Working at Heights Training

NZQA Unit Standard 15757, 17600, & 23229


$350 + GST per person


12 hours (1.5 days)

Unit Standards

  • 15757
  • 17600
  • 23229


To explain the legislative requirements and suitable systems associated with working at heights

Course Overview

Do you work at heights? When doing so, do you feel scared, or are you confident in the safety harness system in place? Whatever your current feeling is about working with height and being protected from falls with a full-body harness, that can be changed through this training course. It’s perfect for both when getting started climbing ropes outside.

Working at height includes but is not limited to – work carried out where falls of three metres or more may occur, plant and building maintenance, plant inspections, scaffolding work, working off platforms, and some areas of demolition.

Learning to use a safety harness system when working at height can ensure a safe climb. 

Who Should Attend

This foundation course will help anyone already working at height or those who intend to work at heights to gain confidence at work.

Topics Covered

  • NZQA Unit Standard 23229 – Use a safety harness system when working at height [Level 3, Credits 4]
  • NZQA US 15757 – Use, install and disestablish temporary proprietary height safety systems when working at height
  • NZQA US 17600 – Explain safe work practices for working at height

Explaining the legislative requirements associated with working at height.

  • Those stated in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2016 and its subsequent amendments are explained in terms of fall arrest, height work, and associated safety activities
  • Those connected with standards and codes of practice explained in terms of fall arrest, height work, and associated systems and safety activities
  • Identify height hazards in terms of each type of height work and type of fall arrest system to identify the controls required for health and safety compliance

Use a safety harness system where a fall hazard exists at a height

NZQA recognised training in Safety Harness Systems is aimed at anyone that is or will need to use a safety harness system whilst at heights. This introductory and practical course is designed to give students the knowledge, skills and resources to work safely at height. A safety harness system must be used by people who are trained to use it.

Demonstrate knowledge of hazards and associated height safety equipment, demonstrate knowledge of safety harnesses and associated equipment, use safety harness system where a fall hazard exists at height, demonstrate knowledge of the rescue plan to be used in the event of a fall and use safety harness for personal fall prevention.

Upon completing the course, you will meet the course objectives above and will be credited with the aforementioned unit standard qualifications. As WorkSafe recommends:

“All harness work requires training and competence and only trained and competent personnel can install and use harness systems on-site. Persons not trained should be inducted by the system installer or other qualified persons before they are permitted to use the system. They should also be supervised at all times by another person who is also trained and competent.

For workers who are to complete basic work while under total restraint, a recommended means of achieving competence is New Zealand Qualifications Authority US 23229 – Use a safety harness for personal fall prevention when working at height, or an equivalent or higher qualification.

A recommended means of obtaining competence for workers who are involved in planning, installing, operating fall arrest systems and supervising staff is NZQA US 15757 – Use, install and disestablish proprietary fall arrest systems when working at height or an equivalent or higher level of qualification. NZQA US 23229 is a prerequisite for achieving NZQA US 15757.”

Questions like the ones below will be addressed, alongside practical WorkSafe best practice guidelines

  • Do you need training to work at height?
  • How Long Does working at height training last?
  • What does working at heights training cover?
  • What are the safety guidelines for working from heights?
  • What are the control methods for preventing falls?
Working at heights training course

Refresher or custom working at heights training course

A refresher course or a custom curriculum may be selected based on your specific requirements for your business. Instead of reviewing previously accumulated information, a custom course will enable you to better focus on the specific needs of the workplace and the trainees. For example, the training courses content can be tailored to completely inexperienced workers who might not know about anchor points for fall and arrest systems and equipment check procedures.

Similarly, skilled employees can take the same course after 2-3 years so they can develop skills using the foundations they’ve got. In addition, the duration of the program is highly determined by the complexity of the course. We aim at ensuring safe spaces where all the learners can learn.

To access our full schedule and find more information about our Working at Height course or related courses, check out our calendar or fill out our contact form.

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