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.


1. Pre-Operation

- Inspecting breathing apparatus for immediate use

- Report/record faulty or damaged equipment 

2. 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

3. 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 



In accordance with AS/NZ 1715 1716, it is essential that competence is demonstrated in the ability to: 

- Appropriately conduct pre‐donning tests

- Correctly don breathing apparatus

- Move in conditions of reduced visibility

- Use breathing apparatus in emergency procedures

- Follow organisation procedures

- Correctly remove breathing apparatus

- Return breathing apparatus to operational status 

ln all cases it is expected that practical assessment will be combined with targeted questioning to assess the underpinning knowledge and theoretical assessment will be combined with appropriate practical/simulation or similar assessment. 



Two course options exist

Basic course - 4 hours, 7:30am-11:30am

Extended practical course - 8 hours, 7:30am-3:30pm.



- Physical ability to successfully complete practical tasks and assessments

- Ability to understand and speak English



Upon successful completion a Statement of Attainment and Wallet Card will be issued for:

MSMWHS216 - Operate Breathing Apparatus


To enquire about our Operate Breathing Apparatus Training call 1300 663 195 or fill in the Contact Us form.