RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces

Who Should Attend?

All persons with work activities related to a confined space including those who:

  • perform work in or on confined spaces
  • have responsibility for the direct control of work in confined spaces
  • are involved in emergency response and first aid procedures

What will they learn?

The aim of this course is to provide confined space education to all persons working within industries that utilise confined spaces. It is designed to provide the basic skills and knowledge that underpins safe work in confined spaces, to ensure the health and safety of all persons who have to enter, work in or on confined spaces, in compliance with the current legislative requirements of Work Health and Safety Act, the current Work Health and Safety Regulations and the current AS/NZS 2865.


AS/NZS 2865 requires reassessment 'at appropriate intervals'. The industry regards reassessment on a two to three year cycle as good practice. To re-assess people in this competency, we complete the full confined space entry course to be undertaken. For those who regularly work in confined spaces, and prefer to simply re-sit the assessments rather than complete the full training, this may be arranged.



At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • outline appropriate legislative requirements and responsibilities
  • identify scope of permits to work and complete permits to work
  • use safety equipment and personal protective equipment
  • work in accordance with, and complete permitted work in a confined space
  • apply basic risk management concepts
  • enter and control confined space work
  • observe permitted work
  • conclude confined space operations
  • emergency response and equipment requirements


Unit of Competency Attained

RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces

Optional Unit Available

Whilst a risk assessment may indicate that entry into a confined space requires the use of Breathing Apparatus (BA), this one day course does not automatically include training in the actual operation of such breathing apparatus. This may be added to the course as an optional extra, so please advise if you require this unit.

MSMWHS216 Operate breathing apparatus

Recognition of Prior Learning

Your history of study, skills and experience can be taken into account but it must support the criteria included in the above units of competency. Documentary evidence and interview will be required.

Reading, Writing and Mathematics

We provide support in some areas, otherwise we will provide direction to other agencies who may be able to assist.


How will I be assessed and what will I receive?

Your competencies will be assessed through completion of theory and practical exercises. Upon successful completion of the course you will be issued with a statement of attainment.


Additional Costs and Expenses

Where the training is conducted outside the immediate Cairns area then additional costs will be applicable. Any air fares, travel, accommodation, meals and materials freight incurred in the provision of this training will be on- charged. Mileage will be charged at 80¢ (plus GST) per kilometre and traveling time will be charged at our standard rates. Please contact us for a formal quotation for courses conducted outside of Cairns.



For those undertaking public course training, all equipment is supplied, however each participant will require a safety helmet, work clothing, safety footwear, gloves and eye protection.

For corporate training, a variety of equipment is used, including equipment for entry and rescue. Wherever possible however we prefer to utilise the equipment that will be available to participants upon their return to work. Detailed below are two lists of equipment, being that which is required for the conduct of the course and the equipment which is desirable but not essential. All equipment available for use must be in good condition and have received all checks, inspections and/or tests at the appropriate intervals.

In addition to the above equipment, a relatively non-hazardous confined space will be required for practical application of the skills, demonstration and drills. Please contact us to discuss alternate arrangements if there is any difficulty in providing these facilities and equipment.

Essential Equipment Required

  • Sufficient tables and chairs for participants to be seated comfortably for the duration of the training
  • Rescue equipment suitable to your operation
  • Gas Monitor
  • Safety Sign—Confined Space
  • Each participant will require safety helmets, work clothing, safety footwear, gloves and eye protection.

Desirable Equipment if Available

  • Barricading mesh
  • Ventilation fan
  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) (if optional BA unit is required)


How to book a course

Contact our office to schedule an on-site course for your organisation.

How to enrol into a course

Check the training calendar (found under the Calendars & Funding menu of our website) to see when the next course is running. Click on the ENROL NOW button to access our enrolment form. Fill this in and send it back to Total Management and Training (email/office)(totalmantra.com.au) with payment to secure your place in the next course.


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