City and Guilds 6150 Competency Assessment Scheme Explained!

The City and Guilds 6150 Scheme is the most widely recognised nationwide competency assessment scheme for confined spaces in the UK.

Holding a City & Guilds qualification is not mandatory, however several water companies require their staff, partners and contractors to hold the City and Guilds qualification and other organisations are using the scheme to benchmark their competency requirements.

The suite of confined space courses currently available are explained below. For more information on what the terms low, medium and high risk mean, visit our article on confined space classifications.

Low Risk Confined Space

A one day competence based course including:

  • Definition of a confined space and low, medium, high definitions
  • Duties under the regulations, including preventing the need for entry and risk assessment
  • Atmospheric hazards, gases and use of gas detectors
  • Safe systems of work and permits to work
  • Roles, responsibilities and top man/bottom man duties
  • Inspection and use of tripods, winches, fall arrest equipment and harnesses
  • Practical exercises and assessments

Delegates may be issued with either a CSTS certificate (CS1L), a City and Guilds Water certificate (6150-01) or a City and Guilds, Non-Water certificate (6150-51).  See our main website for more information on this course.

Medium Risk Confined Space

A two day, competence based course including all of the course content from the low risk course with the addition of;

  • Inspection and use of escape breathing apparatus-including appropriate practical exercises

Delegates may be issued with either a CSTS certificate (CS2M), a City and Guilds, water certificate (6150-02) or a City and Guilds, Non-Water certificate (6150-52). A 'Top man Only' certificates is also available for this course.  See our main website for more information on this course.

High Risk Confined Space

A three day, competence based course including all of the course contact from the medium risk course with the addition of :

  • Inspection and use of full working breathing apparatus - including practical application in a simulated hostile environment.

Delegates may be issued with either a CSTS certificate (CS3H), a City and Guilds, Water certificate (6150-03) or a City and Guilds, Non Water certificate (6150-53).  A 'Top Man Only' certificate is also available for this course.  See our main website for more information on this course.

Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties

A one day, competence based course.  Pre-requisites for this course - delegates should hold a current High Risk Certificate (6150-03 or 6150-53) and a current first aid certificate.

  • Prepare to work safely in confined spaces under emergency conditions.
  • Prepare and use breathing apparatus in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Use rescue equipment safely and in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Deal with a range of emergencies.
  • Use appropriate behaviour for carrying out emergency rescue and recovery of casualties from confined spaces.

Delegates may be issued with either a CSTS certificate (CS11R), a City and Guilds, Water certificate (6150-05) or a City and Guilds, Non Water certificate (6150-55).  See our main website for more information on this course.

Management of Confined Spaces

A two day, competence based course.

  •  Understand legislation governing working in confined spaces.
  • Explain what is meant by a confined space.
  • Be able to define individual’s roles and responsibilities.
  • List the major hazards and hazardous atmospheres in relation to confined spaces.
  • Understand the principles of gas monitoring. in confined spaces.
  • Produce risk assessment and associated documentation.
  • Be aware of appropriate industry specific standards and company procedures for working in confined spaces.
  • Be able to authorise working in confined spaces.
  • Understand responsibility to monitor work team to ensure procedures are followed.
  • Discuss the importance of emergency planning.
  • Demonstrate appropriate behaviour for issuing documentation for working in confined spaces.

Delegates may be issued with either a CSTS certificate (CS2-22) or a City and Guilds certificate (6150-61).

Confined space training at CSTS is carried out to City and Guilds standards. Upon successful completion of their confined space training course, delegates will receive a CSTS certificate. Those requiring a City and Guilds certificate will need to request this during booking the course - a small admin fee will also be payable.

Other Confined Space Training

CSTS delivers a full suite of confined space training.  A full course list can be found on our main website.

Courses include:

  • Confined Space Awareness for Responsible Persons.
  • Low Risk Confined Space Entry (CSTS or City & Guilds 6150-01/51).
  • Medium Risk Confined Space Entry (CSTS or City & Guilds 6150-02/52).  A Top Man only certificate is also available for this.
  • High Risk Confined Space Entry (CSTS or City & Guilds 6150-03/53),  A Top Man only certificate is available for this course.
  • Confined Space Rescue (CSTS or City & Guilds 6150-05/55).
  • Basic Casualty Extraction from a Confined Space
  • Confined Space Rescue Practice Drills.
  • Full Working Breathing Apparatus (for non confined space entrants).
  • Managing Work in Confined Spaces (City or Guilds 6150-61).
  • Permit to Work for Confined Spaces.

For more information on how to classify your confined space and relate that to the training you need visit our article on confined space classifications.