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Confined Space Training - Water

City and Guilds Water

This suite of courses are designed for those who are required to work in confined spaces in the water industry in and around the UK or overseas.

These courses will enable delegates to develop the essential, underpinning skills and knowledge required to pass a competency based assessment. The assessment addresses planning, entering, working and exiting confined spaces in a safe and controlled manner including via a vertical shaft and where escape breathing apparatus is a part of the planned means of self-rescue.

ClassificationCourse CodeDescriptionCity & Guilds UnitCourse Duration

Traditional Classroom Option

Safeon Blended Option*



Awareness -This course has been designed to provide the delegate with the information that you require to effectively manage an operational confined spaces team.


1 day

3 hours online



Low Risk -shallow entry with adequate natural or mechanical ventilation, where access is simple and unobstructed and there is no likely risk of flooding e.g. meter pits, valve chambers, booster-pumping stations, PRV chambers.


2 days

3 hours online plus 1/2 day practical



Medium Risk -vertical direct unobstructed access with continuous attachment to a man riding hoist or similar mechanical rescue device.


2 days

3 hours online plus 1 day practical



Medium Risk -when it is not possible to have persons permanently attached to a safety line. Usually it will be a team entry which moves away from the entry point e.g. Man entry sewers, utility service subway tunnels, aqueducts and complex wet wells. Working without an attached rescue line and includes working away from the point of entry.


3 days

3 hours online plus 1 day practical



High Risk - non standard entries involving complex operations which introduce additional risks and require specific controls and rescue arrangements e.g. mechanical hazards, physical complexity of system introduced hazards, enhanced specific intrinsic hazards. 


4 days

3 hours online plus 2 days practical



Emergency Rescue This qualification is for those persons who are part of a dedicated rescue team. The event will cover all aspects of planning, strategy, communications and emergency evacuation of a casualty. The event will be practical and theoretical with a staged emergency recovery leading to an assessment of abilities, with a structured report in line with the water authorities and emergency services. Delegates must have attained unit 6150-03 prior to undertaking this course 


5 days

3 hours online plus 4 days practical

NC2, NC3, NC4


Confined Space Supervisor Course – City & Guilds 5831-76 Unit 972. This course includes risk assessment, permit to work, safe system of work. Completion of this course does not allow candidates to enter a confined space. 

5831-76 - Unit 972

2 days

3 hours online plus 1 day practical

* Our blended training solution comes complete with our online training and support package. Our online learning package provides a more interactive and flexible alternative than sitting in the classroom. In addition it provides the learner with one years free refresher course information and online learner support.

Our typical confined space online learning package includes the following modules:

  • Module 1 – definition of a confined space
  • Module 2 – legislation
  • Module 3 – confined space accidents
  • Module 4 – risk assessment
  • Module 5 – gases and gas detection
  • Module 6 – preventing the need for entry
  • Module 7 – personal protective and team protective equipment
  • Module 8 – manpower requirements
  • Module 9  – communications
  • Module 10 – personal hygiene
  • Module 11 – safe systems of work
  • Module 12 – escape breathing apparatus
  • Module 13 – escape breathing practical
  • Module 14 – confined space practical
  • Module 15 – exam

Where a practical element of training and City & Guilds assessment is required the online system will automatically prompt you to book in at your nearest test centre.