Plan a Confined Space Entry

This course provides students with the skills and knowledge of planning a confined space entry including use of a scenario to prepare an emergency plan and identify hazards and appropriate controls to ensure safe entry and work in a confined space. Students will then be given the opportunity to test out their plan in an authentic practical setting.


A Plan a Confined Space Entry certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Standard: 17599 L4 C5 V7, 18426 L3 C4 V9

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • What is a confined space?
  • Confined space hazards and controls.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Communication methods.
  • Pre-entry testing.
  • Roles and responsibilities.
  • Emergency procedures and planning.
  • Practical confined space entry activity

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of confined spaces, and their permit notification and implementation requirements.
  • Identify control measures to eliminate and minimise risk of hazards in confined spaces.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of monitoring and confined space testing requirements.
  • Describe responsibilities and duties of people entering confined spaces/ conducting observation duties for confined spaces.
  • Identify hazards and controls within confined spaces.
  • Develop an emergency procedure plan for a confined space.
  • Complete documentation required for confined space entry.

Course structure

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

Course prerequisites

It is recommended that students have achieved Taranaki Passport Plus or equivalent, or have related experience.

Assessment process

Theory assessment which takes place when student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required, followed by a practical scenario.

This optional practical component while part of the course is not mandatory in order to receive an Achieved grade.

All students will have the opportunity to enter the space and participation is encouraged.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommendation is every two years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for participating in practical exercises.
  • Covered-in footwear.
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Course Length

1 Day


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$340 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

John Williams

John Williams

John Williams

A safety conscious individual, John provides the bridge between training, assessing and employment on many of Taranaki’s oil and gas sites. Holding health and safety roles throughout the region and a passion for hazard identification and confined space entry, John is a well-known trainer and on the job assessor throughout the Taranaki region. John has numerous years of experience in training and his knowledge sees him as a valuable trainer due to his breath of knowledge and practical take on training.

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.

Malcolm White

Malcolm White

Malcolm White

Consultant, Training Facilitator and company director, Mal has a history of work in the oil and gas sector, process operation and hazard management.  He has extensive experience in many roles in the workforce and brings authentic experience to the training situation.  With a background in physics, chemistry, statistics and human anatomy he knows his subject matter well, and this knowledge and experience comes to the fore in his training and delivery.


It was good to finally see some real workplace professionalism in Taranaki at the same level of Australian mining companies, BHP, RIO, FMG.

Noel Collier - Crow Refactory

Great course, knowledgeable and helpful tutor.

Levi Manning - Armatec Environmental Ltd

Great informative course.

Darcey Kitchener - Fitzroy engineering

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