Work Safely at Heights

RIIWHS204E – Work safely at heights

RIIWHS204E – Work safely at heights prepares learners to assess risk and develop safe work methods for working at height. You will learn about current work health and safety (WHS) legislation and how to apply it. This course focuses on preventing situations that may lead to a fall and is particularly focused on common situations found in the construction industry. Training will cover risk assessment, selection and correct use of equipment, rigging and of anchor systems, fall restraint, work positioning, and fall arrest systems.

This is a nationally accredited qualification that is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete this qualification will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Assess potential risks, hazards, and environmental issues, and implement control measures
  • Adhere to legislative requirements
  • Select and inspect the appropriate plant, tools, and equipment for the job
  • Install and inspect fall protection and perimeter protection equipment
  • Ensure anchor fall protection and associated equipment is fitted and adjusted properly
  • Minimise the risk of items such as tools and materials being knocked down
  • Perform work at heights safely including checking the access from ground to work area
  • Keep fall equipment in place and adjusted appropriately to enable movement during work
  • Undertake manual handling of materials and equipment according to workplace procedures
  • Ensure that materials and equipment are safely secured
  • Clean, maintain and inspect equipment. Rectify or report any faults

Participants are required to:

  • Bring photo ID on the day of training
  • Wear appropriate PPE: Safety boots, hi-vis shirt/vest. Long pants are recommended
  • Learners can bring their own harness if preferred

Prerequisites and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

There are no prerequisites for this course. No RPL can be applied to this course.

Course structure

This course contains both theory and practical components. The location is either at a PICAC campus or at a specified work location which will be confirmed by email.

Course duration

One day (8 hours)

$380 – full fee

$285 – Industry Association Member (NFIA, AMCA)

$0 – PTEU Member

Cancellation fees may apply, please see Learner Information page for terms and conditions.

A range of assessment methods will be used to assess that the learner can:

  • Locate, interpret, and apply relevant information, standards and specifications for working at heights
  • Correctly identify risks and safety requirements
  • Communicate effectively with others to ensure a safe working environment
  • Check that the fitting, adjusting, and anchoring of fall protection equipment is correct
  • Safely handle and shift tools and materials
  • Use safety equipment/systems and considerations to facilitate working safely at heights
  • Demonstrate performing work safely at heights
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key legislation, policies and procedures required to work safely at heights

National units of competency covered

RIIWHS204E – Work safely at heights


Students who satisfactorily complete all course requirements will be eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment issued by CEPUTEC (RTO 4612), which is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework.


Email or call 1300 222 727 to register your interest in this course.

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Note: A USI must be supplied to CEPUTEC during enrolment so that a Nationally Recognised Qualification or Statement of Attainment can be issued to you.

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