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PPE Inspection
Competent Person Course

Course Overview

Discover how to examine and detect mechanical or material faults in your equipment, allowing you to confidently re-certify or decommission any type of Working at Height PPE throughout service life. You’ll also learn how to record and maintain your findings in a self-directed inspection log that saves you time, money and provides essential protection for both employees and employers.

The course follows best practises in line with British Standards BSEN365:2004, BS8437:2005 & A1:20012.

Key Topics

  • Legal Duties/Legislation
  • PPE Inspection Protocols
  • Fault/Hazard Detection
  • Record Keeping

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at working at height supervisors, managers and health and safety advisors to ensure that all working at height PPE is fit for purpose. Every course is tailored to your unique working at height PPE Inspection requirements and trade sphere.

  • 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
4½ h 1 Theory Practical Break 3 15 h h h
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01 / Theory

Spot hazards.
Track findings.

The theory phase equips you with essential knowledge of inspection legislation and the factors that effect product and service life. We then teach you everything you need to begin creating and maintaining formal 6-monthly equipment inspection logs.

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02 / Practical Exercises

Inspect 50+ real PPE items.

You won't just learning how to assess a wide array of materials and components. You'll perform real inspections on a huge assortment of over 50 real PPE items in various conditions that we bring to your course. There's simply no better way to master the inspection process.

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03 / Inspection & Storage Expertise

Your passport to competence.

After finishing this course you'll be able to formally control and maintain your companies PPE as a licensed appointed person. From here you can continue to competently perform formal kit inspections on a full range height safety equipment in-line with the British standards and best practices

All Kit Provided

04 / Course Equipment

All kit provided.

We provide our own projector, screen, laptop, props and bags of inspection 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.

PPE Inspection Competent Person Card
PPE Inspection Competent Person Card
Theory Modules

Theory Modules

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  • Course Objectives
  • Why we need PPE Inspection


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.

  • Regulations
  • Legal Duties


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.

  • Product Life
  • Service Life
  • Conformity


This theory module will cover the importance of a declaration of conformity for working at height PPE, you will explore the difference between product and service life to ensure that the product is fit for purpose and gets the maximum use in service.

  • Inspection Frequency
  • Logging Results

Record Keeping

The record keeping module underpins your final practical assessment by teaching you the difference between formal and informal inspection, how to log PPE checks and at what frequency inspections should be conducted — essential skills that help you ensure all records are maintained efficiently and in accordance with current British Standards.

Practical Exercises

Practical Modules

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Inspection Exam

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  • Formally inspect a selection of 50+ PPE items and record your findings in an assesed inspection log

Inspection Exam

This is an individual practical assessment, where you will formally inspect a selection of 50+ PPE items and record your findings. To increase your product exposure, this is followed by a group discussion on reasons for pass and failure of the many PPE items, so that you are competent to act as the appointed person for formal kit inspection within your company.

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