Enter and work in confined spaces – Online Refresher

Course Objective

This unit describes a participant’s skills and knowledge required to enter and work in confined spaces in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries. It is an appropriate unit for those working in operational roles undertaking work in confined spaces.

Occupational health and safety is important in any field. However, for those who often travel into confined spaces, a lack of knowledge and awareness can be especially dangerous and, in some cases, deadly. Any type of work in a confined space itself could present high risks and hazards, but these risks are greatly amplified by the type of work often performed in these locations.

Prior to entering a confined work environment everyone must be trained up to the standards set by the Australian Safe Work Standard 2865. The aim of RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces is to reduce all risks and provide participants with all the skills needed to work safely in confined space. The training will also provide participants with the processes and knowledge needed to meet the standards.

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The assessment of this online refresher course involves a series of quizzes with a set of questions. On completion of the course, a Refresher Statement of Completion is completed that supports practice within Civil Construction and Mining for up to the coming 2 years.

You will have 30 days from registration in the course to complete the refresher. On completion, you will be emailed further instructions on how to send back a copy of your original Statement of Attainment dated after 2015. We DO NOT accept wallet cards or Statements of Attainment dated prior to 2015.


  • Online – nationwide 24/7


Refresher training regimes are to be based around the individual’s role and responsibilities as defined by the sites safety and health management system.

  • RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces AND/OR MSMPER205 Enter confined space

As a minimum, personnel need to be refreshed in their knowledge of:

  • Obtain appropriate entry permit and instructions for performing work in confined space
  • Interpreting and applying safe work method statements
  • Apply tagging and lock out
  • Selecting, wearing and caring for personal protective equipment applicable to all tasks and environment identified
  • Entering the confined space
  • Using atmospheric monitoring devices prior to entering the confined space
  • Working in the confined space
  • Using atmospheric monitoring devices during confined space activity
  • Applying safe materials handling methods
  • Exiting the confined space
  • Remove tagging and lock out

Course Requirements:

  • Be at least 15 years of age;
  • Have completed Year 10 in the Australian school system or equivalent; and
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to ACSF Level 2.

As a refresher, the individual who completes this course already holds a Statement of Attainment for RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces AND/OR MSMPER205 Enter confined space. This does not have an expiry date, however (Enter and Work in Confined Spaces Association) and industry standards recommend retraining every two years.

Refresher training is advised every two years due to changes in Australian Standards & Industry Standards. Changes in WHS legislation, Regulations and Codes of Practice are an important factor for individuals to ensure they remain current.

Authorised personal should view both the individual’s original Statement of Attainment for these units in addition to this Statement of Completion confirming induction currency has been maintained via completion of the refresher course.

Before you start please have the following ready. You will only need these if your Site or Employer require a Statement of Attainment instead of Statement of Completion.

  1. USI – Unique Student Identifier
  2. A clear scanned copy of your current drivers licence (both sides)
  3. A copy of your current Statement of Attainment. We will not accept Statements of Attainment dated prior to 2015. If you do not have access to your Statement of Attainment, you can log into your USI student portal and download a VET Transcript http://www.usi.gov.au


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Next Steps

Thank you again for your interest in this course program. Please contact ACTA Group’s Participant Support team on 1300 011 144 or info@actagroup.com.au to commence the application process.