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Covered in this course

The Working at Height Training course is broken down into 3 sections.

1) Responsibilities when working at heights

You might think that it’s completely up to the employer to make sure employees are safe at work, but this is not the case. Employers can only go so far, after that a lot that can go wrong is down to the employee. 

So, it’s a shared responsibility. 

In this section, we look at who is responsible for safety when working at height. 

It clearly explains not only what the employer is responsible for but also what the employee is responsible for too.

Group of figures working at a height on scaffolding

2) Risks when working at heights

It’s really important to emphasise that working at height doesn’t just mean working on ladders or scaffolding or raised platforms above the ground, it also includes working at ground level or even below ground level if there is the potential to fall further

Here we look at how you decide how to complete any work at height in the safest way. It includes looking at different choices of protection - guard rails, harnesses, airbags, safety nets and rope systems.

The section ends by talking about emergency procedures and rescue.

Worker working at height with warning triangles highlighting risks

3) Choosing Equipment

There are a lot of things to consider when you choose equipment for work at height. You DON'T choose whatever's to hand - the quickest and easiest option! You have to think about safety - your own safety and the safety of those around you. No matter how long you expect the job to take, even if you think it's a 2-minute job, don't try to manage without putting protective measures in place if they are needed.

Many people have been killed or seriously injured, who ... were only meant to be on the roof for a few minutes to have a quick look or carry out a small repair.

This section looks at the most common equipment - trestles, podium steps, hop-ups, stepladders, ladders, scaffolding, tower scaffolding and the most common types of MEWPs. For each it looks at the safety considerations. It uses graphics and animation to show safe set-up and use of ladders, scaffolding and MEWPs.

Working at a height on a MEWP by a road

Working at Height Certificate

Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Working at Height Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Working at Height Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and all relevant approvals.

Working at Height Certificate

Real user reviews


Based on 417 real user reviews.

4.30 out of 5
Not bad

Not all relevant which makes it a little tedious in places, but overall a solid and useful reminder, plus even learnt a couple of bits and pieces!

Good summary addressing the issues

I do not think the danger from overhead electric wires is sufficiently stressed, especially as they can be attached to building as well as on wooden poles or steel towers.

Was good

No summary provided

Clear and concise training

The course was very clear and concise, and broken up into bite size modules, which helps with my concentration. My only criticism is that the scope was much wider than I was expecting. My experience of working at height will not include the use of scaffolding, or MEWPs.

Good Practical guide

Useful information presented in an easy to understand way

very good

All you need to know

Easy and simple to understand

No summary provided

excellence course

The course is very clear and give you a good understanding of work at height.

Read our full reviews for Working at Height Training.

Legislation relating to Working at Heights

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005

For both employees and those that are self-employed, The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require that:

  •     All work at height is properly planned and organised.
  •     All work at height takes account of weather conditions that could endanger health and safety.
  •     Those involved in work at height are trained and competent
  •     The place where work at height is done is safe
  •     Equipment used when working at height is appropriately inspected
  •     The risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled
  •     The risks from falling objects are properly controlled

Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury

The Work at Height Regulations 2005, Section 6 (3)

When work is to be done at height risks must be assessed. There are duties placed on employers, the self-employed and on any person who controls the work of others; and there are also duties placed on employees and on people working under someone else's control:

Every person shall, where working under the control of another person, report to that person any activity or defect relating to work at height which he knows is likely to endanger the safety of himself or another person.

Every person shall use any work equipment or safety device provided to him for work at height by his employer, or by a person under whose control he works, in accordance with -

(a) any training in the use of the work equipment or device concerned which have been received by him; and
(b) the instructions respecting that use which have been provided to him by that employer...

The Work at Height Regulations 2005, Section 14 (1,2)

Who should take our Working at Height Training?

If you work at height in any place, including a place of work, then our Working at Heights Training is essential. This might include work or activities such as (but is not limited to):

  • Excavations
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Fitting displays
  • Roofing and roof installations (Solar panel installation)
  • Window cleaning
  • Unloading vehicles
  • Climbing ladders
  • Scaffolding
  • Working on platforms