Zokal Safety Australia

Operate Breathing Apparatus

Operate Breathing Apparatus – 1/2 Day

National units of competency

  • MSMWHS216 – Operate Breathing Apparatus

Application and Relevance

This competency applies to operators who are required to wear breathing apparatus for part of their job. Applications could include working in a confined space, working with hazardous gases/vapours, working in an anoxic atmosphere or for other applications requiring the wearing of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus (CABA). They may also be required to wear it in emergency situations. This unit covers competence associated with the operation and maintenance of breathing apparatus (SCBA/CABA) equipment in an irrespirable atmosphere.

Course Content

Topics include and are not limited to:
  • Respiratory system
  • Effects of irrespirable atmospheres on the body
  • Conduct pre-donning checks and function tests on the SCBA/CABA
  • Report/record faulty or damaged equipment
  • Donn and operate breathing apparatus
  • Communications
  • Implement entrapment procedure
  • Close down
  • Doff breathing apparatus
  • After use cleaning and maintenance


Training conducted by experienced confined space and rescue specialists
Course documentation
Up to 4 hours classroom, practical training and assessment


There are no prerequisite units. Industry Skills Councils have mapped this course to level 2 of the Australian Core Skills Framework. It is recommended that participants provide evidence of their Foundation Skill Level prior to the commencement of the course.

Use the Link provided to assess your Foundation Skill level. http://lln.safework.com.au/

See Student handbook for additional information.

Course Logistics

Number of Participants: 10
Requirement: Provide Unique Student Identifier (USI number) and ID
Equipment: All training materials are supplied by Zokal Safety Training
Meals: Full Day Courses – Lunch will be provided and light refreshments will be provided at morning break (only on our premises). Half Day Courses – Light refreshments will be provided at morning break (only on our premises)
Dress: Participants are required to wear clothing appropriate for the workplace. Students to bring own Gloves if they require them All other equipment used will be supplied by Zokal Safety Training.


Assessment Methods

This is a competency based programme with progressive assessment throughout the course, including demonstration of written and oral questions relating to underpinning knowledge. Please let us know if there are any issues that your Zokal trainer should be aware of. These may include:

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Physical limitations, such as hearing, vision or mobility concerns
  • Anything that may affect your experience in the training course

Award Issued

Nationally – recognised accreditation such as a wallet card and Statement of Attainment Certificate as outlined above will be issued on satisfactory completion of all assessments, to successful participants

Course Enquiries and Registration

For all course enquiries or to obtain a price to hold this training at your site, please contact our Training Team on (02) 4960 9611. If participants require additional or more specific information please contact us as we are happy to customise the content or the duration to suit the needs of you and your staff. You may register online or alternatively you can fax your registration form to (02) 4960 9622. Please refer to the Student Handbook for additional information.


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