Operate Breathing Apparatus

This course teaches the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain breathing apparatus and equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere, as defined by the Australian Standard. This unit of competency applies to operators who are required to wear breathing apparatus because they are working:

  • In a confined space
  • With hazardous gases/vapors
  • In an oxygen-deficient atmosphere
  • In other situations requiring the wearing of breathing apparatus

The following unit(s) will be awarded to successful participants in this course. The certificate will be issued by Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.

Award issued on completion

MSMWHS216 – Operate Breathing Apparatus

It is recommended this unit be renewed every 24 months in line with industry standards. Locate the most current training package at training.gov.au

Provider of Training and Assessment

This course is delivered and assessed by Safety Ba6 in partnership and under the auspice of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909.

Course Delivery 

This course will be delivered in the workplace or at a Safety Ba6 training facility.

If you are under 18 years of age

It is a requirement that parental/guardian consent is obtained for students under the age of 18 to be able to participate in a course.  The form for this can be found here.

Work Placement Arrangements

No work placement will be required as part of this course.

Course Duration (face to face)

  • Face to Face 8 hours (minimum) – full face to face course
  • Refresher training 8 hours (minimum) – conditions apply for this option, for example, you will need to provide previous current certificates.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

  • Completing any vocational education course in Australia, it is a requirement for you to obtain and supply a USI. This is obtainable from usi.gov.au if a USI is not supplied and verified with usi.gov.au a certificate cannot be issued to you.

ASSESSMENT – THEORY – Multi choice question paper

You will be assessed on:

  • The effects of irrespirable atmosphere on the body and the need for protection equipment
  • Characteristics, component parts, operation of compressed air breathing apparatus
  • Operational testing, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and safe work practices when wearing breathing apparatus
  • Use of procedures, personal lines, and tallies
  • Pre-use tests and checks
  • Breathing apparatus control
  • Entrapment procedures
  • Communications while wearing breathing apparatus 

ASSESSMENT – PRACTICAL – Physical demonstrations (skills)

The simulated assessment environments will reflect the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.  Skills must be demonstrated by the student working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess students’ skills and knowledge.

It’s important that students have knowledge of the content of this course. The assessable practical skills are listed below.

You will be assessed on performing breathing apparatus scenario and task demonstrations for:

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