This course applies to persons who are required to wear breathing apparatus for part of their job because they are working in a confined space, with hazardous gases/vapours, in irrespirable atmospheres or for other applications requiring the wearing of breathing apparatus.
Units of Competency
MSMWHS216 Operate Breathing Apparatus
(PUAFIR207B Operate Breathing Apparatus Open Circuit – Is available upon request)
A 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)
For more information on each of the units issued please go to training.gov.au.
Purpose of Breathing Apparatus
Requirements of the wearer
Donning and starting procedures
After use maintenance
Prerequisites and Entry Requirements
The ability to;
Interpret any permits or other documentation associated with the wearing of breathing apparatus for the job.
Writing is required to the level of completing required workplace reports.
Numeracy is required to enable the determination of the available working time from a breathing apparatus set and similar activities.
Wear harnesses and/or other PPE as required
Perform manual handling tasks and strenuous activities
Those that suffer from claustrophobia may find it difficult to wear Breathing Apparatus and fulfil the requirements of the course. If all requirements cannot be achieved a Statement of Attainment cannot be issued.
Additional entry requirements for Blended Learning.
Computer skills such as web navigation and basic typing
Access to a computer or tablet with a stable internet connection
Webcam and Preferably a Head Set / Earphones – Virtual Classroom only
In line with Australian Standards, PARCOR can still train participants with facial hair, but the training and notes will ensure that participants understand that facial seal requirements must be met before entry into any hazardous area.
Delivery Method and Duration
Face to Face
Face to Face
Face to Face training will be conducted over a period of 6 hours including both theory and practical components. Training can be conducted both on or offsite 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.
To ensure a quality and safe learning environment, our Operate Breathing Apparatus courses are capped at 8 participants.
Our blended learning model includes an online self-paced component followed by a face to face practical skills session.
The online component involves participants reading through the learning materials and completing theory assessment activities. This is supported by a library of videos that we have produced to further explain various topics. This module takes most learners around 3-4hrs to complete.
Participants will then be required to book into a practical skills session. This session can be either onsite or at our Avalon Training Centre. This session takes between 1-2hrs depending on previous experience. This component can be arranged on a one-on-one basis or for small groups depending on your operational requirements.
This learning method doesn’t suit everyone however our team is here to support.
Please note, our public courses are currently conducted as a Face-to-Face only. If you would like to book Blended Learning please contact our office 1300 666 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants shall be required to complete an online enrolment process including providing a valid USI. Participants must provide photo ID to verify their identity. Participants shall be required to attend the entire session and complete all assessment activities.
If we are providing training at your workplace participants will be required to bring any of their normal protective clothing with them. They will also require photo identification to verify their enrolment details.
If you are attending a public course please ensure to wear long pants and preferably boots. Participants will be required to wear a hard hat for some activities, if you have your own you may prefer to bring it with you however we do have communal ones available.
Please ensure to bring photo identification with you to verify enrolment details
What should I expect at a public course?
Our public Breathing Apparatus courses typically kick off at 08:30am unless otherwise advertised. It’s advised to arrive 15mins early to allow time to sort out any enrolment issues and get yourself setup for the day.
There is plenty of free parking available
Tea and coffee facilities available
Lunch is provided (please advise of any special dietary requirements)