Wear and Operate a Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus (CABA) in the Workplace Refresher

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


A Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus Refresher certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Course Content

The course focuses on:

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

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Wear a CABA set safely in an irrespirable atmosphere having commissioned, donned, started up and conducted required pressure testing.
  • Correctly shut down, doff and recommission a CABA set.
  • Undertake the required tasks of a Entry Control Officer including tally board monitoring, PPE checks, maintaining communications

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. NZQA US 25044 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.

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

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Course Length

Half Day.


Emergency Response Training Centre, Bell Block


$445 + GST per person

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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.

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