Level 2 Award for Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces

SQA code: GK61 62
Ofqual code: 601/6036/6
Total Qualification Time: 8
Guided Learning Hours: 8
Credit value: 1

The Award for Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces at level 2 has been developed to allow learners to be assessed against a national standard where they can demonstrate practical skills and provide knowledge evidence that they are capable of working safely in a low risk confined space environment.

A low risk confined space environment should have adequate natural or mechanical ventilation. Access should appear simple and unobstructed and there should be no likely risk of flooding.

This qualification is available through SQA approved centres and training providers.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

There are a number of serious injuries and fatalities in confined spaces each year in the UK, involving individuals who may be working in a confined space without proper training and equipment.

Industries in the UK are required to have fully trained and competent operatives/personnel who are capable of working safely in areas of the workplace which are defined to be a confined space.

The Award for Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces provides the opportunity to develop or extend skills which should ensure that learners meet the requirements of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 Approved Code of Practice and guidance.

The Unit specification that makes up the Level 2 Award for Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces has been designed to match the requirements of the Energy & Utility Skills National Occupational Standard EUSCS01.


On completion of this qualification, you can apply to register with the Energy & Utility Skills Register EUSR.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for operatives/personnel seeking entry into, or already working in a job which may involve entering a confined space.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.

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Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces Level 2 GK61 62 Structure (53 KB)

The Award for Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces at level 2 requires the learner to complete 1 mandatory Unit (credit value 1).

Group Award code: GK61 62 (credit value 1)

The unit specification and Training and Assessment Programme for this qualification are available on SQA's secure website. These are available from your centre's SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please complete our contact form.

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How to assess

To achieve the Award for Working in Low Risk Confined Spaces, learners will need to successfully demonstrate their practical skills throughout the completion of practical assessments.

Learners will also have to demonstrate that they possess the underpinning knowledge needed to understand how to deal with any problems or variations that may occur during practical activities. This will take the form of a knowledge assessment.

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