Operate Breathing Apparatus – MSMWHS216

$250 per person or contact us for Group Rates

Operate Breathing Apparatus (MSMWHS216)

This course is nationally accredited and provides participants with the necessary knowledge and skills required to safely use and operate and maintain breathing apparatus (open circuit) in an irrespirable atmosphere as defined by the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1715:2009. 


NOTE: Participants must be clean shaven. The unit of competency state that students “Don the apparatus in accordance with workplace procedures and the manufacturer’s specifications.” The manufacturer’s specifications state: “The sealing line between head and face piece must be free of hair and foreign substances which could cause leakages”. AS 1715:2009 requires users to be clean shaven.

Designed For
This Unit is recommended for participants who are required to wear breathing apparatus in the workplace.

  • in a confined space
  • with hazardous gases/vapours
  • in an oxygen deficient atmosphere
  • in other situations requiring the wearing of breathing apparatus.

There are no pre-requisite units for this course.

Delivery Mode
Face to face

Participants must have the ability to read and write English and be able to perform practical and theoretical assessment as required.

Course Details 

   Individual bookings:

  • Where: Unit 2, 84 Solomon Road, Jandakot WA 6164.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Time: 8.00am to 4.00pm
  • Dress: Clean standard work wear, enclosed safety shoes, long shirt and pants
  • Shaving: Students are required to be clean shaven as to the national standard to be eligible to be awarded competency.

   Group Bookings:

  • Group bookings are available at your site or ours. Please contact our office on 94178888 for pricing and site requirements. Up to 10 participants per group.

Course Outline

  • Induction and enrolment
  • Reference documents / legislation
  • When is respiratory protection required
  • Case studies of unsafe breathing apparatus use
  • Risk management concepts / risk assessments
  • Human respiratory system
  • Types of breathing apparatus
  • Understanding and inspection of key components of SCBA
  • Calculating cylinder duration
  • Using a breathing apparatus control board
  • Pre-use & pre-operational checks
  • Communicate while wearing breathing apparatus
  • Entrapment procedures
  • Cleaning, maintenance and storage of Breathing Apparatus
  • Practical exercises performed (Basic Search Techniques)
  • Assessment of students competence

Upon Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, each participant will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment and wallet sized card for MSMWHS216 Operate Breathing Apparatus.

Please call 94178888 or email admin@stp.net.au to book or enquire about this course.