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One-Day Work Safely at Heights and Confined Space Refresher Training

Heights and confined spaces comprise the two most dangerous environments to work in. Falls from heights represent one of the most common causes of injuries at work. Confined spaces also carry a risk to workers through reduced access to oxygen or other unbreathable atmospheres, limited visibility and reduced amount of space in which to move around.

For those working in the building, construction and related industries, Work Safely at Heights and confined space training represent two accreditations every tradesperson should have.

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:

RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces
MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit
MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres
RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights

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 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 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

One Day Confined Space Course


Why should I choose HSE over another certification provider?

That’s a great question. Sure, there are plenty of other certification providers out there who will give you the standard Work Safely at Heights certification that your team needs at the end of the day. But not all competencies are created equal.

We go beyond the basics

There are a range of unduly short courses available out there at the moment which offer the same certification but in less time. But a shorter course means your team ends up with fewer skills.

It’s important to not only look safe but also BE safe. Sure, your employee can take a short course and learn how to wear a harness. But if they wear that harness on the job and it’s connected wrong, and/or it’s the wrong type of harness for the situation, it’s essentially useless as the fall clearance will likely be inadequate to prevent or arrest the fall.

Our course is designed to make sure your team knows how to select, use and maintain the right gear, why it’s the right gear to use, how to connect it properly and what actions to take to successfully arrest a fall. This includes a range of rescue equipment required to rescue a fallen operator.

Real practice scenarios using state of the art facilities

You want to make sure that your team gets REAL experience working at heights, not just standing on a wooden box and getting a check mark for doing it. Our training facilities are absolutely state of the art and completely hands-on. Your team will undertake practical work which simulates real life scenarios using real roofs, ladders, platforms, ropes and harnesses at heights of up to 6 metres in over 795 square metres of dedicated facilities.

Highly qualified trainers

Our instructors are among the best in the industry. They bring over 100 years of combined experience in the height safety 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.

Do I really need to worry about completing this certification if my team isn’t going to be working on any jobs over two (2) metres high?

In previous codes and standards, it used to be specified that if you were working within 2m of an edge and could fall more than 2m over that edge, you needed to take necessary action to prevent the fall. This would include holding the Working Safely at Heights certification, however these dimensional specifications have since been removed. Under the revised WHS legislation and codes, fall protection must be used wherever there is a possibility of a fall from one level to another that is reasonably likely to cause injury – irrespective of the distance. Therefore, even if you are working 4m away from an edge and the furthest you could fall is 600mm, and it is likely you could be injured if you fell, you need to have completed the course.

Ensuring everyone is certified has become site policy for any reputable builder or contractor as part of their Site Safety Management Plans and SWMS if there is any possible risk of a fall occurring. The certification will even cover simple tasks such as someone installing a lightbulb if there is a risk of serious injury.

At first glance, this may all seem a bit unnecessary. However, it’s a common misconception that the risk of a fall occurring when working on single or double storey structures is less of a concern compared to working on high rise structures. This is truly not the case.

Rescue plans are of course extremely important for high rise buildings. But with low rise buildings, there’s less distance and therefore less time for safety harnesses to properly arrest the fall before someone hits the ground or the next level below. A small error when setting up safety equipment on a low rise building can have catastrophic results.

So basically, if you want your team to be able to work on any job that involves any heights, they need to complete the RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights course.

Are refresher courses required?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) forbids any Registered Training Organisation (RTO) from issuing a nationally recognised competency with an expiry date.

However, refresher courses are suggested to be completed on a regular basis in order to ensure skills and knowledge are kept up to date with industry trends. They are often required by an employer or mandated as part of the site rules for a work site. For example, a local council may require competencies to be updated once per year, or a construction site may require all workers to have completed a competency within the last three years.

The Working at Heights Association (WAHA) recommends competencies for height safety be updated every two years. In our experience, large construction companies and contractors will often not recognise a competency that is older than two years.

Who is this course designed for?

Combined Refresher training is designed for those that have completed the following competencies within the last three years:

  • RIIWHS204E Work Safely at Heights
  • RIIWHS202D Enter and Work in Confined Spaces
  • MSMPER200 Work in Accordance with an Issued Permit
  • MSMWHS217 Gas Test Atmospheres

These competencies should be held by anyone who is required to perform any work or task where there is a need to enter and work in a confined space, or perform a task on a roof or other raised working area. This could include workers from entry levels to senior management.

Do you offer full training courses in Work Safely at Heights and Confined Space?

Absolutely. Height Safety Engineers offer a range of training courses for those just starting out in industry through to highly advanced courses for those looking to be coming industry experts themselves.

We offer the full RIIWHS204E Work Safely at Heights course regularly at our Sydney, Melbourne and Dubbo training centres. We also offer a range of confined space courses including one- and two-day courses as well as courses that include the use of self-contained breathing apparatus.

Ready to enrol your team in our One-Day Work Safely at Heights and Confined Space Refresher course?

Simply click the ‘Enrol’ 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.