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TQUK Level 2 Award in Principles of Working in Confined Spaces (QCF)


This qualification is suitable for those already working or for those wishing to prepare to work in confined spaces. The general principles of working in confined spaces are covered in this qualification, providing the learner with an understanding of key issues relating to working in confined spaces. This qualification also forms a part of the competence qualifications for working in a High and Low-Risk confined spaces, providing a clear progression route for a learner.

The TQUK suite of Confined Space qualifications provides learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of working in confined spaces. Areas covered include health and safety, classification of confined spaces by risk level and specific requirements for medium and high-risk areas. Learners will be able to progress to qualifications in the same, or another, subject area and prepare them for employment.

This course gives learners the opportunity to gain a formally recognised regulated qualification. If you require funding, a regulated qualification is often required. Phone us and we can advise if needed. If you choose our course leading to a regulated qualification, there are additional assessment criteria to be undertaken with an instructor and a small extra certification charge.

Regulated Qualification Details
Course Title: TQUK Level 2 Award in Principles of Working in Confined Spaces (QCF)
QAN: 601/3244/9
Level: 2
Credit Value: 1
TQT: 10
  • Gas contractors
  • Water authorities
  • Construction
  • Agriculture

This course comes with 10.0 hours of CPD, although the time to complete the course online may be less than this.

The content of this and all our courses has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and come with a Certified CPD Statement as well as a ProTrainings Certificate and for online courses an Evidence Based Learning statement.

1. Understand how to work within legislation and regulations

1.1  Outline the main principles of health and safety and environmental legislation and regulations
1.2  Explain own responsibility to comply with the main principles of health and safety and environmental legislation and regulations
1.3  Summarise guidance relating to identifying a confined space
1.4  Explain how enclosed areas could become confined spaces due to the presence of a hazard
1.5  Describe hazards that can produce a confined space
1.6  Identify manufacturers’ instructions relating to use of equipment
1.7  Describe and use local site procedures

2. Understand how to work safely in confined spaces

2.1  Explain how to assess risk for working safely in confined spaces
2.2  Explain how to reduce the risk to an acceptable level for the work to be carried out
2.3  Explain how to prepare and check equipment and tools prior to use

2.4  Explain how to use equipment and tools safely

2.5  Explain the roles within a team working in a confined space

2.6  Explain the precautions to take when working alone

3. Understand how to deal with emergencies
3.1  Explain how emergency situations can arise in a confined space
3.2  Describe the different roles and responsibilities of team members for dealing with emergencies
3.3  Explain how to deal with injuries to personnel and the general public
3.4  Explain how to deal with irregularities and abnormal situations
3.5  Describe different types of emergency situation
3.6  Explain procedures for dealing with emergencies
3.7  Describe communications and reporting systems for emergency situations

4. Apply relevant industry standards for working in low or medium risk confined spaces

4.1  Explain different classification schemes and how to identify the confined space classification
4.2  Explain how to map own organisation’s classifications into National Occupational Standards for confined spaces
4.3  Describe entry procedures for confined spaces
4.4  Explain how to carry out real-time assessment of risks and hazards
4.5  Describe procedures and methods of working suitably to low or medium risk environments and local conditions
4.6  Explain how to monitor conditions and work activity

5. Understand the communication skills needed for efficient working

5.1  Explain how to resolve problems speedily and with the designated personnel where other people or organisations are involved

5.2  Describe communications methods for keeping in contact with other people during work in confined spaces

5.3  Describe reporting systems for routine and non- routine work activities and resolving problems

  • Workplace First Aid Student Manual V7.1 - 2015 guidelines with ERC first aid changes
  • BOC Oxygen kit leaflet for industry
  • BOC Oxygen kit leaflet for medical
  • Confined Spaces Regulations
  • Essentials of health and safety at work link to HSE website
  • HSE 5 steps to Risk Assessing link to HSE website
  • HSE COSHH Work Place Exposure Limits Leaflet
  • HSE Confined spaces A brief guide to working safely
  • HSE guide to COSHH
  • HSE guide to PPE
  • Link to our Concussion ad Brain injury course in association with Headway, a head injury charity
  • Link to the HSE website
  • RIDDOR link to the HSE guide
  • Statistics on fatal injuries in the workplace 2011/12
  • Step by Step Guide to COSHH HSE Guide - Link to HSE website
  • The Selection, management and use of mobile elevating work platforms
  • Tower Scaffolds
  • Working Safely - Confined Spaces