Wear and Operate a Breathing Apparatus in General Emergencies – Refresher

This course provides students with an update on current best practice and opportunity to demonstrate continued competency in wearing and operating a self contained breathing apparatus.


A Wear and Operate a Breathing Apparatus in General Emergencies Refresher certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Refreshing key theoretical elements.
  • Commissioning a SCBA set.
  • Donning and starting up.
  • High and low pressuring testing.
  • Wearing SCBA in actual or practical simulated conditions.
  • Managing SCBA for safe use and survivability.
  • Shutting down, doffing and re-commissioning a SCBA.
  • Acting as a Entry Control Officer.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Commission a SCBA.
  • Undertake high and low pressure tests.
  • Don, start up and wear a SBCA in irrespirable atmospheres.
  • Shut down and doff.
  • Re-commission a SCBA.
  • Act as Entry Control Officer.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. Students are practically assessed continuously during the course.


Participants are required to sign a declaration that they are in good health (have no medical, physical or psychological conditions that would affect their ability to succeed in this training) OR provide a current (less than six months old) medical certificate. Wood Training reserve the right to stop training for health and safety purposes, e.g. failure to secure a facial seal. Current NZQA US 3272 or a documented equivalent that is deemed acceptable by Wood Training.

Assessment process

Theory assessment followed by practical assessment which takes place when the student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. The assessment will involve the preparation and use of SCBA.



AS/NZS 1715:2009 Section 2.4: “The frequency of retraining will depend on the complexity of the program and degree of the hazard, but as a minimum shall be considered at least annually”.

BA sign off available, that can be done yearly instead of doing the BA Refresher every year.

Items to Bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for wearing under Fire
  • Fighting attire.
  • Socks.
  • Covered-in footwear.
  • Water bottle.
  • Change of clothes and towel for available shower.


Refer to prerequisites

Research shows that you are more susceptible to heat distress disorders if you consume alcohol within 24 hours of training with live fire. We recommend you do not consume alcohol 24 hours before training nor over the days of training”

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Course Length

1 Day


Emergency Response Training Centre, Bell Block


$550 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Coming from a business background, Ryan worked in the offshore industry before moving onshore to pursue a career as a fire and marine trainer. He has Emergency Care, Fire and Rescue qualifications as well as in the areas of Adult Education and Training. Ryan volunteers his time to work with St John Ambulance as an ambulance officer and as a senior fire fighter with Fire Emergency New Zealand. Ryan stands out as a well-rounded emergency response professional with experience across multiple areas.

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Steve’s background includes serving with the Royal Marines Commando, a teacher of Art and Design, Fire Fighter (NZFS), Ship Security Officer maintaining security. His personal passion lies with mountaineering and climbing, bringing valuable rope skills and rescue to the Industrial rope access industry. Steve has a strong understanding of teams working under high pressure in high hazard and high stress environments. He holds a postgraduate Certificate in Education as well as qualifications in Training, Assessment, Rope Access and Occupation and Health and Safety.


Well done, enjoyed course.


Really enjoyed the course, thought is was extremely well run, great use of written,  verbal and practical experiences.

Todd Energy

Awesome course. Tutor has good understanding of job and teaches really well.


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