Working at height

Working at height

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Discover essential safety tips and regulations for working at heights. Learn how to prevent accidents and ensure compliance while working above ground. Explore expert advice and resources for staying safe and productive in elevated environments

Approved by CPD, Gatehouse Awards & IIRSM

Working at height requires careful attention to safety protocols and regulations to prevent accidents and ensure a productive environment. From construction sites to maintenance tasks, understanding proper procedures for elevated work is crucial. Explore essential tips and guidelines to minimise risks, including proper equipment usage, fall protection measures, and compliance with industry standards. Discover the importance of thorough training and supervision to maintain a safe working environment for all personnel involved. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to working at heights, staying informed and prepared is key to completing tasks efficiently and without incidents.

This course is aimed at anyone who undertakes work at height, or who employs people who
regularly work at height.

The term work at height applies to a wide range of situations ranging from the obvious ones like
working on platforms, ladders, scaffolds or stages to working alongside deep trenches. This is
because the crucial thing to understand about work at height is that it’s not how far you climb, but
how far you can fall. ‘Falls’ doesn’t just mean people falling from heights. If materials or equipment
fall, that will obviously present an equally dangerous hazard to anyone below.

All working at height situations are covered by health and safety legislation. Chief among these is the
Work at Height Regulations 2005. These regulations confer legal duties on employers and employees
to assess, control and minimise risks and hazards from work at height.

This course covers topics including the dangers of working at height, the regulations, the hierarchy of
controls, assessing risk and much more.

It’s vital to understand all this because as I’m sure you’ll know, working at height can be extremely

Please note that this is an awareness course only, if your duties include working at height you will
also need further practical training, you can get in touch with us to arrange this.

This Working at height online course is approved by:

CPD certification service :

The CPD certification service helps organisations to formalise their expertise into a structured and recognised approach in learning. This conforms the course content is alilgned to the universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


International Institute of Risk and Safety Management(IIRSM)is an independent professional membership organisation for those managing risks of all forms as a part of their job role. The organisation works with representatives from all risk disciplines from compliance, environmental management, health and safety, insurance, quality management and more. They work by championoing risk management through setting standards, providing practical education, training, advice and resources.

Gatehouse Awards Ltd.

It is an industry leading Awarding Organisation recognised by Ofqaul. Approval from Gatehouse Awards Ltd. ensures that the course and the qualification is regulated by Ofqual in the UK, recognised by employers, government authorities and universities worldwide. It also suggests that the course content is valid, reliable and consistent, conforming to the highest quality standards. It recognises that the course contains clear and easily understandable delivery instructions and guidance.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

1. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
2. Identify legal duties of employers and employees.
3. Assess the risks of working at height.
4. Look at controls and measures that can be put in place to minimise those risks.
5. Identify correct procedures and the regulations covering them including Working at Height
6. Identify the use of suitable equipment.

Several groups of people could benefit from a Working at Height course:

  1. Employees: Workers who frequently work at heights, such as construction workers, window cleaners, roofers, and maintenance personnel, can benefit from this course to understand safety protocols, risk assessment, and proper equipment usage. It equips them with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their jobs safely, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.

  2. Employers: Companies employing individuals who work at heights benefit from ensuring their workforce is adequately trained. This not only demonstrates a commitment to safety but also reduces the likelihood of workplace accidents, which can lead to costly litigation, insurance claims, and downtime.

  3. Safety Officers and Managers: Professionals responsible for overseeing safety protocols within an organization can benefit from a Working at Height course by staying updated on industry best practices, regulations, and standards. This knowledge enables them to implement effective safety measures and train employees accordingly.

  4. Contractors and Subcontractors: Individuals or firms contracted to perform tasks at height, such as construction projects or building maintenance, benefit from having employees trained in Working at Height. It enhances their credibility, competitiveness, and compliance with legal requirements, thus increasing their chances of securing contracts.

  5. Health and Safety Professionals: Those working in occupational health and safety roles can benefit from a Working at Height course to expand their expertise in a specific area of safety management. This certification enhances their professional credentials and enables them to provide valuable guidance and support to organizations in managing height-related risks.

  6. Regulatory Bodies and Inspectors: Regulatory agencies and inspectors tasked with enforcing workplace safety regulations benefit indirectly from a well-trained workforce. By promoting and requiring Working at Height training, they contribute to reducing the number of workplace accidents and injuries, ultimately fulfilling their mandate to protect workers’ health and safety.

  7. Insurance Providers: Insurance companies may offer reduced premiums to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to workplace safety, including providing evidence of employee training in Working at Height. This incentivizes businesses to invest in safety initiatives and helps insurance providers mitigate risk.

In essence, anyone involved in tasks or overseeing operations that involve working at heights stands to benefit from a Working at Height course, whether through improved safety, legal compliance, professional development, or risk mitigation.

Module 1: Introducing Work at Height

Module 2: The Dangers of Work at Height

Module 3: The Work at Height Regulations 

Module 4: Summary of Duty Holder’s Responsibilities

Module 5: Employer’s Responsibilities

Module 6: The Hierarchy of Control 

Module 7: Avoiding Work at Height Wherever Possible 

Module 8: Prevent Risk of Falls

Module 9: Minimise Consequences

Module 10: The Risk Assessment


At the end of the course there is a multiple-choice exam. The required pass mark for all modules is 70%. It is essential to achieve the requried pass mark to issue a certificate.

Retake information :

You will be given 3 attempts at each module. If a module is failed on the third attempt,
it will become locked and you need to contact us for the module to be
unlocked again. You are only permitted up to 3 extra attempts per

You can take the exam up to 3 times, and if not successful, should repay the course fee and start again.

Course Duration:

105 minutes (Note: This is based on the amount of video content shown and is rounded off.

It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions).

After successful completion of the course the learner will achieve a Certification of Completion from Course Central and Achievement Certificate.
Your can order printed course certificate to be delivered by post.  Once successfully the order is placed you can expect the certificates to arrive within 5-7 working days in UK and Europe. For rest of the world it can take upto 12 working days.


This entirely online course can be accessed from any device with the following system specifications:

    Browser: Up to date web browser
    • Video: Up to date video drivers

    • Memory: 1Gb+ RAM

    • Download Speed: Broadband (3Mb+)


Course FAQ

An approved course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Approved courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification. However, the Certificate of Completion and Transcript for the course showing the awarding body’s logo  confirms that you have the best knowledge and skill for the job role.


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is advised have at least Level 1 understanding for a Level 2 course  and  a Level 2 understanding for a Level 3 course. This helps to contextualise the content delivered through the course and ensure effective learning.

Having a minimum literacy, numeracy, English  as the course content in mainly in Enfglish.

A basic understanding of how to use a website through your device to access, attend and complete assessments will benefit the user.


Your course will be assigned to you within 24 hours upon successful completion of your purchase.

CPD is your Continuous Professional Development, an investment you make in yourself. It helps to keep your skills and knowledge up to date to prepare yourself for the greater responsibilities you want. We have a range of CPD courses for you to complete online.

Once you achive 70% pass mark for all modules you’ll be able to see your digital certificate straightaway. We can email you the digital certificate within 24 hours. It is essential to achieve the requried pass mark to issue a certificate.

You can take the exam up to 3 times, and if not successful, should repay the course fee and start again.

We also have option for you to order printed course certificate to be delivered by post to your work or home address.  Once successfully the order is placed you can expect the certificates to arrive within 5-7 working days in UK and Europe. For rest of the world it can take upto 12 working days.

You can always buy this course for your team members. Please let us know about your business training needs. You also gift this course to your family and friends. Just let us know after successful purchase of the course.

This course will aid refresher training. It will give evidence of an understanding for staff induction. It will evidence awareness and improve your knowledge supporting your current skillset.

How this course works?

Step 1: Purchase and payment
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Step 2: Course Access

Upon successful payment, please look for an email from [email protected] for your course access detail. For single-course purchases, you'll have unique access details. When you purchase more courses, they will be added to your account.
If you purchase multiple courses for your team, all the access details will be emailed to the team members.

Step 3: Certificate

Once you complete your course, you'll receive a PDF certificate instantly. However, you can order the printed certificate, and we will send a hard copy of your certificate to your UK postal address. This might take 5-7 working days, although we will try to deliver it as soon as possible.

Please note: if your company pays by invoice, we can only issue certificates after your order has been fully paid.

Step 4: Support

Our friendly Learner support team is happy to help at any stage of your course. Call us on 0203 488 1760 (Mon - Fri: 10 pm - 4 pm | Excluding Bank Holidays) or contact [email protected]. Alternatively, have a look into our support page for useful information and guidance to complete your course.

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