Confined Space & Gas Testing with Rescue

Working with PCTI (Pacific Coast Technical Institute), we have developed an NZQA approved “Training Scheme” (NZQA Ref: C30587) for this Working in Confined Spaces course.

Course Aim: To impart knowledge and awareness of hazards within confined spaces; To ensure that a person can set-up and work within a Confined Space safely, and become an asset to a confined space working team. Ensuring trainees understand the dangers, and can work through suitable mitigation / controls to make the work as safe as possible.

Benefits: It has been noted from trainee and industry feedback following the course, that the individuals have improved their safety standards within their working Confined Space environments. They also have noticed that their work-rate has improved due to a combination of knowledge of their Confined Space equipment and its limitations, and therefore, greater trust in their equipment. When an employee trusts their equipment, they naturally can concentrate more on the work at hand, rather than fussing over the negative thoughts of equipment failure (which is virtually unheard of, especially when equipment is effectively maintained). 

Duration: This depends on the course / NZQA unit standards, the durations are as follows.

Basic Confined Space Course: This is our one day confined space course, and it covers unit standard 18426 -Demonstrate Knowledge of Hazards Associated with Confined Spaces.   Cost $280 + GST (Including NZQA credits)
Unit Standard 25510 – Operate a Gas Testing Device to Determine a Suitable Atmosphere Exists to Work Safely, can be added to this, but it makes for a very full day, so trainees need to be advised.   Cost $310 + GST (Including NZQA credits)

Full Confined Space Course: Two complete days (extra days may be required if specific rescue training, Breathing Apparatus, or Permit to Work training is requested). The course is specifically written to include the contents of NZQA unit standards:

  • 18426 – Demonstrate Knowledge of Hazards Associated with Confined Spaces
  • 25510 – Operate a Gas Testing Device to Determine a Suitable Atmosphere Exists to Work Safely
  • 17599 – Plan a Confined Space Entry            Cost of full course is $525 + GST (Including NZQA credits)


Elective Training -Breathing Apparatus, or Permit to Work (extra days are required, as these are extra to the above courses)

  • 25044 – Wear and Operate Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus in the Workplace. Extra day required for this training.
  • 17588 – Apply for, Accept, and Carryout out work According to a Work Permit in the Workplace
  • 17590 – Issue Work Specific Work Permits (combined with 17588, this is an extra day of training)

So What’s Involved? We have designed the course to cover in depth:

  • The Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, associated Regulations, “The Standard” for Safe Work in Confined spaces (AS2865:2009), and how these all fit together.
  • Methods of entry and exit into confined spaces.
  • Confined Space restrictions, and their effect on patient recovery in the event of incident.
  • Types of gases that can be found in common Confined Spaces (eg sewer’s, tanks, silo’s, pits, process vessels etc).
  • Hazards associated with Gas Testing over Gas Monitoring.
  • Suspension Trauma, and its effects on the human body.
  • Duties of Safety Personal, and the risks associated with these tasks.
  • Isolation of Confined Space Hazards (lockout methods) vs Minimisation (use of PPE and Breathing Apparatus).
  • The courses also cover a very wide range of equipment associated with Confined Space (CS) work, and its appropriate use and maintenance.
  • The need for a rescue plan whenever working in CS, and the basic requirements that must be covered in these rescue plans.


Following theoretical elements of the course, trainees then move into the practical phase.

The one day (the Confined Space Hazards course) only has a short practical component.
The two day –full course, as a far more thorough practical component, where the trainees complete several confined space entries. The practical component of the course covers the visual checking of the Confined Space (externally) to ensure that the written plan that the trainee has developed, will actually work in the practical environment. The trainee with then check for safety, fit, and work in a Confined Space harness; design and set up a basic method of making entry to and exit from a Confined Space; Gas Test the environment; make safe entry and exit from the Confined Space. Rescue simulations / scenarios are run, showing many methods that can be used to conduct a rescue.


For more information or to book a course, please contact us today


This course is provided through a contracting arrangement between the primary contract holder, PCTI (Pacific Coast Technical Insitiute) and it’s sub-contractor, Elite Training Services Limited.