‘Excellent course with very professional and knowledgeable instructors who are more than willing to pass on and share their knowledge and experience.’ Victoria – Breathing Apparatus Instructor, UK FRS. 


Breathing Apparatus Instructor is one of the fundamental fire fighting courses the world over – our instructors are here to teach how to teach thsi to other firefighters. All lead instructors have a Teaching Degree and maintain competency through regular CPD sessions with Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, in addition all of our fire fighting courses are Skills for Justice accredited. Our customers love this course – the current Net Promoter Score on this course is 99%.

Fire Fighter checking breathing apparatus

Course Information:

Course Philosophy

This course is designed to increase the skills, knowledge and methods of instruction of delegates to a level from which they can competently deliver training to other watch members. Both the practical and theoretical aspects of Breathing Apparatus (BA) will be covered.

Course Aim

On completion of the training, delegates will have gained the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to plan and prepare BA exercises and be able to deliver lectures on all aspects of Breathing Apparatus equipment and procedures.

Course Objectives

On completion of the course, the delegates will have developed a practical and theoretical understanding of:

Practical Sessions Theoretical Sessions

Observation Exercises Set Description

Syndicate Exercise – Obscured Vision BA Malfunctions and defects

Syndicate Exercise – Live Fire Conditions Exercise Planning

Instructional Technique Observers and Safety

Briefing and de-briefing Officers

Wearing ability Heat and Humidity

Monitoring BA Crews/crew safety Guideline procedures

Exercise planning and risk assessment Entry Control


Risk Assessment

Working in smoke and darkness

BA Procedures

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course and having satisfied the aims and objectives, each delegate will have developed further skills, increased their knowledge, and collated sufficient information to enable them to undertake the role of a BA Instructor.

Assessment Objectives

The assessment process is designed to ensure the delegates provide an understanding and application of the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge as detailed within the subject objectives. There are two main objectives applied to the assessment methodology. Firstly, it enables the delegates to demonstrate their level of competence in the subject areas covered. Secondly, this demonstration validates the course content and methods of instruction.

Assessment Design

Assessment will take the form of both subjective and objective written examination, based upon course objectives. The course also incorporates practical assessments which will assess the delegate’s ability to prepare and deliver a presentation of 15 minutes duration on a Breathing Apparatus related subject. In addition, delegates will be assessed on their ability to create, plan and conduct safe and meaningful breathing apparatus exercises including live fire training sessions. Delegates will receive both theoretical and practical results, with these results being collated to provide an overall grade.

Tutor System

A tutoring system will be in use during this course, involving both group and individual tutorial periods. The aim of the tutoring system is to provide (or arrange) feedback, guidance and support for the students during their time at Barmston Mere Training Centre.

Course Criteria

The course has been designed to qualify the delegates, who are already breathing apparatus wearers, to breathing apparatus instructor level.

The course is both theoretically and practically orientated, delegates must be capable of preparing and delivering lectures as well as practically demonstrating BA wearing competence in hot fire-fighting situations.

Delegates attending the course should be physically fit. It is advisable that they should contact their doctor or occupational health department for a physical check-up, as this is a physically and mentally demanding course.


This course has been approved by Skills For Justice and successful delegates will receive a level 3 SFJ qualification on completion of the course.


10 days

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