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One day confined space course – refresher

This 1 day course provides a comprehensive refresher on the skills and knowledge required to correctly work in and around confined spaces.

Working in and around confined spaces present a variety of workplace safety issues that need to be addressed in order to protect people from sustaining injuries or worse. 

This course is not only suited for workers but for those who supervise work being undertaken in and around confined and restricted spaces. Supervisor training provides skills and knowledge in the preparation of safe work procedures for confined space access as well as preparation of permits.

It is vitally important that skills are kept up to date and knowledge is retained through refresher courses such as this one. 

Participant in full breathing apparatus being lowered into a confined space.

About this course

The aim of this refresher course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how to correctly work in and around confined spaces. Following training; students will be able to identify the hazards associated with working in and around a confined space. Understanding of key legislation, duties of a standby person and understand the various categories of personal confined space entry and rescue equipment including their characteristics and limitations. Working with permits is an integral part of this course. Students will also be required to carry out pre and post user inspections of all equipment.

Duration: 1 Day (8 hours)

Student/Trainer Ratio: 10:1

Course objectives and content

  • Understanding of confined space legislation and standards
  • Definition of a confined space
  • How to perform risk assessments and control measures
  • Confined space permits
  • Atmospheric monitoring
  • Confined space entry equipment – Tripods, Davits, RPD’s, Personal winches, Retrieval SRL’s, spreader bars and full body harnesses
  • Demonstrate confined space entry, work positioning and rescue techniques
RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights

Qualifications for successful participants

Statement of Attainment in:

RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces
MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit
MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres

Additional course information

Prerequisites & entry requirements

This is a refresher course for participants who already hold the above units of competency. It is expected that a participant will have held the qualifications for a minimum of 12 months and no more than 3 years.
Participants must be able to present the Statement of Attainment for verification prior to course commencement. Please email your Statement of Attainment to training@heightsafety.net upon successful enrolment. Participants who cannot present evidence of previously held qualifications will not be able to participate in the course and will need to complete the full course.
All students must be eligible to receive nationally recognised training within Australia and provide a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) upon enrolment.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for any persons who are required to perform any work or tasks where there is a requirement to enter and work in a confined space. This may include anyone from entry level to senior management. It is recommended that participants have year 10 level reading and writing capabilities. It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training. One requirement of the training package is that you are to be assessed as physically capable of working in confined spaces in a range of simulated and real locations.
Students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued a Statement of Attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.

Can overseas visitors complete this training course?

This will depend on the type of visa that you have.

For example restrictions apply to international visitors who hold a Student Visa. Any course undertaken by a Student Visa holder must be conducted by a provider who is registered on CRICOS. As Elbon Consulting Services Pty Ltd is not CRICOS approved we are unable to accept enrolments into any of our courses from any international visitor that holds a Student Visa.

International visitors who hold a Working Holiday Visa may be eligible to enrol into our courses once they arrive in Australia. This is important as some occupations in Australia will have legislative and/or licencing requirements relating to qualifications. International visitors will still be required to provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier) prior to enrolling into any Nationally Recognised Training. When registering for your USI number if you select Non-Australian Passport (with Australian Visa) as your form of ID, you will need to enter your Non-Australian passport number when creating your USI. The following details on the passport must match in order to verify in the USI registry system:

  • Family Name
  • Given Name(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Country of Passport

Students from New Zealand will not be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport until your passport has been registered with the Australian Department of Immigration. This will only happen when the student crosses the border into Australia. Once the passport is registered with the Department of Immigration it can be verified and the student will be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport.

If you are an International Visitor, you will need to provide a copy of your Visa and/or Passport by emailing training@heightsafety.net. Your Visa details will be verified for eligibility to participate in accredited training within Australia. If you are ineligible, a full refund of fees paid will be provided.

Recognition of prior learning

Upon enrolment, you may wish to apply for recognition of prior learning and/or credit transfer. You may email a copy of certificates related to prior learning to training@heightsafety.net. Based on that evidence the course may be modified based on your previous knowledge. There is a currency requirement to be met in order to demonstrate current skills. The outcome of your application will be notified to you in writing within 14 days of initial application.

Learner support

We may be able to provide you with learning support. If you think you may need assistance with reading and/or writing, please contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist.

Course fees

For more information and an obligation free quote please call our office on 1300 884 978. Group discounts may apply. Please also refer to the Payment Terms and Conditions available on our website and in the Student Handbook.

What do I bring?

All necessary equipment and learning materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided for training completed at our training facilities. Please wear comfortable clothing and enclosed footwear.

Where can I train?

Training can be conducted in one of our dedicated state-of-the-art training facilities or be conducted on your site with the use of our mobile training simulators./p>

One Day confined space course – refresher FAQs

Why should I choose HSE over another certification provider?

Most incidents and deaths in confined spaces are due to exposure to gas or poor air quality. Therefore, many employers want workers to have the skills required to carry out gas testing prior to entering a confined space.

At Height Safety Engineers, our nationally accredited, One Day Confined Space Refresher course includes the MSMWHS217 gas test atmospheres unit. This allows workers to get trained in all the basics of working safely in confined spaces and also how to use electronic gas testing equipment in the one convenient course.

Many other course providers don’t include the MSMWHS217 gas test atmospheres unit in a comparable confined space course and require the unit to be completed separately or as part of a longer course.

With our course, workers can get trained quickly and efficiently on how to use an electronic gas testing equipment which is an important tool used when working in a confined space.

Additionally, our instructors are among the best in the industry. They bring over 100 years of combined experience in industry to every course they teach. We re-train all our instructors on a regular basis to ensure consistency and that they are continually improving.

What is the definition of a confined space?

According to Safe Work Australia, a confined space is determined by the hazards associated with the specific situation—not just because work is performed in a small space.

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

Is not designed or intended to be occupied by a person.
Is at normal atmospheric pressure—or is designed or intended to be at normal atmospheric pressure—while a person is in the space.
Is a risk to health and safety from:
an atmosphere that doesn’t have a safe oxygen level
contaminants like airborne gases, vapours and dusts that may cause injury from fire or explosion.
Has harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants.
Is at risk of engulfment.
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, according to model WHS regulations.

A space may become a confined one if work carried out in it could generate harmful concentrations of airborne contaminants.

Does the certification ever expire?

This refresher course has no designated ‘expiry date’ once a statement of attainment has been received. However, additional refresher courses are encouraged or sometimes required by individual employers.

Different employers will have different stipulations on how often confined space refresher courses are required. For example, a local council may require employees to complete a refresher course once a year, whereas a construction company may require it every three years.

What are the benefits of completing this course?

For workers:

  • Ability to readily identify risks and hazards for working in confined spaces and respond appropriately.
  • Ability to swiftly and competently handle emergency situations.
  • Receive skills which are transferable to many other industries and jobs.

For employers:

  • Increase the skill set of your employees, thereby adding value to your business.
  • Peace of mind that you are meeting legal obligations to keep employees safe under workplace health and safety regulations.
  • You’ll save money in the long run by avoiding worse case scenarios.

Ready to enrol your team in our One day confined space course – refresher course?

Simply click the button above. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 1300 884 978, we’d be happy to provide you with any more information that you might need.