Working at Heights Course
The Working at Heights Course is a nationally accredited training that provides the participant with necessary skills and knowledge to develop safe work method statements and undertake risk assessments for working at height. This program is beneficial for all workers who conduct or supervise tasks whilst at height, ensuring compliance with current WHS legislation and reducing risk of serious or fatal injury.
Unit of Competency
- RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights
- Australian Standards
- Risk assessment and hazard elimination
- Equipment selection and use
- Anchor systems, selecting solid and reliable anchorage
- Fall restraint systems, selection of equipment and correct use
- Positioning systems, selection of equipment and correct use
- Fall arrest systems
- Using energy absorbing lanyards
- Correct use of ladders and ladder safety training
Mode of Delivery
This course will be delivered via face to face at one of our leading facilities.
Please note that our public training is conducted in the Illawarra region for all available dates. Any changes to this will be specified above, next to the date option.
For group bookings we can deliver this course at your location (click “Get a Quote” to find out more).
This course is scheduled for:
1 day of face-to-face learning and assessment
Pre-Requisite and Entry Requirements
Students holding a previous certification for the unit of competency and are seeking recognition must supply their credential at the time of enrolment.
Students must have language, literacy and numeracy skills (LLN) to interpret and apply relevant information to commence learning in this program. An LLN assessment may be conducted upon receipt of enrolment application to ensure each student has the appropriate level of skills required to undertake this course.
Students who successfully complete this course and demonstrate competence to work safely at heights will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The certification will be issued by Risk Response and Rescue (RTO 90774).
- $275 per person for public courses
- For group bookings please click “Get a Quote” to find out more or Contact Us.
All course materials, handouts and personal protective equipment will be provided.
Students must wear appropriate clothing and footwear when attending face-to-face sessions.
Refer to the Participant Information Handbook for information about our policies and procedures.
Students will be required to work at heights.
*Learning and assessment hours will vary depending on your existing skills, underpinning knowledge and prior experience and your commitment to your learning and practical application of activities.
What is defined as working at heights?
Working at heights can be defined as any activity where a person is exposed to the risk of a fall from one level to another. This includes, but is not limited to, working on ladders, scaffolds, roofs and other elevated surfaces. Our Working at Heights Course is designed to provide workers with the skills and knowledge necessary to work safely at heights. This includes assessment of risks, selection and use of fall protection equipment, and use of ladders and ladder safety training, among others.
What is the Australian standard for working at heights?
There are a number of Australian Standards that apply to working at height. Australian Standards provide guidelines, specifications and procedures to ensure that products, services and systems are safe, consistent and reliable. They are, however, not legally enforceable unless referenced by Legislation.
The key Standards that apply include:
- AS/NZS 1657 Fixed platforms walkways stairways and ladders – Design construction and installation
- AS/NZS 1891.1:2020 Personal equipment for work at height – Full body combination and lower body harnesses
- AS/NZS 1891.2:2001 Industrial fall-arrest systems & devices – Horizontal lifeline & rail systems
- AS/NZS 1891.3:2020 Personal equipment for work at height – Fall-arrest devices
- AS/NZS 1891.4:2009 Industrial fall-arrest systems & devices – Selection, Use & Maintenance
- AS 1891.5:2020 Personal equipment for work at height – Lanyard assemblies and pole straps
- AS/NZS 1892 Portable Ladders
- AS/NZS 2865 Confined Spaces
- AS/NZS 4142.3 Fibre Ropes – man-made fibre rope for static life rescue lines
- AS/NZS ISO 22846.1 Personal Equipment for protection against falls – Rope Access Systems
- AS/NZS ISO 22846.2 Personal Equipment for protection against falls – Rope Access Systems Code of Practice
- AS/NZS 5532 Manufacturing requirements for single-point anchor device used for harness-based work at height
Some of the Standards above are in the process of review by Standards Australia. The Working at Heights Association of Australia (WAHA) actively participates in the SF015 Committee process to create and review these Standards.
Does a Working at Heights certification have an expiry in NSW?
The certification you'll receive upon successful completion of a Working at Heights Course doesn't have an expiry date. However, the Working at Heights Association of Australia (WAHA) recommends that a refresher course be taken every 2 years to ensure that skill levels and competence to work safely at heights remain up to date.
How much is a Working at Heights Course?
The pricing for a Working at Heights Training Course varies depending on the provider. Here at Risk Response and Rescue, we charge $275 per person for public courses. If you are looking to make a group booking for a work safely at heights course, we encourage you to use the "Get a Quote" feature on our website to find out more.
Can the Working on Heights Course be done online?
Some providers offer Working at Heights Training Courses online, mostly awareness and refresher courses. However, here at Risk Response and Rescue, we believe in providing face-to-face learning to ensure the highest quality of training is delivered to our students. Our Working at Heights Training Course can be conducted in-person at one of our leading facilities or at your location (for group bookings only).
Is Working at Heights Training mandatory in NSW?
In New South Wales, Working at Heights Training is required for all workers who are exposed to the risk of a fall from one level to another. The state requires that workers must have the appropriate knowledge and skills to work safely at heights. Our Working at Heights Training Course is designed to meet these requirements.