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Level 3 Award in Control Entry and Arrangements for Confined Spaces (6160-04)


An entry-controller in confined spaces must be an excellent communicator. While the role does not require entry into confined or dangerous areas, they must guide and communicate logically and seamlessly with people working in such situations to keep them safe and know when to action emergency protocols on their behalf.

The City and Guild’s Level 3 Award in Award in Control Entry and Arrangements for Confined Spaces (6160-04), equips delegates with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement and lead a team in; pre-entry procedures, entry and exit from a confined space, communications, and initiation and control of emergency procedures. In addition, this course covers the medium and high-risk entry controller roles. Aimed at the entry controller or top-person who controls entry and arrangements for confined spaces without entering them, this course will teach delegates to understand the systems, equipment and protocol they need to perform their work safely. There is a particular focus on duty of care for the team under their control and aligning with industry standards and regulations.      

Course Outline

This course combines practical and theory-based learnings. Sessions include confined space entry and simulation in one of our custom-built high-risk confined spaces tailored to your needs (chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well) combined with classroom-based tutorials to prepare delegates for a final examination at the end of day three.

Our occupation-specific trainers will coach delegates over the three-day course, finishing with a practical observation and short answer question paper assessment. They must pass both elements of the course to qualify.

Course Programme

In this comprehensive course, delegates will cover the duties of an entry controller, pre-entry procedures, entry into and exit from the confined space, maintaining communications and initiating and controlling emergency procedures.

The practical and theoretical learnings will equip delegates to;

  • Show an understanding of current legislation associated with confined space work  
  • Recognise and classify a confined space.   
  • Produce and oversee Safe Systems of Work (SSOW) for entry into confined spaces, including point of works risk assessment
  • Understand personal protective equipment, for example  harnesses and access equipment that workers may require for entry 
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of those that may be associated with the confined space work 
  • Types and safe use of atmospheric monitoring equipment     
  • Types and safe use of escape breathing apparatus and self-contained breathing apparatus  
  • Recognise diseases and understand the necessary personal hygiene requirements associated with confined spaces
  • The necessary manning levels - delegates must understand and be able to implement proper working procedures considering their risk assessment
  • Why there is a need for periodic examinations of equipment
  • The emergency procedures when working in a confined space
On Completion

At the end of this course, successful delegates will;

  • Summarise the requirements of the confined space regulations, classifications, national standards and other associated legislations
  • Understand confined spaces and the specified risks they pose
  • Assess the suitability of workers entering confined spaces (low, medium and high-risk).
  • Determine roles and responsibilities for confined space work 
  • Carry out complete control procedures for such an entry, ensuring the completion of all relevant documentation (RAMS, POWRA, PTW, BA control and Rescue Plans etc.)
  • Select and check equipment  (access equipment, gas detection, comms, EBA and SCBA) required to establish an SSOW for Confined Space entry and working (up to high-risk level) 
  • Monitor team progress and external conditions, reacting appropriately to any changes from agreed protocols 
  • Implement "Emergency Actions" where necessary, including the control of the area, initiate emergency procedure and liaising with emergency services 
  • Close-down a confined space entry, ensuring the completion and filing of relevant documentation
Who Should Attend?

This City & Guilds Level 3 Award for 6160-04 is for the entry controller or top-person who controls entry and arrangements for confined spaces without entering them.

This role will not qualify the delegate for entry. To be an entrant, you will need to complete the relevant 6160 course.

If you need to qualify for both Entry and Entry Controller, please see the 6160-09 Confined Space Course.

Course Duration

This three-day course trains participants to work safely and effectively in entry and arrangements for confined spaces on completion and certification.

Why Citrus?

Quality and the customer experience are paramount to us here at Citrus. We work tirelessly to provide exemplary service to our clients and produce excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors.

We proudly work with 85 of the country’s top 100 building services companies providing courses nationwide. Our purpose-built, simulated confined space environments with integrated surveillance are approved by City & Guilds, meaning we can provide the most realistic experience in the market.  

To supplement our excellent facilities, we can provide the latest, cutting-edge equipment for all delegates during training through our sister company, Altitude Safety, which also offers over 10,000 safety products and equipment from leading manufacturers available to hire or purchase.

And crucially, our dedicated trainers provide expert knowledge and real-world experience to manage the most complex and high-risk, hazardous scenarios in confined space training. As a result, we’ve successfully delivered training for over 35,000 delegates across the Confined Space and City & Guilds training category.

Things You Need to Know

This course has physical elements, despite being for a non-entry role. Therefore, it is crucial that delegates inform their trainer if they have any severe health issues, physical restrictions, special considerations, or are taking any medication that may cause difficulties in taking part in elements of the training.

Please note that delegates taking this course will not qualify for confined space entry. To be an entrant, you must complete the relevant 6160 course.

Popular FAQ's

This course is only available in English. Translators are not allowed under the C&G exam condition rules.

There are practical elements so delegates should advise their trainer of any special considerations and not exceed 140kg (22 stone) in weight to take the training.

No. To be qualified to enter a confined space, you must complete the relevant 6160 course.

You need to attend an accredited course set to Water UK Standards. We offer the City & Guilds qualifications set to Water UK Standards and permit work on water and utility sites.

Not for the 6160-04 on its own. However if you are looking to combine courses, we can bring our mobile confined space unit to site; you need to provide a suitable classroom for the theory parts of the course and adequate parking. Also, we may be able to use a non-live confined space with a permit to work and risk assessment if you have one. Please contact our friendly team to speak to one of our advisors for more information.

Certificates and cards can vary depending on the awarding body. Generally, these can take six-eight weeks.

No, Citrus Training provides all equipment for the courses. However, you will need to bring your own standard PPE ie hard hat, safety footwear and hi-vis.

There is a mix of theory and practical elements on the confined space courses, with an exam for both segments.

Three years.

There is no grace period set, but once your certificate has expired, you need to do the whole course again. Unfortunately, we do not offer refresher courses.

Course type will depend on the confined space you work in and the equipment you use. For example, Top person / Entry Controller is for delegates who DO NOT enter a confined space but man from the top, and Entry is for people who physically enter a form of confined space. Please contact our friendly team to speak to one of our advisors for more information.

As this course is for Entry Controllers you do not need to be clean shaven.

Yes, you can as long as you pay into the CITB levy. As an ATO, we will do this automatically for you if we have your CITB number.

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