Atmospheric Monitoring and Breathing Apparatus

Course Description

Awarding participants with an Industry specific and Nationally accredited Statement of Attainment, the Atmospheric Monitoring and Breathing Apparatus course is designed for persons who may be required to test an atmosphere prior to entry within a confined space and, when indicated, wear breathing apparatus.

Course Content

Each course is tailored to the industry and, if required, orientated to the specific job requirements of the participants. Where possible the participants will be encouraged to use their own equipment for the training. Constructed based on the requirements of the Regulations, Codes of Practice and National Standards applicable, the Atmospheric Monitoring and Breathing Apparatus Course delivers the competency required by workers to test an atmosphere and operate in breathing apparatus when indicated.

Topics include

  • Standards, Codes of Practice and Regulations
  • Atmospheric Contaminates
  • Gas Properties
  • Exposure limits
  • Gas detection procedures
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Atmospheric Testing and Monitoring
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Use, Operation and Maintenance of:
    •    Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
    •    Gas Detection Equipment
    •    Extended Duration Breathing Apparatus
    •    Oxygen Self Rescuers
    •    Supplied Air Breathing Apparatus (Long Line)

Course Duration

The course is delivered over an 8 hour period of one day.

Delivery mode

Training is delivered face to face including both theory and practical components with a strong emphasis on the practical application of skills.

Award and Recognition

Successful participants will be awarded a Statement of Attainment which includes some or all of the following National units of
competency based on the participant’s industry requirements.

  • PUATEA001B Work in a Team
  • MSAPMOHS216A Operate Breathing Apparatus
  • MSAPMOHS217A Gas Test Atmospheres


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Fitness Requirements

A reasonable level of fitness is required to participate in this training.
All participants are required to wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt, and sturdy footwear.
Part of the course involves moving through confined spaces wearing breathing apparatus.

Literacy, Language and Numeracy Requirements

The course is conducted in English. Participants are expected to be able to read and write to a level which will allow them to complete workplace forms and interpret these forms. Numeracy is required to a level where the participant can interpret results on a gas detector and calculate the difference between results.

Clothing and Equipment

Participants are to wear long sleeved shirts, long pants with covered in shoes, preferably work boots. Sandals and thongs are not allowed under any circumstances and will result in the participant being unable to complete the training.

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