RIIWHS202D - Enter and Work in Confined Spaces (1 day)

Course Description


Students who are deemed competent will receive a Statement of Attainment recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This certification is nationally recognised. The Statement is issued by Realistic Training Options (RTO 32496).

Course Duration

1 day (allow approximately 8 hours)


  • $200.00 pp for public courses
  • For group or company bookings, please contact us for an obligation free quote.

Special Offer

If you sign up to do this course and would like to do our RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights course at the same time then you will qualify for our special discounted offer of $350 for both courses!!

Course Overview

Note: This course which allows you to conduct a risk assessment and enter a confined space to conduct work.

This nationally recognised training course is designed for people who work in or around confined spaces. The course can be tailored to suit the practical scenarios relevant to your company's confined space operations. While there is a standard set of learning outcomes for the course, we understand that the context and environment in which the learning is applied is varied. It is designed to teach participants how to:

  • Identify confined space hazards
  • Work safely within confined spaces according to an issued permit
  • Operate various confined space safety equipment.

Worksafe Australia defines a confined space as a space that:

  • Is at atmospheric pressure when anyone is in the space; and
  • Is not intended or designed primarily as a workplace; and
  • Could have restricted entry to, or exit from, the place; and
  • Is, or is likely to be entered by a person to work; and
  • At any time, contains, or is likely to contain, any of the following -
    • An atmosphere that has potentially harmful levels of a contaminant;
    • An atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level;
    • Anything that could cause engulfment.

Examples of confined spaces include (but are not limited to):

  • Storage tanks
  • Tank cars
  • Process vessels
  • Pressure vessels
  • Boilers
  • Silos and other tank-like compartments
  • Pits and degreasers
  • Pipes
  • Sewers
  • Sewer pump stations including wet and dry wells, shafts and ducts
  • Shipboard spaces entered through small hatchways or access points, cargo tanks, cellular double bottom tanks, duct keels, ballast or oil tanks and void spaces

This course is recommended for:

  • Workers who will be performing confined space work, but are not required to write a permit, monitor gas levels, wear breathing apparatus
  • Electrical engineers
  • Safety inspectors
  • Safety personnel
  • Injury prevention personnel
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Emergency services personnel (fire, ambulance, police)
  • OHS officers
  • Risk managers
  • Mine managers
  • Telecommunications and cable installation personnel
  • Lift operators and installers
  • Transport industry workers

Course Outline

  • Identifying confined spaces
  • Identification and control of hazards
  • Australian Standards and relevant legislation
  • Roles and responsibilities of management and employees
  • Case studies
  • Risk assessments and hierarchy of hazard controls
  • Work to a confined space permit
  • Work site policy and procedures
  • Write work plans and risk assessments
  • Lockout and tag out methods of isolation
  • Fall protection equipment
  • Practical entry into a confined space
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • Confined space refresher training is recommended every 12-24 months under Australian Standard AS2865-2009.


  • Training conducted by experienced confined space specialist
  • One 8-hour day of training. Up to 12 trainees per course. A typical course runs from 0730-1630.
  • Knowledge on relevant legislation and Australian Standards for confined spaces
  • Recommendations and advice for specialised PPE and equipment for your particular workplace.
  • Advice on risk control methods for the type of work to be undertaken
  • Plenty of practical hands on training to ensure workers can be safe and conform to relevant standards and legislation
  • This course can be conducted on-site or at our training facilities in Brisbane

Each Trainee Must Provide

  • Transport
  • Lunch
  • Appropriate PPE (Hi Vis clothing, Safety Footwear)


Learning Pathways

This unit forms part of: Certificate III in Road Construction and Maintenance Certificate III in Road Construction and Maintenance, RII31309 - Certificate III in Pipe Laying Certificate

Units of Competency

RIIOHS202A Enter and Work in Confined Spaces
RTO Number: 32496 ISO: AUP1033