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


The CABWI Level 3 Award in Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties from Confined Spaces allows learners to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required by those whose job role requires them to act as part of a confined space rescue team.

The content, structure and assessment requirements of the qualification were developed by CABWI Awarding Body, in consultation with representatives of the water and utilities industries and their training and assessment providers.

This award sits in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is regulated by Ofqual.

If the assessment team identifies any queries or issues with the content of the qualification units or the structure, the centre should contact its external quality assurer or the CABWI office in the first instance. The awarding body can then provide advice on the most suitable course of action and consult further with qualification users, employers and/or training providers as necessary.


Any learner wishing to undertake the Level 3 Award in Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties from Confined Spaces must already have achieved the Level 3 Award in Working in High Risk Confined Spaces, and must hold a valid certificate.

Centres offering the Emergency Rescue award must confirm that the learner holds the relevant certificate, and should undertake an initial assessment of the learner to ensure that they have retained the knowledge from the High Risk award, before assessment takes place for the Emergency Rescue qualification.

This qualification may be taken by any learner aged 16 or over, although it is recognised that employers may have different age requirements for their employees who work in confined spaces. As the qualification involves practical assessment in a confined space environment, centres must ensure that any learner undertaking the qualification is medically fit, in line with current industry requirements. For the water industry, these requirements can be found in the Water UK Occasional Guidance Note (OGN) – The Classification and Management of Confined Space Entries.

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