Work Safely at Heights

Course Description

This course applies to persons who required to work safely at heights.  It includes: Identifying the work requirements, work procedures and instructions for the task; accessing and installing equipment, performing work at heights; and cleaning up the work area.

Unit of Competency

RIIWHS204D Work safely at Heights

Course Content

  • Legislation, Regulation and Australian Standards
  • Falls from Heights Incidents
  • Hierarchy of control
  • Suspension trauma, who it affects and how to prevent it
  • Correct selection and use of PPE
  • Anchor points and safety ratings
  • Fitting and inspection of full body harnesses
  • Fall Arrest vs. Fall Restraint
  • Maintenance of equipment
  • Knot tying
  • Ladder safety
  • Initial rescue from heights
  • Appropriate height safety work permits
  • Other height safety equipment and may also include a practical demonstration if available on site


Assessment of knowledge will be conducted by use of a workbook and verbal questioning. Participants will also be required to demonstrate competence through a range of practical activities.

Entry Requirements

The ability to;

  • Read, understand and complete workplace documentation
  • Explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues
  • Understand regulatory requirements
  • Perform numeracy tasks to the level of calculating fall distances and safe working loads
  • Climb ladders and/or other structures
  • Wear harnesses and/or other PPE as required by the site
  • Perform manual handling tasks and strenuous activities

Participants that suffer from vertigo may find it difficult to partake in Work Safely at Heights practical activities and fulfil the requirements of the course.



Participant Responsibilities

Participants are required to be on time for all courses and bring a form of identification such as Australian Drivers Licence or Medicare Card for verification of details listed on the course enrolment form.

Due to the practical nature of this course, participants will be required to wear suitable attire such as long pants and work boots. Where appropriate other PPE such as High Visibility clothing, safety glasses and hard hats are to be worn.

For additional Participant Responsibilities, refer to the participant handbook.


Face to Face training will be conducted over a period of 8 hours including both theory and practical components. Training can be conducted both on or offsite site provided a training room and working at heights environment (or working at heights environment) are available for use.

PARCOR caters for training onsite throughout Victoria including areas such as Melbourne, Geelong, Portland, Warrnambool, Colac, Bendigo, Ballarat, Horsham, Sale, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Mildura, Wangaratta, Dandenong, Frankston and Traralgon.

PARCOR also conducts regular training sessions at our Head Office in Lara (20km from Geelong CBD or 60km from Melbourne CBD). See Public Courses for further information and dates.

Group Size

To ensure quality training and a safe learning environment, the maximum allowable group size is 12 participants.

What Information Will PARCOR Require?

Due to the assessment requirements of the unit of competency, PARCOR will need to be provided with the following information prior to training commencement;

  • Type of structures where workers are exposed to a fall
  • Working at Heights Procedures
  • Working at Heights Permit (if required)

What Will Your Organisation Receive?

  • Statement of Attainment and wallet card issued to individual participants who successfully complete the requirements of the unit of competency and have a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Nationally Recognised Training Summary for your Health and Safety Office compliance file

How Often Should Reassessment be Conducted?

The industry regards reassessment on a two to three year cycle as good practice.

Where Can I View the Unit of Competency?

RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights –

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