This course addresses more advanced aspects of work at height in order to contribute towards a higher level of competency.  This more in-depth course focuses on some of the more technical aspects of work at height like work positioning and suspended work activity. This is however NOT a rope access course.

Course Details...

Work at Height - Technical.

Course ID HS021_1
Course Duration 1 day
Delegate: Trainer 6:1
Certificate Validity 3 Years
Dedicated Course £750
Advanced Height Safety

Course overview

This course is classroom and practical based, it is designed to familiarise delegates with s technical aspects of safe work at height. It will look at different types of working environments that require work positioning (steep banks and sidings) and suspension equipment** (bosuns chair etc) and the risks and hazards these present. Particular focuses will be on anchorage and back up lines. It will look at a range of Personal Fall Protection Equipment and its correct selection and use as well as pre use checks.

Delegates will be assessed by the trainer during the course and a final written assessment paper will complete the certification process.

Course prerequisite

Delegates attending this course must meet the following minimum standards…

  • A minimum basic work at height qualification
  • A professional attitude and a willingness to learn.
  • A good understanding of written and spoken English.
  • Numeracy skills.
  • Physical fitness for practical elements.

Who is this course for?

Delegates attending this course will have working at height experience but need an understanding of the more technical elements of safe Work at Height and associated equipment. Anybody who works at height needing certification or re-certification or anybody responsible for personnel that works at height.


This course will address

  • Basic knowledge of work at height activity.
  • UK legislation.
  • Work at height related risks and hazards.
  • The hierarchy of measures and how to apply them.
  • Fall arrest, work restraint
  • Work positioning and Suspended Working.
  • Rope Types, Use, Care and Management
  • Anchorage Identification, selection and use.
  • Back Ups and Recovery.
  • How to correctly select work equipment in particular PPE and PFPE.
  • Strengths and limitations of different types of PFPE.
  • The dangers of falling objects.
  • How to correctly don a full body harness.
  • Inspection and Maintenance of PPE and PFPE.
  • The need for qualified first aid.
  • The need for emergency rescue.

Content and Delivery in accordance with

  • BS 8454 Code of practice for the delivery of training and education for work at height and rescue.
  • BS 8437 Code of practice for the selection, use and maintenance of fall protection systems and equipment.
  • BS 7985:2013 Code of Practice for the Use of Rope Access Methods for Industrial Purposes
  • The Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Additional reference material

  • Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974.
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
  • European Standards and Marking for Fall Arrest.
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.