Confined Spaces (6150)

Last Updated: 27 Apr 2015
These qualifications are for those who have to enter, supervise or manage confined spaces. They are short course single unit qualifications and are supported by the Health and Safety Executive.

All except the management qualification are available in water and non water versions and are normally a pre-requisite for entering any confined space. The Management qualification meets the need of Water and Non-Water. It is normal practice for these to be re-taken on a 3 year cycle.

They are  available to suit various levels of risk and role in confined space entry including managing confined spaces.
Level 2 & 3 qualifications are for anyone entering a confined space. This could be to carry out work, as a top man supporting entry or conducting emergency rescue and recovery. There is also a level 5 qualification for those who manage confined space entry.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

Interested in delivering this qualification?

Find out more about how to become an approved City & Guilds centre or fill out our online customer application form

General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

Depending on which qualification you take, you'll cover things like:
• preparing to enter and work safely in confined spaces
• entering and exiting confined spaces
• preparing and using respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for working and escape purposes
• using equipment and tools safely
• dealing with emergencies.

The qualifications are delivered through a combination of practical and theoretical training at a City & Guilds centre. You will look at areas such as: risk assessments, classifications of confined spaces, equipment and procedures.
Each operational qualification is assessed through a practical observation and written assessment. The management qualification is through scenario based assessment.
 
More information can be found in the qualification handbook, available to download from the key documents section.

Which Level is right for me?
Level 2 - These qualifications are for entry in to confined spaces
Level 3 - These cover those who are involved as a Top Man or in Emergency Rescue
Level 5 - This is for those who manage confined space entry

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Any room or enclosed area can be classified as a confined space. You could already be working in or managing a number of roles, for example:

• Underground engineer
• Water distribution/Sewerage process operator
• Water jetter
• Water/Wastewater treatment plant operator
• Boiler/plant room maintenance

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment and assessment facilities that meet the specification in the handbook.
 
The operational qualifications are assessed by a practical demonstration and a written test. The managing qualification is by scenario based assessment.

Any learners aged 16 and over are eligible to undertake the assessments. In practice, though, learners will already be employed and aged 18 and over.

For qualifications in Emergency Rescue (6150-05 and 6150-55), learners must have already successfully completed the 6150-03 and 6150-53 High Risk qualifications.

To find all the requirements for assessment and delivery, download the course handbooks from the centre documents section.

Level 2

Level 2 will suit you if you are new to the industry and you are looking to develop your skills.

You choose from a range of single-unit qualifications at this level, depending on the area you wish to specialise in. Water and non-water versions are available:

  • working in low risk confined spaces
  • working in medium risk confined spaces (top man) (entrant)
  • working in high risk confined spaces in the water industry

For full details about these qualifications, refer to the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

You could already be working in a number of roles, for example:

  • Underground engineer
  • Water distribution/Sewerage process operator
  • Water jetter
  • Water/Wastewater treatment plant operator.

Level 2 Award in Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces: Water (6150-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 2 Award in Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces: Water

  • Accreditation No: 500/5328/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 1 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 7 - 7 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Top Man) (Entrant): Water (6150-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Top Man) (Entrant): Water

  • Accreditation No: 500/5327/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 2 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 15 - 15 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Working in High Risk Confined Spaces: Water (6150-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 2 Award in Working in High Risk Confined Spaces: Water

  • Accreditation No: 500/5333/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 2 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 20 - 20 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Top Man) (Non-entrant): Water (6150-06)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Top Man) (Non-entrant): Water

  • Accreditation No: 500/7657/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 2 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 20 - 20 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces (6150-51)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 2 Award in Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: 500/9329/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 1 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 7 - 7 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Top Man) (Entrant) (6150-52)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Top Man) (Entrant)

  • Accreditation No: 500/9511/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 2 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 15 - 15 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Working in High Risk Confined Spaces (6150-53)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 2 Award in Working in High Risk Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: 500/9559/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 2 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 20 - 20 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Top-Man) (Non-Entrant) (6150-56)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (Top-Man) (Non-Entrant)

  • Accreditation No: 500/9507/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 2 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 15 - 15 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

Level 3 will suit you if you work in the industry and want to get the qualifications to be able to cope with emergencies in confined spaces.

There are two single-unit qualifications available for both water and non-water occupations at this level, depending on the area you wish to specialise in:

  • top man/person for high risk confined spaces
  • emergency rescue and recovery of casualties from confined spaces

For full details about this qualification, refer to the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

You could already be working in a number of roles, for example:

  • Underground engineer
  • Water distribution/Sewerage process operator
  • Water jetter
  • Water/Wastewater treatment plant operator.

Level 3 Award in Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties from Confined Spaces: Water (6150-05)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 3 Award in Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties from Confined Spaces: Water

  • Accreditation No: 500/5332/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 2 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 20 - 20 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Award in Top Man/Persons for High Risk Confined Spaces: Water (6150-14)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 3 Award in Top Man/Persons for High Risk Confined Spaces: Water

  • Accreditation No: 600/5017/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 2 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 20 - 20 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Award in Top Person for High Risk Confined Spaces (6150-54)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 3 Award in Top Person for High Risk Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: 500/9639/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 2 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 20 - 20 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Award in Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties from Confined Spaces (6150-55)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 3 Award in Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties from Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: 500/9384/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 2 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 20 - 20 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 5

Level 5 is suitable for you if you Manage work in confined Spaces. You will have normally completed the relevant confined space entry qualification for the situations you manage.

This is a single unit qualification covering both water and non-water occupations.

For full details about this qualification, refer to the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

You will normally be an operational Manager involved in work in areas classified as confined spaces. For example in a:
  • Water treatment plant
  • Waste water treatment plant
  • Water distribution network
  • Sewerage network
  • Underground network

Level 5 Award in Manage Work in Confined Spaces (6150-61)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 5 Award in Manage Work in Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: 600/6166/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 3 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 28 - 28 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to WalledGarden.com and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

Interested in delivering this qualification?

Find out more about how to become an approved City & Guilds centre or fill out our online customer application form

Like to offer these qualifications?

To offer this qualification please submit an application and we’ll help you get set up - you can become a City & Guilds qualification provider within 30 days.

MAKE AN APPLICATION

For Learners

For centre staff

Tell us what you think of our assessment materials and qualification handbooks by completing our survey.

Complete our survey >