Breathing apparatus

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This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to operate a breathing apparatus in an irrespirable atmosphere (including confined spaces).

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for people required to use an open circuit breathing apparatus in an irrespirable atmosphere.

Units of Competency

  • PUAFIR210 Prevent injury
  • PUAFIR207 Operate breathing apparatus open circuit

Course Duration

  • 4 hours

Course Costs

  • $220 + GST if applicable
  • Standard rate at our venue
  • On site delivery options available

Student Numbers

  • Min 6
  • Max 12
Award Issued
Upon successful completion of the assessment requirements of this course, students will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment and wallet card.

Refreshers recommended every 2 years.


  • PUAFIR210 Prevent injury is a pre-requisite to PUAFIR207 Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
  • Units of competency will be trained and assessed in this sequence to ensure pre-requisite requirements are achieved.

Pre-entry Requirements
Students must be physically capable of participating in the practical activities which involve moving about in dark, possibly smoky, confined spaces while wearing 15kg breathing apparatus sets. Student must also demonstrate a basic level of language, literacy and numeracy.

Delivery Methods
The course content will be delivered in a classroom environment using PowerPoint presentations, video, group discussion and a number of demonstration and skill building activities.

Assessment Methods
Students will be assessed in a practical assessment simulating a relevant scenario involving the use of a breathing apparatus. Underpinning knowledge will be assessed through the use of a theory assessment (containing multiple-choice questions).


  • Australian Standards and relevant legislation
  • Hazards, risks and control measures for irrespirable atmospheres
  • Conducting pre-donning checks and tests on a breathing apparatus
  • Donning and operating a breathing apparatus
  • Communication techniques
  • Entrapment procedures
  • After use requirements
  • Safe working practices
  • Simulated practice scenarios

All of our courses are tailored to site policies and procedures. Appropriate clothing is to be worn when attending training including long pants, long shirts and enclosed footwear. PPE specified by the workplace is also to be worn.