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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


Entry Requirements:

Age of 18 years or over.

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.   If all requirements cannot be achieved, a certificate of attendance may be issued in place of a Statement of Attainment.





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.


Delivery Method:

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.


Participant Responsibilities:

Participants are required to be on time for all courses and bring a form of identification such as 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, please see Participant Handbook by going to the following link


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 issued to individual participants who successfully complete the requirements of the unit of competency
  • Certificate of Compliance 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 -



Upcoming Public Courses

Work Safely at Heights

Thursday, 25th January 2018

Thursday, 15th February 2018

Thursday, 8th March 2018

Thursday, 29th March 2018

*Saturday, 14th April 2018

Thursday, 19th April 2018


Confined Space Entry

Tuesday, 19th December 2017

Thursday, 18th January 2018

Thursday, 8th February 2018

*Saturday, 17th February 2018

Thursday, 1st March 2018

Thursday, 22nd March 2018


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Thursday, 1st February 2018

Thursday, 22nd February 2018

Thursday, 15th March 2018

*Saturday, 24th March 2018

Thursday, 5th April 2018

Thursday, 26th April 2018


Training Location: 11 Clover Street, Lara

Start Time: 8.30am

*Saturday Courses: 8:00am


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