Operate Breathing Apparatus

$2500 (up to 10 participants)

Course Content

Working in and around confined spaces present a variety of workplace safety issues that need to be addressed in order to protect people from sustaining injuries or worse. This course is not only suited for workers but for those who supervise work being undertaken in and around confined and restricted spaces. Supervisor training provides skills and knowledge in the preparation of safe work procedures for confined space access as well as preparation of permits.

This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team or group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.

We specialise in tailoring training scenarios to your workplace needs. Practical exercises will be tailored to your specific workplace and may include a selection of the following: Firefighting, Search & Rescue, Chemical Splash Suits, Fully Encapsulated Suits, Confined Space Rescue & Decontamination etc.

Our Training is conducted by experienced emergency services personnel, who have the knowledge and experience to walk you through the requirements to operate Breathing Apparatus equipment correctly and safely.

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain breathing apparatus and equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment.

Learning Objectives

As part of the course, students will train in the following areas:

  • Legislative requirements
  • Hazards
  • Communication
  • Work instructions and safe operating procedures (SOP’s)
  • 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


Practical Assessment: The assessor must observe the following practical scenarios:

  • Demonstrating pre-donning checks, tests procedures and fault reporting
  • Completing an equipment fault log
  • Demonstrating concluding operation techniques
  • Labelling the components of breathing apparatus
  • Demonstrating consistency in performance over time in a range of actual or simulated environments

Theory assessment: A written assessment consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.

Additional Information

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Participants must be clean shaven. No facial hair can be present to participate in this course. Participants must be physically able to speak clearly and unambiguously in the language of the worksite. Due to the high amount of practical training in this unit, participants must also be physically fit.

Course Duration

Face to Face – 8 hours