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Two day confined space course

The two-day course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of how to correctly work in and around confined spaces, with the ability to tailor course content to suit specific aspects of safety.

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

This course, held over two days, can be tailored to suit those supervising work being undertaken in and around confined spaces as well as those undertaking the work. By offering the ability to train in competencies that best suit participants needs, Height Safety Engineers can make sure this course always provides the most relevant safety skills to participants.

Two day confined space training is structured so that the first day gives participants the foundational knowledge required to work safely in and around confined spaces (this is the same as our One day confined space course), with the second day introducing more advanced skills and knowledge to extend their abilities into areas such as supervisory work, use of breathing apparatus or participating in a rescue.

About this course

The aim of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how to correctly work in and around confined spaces. Following training, participants will be able to identify the hazards associated with working in and around a confined space, have an understanding of key legislation, know the duties of a standby person, and understand the various categories of personal confined space entry and rescue equipment including their characteristics and limitations.

Gas test atmospheres and working with permits is an integral part of this course. Participants will also be required to carry out pre- and post-work user inspection of all equipment.

Depending on the options chosen for the second day of training, participants will also learn how to prepare and issue permits, the role of a confined space work supervisor, how to correctly fit and use breathing apparatus, or how to perform a rescue from a confined space.

Duration: 2 Days (16 hours)

Student/Trainer Ratio: 10:1

Day One program – Confined space essentials

The aim of this 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.

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, RPDs, personal winches, retrieval SRLs, spreader bars and full body harnesses
  • Demonstrate confined space entry, work positioning and rescue techniques

Successful participants gain a statement of attainment in:
RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces
MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit
MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres

Day Two program – Choose from the following options

Choose one of the below three options to run for the second day of your training. Training can be extended to three or more days if multiple options are required. Please speak to our team on 1300 884 978 or email to discuss your needs.

Breathing apparatus

Including breathing apparatus in your two-day confined space training gives participants the skills and knowledge required to fit, operate and maintain breathing apparatus equipment. This allows them to work in irrespirable atmospheres, as defined by AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment.

Course objectives and content

  • Legislative requirements.
  • Identification of hazards.
  • Communicaiton.
  • Work instructions and safe operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Determine available working time in breathing apparatus.
  • Conduct pre-donning checks and tests on breathing apparatus.
  • Operate breathing apparatus.
  • Conclude operations in accordance with procedures, including cleaning and make ready for operational use.

Successful participants gain a statement of attainment in:
MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus

Please note that this unit of competency requires participants to be clean shaven in order to correctly use breathing apparatus. Participants who are not clean shaven on the day of the course may be unable to undertake the training.


This unit of competency covers the skills required to participate in rescue operations as a member of a rescue team. The competency is often contextualised to cover specific rescue scenarios and when included as part of a two day confined space course this contextualisation focusses heavily on confined space rescues. It can use both pre-rigged rescue kits and advanced rope rescue equipment.

Course objectives and content

  • Capabilities and limitations of rescue equipment.
  • Casualty handling techniques.
  • Environmental hazards.
  • Manual handling techniques.
  • Organisation policies and procedures, including relevant legislation, rescue plans, OHS guidelines.
  • Personal hygiene.
  • Procedures for reporting injuries and accidents.
  • Relevant legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Ropes and knots.
  • Safety precautions.

Successful participants gain a statement of attainment in:
PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation

Confined space supervisor

The aim of this course is to provide participants with comprehensive skills and knowledge required when undertaking the role and responsibility of supervising and managing confined space entry activities. The course covers such topics as defining and identifying a confined space, legal and company obligations, skills in leading and promoting workplace safety culture, and safety expectations for operator safety.

Course objectives and content

  • Understanding of confined space legislation and standards.
  • Definition and identification of a confined space.
  • Preparation of confined space permits and development of safe operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Carry out hazard identification, risk assessment and implement effective control measures.
  • Test and maintain work processes and controls.
  • Select appropriate emergency rescue equipment and liaise with external emergency services.
  • Withdraw from the confined space and facilitate return to service activities.

Successful participants gain a statement of attainment in:
RIIWHS401E Supervise work in confined spaces

Need competencies not listed here?

Height Safety Engineers offer a broad scope of nationally accredited units of competency that you can access as part of your two day confined space training course. No matter your needs, the team at HSE can help you put together a program of competencies that meet your needs and assist in giving your team the skills to safely go about their work in and around confined spaces.We can help tailor your course to include competencies including

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Fire fighting
  • Asbestos awareness and working with asbestos contaminated materials
  • and more.

Contact our team on 1300 884 978 or email to discuss how we can assist in providing your team with the skills and knowledge required to safely work in and around confined spaces on your site.

Additional course information

Prerequisites & entry requirements

There are no prerequisites for this 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 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 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.

Additional information

Two day Confined Space course 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, Two Day Confined Space 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 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.
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.

Does this certification ever expire?

Our Two Day Confined Space course has no designated ‘expiry date’ once a statement of attainment has been received. However, 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.

Ready to enrol your team in our Two day Confined Space 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.