Confined Spaces (6160)

Last Updated: 14 Apr 2021

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 EU Skills.

They are available to suit various levels of risk and roles 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, work as an entry controller/ top person supporting entry or conducting emergency rescue and recovery.

The level 4 qualification is for 
those who plan and manage work in confined spaces.

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

Depending on which qualification you take, you will 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
  • controlling entry and arrangements for confined spaces
  • Planning, managing and reviewing work for confined spaces 
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. More information can be found in the qualification handbook, available to download from the key documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Candidates may undertake individual qualifications to progress from low to high risk or they may specialise in emergency rescue and recovery. Depending on their job role some candidates may progress to the level 4 qualification, plan, manage and review legislative and safety compliance for work in confined spaces.

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 qualification handbook and centre resource document.

The operational 
qualifications are assessed through a practical demonstration and a written test. The level 4 management qualification is assessed through the production of a portfolio and a written test.

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.

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

Level 2


What Careers Can This Lead To?


Level 2 Award in Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces (6160-01)
Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2024 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 2 Award in Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: 603/7272/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces (6160-02)
Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2024 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: 603/7273/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Level 2 Award in Working in High Risk Confined Spaces (6160-03)
Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2024 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 2 Award in Working in High Risk Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: 603/7274/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Working in High Risk Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2026 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

Level 3 Award in Control Entry and Arrangements for Confined Spaces (6160-04)
Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2024 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Award in Control Entry and Arrangements for Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: 603/7275/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2027 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Award in Control Entry and Arrangements for Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2027 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Level 3 Award in Supervising Teams Undertaking Work in Confined Spaces (6160-05)
Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2024 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Award in Supervising teams undertaking work in confined spaces

  • Accreditation No: 603/7276/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2027 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Award in Supervising teams undertaking work in confined spaces

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2027 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Level 3 Award in Direct Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties from Confined Spaces (6160-07)
Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2024 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

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

  • Accreditation No: 603/7278/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2027 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2027 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Level 3 Award in Working as a Member of a Rescue and Recovery Team in Confined Spaces (6160-08)
Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2024 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Award in Working as a Member of a Rescue and Recovery Team in Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: 603/7279/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2027 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Award in Working as a Member of a Rescue and Recovery Team in Confined Spaces

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2027 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4

Level 4 Award in Plan, Manage and Review Legislative and Safety Compliance for Work in Confined Spaces (6160-06)
Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2024 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 4 Award in Plan manage and review legislative and safety compliance for work in confined spaces

  • Accreditation No: 603/7277/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2027 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 Award in Plan manage and review legislative and safety compliance for work in confined spaces

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Other This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2027 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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