training course, you will know how to:

  • Plan for entering working in and exiting confined spaces
  • Work in accordance with an issued permit, standby duties and gas monitoring safety procedures
  • Issue and follow work permits

On completion of the three day course, you will also have an understanding of:

  • Operating and maintaining breathing apparatus equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere
  • Undertaking a rescue in a confined space as a member of a single agency or multi-disciplinary team

Course Content

Both the two and three day training courses cover:

  • Legislation, standards, codes of practice and procedures
  • Assessing, entering, working and exiting confined spaces
  • Standby duties
  • Signage
  • Lock, tag out and isolation procedures
  • Purging and ventilation
  • Issuing and working in accordance with a permit
  • Equipment used in or near confined spaces
  • Hazard analysis, risk assessment and risk controls
  • Procedures for atmospheric monitoring
  • Understanding and use of gas monitoring equipment
  • Maintenance of gas monitoring equipment
  • Use of ropes and knots

The three day training course also includes:

  • Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory devices
  • Responding to an emergency situation


Learners who take either of these courses should have the physical ability to successfully complete practical tasks ranging from donning a confined spaces harness and breathing apparatus to climbing in and out of simulated confined spaces and performing rescue tasks.

They should also have language, literacy and numeracy skills at the level required to read, complete, interpret and communicate workplace documentation relevant to working in confined spaces. This includes entry permits, equipment checklists and risk assessments.

If you have language, literacy or numeracy difficulties or other special needs, please inform our training support staff prior to enrolling so they can speak with you about our available support services.

Who should take this course?

Each of these courses is suitable for anyone working in an operational role that involves:

  • Working in confined spaces
  • Working under the authority of an issued permit
  • Performing a safety observer (standby) role
  • Conducting activities in workplace environments where hazards exist or specific procedures need to be followed and monitored to protect the safety of personnel and the integrity of a plant or process
  • Carrying out gas testing of an atmosphere prior to entering a specific area or workspace and interpreting readings and taking actions based on the interpretation

Our three day course is also suitable for those who are required to:

  • Wear a breathing apparatus because they work in a confined space, with hazardous gases or vapours, or in an oxygen deficient atmosphere
  • Undertake rescues in confined spaces as a member of a single organisation or team involving multiple organisations

Course Information

Course duration: 2 or 3 days
Delivery methodology: face to face


Learners who successfully complete both the written and practical course requirements for either of these training courses will be issued a Statement of Attainment and a Wallet Card for:

  • RIIWHS202E - Enter and work in confined spaces
  • RIIRIS201E - Conduct local risk control
  • MSMPER200 - Work in accordance with an issued permit
  • MSMPER202 - Observe permit work
  • MSMWHS201 - Conduct hazard analysis
  • MSMPER300 - Issue work permits
  • MSMWHS217 - Gas test atmospheres

Participants who successfully complete both the written and practical requirements for the three day course will also receive a Statement of Attainment and a Wallet Card for:

  • MSMWHS216 - Operate breathing apparatus
  • PUASAR025 - Undertake confined space rescue


Each work site will have its own refresher period requirements. Please check with the work site where you will be working. Generally, industry specific requirements for recertification range from every 12 months to every 3 years.

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This course is Nationally Recognised training delivered by SGS Australia Pty Ltd RTO# 2646.

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