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Your guide to confined space work & training requirements


Many Australian workplaces have confined spaces, like pits, drains, and voids. Due to inadequate ventilation, these areas can quickly become hazardous due to the emergence of harmful atmospheres and airborne contaminants. The dangers aren't always obvious and vary between each confined space, depending on the workplace or environmental conditions.


While training isn’t mandatory for every team member who works in a confined space, it is highly recommended in order to work safely and efficiently. WHS officers should be professionally trained to approve confined space working permits for the appropriate team members and minimise the risks involved.


As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), we urge all team members who work in confined spaces to seek training to minimise risks and work safely. Here, we share a quick guide to confined space work and training requirements so you can make an informed decision about your work.



What is considered a “confined space”?


A confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not designed to be occupied by a person (it is not intended to be at normal atmospheric pressure for people in the space) or is likely to be a risk to health and safety due to unsafe oxygen levels, contaminants (e.g. airborne gases, vapours and dust) and engulfment.


risks of working in a confined space



The risks of working in a confined space include:

  • Loss of consciousness, injury or death from airborne contaminants
  • Fire and explosions
  • Suffocation from lack of oxygen
  • Crushing or suffocation if you fall into the space (e.g. sand, grain, flour, fertiliser).


Examples of confined spaces include tanks, vats, pipes, flues and chimneys, underground sewers, wells, and shafts. On the other hand, places intended for human occupancy, like mine shafts, are not considered confined spaces.



Do I need a licence to complete work in a confined space?


No, you do not need a licence to enter and work in a confined space. However, all workers need a permit to enter the space issued by a trained, competent person on the team, e.g. your workplace’s WHS officer. The permit must state:


  • Which space it relates to
  • The name of the person permitted to enter
  • The time the work will take place Control measures for associated risks while working
  • A section for the competent person to acknowledge that all workers have left the space.


While you do not need a licence to work in confined spaces, WHS Regulations require all workers to be given suitable information, training and instruction on various topics.


confined space training requirements


With this in mind, it is recommended that all workers who intend to work in confined spaces receive professional training from an RTO.


Is confined space training required annually?


No, confined space training is not necessarily required annually. The frequency of retraining and refresher training sessions depends on the workplace, i.e. how often workers are required to complete work in confined spaces.


How long does a confined space ticket last?


We recommend completing a refresher course once every two years (according to SafeWork NSW, training records must be kept for at least two years). Workers and supervisors alike must have suitable information, training and instruction, so they can understand the hazards and controls associated with working in confined spaces, as well as:


  • How to plan and prepare for work
  • Work in confined spaces
  • Exit confined spaces
  • Clean up after work
  • Prepare for gas testing
  • Test for gas
  • Maintain equipment as necessary.

Confined space training with an RTO


All Class Training is an RTO based in Tomago, just outside the Newcastle CBD in NSW.


Our training is delivered through classroom activities, student discussions and presentations alongside practical components in a purpose-built, simulated working environment. You (or your team) can work with specialist equipment under the supervision of our certified trainers and learn to work safely in confined spaces.


Your competence will be assessed through observation, oral and/or written assessments, and practical exercises. Upon completing this convenient half-day course, you will receive tickets for ‘RIIWHS202E - Enter and Work in Confined Space’ and ‘MSMWHS217 - Gas Test Atmospheres’, which we recommend refreshing every 24 months.


View our course calendar and contact us at (02) 4964 9406 to book your training today.