Confined Spaces Including Safety Observer

Western Australia

Are you working in an industry where you may need to work in a confined space? This course is recognised by industry, including the mining sector.

RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces
MSMPER202 Observe permit work

Course Overview

Working in confined spaces is a highly hazardous activity and is governed by various legislative instruments.

Confined spaces are commonly found in tanks, ducts, flues, chimneys, containers or other similar enclosed or partially enclosed structures. They pose dangers because they are usually not designed to be areas where people work. The hazards are not always obvious and may change with each entry into the confined space.

This course is based on this applicable State legislation to provide you with the skills and knowledge to safely work in confined spaces.

This course also covers the skills and knowledge required to undertake the safety observer role for permits requiring a safety observer. This role may also be called a hole watcher or a fire watcher. Safety observers can stop permit work, but do not have the authority to restart it.

Course Outcomes

On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for working in confined space
  • Work in confined space
  • Exit confined space
  • Control the permit site
  • Take appropriate action for potential incident
  • Complete safety observer role
  • Clean up

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment and plastic wallet card to show competency.

Industry recommends this course is renewed every two (2) years.

    Course Duration

    This course is one day (8 hours).

    Entry Requirements

    All learners must be 16 years or older and will be required to provide photographic identification upon arriving for their course.

    As part of your course enrolment at Civil Train there is a requirement that you complete a short online quiz. This will assist Civil Train to understand your current levels of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN), to ensure you are at the appropriate level to successfully complete your selected training course. This is a one-time quiz and results will be saved to your learner file and referred to for all future enrolments.

    Please note: Civil Train only carries out assessments in English.  If English is your second language, you may engage a professional (accredited) and independent translator at your cost, for training purposes only.  However, you will be required to undertake the assessment in English without the aid of your translator.

    Delivery & Assessment

    This course is delivered and assessed face to face.

    There are theory and practical training and assessment components to the course.


    Public courses are scheduled frequently in Adelaide, Perth and Alice Springs.

    Civil Train can come to your worksite to deliver training to a group of employees – please contact the office for a quote.

    Fees Breakdown

    Please refer to our Fees Schedule for current fees and subsidies.

    Please refer to our Fees and Refunds Policy for terms and conditions.


    We currently do not have any upcoming dates available.  Please contact us here for the latest information regarding this course

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