Confined Space Training

RIIWHS202E – Enter and work in confined spaces

MSMWHS216 – Operate Breathing Apparatus

HLTAID009 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Confined space training is a combined offering of three units, which will provide learners with practical skills for working in and around confined spaces; understand how to safely inspect, maintain and operate self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) that may be required during a fire or in hazardous environments and how to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

This is a nationally accredited qualification that is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete this qualification will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand and apply safe work methods
  • Tag and lock out
  • Understand the effects of irrespirable (unbreathable) environments on the body and the need for appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Enter and work in a confined space
  • Use atmospheric monitoring devices
  • Operate a compressed air breathing apparatus
  • Apply pre-use tests, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and, safe work practices with wearing breathing apparatus
  • Communicate while wearing a breathing apparatus
  • Apply the DRSABCD concept
  • Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Participants are required to:

  • Wear appropriate PPE: Safety boots, hi-vis shirt/vest
  • Learners can bring their own harness or breathing apparatus if preferred
  • Note: all CPR practice must be carried out on the floor

Prerequisites and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however, please be advised that under clause 153 of WorkSafe Victoria’s Compliance Code, employers must establish procedures for the control and management of an emergency in a confined space, including procedures for:


• the rescue of any person from the confined space

• first aid to be provided to any person in the confined space and after rescue from the confined space.


This means any person required to enter a confined space to assist with a rescue or act as a “Standby person” requires a current First Aid qualification (issued within the past 3 years) and a current CPR qualification (refreshed annually).


Prior to enrolling in the this course or the confined space refresher course, please supply your Statement of Attainment for HLTAID011 Provide First Aid or enrol in the course at CEPUTEC here. 


If you have completed your First Aid training at CEPUTEC, please provide confirmation with our admin team by emailing or calling 1300 222 727.


HLTAID009 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is included in both courses.


No RPL can be applied to this course.

Course structure

This course contains both theory and practical components. The location is either at a PICAC campus or at a specified work location which will be confirmed by email.

Course duration

Two days (16 hours)

$440 – full fee

$330 – Industry Association Member (NFIA, Master Plumbers, AMCA)

$0 – PPTEU Member

Cancellation fees may apply, please see Learner Information page for terms and conditions.

A range of assessment methods will be used to assess that the learner can:

  • Correctly identify risks and safety requirements associated with entering and working in a confined space
  • Demonstrate compliance with entry and exit procedures on at least two occasions
  • Identify equipment types, their capabilities and limitations including that of breathing apparatus
  • Locate safety data sheets (SDS) and apply the relevant information
  • Understand different types of air contaminants and toxic gases
  • Communicate effectively with others to ensure a safe working environment
  • Conduct pre-use checks and tests on breathing apparatus
  • Use breathing apparatus, appropriate tools, equipment, and safety gear to prepare for and respond to problems
  • Remove, clean, and maintain breathing apparatus
  • Successfully perform CPR on an adult mannequin and child mannequin for 2 minutes uninterrupted
  • Participate in a first aid scenario involving the correct use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)

National units of competency covered

RIIWHS202E – Enter and work in confined spaces

MSMWHS216 – Operate breathing apparatus

HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation


Students who satisfactorily complete all course requirements will be eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment issued by CEPUTEC (RTO 4612), which is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework.


Email or call 1300 222 727 to register your interest in this course.

Read this before you enrol.

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Provide First Aid

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What is a confined space?

A ‘confined space’ means an enclosed or partially enclosed space that:

  • is not designed or intended to be occupied by a person
  • is, or is designed or intended to be, at normal atmospheric pressure while any person is in the space; and
  • is or is likely to be a risk to health and safety from:
    • an atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level, or
    • contaminants, including airborne gases, vapours and dust, that may cause injury from fire or explosion, or
    • harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants, or engulfment.

A confined space is determined by the hazards associated with a set of specific circumstances and not just because work is performed in a small space. Entry into a confined space means a person’s head or upper body is in the confined space or within the boundary of the confined space.

Confined spaces are commonly found in vats, tanks, pits, pipes, ducts, flues, chimneys, silos, containers, pressure vessels, underground sewers, wet or dry wells, shafts, trenches, tunnels or other similar enclosed or partially enclosed structures.

More information on the regulations can be found at Safe Work Australia.

What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

If you study any Nationally Recognised Training in Australia, you are required to have a USI. Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcripts) that you have completed since 2015.

When applying for a job or enrolling in further study, you will often need to provide your training records and results (transcript). The benefit of the USI is the ability to provide learners with easy access to their training records at any time.

You can access your USI account online from your computer, tablet or smart phone.

If you do not already have a USI, go to on a computer or mobile device.

Note: A USI must be supplied to CEPUTEC during enrolment so that a Nationally Recognised Qualification or Statement of Attainment can be issued to you.

For further information, please see the video under Learner Resources.