This course applies to persons who are 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
A 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)
For more information on each of the units issued please go to training.gov.au.
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
Initial rescue from heights
Appropriate height safety work permits
Other height safety equipment as required
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.
Prerequisites and Entry Requirements
18 years of age or older
Ability to read, understand and complete workplace documentation such as SWMS
Ability to understand regulatory requirements
Ability to perform numeracy tasks to the level of calculating fall distances and safe working loads
Ability to climb ladders and/or other structures
Ability to wear harnesses and/or other PPE as required by the site
Ability to 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.
Delivery Method and Duration
Face to Face
Face to Face
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 provided a training room and heights access areas 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.
To ensure a quality and safe learning environment our Work Safely at Heights courses are capped at 12 participants.
Our blended learning model includes an online self-paced component followed by a face to face practical skills session.
The online component involves participants reading through the learning materials and completing theory assessment activities. This is supported by a library of videos that we have produced to further explain various topics. This module takes most learners around 5hrs to complete.
Participants will then be required to book into a practical skills session. This session can be either onsite or at our Avalon Training Centre. This session takes between 1-3hrs depending on previous experience. This component can be arranged on a one-on-one basis or for small groups depending on your operational requirements.
This learning method doesn’t suit everyone however our team is here to support.
Our Self-Paced Online course is best suited for participants with previous Work Safely at Heights training who are need to refresh their skills.
Participants will be required to complete the self-paced online learning module including theory assessment will in total will take around 5 hours to complete. Participants will then be required to upload evidence of completion of a range of practical tasks for assessment. This will include things such as;
Short videos showing the participant setting up a working at heights area such as accessing and installing equipment
Short videos showing the participant inspecting and putting on a full-body harness
Short videos showing the participant using a range of height safety equipment such as
Fall Prevention devices
Work Positioning systems
Fall Arrest devices
A copy of the JSEA/SWMS and Permits used for the activities
A signed witness statement from a supervisor verifying that they observed the participant complete the activites and confirming that the person in the video is the person enrolled.
This learning method doesn’t necessarily suit all learning styles however our team is here to reach out in support.
Please note, our public courses are currently conducted as a Face-to-Face only. If you would like to book Blended Learning or Self-Paced please contact our office 1300 666 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants shall be required to complete an online enrolment process including providing a valid USI. Participants must provide photo ID to verify their identity. Participants shall be required to attend the entire session and complete all assessment activities.
Typically industry require that refresher training is conducted every 2-3 years
Can training be conducted at our workplace?
Yes, in most cases PARCOR can provide Work Safely at Heights training at your workplace. You will need;
A suitable training room
Access to heights scenarios
To ensure that your team receive the most appropriate and contextualised training, it is ideal if you can provide our trainer and each participant with the following;
Types of activities conducted at height onsite
Working at Heights Procedures
Working at Heights Permit
JSEA or SWMS
List of Heights equipment used onsite
What will participants need to bring?
If we are providing training at your workplace participants will be required to bring any of their normal protective clothing with them. They will also require photo identification to verify their enrolment details.
If you are attending a public course please ensure to wear long pants and preferably boots. Participants will be required to wear a hard hat for some activities, if you have your own you may prefer to bring it with you however we do have communal ones available.
Please ensure to bring photo identification with you to verify enrolment details
What should I expect at a public course?
Our public Confined Space Entry courses typically kick off at 08:30am unless otherwise advertised. It’s advised to arrive 15mins early to allow time to sort out any enrolment issues and get yourself setup for the day.
There is plenty of free parking available
Tea and coffee facilities available
Lunch is provided (please advise of any special dietary requirements)
Does this course cover the us of Elevated Work Platforms?
If you are looking for training specifically for the use of Elevated Work Platforms such as scissor or boom lifts, we can point you in the right direction. Please note that a High Risk Work Licence is required to operate a boom with a >11m capacity.
This course only includes an overview of Elevated Work Platforms as a form of control measure for working safely at heights.