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Level 3 Award in Working as a Member of a Rescue Team in Confined Spaces (6160-08)


Entering into a confined space to work has multiple challenges and responsibilities. Add to the mix a rescue and recovery operation of a casualty in the confined space, and there is a whole new set of threats, tests, and demands to deal with - in the most measured and practical way possible to ensure safety at all times.

The City and Guild’s Level 3 Award in working as a member of a rescue and recovery team in confined spaces (6160-08) delivers the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare for, enter and exit confined spaces using emergency equipment and casualty recovery techniques as part of a team to counter these challenges. The course reflects the national occupational standard for working as a member of a rescue team in confined spaces.

Course Outline

The course is as much about problem-solving and acute due diligence as it is practical rescue methodology and operations. With a mix of physical and classroom-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover topics such as; emergency activity preparation, entering and exiting confined spaces, emergency equipment, casualty recovery, handling devices in line with manufacturers' specifications, rescuing and recovering casualties, following guidelines, and working safely. 

Our occupationally and technically-experienced Trainers will coach delegates in this three-day course, finishing with a practical assessment and short answer question paper. They must pass both elements of the course to qualify.

Course Programme

This extensive training is vital for safe working in a rescue and recovery team in confined spaces. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance; prepare procedures and appropriate documentation, and make suitable arrangements for dealing with emergency recovery and rescue operations.  

The learnings will take delegates through;

  • Understanding the dangers associated with confined space working and rescue work      
  • Knowing the types of escape breathing apparatus and self-contained breathing apparatus 
  • Knowing the types of rescue equipment and which are appropriate for each scenario
  • Carrying out pre-entry and pre-wearer checks on equipment    
  • Understanding why there is a need for periodic examinations of equipment    
  • Implementing emergency procedures when working in a confined space  
  • Learning, preparing and actioning rescue plans 
  • Using reporting systems and knowing what needs reporting and when
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will know how to:

  • Identify and manage the dangers associated with confined space working
  • Risk-assess a confined space and how teams will work within it
  • Classify a confined space using the nationally recognised classification system
  • Identify different types of escape breathing apparatus and self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Carry out pre-entry and pre-wearer checks on equipment
  • Apply the necessary manning levels, taking risk assessment into consideration
  • Conduct and understand why there is a need for periodic examinations of equipment
  • Implement emergency procedures when working in a confined space
  • Perform an entry using self-contained breathing apparatus to perform a rescue
Who Should Attend?

This City & Guilds Level 3 Award for 6160-08 is for anyone wanting to be part of a rescue and recovery team in confined spaces. 

Delegates must hold a 6160-03 qualification or an equivalent qualification to take this course.

Course Duration

This three-day comprehensive course trains delegates to work safely and effectively as part of a team to rescue and recover casualties from confined spaces on completion and certification.

Why Citrus?

Quality and 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 City & Guilds Level 3 6160-08 is a physical course, so delegates must be fit enough to take the training. They must inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in conducting elements of this training course. 

Reminder - Course pre-requisite candidates must have completed the 6160-03 course or an equivalent qualification. Please check with the centre.

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 136kg (21.4 stone) in weight to take the training. 

Candidates will need to complete 6160-03, or an equivalent qualification before taking this 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.

Yes, 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 for the mobile unit. 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 (i.e. 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 candidates who DO NOT enter a confined space but the person 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.

For this course you will need to be clean-shaven – nothing is allowed to interfere with the mask reflex seal.

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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