MSMWHS216 Operate Breathing Apparatus

A nationally accredited program that covers the competencies associated with the operation and maintenance of breathing apparatus equipment.
This competency applies to operators who are required to wear breathing apparatus for part of their job – because they are working in a confined space, with hazardous gases/vapours, in an anoxic atmosphere of for other applications requiring the wearing of breathing apparatus. This competency includes use of breathing apparatus, including open circuit and airline equipment.

Course Content

– Inspecting breathing apparatus for immediate use
– Report/record faulty or damaged equipment

Operate breathing apparatus
– Identify, monitor and control hazards
– Establish and maintain communication with appropriate personnel throughout the activity
– Demonstrate effective application of breathing apparatus, undertaking activities as a member of a team
– Implement entrapment

Conclude operations
– Close down breathing apparatus set
– Remove breathing apparatus set
– Undertake after‐use cleaning and maintenance of breathing
– Make equipment ready for operational use

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will receive a Wallet Card and Statement of Attainment recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework for the following unit of competency:
MSMWHS216 – Operate Breathing Apparatus

Course Duration

There are two course options:
Basic course – 4 hours, 7:30am-11:30am
Extended practical course – 8 hours, 7:30am-3:30pm.

Course Venue

Training and assessment is conducted at the 3D Safety Training Centre or training can be conducted on-site at the premises of industry clients providing there have suitable infrastructure and training facilities.

Max Students



$195 per Person

Refund Policy

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Entry Requirements

Physical ability to successfully complete practical tasks and assessments

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Language, literacy and numeracy skills are required at a level to read, complete, interpret and communicate workplace documentation relevant to confined space entry.

Delivery Method

THEORY – including presentations, demonstrations and group discussions
PRACTICAL – using equipment in simulated or real workplace environment

Assessment Process

Students are assessed based on a multiple choice and short answer written assessment as well as observation of practical skills.

Further Information

For more information about the course or how to apply, contact 1300 663 195 or you can Enquire Online. This course requires a Unique Student Identifier (USI) . To apply for a free USI visit

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