GET2657 Confined spaces in construction medium risk

 Standard detail

This is a practical course designed for operators who are likely to be working in medium risk environments.

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Minimum two days


The purpose of this standard is to provide operatives with an understanding of the requirements of and practice in working in low and medium risk confined space environments.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • confined spaces: definition
  • risk assessment and training
  • safe systems of work
  • barriers, signage, permits to work and access control
  • specialist personal protective equipment (PPE) including practice in the use of masks, harnesses, hoists, gas detectors, escape breathing apparatus and an overview of working breathing apparatus
  • emergency procedures
  • practice sessions
  • dangers and responses

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision

Candidate pre-requisites

Candidates must be a minimum 18 years old. They should be physically fit and weigh less than 136kg as that is the SWL of some of the equipment.CITB Confined Spaces Course


All practical training will take place within our mobile training unit unless it is a bespoke course for a specific requirement. This will only happen after the client has produced a suitable risk assessment that is approved by the ATO. In all cases this will include opportunities to practice using specialist personal protective equipment (PPE) in confined spaces.

All materials and equipment will be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and  comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio will allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes, with a maximum 1:10 for theory and 1:6 for practical.

This standard is considered to contain about a 50/50 split of theory and practical training.

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment and knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria. This is not an attendance course.


Recommended refresher: Health & Safety Executive (HSE), other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training, (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 3 years.