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This course set is appropriate for those working in operational roles undertaking work in confined spaces in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries. It is designed to teach participants how to identify confined space hazards, work safely within confined spaces according to an issued permit and operate various confined space safety equipment. Confined spaces are commonly found in tanks, ducts, flues, chimneys, containers or other similar enclosed or partially enclosed structures. They pose dangers because they are usually not designed to be areas where people work.

This training is required for anyone who may be required to act as a standby, operate gas detectors or to safely and efficiently enter and work in a confined space.  On completion, participants will be able to competently understand legislations and standards applicable to enter and work in confined spaces.

Additionally, this course set is for those individuals who may be required to carry out gas testing of an atmosphere prior to entering a specific area or workspace. Such as working environments which may be hazardous, unpredictable, subject to time pressure, chaotic and expose responders to risk, on land or water, by day or night. Or workplace atmospheres which may include visible and invisible hazards and hazardous surfaces.

It covers the skills and knowledge required to test the working atmosphere using electronic test apparatus, to find out if it is safe for the proposed work, interpret readings and take actions based on the interpretation.

Units Delivered

The following units will be included in your certificate:

MSMWHS217 - Gas test atmospheres
RIIWHS202D - Enter and work in confined spaces

Course Delivery

This course can be delivered/assessed in the workplace or at facility organised by the training provider.

Course Durations

Course durations can vary for multiple reasons, so the durations below are the minimum possible amount.

Face-to-Face Face to Face contact time of at least 14 Hours

Participants must have:

  • The physical capacity to meet the demands of the practical demonstrations for this course set, such as undertaking the requirements to safely enter, work in and exit a confined space wearing the appropriate PPE.
  • The physical capacity to wear the appropriate PPE and use testing apparatus to test the atmosphere of an area.
  • The ability to take readings and interpret, report/record relevant data.

Individuals undertaking this course set will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.

This certificate does not require renewal

Please note that enrolment to this course is made with Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909. Please refer to the student handbook located on the RTO website ( for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

Practical scenarios: 

  • Side entry into confined space
  • Top entry into confined space
  • Ground-level entry into confined space
  • Preparing for and testing gas in a confined space, wellhead or other potentially unsafe space or area
  • Using and maintain testing and monitoring equipment
  • Identifying hazards and control them
  • Interpreting readings and take required action
  • Following communication and recording procedures

Documentation – Completion of a site-based Risk Assessment Form and an Entry permit.

Theory assessment – A written exam consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions. All questions must be successfully completed.

This course is delivered and assessed on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909