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ECITB Working At Height Training

This ECITB approved training provides a comprehensive understanding of how to use personal fall protection equipment (PFPE) in a range of environments. Gain an understanding of key legislation; understand the various categories of PFPE including its characteristics and limitations. Be able to carry out a simple pre-user inspection of items and understand the need for record keeping, traceability and how to dispose of equipment correctly.  Students spend a large amount of time practicing climbing techniques using temporary safety systems, installed and structural anchors.


Duration: 1.0 day


Ratio:  Max 4 students to 1 instructor.


Prerequisites: Medically fit with a head for heights and a reasonable level of fitness.


Who Should Attend: This course is aimed at those people who may be required to:


  • Access and work at height including at unprotected areas
  • Use a combination of dedicated and in-situ anchors
  • Traverse and climb at height moving between anchors remaining attached at all times
  •  Use equipment to partially support themselves (but not rope access) while at height


Course Objectives & Content:

  • Health and safety legislation relevant to the country and standards of operation
  • The dangers of work at height
  • How to assess the hazards and implement effective control measures
  • Risk Assessments and Permit to Work Systems
  • How to fit PFPE, it’s characteristics and limitations
  • Pre-user inspection, care and disposal requirements for PFPE
  • Restraint, work positioning and fall arrest techniques
  • Anchor point selection and checking
  • Practical climbing on ladders using fixed vertical safety systems
  • Practical climbing on ladders using fall arrest lanyards
  • Use of Self Retracting Lifelines
  • How to recognise and deal with syncope (suspension Intolerance)
  • Emergency procedures and planning
  • Written examination


Validity: 2 years