Working at Heights Refresher

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NOTE: Current Course Code: RIIWHS204E supersedes and replaces previous course codes of RIIWHS204D

Course Outline

The work safely at heights course refresher covers working safely at heights in resources and infrastructure industries.

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

Working at heights refresher should generally be completed every two years to ensure your knowledge remains up to date, and you remain compliant to any working from heights changes. Some sites and workplaces rules differ to this and will except every three years. In Australia, OHS and WHS laws are continuously changing, to improve the wellbeing of personnel in the workplace. By completing the course every two years, you can ensure you and your organisation remain compliant and in line with best practice techniques when working at heights and depths.

We recommend this course be completed alongside a Confined Spaces refresher or full course if you are working in the mining and construction industries — it’s extremely important to have someone skilled in these areas on any work site to prevent accidents or injury.

The work safely at heights course can be completed as a Full course for someone who has never done it before or as a refresher course for those who have done it before but need their SOA current within two years for industry requirements. For the full course information visit the ‘Work Safely at Heights page’.

Entry Requirements

  • Proof of your previous First Aid/ CPR training/ SOA etc
  • Basic verbal and written English communication skills sufficient to read material and understand instruction.
  • A Unique Student Identifier number (USI)- if you don’t have one go to-
  • Provide photo identification.
  • Wear closed in shoes.
  • Sun protection is also recommended (hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants).
  • Pass a language, literacy, and numeracy assessment (LLN) if applicable.

Also due to the physical nature of the unit of competency learners must be of fit and able capacity to work at heights and wear the required PPE.

Course Details

How long will the training take (Duration)

The training and assessment of the Confines Space (CS) course are competency-based so the time of the course is dependent on a learner’s previous experience, capabilities, and abilities.

The typical duration of this refresher Confined Space course is a part-day.

A Work in Confined Spaces full Course is also available with us. Click Here to check out that info.

How is the Training Delivered ( Delivery Modes)

Brief practical and theory training based on theoretical 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 time-efficient structure.

Step 1 – Completion of theory assessment. Any gaps are identified and addressed with the learner.
Step 2 – Learner completes the practical assessment. Any gaps are identified and addressed with the learner.
Step 3 – Upon successful completion, the learner is issued a Statement of attainment.

Please note: A proof of training card can be issued for an additional cost.

What will you learn? (Overview)

The Working at heights course will cover the below topics:

  • Identify work requirements
  • Identify work procedures and instructions
  • Access and install equipment
  • Perform work at heights
  • Clean up the work area

As well as learn to:

  • 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 the nominated rescue procedure
  • Identification and use of rescue equipment

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Course Outcome

To complete the course, students must successfully complete all assessments which are aligned with the national unit of competency.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, students will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment (SOA).

Your Statement of Attainment does not have an expiry date, however, as the training packages evolve and change over time some employers may require you to be VOC’d or refresh your competency to retain your currency.

Generally the Working at Heights is required to be within 2 years to satisfy currency requirements.


How long will training take?

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

How is the training delivered?

Training and assessment are both practical and theory-based delivery.

How long does your [email protected] last for?

The industry generally recommends that your [email protected] ticket or SOA is refreshed every 2 years to remain current.

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