Course Set - PUASAR022 & PUASAR025 Participate in a Rescue Operation and Confined Space Rescue

This course set is designed for the non-fire sector and is tailored to a learner cohort with current confined space, gas testing and breathing apparatus experience and assumes a certain level of competency.

This course set applies to individuals who may be required to participate in rescue operations in a wide variety of environmental situations such as industry, rural, bush and extreme environmental conditions including confined spaces, either as a member of a single organisation or as part of a team involving multiple organisations.

This course set will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to respond to emergency situations; determine what hazards may exist and control the risks; how to implement a rescue plan and extricate a casualty whilst minimising further injury to the casualty, self and others.

Units Delivered

The following units will be included in your certificate:

PUASAR022 - Participate in a rescue operation
PUASAR025 - Undertake confined space rescue

Course Delivery

This course can be delivered/assessed in the workplace or at facility organised by the training provider.

Course Durations

Course durations can vary for multiple reasons, so the durations below are the minimum possible amount.

Refresher Face to Face contact time of at least 10 Hours
Face-to-Face Face to Face contact time of at least 18 Hours

An individual undertaking this course with Allens Training Pty Ltd will need to demonstrate the following to be eligible for entry:

  • Participants must be clean shaven, no facial hair that may affect facial seal 
  • Fire sector participants are required to hold:
    • PUAFIR306 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident
    • PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation (included in this course set)
    • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • Non-fire sector participants: there are no named pre-requisites for non-fire sector participants but after extensive industry engagement and consultation, it is best practice and highly recommended for individuals to have the underpinning knowledge and current industry experience of confined space, operating breathing apparatus and a current first aid certificate.
  • Psychological* and physical capability to be able to meet the demands of the practical demonstrations for this course, such as the undertaking of the requirements to safely enter, work in and exit a confined space wearing appropriate PPE. This may involve climbing up, down, through or under structures or confined spaces, being suspended, wearing harnesses and other relevant PPE, dragging and lifting in confined and restricted environments in dark, low light or smoke-filled areas. Participants will need sufficient physical ability to lift 15kg from ground to overhead and access heights above 2m.
  • This training is very physical. You will be ascending ropes and hanging in harnesses for extended periods in order to conduct rescues. If you do not possess the fitness/ strength to climb towers, and other structures under your own strength, you will be unable to demonstrate the competence required for this program.
  • Protective non-slip footwear/ safety shoes and comfortable/practical clothing must be provided by the student and worn during the practical sessions and assessment.
  • Language, literacy and numeracy requirements - students must be able to read and correctly interpret required documentation relevant to the confined space entry, speak clearly and unambiguously in English, explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues and understand the permit requirements. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms and producing any required reports. Numeracy is required to the level of being able to correctly differentiate between high and low pressures and temperatures, voltages or masses and interpret gas test/monitoring results.

*Safe Work Australia notes “Working in a confined space may impose physiological and psychological demands over and above those encountered in a normal working environment. Consideration should be given to a worker’s:

  • physical ability; 
  • ability to work in a restrictive space (for example claustrophobia) and ability to wear the PPE required to do the work (for example respirators).” 

SWA Code of Practice - Confined Spaces

Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.

The units have the following recommended renewal periods:
Unit Period
PUASAR022 - Participate in a rescue operation Not applicable
PUASAR025 - Undertake confined space rescue Not applicable

Please note that enrolment to this course is made with Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909. Please refer to the student handbook located on the RTO website ( for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

Performance tasks:

Prepare, perform and conclude three (3) rescues:

  • one (1) vertical rescue
  • two (2) confined space rescues - horizontal and vertical
  • Extricate casualty whilst minimising further injury to casualty, self and others 
  • Use appropriate equipment, including rescue and PPE, and hygiene precautions to protect the casualty, self and others
  • Identify situational and environmental hazards and apply risk mitigation and control measures
  • Apply Work, Health and Safety (WHS) requirements and follow organisational policies and procedures
  • Participate in briefings and debriefings


  • Complete one (1) Incident Response form

Theory assessment  A written assessment consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.

This course is delivered and assessed on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909