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Confined space training covers safety practices for minimising risks when working in an enclosed area. Instead of attending a course at a training facility, some workers may wonder if they can complete the required training online.

To meet the WHS Act 2011 requirements, workers should complete their initial training face-to-face. Online courses are only suitable as refreshers for those that already completed RIIWHS202E training.

What Is the Training Requirement for the Confined Space?

Regulations require training to be completed through registered training organisations (RTOs), such as AlertForce. According to the approved scope for confined space training, RTOs need to cover specific elements related to health and safety processes.

The course includes foundation skills and knowledge for meeting WHS Act regulations. The training requirements include planning and preparing for work in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. The course must also explain the recommended practices for working, exiting, and cleaning up confined spaces.

After the training portion of the program, participants complete an assessment. Requirements for the assessment include the need for a simulated work environment, allowing workers to demonstrate their practical knowledge of the training topics.

How Is RIIWHS202E Training Delivered?

Training is delivered face to face at approved registered training organisations. Due to the scope of the training requirements, courses typically last for one day.

Online courses are available for those who have already completed the face to face training. The online training is self-paced and includes precourse materials.

Why Do You Need to Complete a Confined Space Course?

The confined space course is intended for anyone who works on or enters into confined spaces as part of their normal job responsibilities. Anyone that supervises work involving enclosed or partially enclosed spaces must also complete the training.

A confined space is defined as an enclosed or partially enclosed space that meets all three of the following criteria:

1. Not designed to be occupied by a person
2. Designed for normal atmospheric pressure
3. May pose a risk to health and safety

The confined space needs to meet the first two criteria and include at least one safety risk. The safety risks include unsafe oxygen levels, airborne contaminants, and engulfment. Common examples include sewer mains, septic tanks, tunnels, and shafts (not including mine shafts).

You may also need to retake the course. The statement of attainment that you receive after completing the course does not expire. However, most industries require workers to complete a refresher course every two years. You may retake the face to face training or the online course for a refresher.

How Much Does the RIIWHS202E Training Cost?

Training courses do not have a set cost. Registered training organisations set their own prices.

At AlertForce, the one-day confined spaces course costs $227 per person. Pre-course materials are available immediately. However, the course is delivered face to face. Whilst Statement of Attainments do not expire, many employers require refresher training to be completed every 2 years.

Those that have already completed RIIWHS202E face to face may complete the online course for a refresher or verification of competency. The online course costs $147 per person.

What Will You Learn by Completing RIIWHS202E Enter and Work in Confined Space Training?

The purpose of the course is to teach you how to assess the hazards and risks of working in a confined space, along with the steps needed for reducing risks. The course curriculum may vary depending on the training organisation. However, the main topics covered in the RIIWHS202E unit of competency include:

1. Planning and preparing to work in a confined area
2. Working in a confined area
3. Exiting a confined area
4. Cleaning up

Before working in an enclosed space, you need to access the environment. However, supervisors are responsible for setting safety measures. The course teaches how to confirm and clarify work instructions and agreed on procedures set by supervisors.

The initial portion of the training also discusses the selection of tools and equipment for working in difficult areas. After preparing and planning for entry, participants learn the recommended steps for gaining access to the worksite and maintaining communication with coworkers.

To remain safe when working in tight spaces, workers need to comply with the requirements outlined in the entry permit. This may include guidelines for monitoring the atmosphere and the use of specific equipment or protective gear.

The course teaches proper exit strategies, including best practices for recovering tools, equipment, and materials. When exiting the space, you also need to inspect the area and then secure access to prevent entry.

The final section of the course describes recommended processes for cleaning up. After exiting and securing the space, workers need to clear the job site and dispose of materials. Additional steps may include cleaning and maintaining equipment and removing or storing barriers and signs.

What Accreditation Will You Get?

After successfully completing the course, you receive a Statement of Attainment. The statement is proof that you completed the training and assessment and have been deemed competent at the time of training.

If you lose the statement, you need to obtain a copy from the registered training organisation where you completed the course. Some organisations will charge a fee for replacing this.

The statement is also required for completing online refresher courses as evidence that you have been previously deemed competent. After completing the online refresher, you print a certificate of completion. Keep the certificate with your statement.


Confined spaces training saves lives by teaching workers the dangers of working in areas with unsafe atmospheres. You learn how to monitor air conditions, use protective equipment, and minimise additional risks.

If your job site meets the definition of a confined space, your employer should provide the required training. RTOs, such as AlertForce, offer nationally recognised training for confined spaces. Enquire today to learn more about the training requirements for RIIWHS202E.

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