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Course Overview

The hyperbaric Clinical Chamber Operator (CCO) course is a stand-alone program for divers or non-divers run by ADAS. The intent of the course is to prepare personnel with appropriate diving physics, physiology theory competencies, and the practical skills necessary to safely operate a multiplace compression chamber for decompression and recompression operations for therapeutic treatments within clinical settings.

The hyperbaric clinical chamber operator is responsible for the safe operation of the hyperbaric chamber and the safety of all occupants.  The hyperbaric clinical chamber operator shall possess both theoretical and practical knowledge of the management, supervision and operation of multiplace hyperbaric chambers and the skills to assume the responsibilities for operating the chamber and care for patients in a hyperbaric environment.

Each clinical chamber operator will have specialist knowledge on safety, procedural and maintenance and will liaise with engineering, biomedical engineering & contractors as required.

Course Standards

This course meets the requirements of:

  • ADAS Occupational Clinical Chamber Operator
  • Partial completion toward Certificate IV in Hyperbaric Operations (Chamber Operations). National Qualification Code 11006NAT.

Note: If you study at an ADAS training establishment outside of Australia you may not be eligible for this Australian Qualifications Framework certificate. The ADAS licence, however, is issued at all ADAS training establishments.

  • All ADAS schools teach to the ADAS standard, this means that graduates of non-VET accredited schools may apply to ADAS for a VET qualification through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Contact ADAS for more information about this process.

Student Prerequisites

Before applicants commence ADAS Clinical Chamber Operator training, the ATE must ensure that they:

  • Are at least 18 years of age at the commencement of training
  • Are contracted to complete a 12 month employment term minimum at a clinical hyperbaric facility governed by NSQHS standards (or international equivalent)
  • Have a medical history that is compatible with the responsibilities of a Clinical Chamber Operator
  • Are an ADAS qualified diver or Chamber Operator, or have completed the non-diver top-up modules
  • Unless Non-English Language (NEL) speaking course arrangements have been made with ADAS, can understand written and verbal communication in English, and can communicate effectively in English with other persons
  • Are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals and vulgar fractions; calculate percentages; and transpose and solve simple formulas, eg gas laws.
  • Hold either a recognised current Diver Medic Technician, Bachelor of Nursing, or a current First Aid certificate from an accredited training organization (i.e. has been certified within 3 years of the conclusion of the proposed training program) and CPR and oxygen resuscitation skills must have been refreshed within the 12 month period prior to the conclusion of the training program. The student’s First Aid qualifications must meet the competency requirements of AS/NZS 2299.1 Occupational diving operations standard operational practice.


The following units of competency are to be completed:

  • BSBWHS211 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • NAT11006001 Work safely in hyperbaric operations
  • NAT11006002 Maintain effective working relationships within dive or hyperbaric operations team
  • NAT11006036 Apply knowledge of basic physics and decompression tables to hyperbaric operations
  • NAT11006037 Assist with prevention and treatment of hyperbaric related illnesses
  • NAT11006039 Implement emergency procedures for multi-place compression chamber
  • NAT11006040 Perform compression, decompression, and therapeutic recompression operations
  • NAT11006065 Apply knowledge of basic physics, anatomy, physiology and psychology to hyperbaric work
  • NAT11006066 Prepare multi-place hyperbaric chamber for treatment
  • NAT11006067 Operate multi-place hyperbaric chamber for treatment
  • NAT11006068 Conduct post-compression routines for multi-place hyperbaric chamber
  • Elective: BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • Elective: CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • Elective: HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • Elective: NAT11006069 Identify and respond to risks associated with hyperbaric therapy

Delivery & Assessment

The Clinical Chamber Operator course is to conducted over a minimum duration of (15) fifteen days and is to be programmed to meet the training, assessment and administration requirements of the course.

There is an additional Workplace Experience component with a maximum duration of six (6) months.

Alfred Health

Hyperbaric Unit, The Alfred Hospital, 55 Commercial Road, MELBOURNE VIC 3004

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