The work safely at heights course covers working safely at heights in resources and infrastructure industries. It includes: identifying the work requirements, work procedures and instructions for the task; accessing and installing equipment; performing work at heights; and cleaning up the work area. This nationally accredited course covers the safe working practices when working at eights or depths, and is appropriate for those working in a operational roles, at worksites within:

  • Civil construction
  • Metalliferous/ Coal mining and Drilling
  • Extractive industries

Basic verbal and written English communication skills sufficient to read material and understand instruction. Where necessary theory assessment can be answered verbally.

Typically the training and assessment is competency-based and is a 1 day course.
Please Note-Total time is dependent on competency of each individual.

Training and assessment is both practical and theory based and delivery.

FULL COURSE TRAINING– Practical and theory training based on theory concepts and set tasks that need to be completed. The learner is then given a theory and a practical assessment.
Designed for all types of learners giving them access to the equipment and skills required to be competent in the practical skills and knowledge of working at heights in a very focused one on one environment.
Step 1-Completion of theory training and equipment familiarization
Step 2– Learner completes practical training in a structured learning environment in a small group.
Step 3– Learner completes a final theory and practical based assessment and is issued a Statement of attainment and a proof of training card.


1. Identify work requirements

1.1 Access, interpret and apply height safety procedures and ensure the work activity is compliant
1.2 Inspect site to determine layout and physical condition, condition of structures, prevailing weather conditions, equipment requirements and potential hazards
1.3 Adhere to WHS requirements
1.4 Identify, select and check safety equipment for serviceability
1.5 Identify, manage and report potential risks and hazards

2. Identify work procedures and instructions

2.1 Consult with authorised personnel to select materials, tools and equipment and check for serviceability
2.2 Select, wear and care for personal protective equipment
2.3 Inspect/install fall protection and perimeter protection equipment
2.4 Identify approved methods of moving tools and equipment to work area and minimise potential hazards associated with tools at heights
2.5 Ensure safety system has been installed correctly
2.6 Select and install appropriate signs and barricades

3. Access and install equipment

3.1 Consult with authorised personnel to ensure anchor fall protection and associated equipment is correctly fitted and adjusted
3.2 Ensure all required equipment is installed
3.3 Use recommended methods to access work area for people, tools and equipment
3.4 Locate tools and materials to eliminate or minimise the risk of items being knocked down

4. Perform work at heights

4.1 Check access from ground to work area and ensure it is safe
4.2 Keep fall equipment in place and adjusted appropriately for movement during work
4.3 Undertake manual handling of materials and equipment
4.4 Locate materials and equipment ensuring that they are safely secured and distributed
4.5 Check safety system periodically for compliance
4.6 Monitor risk control measures to ensure that they are effective and appropriate
4.7 Reassess risk control measures, as required, in accordance with changed work practices and/or site conditions and undertake alterations

5. Clean up work area

5.1 Consult with authorised personnel to ensure safety system is dismantled and removed
5.2 Clear work area and dispose of or recycle materials
5.3 Clean, check, maintain and store tools and equipment

  • Plan and prepare for working at heights
  • Apply a working knowledge of OHS & regulatory requirements
  • Identification and control of risks
  • Inspection, use and maintenance of harnesses and lanyards
  • Care of equipment
  • Demonstration of nominated rescue procedure
  • Identification and use of rescue equipment