Confined Space Rescue

Course Description

This course will cover theoretical and practical elements of Confined Space Rescue.  It provides the skill and knowledge for those who may be required to undertake a rescue in a confined space, where hazardous atmospheres may be present.  This Course is designed to give participants an understanding of legislative and administrative requirements, entry and rescue equipment and atmospheric monitoring requirements.

Unit of Competency

PUASAR025 Undertake confined space rescue

Course Content

  • Legislation / Acts, Regulations
  • Entry Procedures
  • Entry Equipment (use and checks)
  • Monitoring of Hazardous Atmospheres
  • Confined Space Hazards. Hazards ID and Risk Assessments
  • Practical Drills
  • Site Requirements and Emergency Plans
  • First Response Actions
  • Rescue priorities (Inc. Patient access and handling)
  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Rescue Hauling Systems


Assessment of knowledge will be conducted by use of a workbook and verbal questioning. Participants will also be required to demonstrate competence through a range of practical activities.

Entry Requirements

Prior Confined Space Entry training (this can be included in the course however this will extend the duration)

Prior Breathing Apparatus training (this can be included in the course however this will extend the duration)

The ability to;

  • Read, understand and complete workplace documentation
  • Explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues
  • Speak clearly and unambiguously in English
  • Understand regulatory requirements
  • Perform numeracy tasks to the level of measuring gas levels, temperatures and exposure limits
  • Climb ladders and/or other structures
  • Wear harnesses and/or other PPE as required
  • Perform manual handling tasks and strenuous activities
  • Comply with “AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment” requirements for maintaining a facial seal

Participants that suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia may find it difficult to partake in Confined Space Rescue practical activities and fulfil the requirements of the course.


PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation (Fire sector specific)

PUAFIR306 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident (Fire sector specific)

Participant Responsibilities

Participants are required to be on time for all courses and bring a form of identification such as Australian Drivers Licence or Medicare Card for verification of details listed on the course enrolment form.

Due to the practical nature of this course, participants will be required to wear suitable attire such as long pants and work boots. Where appropriate other PPE such as High Visibility clothing, safety glasses and hard hats are to be worn.

For additional Participant Responsibilities, refer to the Participant Handbook.


Face to Face training will be conducted over a period of 2 days with prior Confined Space and Breathing Apparatus Experience or 3 days without Confined Space and Breathing Apparatus experience. Training includes both theory and practical components.

Training can be conducted both on or offsite site provided a training room and confined (or simulated space) are available for use.

PARCOR caters for training onsite throughout Victoria including areas such as Melbourne, Geelong, Portland, Warrnambool, Colac, Bendigo, Ballarat, Horsham, Sale, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Mildura, Wangaratta, Dandenong, Frankston and Traralgon.

Group Size

To ensure quality training and a safe learning environment, the maximum allowable group size is 8 participants.

What Information Will PARCOR Require?

Due to the assessment requirements of the unit of competency, PARCOR will need to be provided with the following information prior to training commencement;

  • Types of confined spaces onsite
  • Confined Space Entry Procedures
  • Confined Space Entry Permit
  • JSEA or SWMS
  • List of Confined Space Entry Rescue equipment used onsite
  • Site emergency plan

What Will Your Organisation Receive?

  • Statement of Attainment and wallet card issued to individual participants who successfully complete the requirements of the unit of competency and have a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Nationally Recognised Training Summary for your Health and Safety Office compliance file

How Often Should Reassessment be Conducted?

AS2865 requires reassessment ‘at appropriate intervals’. The industry regards reassessment on a two to three year cycle as good practice.

Where Can I View The Unit Of Competency?

PUASAR025 Undertake confined space rescue –

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