Working at Height Awareness Course

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  • Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Certified by CPD
  • Audio voiceover
  • Approximate course duration 1-2 hours
  • Downloadable certificate on completion
  • 100% online training

This online Working at Height Awareness course provides learners with an understanding of the risks of working at height so that they are able to minimise the risk of falls and injury by adopting control measures and safe work practices.

The law requires employers to take reasonable steps to safeguard the health and safety of all employees. This includes raising awareness about the risks related to working at height.

This Working at Height online training only provides awareness education and does not qualify someone to use access equipment or safety equipment. Additional practical training will be required before a person is competent to work at height.

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The importance of Working At Height Awareness training

Working at Height Awareness Training is very important because falls from height are the highest cause of workplace fatalities in the UK. All companies want to reduce the chance of accidents, injury and death. Working at Height training reduces the risk of falls. Employees who understand the risks of working at height can minimise the risk of falls and injury by adopting control measures and safe work practices. Your business will benefit from a well-trained workforce. Staff will appreciate your investment in their health and education. Fewer injuries, and therefore fewer sick days, means higher productivity.

Who is Working at Height Awareness training for?

All employers need to comply with the risk assessment requirements set out in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and they need to carry out a risk assessment on working at height tasks as specified in the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

What are the learning outcomes for the Working at Height course?

At the end of the course you will be able to describe:

  • The term ‘working at height’ and some common examples.
  • The number of reported injuries and fatalities involving work at height.
  • How to assess the risks using a hierarchy of controls.
  • Key laws that aim to keep people safe when working at height.
  • The duties and responsibilities of employers and those in control of work.
  • When you need an emergency rescue plan and what this plan is for.
  • The hazards posed by falling objects.
  • Measures you can take to minimise the risk of falling objects.
  • What a ‘drops calculator’ is and how to use it.
  • The need to select and check the correct ladder for the job.
  • The things to consider when you plan to work at height.

When do I get my Working at Height Awareness certificate?

Working at Height Certificate Example

When you have successfully passed the online course you will be able to download and print your certificate straight away.

All of our courses conform to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and are accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

This Working at Height Awareness course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

Your certificate will include both logos, therefore you can use it to provide evidence for compliance.

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How long is this Working at Height Awareness certificate valid for?

Your Working at Height Awareness certificate has no expiry date. However, to ensure knowledge of Working at Height is maintained we recommend a renewal period of 2 years. This recommended renewal date will be on your certificate.

Can this training course act as evidence for SSIP accreditations like CHAS, SafeContractor and ConstructionLine?

Yes, you can use our Working at Height Awareness training course certificate as evidence of industry-related training. This evidence of industry-related training is important for SSIP accreditations. The course helps you to ensure your staff all receive appropriate training and that you have the certificates to prove it. However, each individual accreditation body will decide whether our online courses are sufficient for your company’s training requirements.

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What does the Working at Height Awareness course cover?

The online course contains the following 6 topics:

1 – What is working at height?

The first topic defines the term ‘working at height’ and gives everyday examples of work at height. You will learn about how many serious injuries and fatalities involve falls from height. The topic also covers other risks and hazards to consider when you work at height.

2 – Duties and responsibilities

The second topic is about the laws that aim to keep people safe when they work at height. It covers the duties the law places on employers, people in control of work and employees. You will learn about the requirement for emergency procedures. The topic also covers other laws that relate to working at height.

3 – Assessing and controlling the risks

The third topic identifies why organisations need to do a risk assessment and the factors to consider in the assessment. The topic describes the hierarchy of control specified in the regulations. You will learn about both collective and personal protection. The topic explains how to reduce risks and the importance of three-point holds.

4 – Falling objects

Topic 4 outlines measures you can take to reduce the risk from falling objects. You will learn about the importance of drop zones and the drops calculator. The topic explains how to estimate the probable severity of injuries.

5 – Ladder pre-use checks

Topic 5 is about ladder pre-use checks. You will learn about ladder materials and their advantages and disadvantages. You will also learn about ladder standards and labelling and some important things to consider before you use a ladder. The topic covers when you should check a ladder and pre-checks for both leaning ladders and step ladders. The topic also outlines HSE guidance on ladder use.

6 – Planning your work

The final topic outlines the checks to make before you start any work at height. You will learn about the importance of how tools and materials are moved to and from the work area. The topic identifies precautions to take when you work at height and other hazards associated with working at height.


Once you have completed the six topics, you will be allowed to take the assessment. The course generates an assessment from question banks so that the questions change each time a candidate takes the assessment. This makes the training suitable for initial and refresher training.

There is no limit on the number of attempts at the assessment. In addition, the online course gives useful feedback so candidates can learn from incorrect responses.

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