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1 day course
Theory 210 minutes
Practical 100 minutes
Assessment 140 minutes

Breaks for refreshments are included in this overall total

Book from £289

This Open Circuit Breathing Apparatus Refresher course is for experience breathing apparatus (BA) wearers who require recertification. This course will refresh knowledge and update delegates on the latest changes to legislation and/or equipment.

This course includes supervised practical sessions in purpose-designed facilities.

Candidates who attend this training must be clean-shaven, as facial hair can prevent a good seal between a wearer’s face and the breathing apparatus mask.

Due to the nature of the training course and the emphasis placed on communication, there is only a provision for the assessments to be undertaken in English. Therefore, candidates for this type of training must be able to understand and speak the English language. 

This Open Circuit BA refresher course is taught using lectures, demonstrations and practical training sessions. This course is designed to ‘refresh’ knowledge on how to check and use open circuit breathing apparatus safely and correctly.

This course includes practical sessions which include pre-donning checks, testing of open circuit breath apparatus, and how to don the apparatus. Practical sessions also include aftercare of open circuit BA apparatus.

The main topics covered include:

  • Understanding requirements placed on a breathing apparatus wearer
  • Understanding how an open circuit breathing apparatus operates
  • After use care of open circuit breathing apparatus
  • Understanding the anatomy and physiology of respiration

To view the full course timetable click here

This course is taught by highly experienced instructors – all of whom have worked in hazardous environments, where open circuit breathing apparatus may have been worn. This experience provides our trainers first-hand knowledge of the issues delegates may face in their working conditions.

Many of our trainers are also real-life rescuers who have been part of emergency operations in the UK and around the world.

The Open Circuit Breathing Apparatus Refresher course complies with HSE guidelines and BS EN 529: 2005 Respiratory Protective Devices and meets the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for confined space entries (City & Guilds 6150).

The training course will conclude with a written test and a practical assessment of their ability to inspect, don, wear, take-off and undertake after use servicing of breathing apparatus.

On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive an MRS Training & Rescue Certificate.

Certification lasts for 3 years.


1 trainer to 12 candidates (1:12): 

  • Theory training 

1 trainer to 6 candidates (1:6)

  • Practical assessment

If you book this course online, you can pay for the course by debit or credit card.

If you wish to pay via an invoice, please enquire about the course and our team will contact you to complete the booking.

Courses start at 8.45am and finishes at about 3.30pm

Yes – all candidates are required to bring the following for practical exercises: • Hard hat • Overalls • Safety footwear • Gloves

Course materials, refreshments and a light lunch are provided.

MRS certificates are emailed within a week of the course being completed.

Joining instructions are sent by email – which are usually received on the same day but always within 48 hours of booking.

Yes - subject to our terms and conditions.

Yes, free parking is available at all our UK training centres for course candidates.

This course was a good refresher course which did bring back all small details which are easily forgotten between courses
Kevin McCowan
Excellent presentations and knowledge with great interaction between tutor and classroom. Very friendly but concise in instruction of different subject matters. Course has refreshed me in the importance of good work practises.
Tony Handy
Great place for training. Great facilities. Great trainers who really know their subjects.
Derek Lack
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The Benefits

  • We are a leading authority in confined space and at height technical rescue and we never rest in our goal to keep people safe.

  • We practice what we preach – our trainers are also operational rescue team members – so have real life stories to make the theory come alive.

  • We deliver best-in-class training so that anyone attending courses leaves capable of applying the knowledge to real-life situations.

  • Most of our courses are highly practical and feedback from delegates is excellent.

  • Nationwide service from our eight Training and Rescue Centres across the UK.

  • Are employed by us and trained to our own exacting standards.

  • Have real-life experience of working in high-risk environments and often share these with candidates.

  • Understand recognised learning styles and quickly adapt their delivery based on the needs of those being trained.

  • Ensure delegates are engaged by punctuating training with tests, quizzes and practical sessions.

  • Where possible, include information specific to delegates’ working practices so they leave ready to apply the learning in their day-to day roles.

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