RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces

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Working in confined spaces can be scary and dangerous, and without the necessary skills and knowledge, workers could seriously endanger themselves or their colleagues. This course is designed to educate candidates on the correct processes to enter and work in a confined space in the resources and infrastructure industries. It also covers the correct preparation and planning, and safety and emergency requirements that need to be in place before entering a confined space. The practical training and assessment will see candidates enter a simulated confined space, and then undertake allocated tasks within the space on more than one occasion. When you undergo a confined space training course (RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces) with SMS Training Institute you will receive all the necessary knowledge and skills required to work safely, effectively and efficiently in confined spaces and in accordance with AS/NZS 2865:2009. This is an intensive and content rich course that only takes one day however, you can expect to be kept very busy.

Many workplaces contain spaces that are considered “confined” because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter, work in, and exit them. A confined space often has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.

Confined spaces include, but are not limited to underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits, silos, process vessels, and pipelines. Some even contain or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; contains a material that has the potential to engulf an entrant; has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant; or contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress.

This course covers the entering and working in confined spaces in resources and infrastructure industries.

It includes planning and preparing for entry of confined spaces, entry and working in confined spaces, exiting confined spaces and cleaning up at the end of the job.

There are no prerequisites for entry to this course however students are required to have sufficient numeracy and literacy skills.

Participants must provide and wear appropriate safety clothing including long trousers or Jeans and steel capped boots.

In order to reserve your position on this course 50% of course fees are payable by electronic funds transfer, direct deposit, credit card or cash payment at reception or you could mail a cheque payable to SMS Training Institute.

Companies MUST provide a valid Purchase Order prior to receiving a booking confirmation for personnel attending.

Balance of fees are payable on commencement and prior to the issuance of certification.

  • Full Course / Unit fees $300 – 9.5 hours
  • RPL  $250 – 5 hours
  • RCC Refresher Competency Certification $150 – 4.5 hours

Duration : 9.5 hours for full course and 4.5 hours for refresher training

Please note: Refresher courses are for participants that have previously completed their Confined Space Training Course and need to refresh their knowledge and skills. They will be required to provide SMSTI their current Statement of Attainment that was issued within the last two years.

Upon commencement, students are provided with learner manuals and (if appropriate) any other resources that may be relevant to their work environment, such as company safe work procedures etc.

Training and Assessment will be delivered face to face utilising a combination of classroom theory and practical activities at the SMS Training Institute or at the client organisation’s workplace.

The assessment will include a written theoretical test and practical demonstrations using a nationally endorsed assessment instrument.

If delivered at client organisation work-place, the use of a suitable structure within the work environment must be possible to demonstrate common work practices, equipment selection, use and maintenance processes as well as to consolidate candidates understanding of hazards and controls.

All participants attending this training at SMS Training Institute are required to wear appropriate safety clothing including long pants or jeans and steel capped footwear.

Hard hats and other PPE including harnesses, respiratory equipment etc. will be supplied as required.

Please also bring with you;

  • Smile and a sense of humour
  • You are welcome to bring your own hard hat and another PPE if you prefer, but it is not essential
  • RPL and RCC students are required to bring proof of previous learning

For refresher courses, you need to bring in the previous statement of Attainment current within two years and current experience/resume to be viewed.


If delivered at client organisation work-place, the use of a suitable structure (confined space) within the work environment must be possible to demonstrate common work practices, equipment selection, use and maintenance processes as well as to consolidate candidates understanding of hazards and controls.

Please contact SMS Training Institute for a full list of required resources.

RPL is a form of assessment that acknowledges skills and knowledge gained through:

  • Formal training conducted by industry or education
  • Work experience
  • Life experience

The main principle of RPL focuses on the outcomes of learning rather than when or where the learning occurred. Evidence of competency is collected by the student and submitted to the nominated assessor and assessment is made based on the required industry standard within the relevant training package unit of competency. If you believe this may apply to you for any part of the course, then you should request an application kit during the enrolment process.

SMS Training Institute is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment in compliance with the Standards for RTOs 2015, and for the issuance of the AQF certification documentation.

Once the student has commenced the assessment service in their chosen Unit of competency SMS Training Institute is committed to completing the delivery of the assessment within the agreed duration and will further negotiate the timing for completion of the assessment if a student is unable to complete the course due to illness or extenuating circumstances.

We offer a fair and reasonable Refund Policy.

SMS Group Services will ensure that any complaints and appeals are dealt with in accordance with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness. Refer to our Complaints & Appeals Policy.

For more information, contact us today or call our friendly staff on 6424 8027.