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Operate Breathing Apparatus

Nationally recognised units of competency

Face to Face

Equips workers with the skills required to safely inspect, maintain and operate self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

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Course Details


Students who are deemed competent will receive a Statement of Attainment recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This certification is nationally recognised. The Statement is issued by Pinnacle Safety and Training (RTO 40496).

National units of competency

  • MSMWHS216 - Operate Breathing Apparatus
  • PUAFIR207 - Operate Breathing Apparatus Open Circuit
  • PUAFIR210 - Prevent Injury

Course Duration

1 day


  • $279.00 per person for public courses
  • For group bookings outside our public course schedule or at your location, please submit your group booking enquiry here for an obligation free quote.

Course Overview

Our breathing apparatus training course will equip you with the skills required to safely inspect, maintain and operate self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). This training will be suitable for both confined space workers, or workers who may be required to use breathing apparatus during fire or in hazardous environments.

This course is taught by highly experienced Emergency Services instructors. This training course will teach trainees:

  • How to determine what hazards may exist within various atmospheres
  • How to risk assess the best work method from the hierarchy of hazard controls
  • How to inspect breathing apparatus
  • How to test breathing apparatus
  • How to use breathing apparatus

Course Outline

  • Applicable Australian Standards and regulations
  • Hazardous environments that require breathing protection
  • Breathing apparatus training requirements
  • The human respiratory system
  • Types of breathing apparatus
  • Communication procedures
  • Risk assessments and hierarchy of hazard control
  • Breathing apparatus components
  • Calculating working duration and emergency escape times
  • Using breathing apparatus control tally boards
  • Breathing apparatus safety and entrapment procedures
  • Cleaning, maintenance and testing procedures

Course Inclusions

All necessary equipment will be provided.

Each Trainee Must Provide

Participants must

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Participants must be clean shaven. The unit of competency demands 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 facepiece must be free of hair and foreign substances which could cause leakages”. Furthermore, AS 1715 requires users to be clean shaven.
  • Transport
  • Lunch
  • Appropriate clothing, closed-in footwear.

I really respect the way your RTO goes about training. This was my second course. I’m still doing another two courses with Pinnacle and also considering a Cert 3 in Mine Rescue in Brisbane after those. I think the professionalism of your team will definitely prepare me for a variety of roles in the future. I am very confident the skills I have learned at Pinnacle are industry best practices and of the highest level.

Gary L. - Melbourne, VIC

Public Course Participant