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Ladder Height Safety
Competent Person Course

Course Overview

With health and safety on the rise in the workplace, ladder use has declined in favour of ‘safer’ alternatives. The trade-off is these alternatives are often costly, time consuming and prohibitive. But by utilising height safety equipment and stabilising techniques you’ll discover that ladders are a genuinely safe and incredibly convenient method of gaining short duration temporary access.

Key Topics

  • Hazzard Awareness
  • Height Access
  • Legislation
  • Ladder Classification
  • Accident Prevention
  • Safe Work Methods
  • Ladder Stabilising
  • Ladder Height Safety Equipment
  • Harness Training
  • Dropped Objects
  • Ladder Inspection

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at any individual that uses a ladder to work at height. Every course is tailored to your unique working at height requirements.

  • Aftercare Access Aftercare Access
  • Valid For 3 Years Valid for 3 years
  • Valid For 3 Years Recognised Certs & ID's
  • Valid For 3 Years All Kit Provided
6 h 3 Theory Practical Break Exam 1 h h h 30 h
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01 / Advanced Techniques

More than a ladder course.
Learn real height safety skills.

Unlike your average ladder course Leading Edge provides a hybrid of essential working at height techniques (harnesses training, restraint systems, anchorage devices) and a solid theoretical and practical understanding of all aspects of ladder use including hazard awareness, legislation, kit inspection, positioning, stabilising and climbing to giving a complete solution for you need to work safely with ladders.

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02 / Practical Exercises

Test your skills.
In a real scenario.

The course concludes with a group practical session that tests your new skills in a live scenario where you’ll set up your combined ladder and height safety equipment in a variety of configurations, under the watchful eye of a professional instructor.

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03 / Equipment & Work Methods

Use the right gear.
The right way.

Understanding what equipment to use for short duration ladder work based on your access, scope of work and exposure to risk is essential for safety with ladders. You'll master how to select and use the appropriate height safety equipment and ladder stabilising gear to create a safe temporary system of work.


04 / Ladder Safety Expertise

Your passport to competence.

To be safe when working at height is more than just climbing a ladder. It's about fully understanding the risks, PPE selection and mechanics, stabilisation, ladder usage and best practices. This course gives you all the knowledge, awareness and practical skills to create a short duration, temporary work access solution.

All Kit Provided

05 / Course Equipment

All kit provided.

We provide our own projector, screen, laptop, props, ladder and bags full of equipment to deliver theory lessons. We just need somewhere to teach. So, if you're booking a course on your site, don't forget to arrange a training room that can hold the appropriate number of people.



Your license to work.

By completing this course you will be awarded with an industry recognised Leading Edge license card and certificate. The card is valid for 3 years and requires renewal after the expiry date stated at the time of issue.

Ladder Height Safety Competent Person Card
Ladder Height Safety Competent Person Card
Theory Modules

Theory Modules

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  • Course Objectives
  • Why we need height safety
  • Work At Height Statistics
  • Effects of Falling


Foundations lays the groundwork for your training. We’ll discuss course objectives and prime you with essential background knowledge on the subject of height safety, covering the basics of why we need it, the devastating effects falls have on individuals, families and businesses and your general legal responsibilities and duties. By exploring historical references, statistics and legislation we’ll paint — in real terms — a picture of where we are today, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go to make the work place a safe place.

  • WAH Reguations
  • HSE Guidance
  • Codes of Practise
  • British Standards


As a manager or employer you have strict legal responsibility to keep your workforce safe at height. But while the WAH Regulations and British Standard exist for everyone’s benefit, being extensive jargon-filled documents makes them daunting and difficult for non-legal professionals to understand. Thankfully we do all the heavy lifting to pull out the clauses that are relevant to you and explain them one-by- one in layman’s terms, helping you understand how to comply with the law and prevent unknowingly exposing yourselves and your team to the possibility of future legal repercussions.

Ladder Definitions

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  • Ladder Classification
  • Types of Ladders

Ladder Definitions

There are many types of ladder within the work place, this theory module will explore; the types of ladder, classification and suitability, functions and safe working load.

Ladder Practices

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  • Principles of First Use
  • Accident Prevention
  • Good/Bad Practise
  • Safe Work Methods

Ladder Practices

This module underpins the later practical application of how to safely set up and use a ladder, you will be shown both good and bad practices so that you are able to create safe working systems and prevent accidents in the future within your workplace setting.

  • Components
  • Accessories
  • Application Suitability

Ladder Devices

There are additional features that can be added to a ladder to create a safe temporary height access solution. This theory module will explore additional products; from pads to stabilisation devices to increase your knowledge of ladder solutions and working practices across a range of environments.

Height Safety Equipment

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  • Lanyards
  • Restraint Systems
  • Connectors
  • Anhorage Devices
  • Application Suitability

Height Safety Equipment

Through this module you will understand the importance of appropriate height safety equipment when working on a ladder. We will explore how the equipment will function, how you will use them, what their limitations and performance capabilities are and the practices and work methods that enable you to use them correctly in applications.

Harness Training

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  • Harness Types
  • Effects of Falling
  • Limitations
  • Don a Harness

Harness Training

Throw it over your shoulders, clip it together, fasten the leg straps and you’re good to go, right? Be under no illusions, a damaged or incorrectly worn harness can lead to death, or if you’re truly unlucky, extreme testicular trauma and rectal damage! To prevent such a nauseating fate we’ll take you back to basics, familiarise you with different types of height safety harnesses and their various purposes, teach you how to perform pre-use inspections and then get down to the nuts and bolts of how to don and adjust it. At the end of the module each of you will be provided with your own harness to practise wearing, which will be then be assessed by the instructor to make sure the whole team is competent and con dent before moving on.

Dropped Objects

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  • Statistics
  • Legal Duties
  • Tool Tethering Solutions
  • Effects of Dropped Objects

Dropped Objects

Dropped objects are a serious risk, and not just to people, to anything below a work area where hand-held equipment can fall. In Dropped Objects we have a frank discussion about the problems associated with untethered tools, cover some mind-blowing physics about the impact force even the tiniest objects can generate, and lay down the law regarding individual and company liability resulting from injury. Finally we explore some tool tethering solutions available to you today, so you can start to safely secure your tools at height.

Ladder Stabilization

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  • Stabilization Principles
  • Components & Accessories
  • Application Suitability
  • Single Securing Position
  • Variable Securing Positioning

Ladder Stabilization

This theory module gives you the knowledge to safely position and secure a ladder. You will explore components and accessories that will aid ladder positioning, how to secure a ladder for a single position or for a variable position, so that you feel confident within your work place setting.

  • Inspection Frequency
  • Product & Service Life
  • Pre-Use Inspection
  • Conformity

Kit Care

Working at height puts your life in the hands of your equipment, so it’s in your interest to make sure your kit is t for use. To ensure safety we’ll teach you the importance of frequent kit inspection and outline the basic principles of product and service life. We’ll then explore both the causes and visual indicators of degradation on a variety of di erent products, helping you keep your kit in good condition by handling, storing and transporting it appropriately and identifying damage when conducting daily pre-use inspections.


  • An independently marked multi-choice paper to test your knowledge.
Practical Exercises

Practical Modules

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Harness Recap

  • A quick practical recap of correct harness use.

Ladder Prep

  • Ladder PPE Attachment
  • Anchorage Slings
  • Restraint Systems
  • Securing Equipment
  • Pre-Use Checks


  • Locations Assessment
  • Work Place Conciderations
  • Placement & Positioning
  • Erecting a Ladder


  • Selecting Components
  • Securing Anchorage
  • Rigging Stabilizing Equipment
    • Single & Variable Securing
    • System Checks


  • Equipment Pre-Use Check
  • Aided Climbing
    • Fixed Lanyards
    • Adjustable Lanyards
    • Restraint Systems


  • Course Review
  • Questions & Answers
  • Group Photo

Get the kit from the course.

While we never push our products on you, we do recognise the benefit of training with same safety equipment you use in the field. That's why we've created 3 complete Ladder Safety Kit options to accompany the course. You'll use them throughout the day and have the option to purchase your own kits afterwards if you choose.

Essentials Kit

Essentials Kit

Advanced Kit

Advanced Kit

Pro Kit

Pro Kit


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