RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights

Course outline and delivery information

This course equips participants with the skills and knowledge to work safely at heights using a combination of practical and theory training methods. This training is appropriate for those required to work at heights as part of their role. The training is delivered face to face and typically takes a maximum of 8 hours to complete depending on group size and experience. Courses can be delivered from one of our locations or on site providing the correct equipment is available.

Sheer Workplace Training is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment and will be issuing the statement of attainment for this unit through RTO number 45597.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course; however, participants will need to demonstrate sufficient english language, literacy, numeracy and visual interpretation skills to successfully complete this course. There are no prerequisite, entry, work-placement, licensing, certification or pre course study requirements for this course.

Personal safety clothing must be provided by the student and worn during training. Sheer Workplace Training will provide additional safety equipment which must be worn throughout the practical aspect of the training.

Physical requirements 

It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training. There can be no exceptions to these Australian Government requirements that are clearly written into the Training Package.

Therefore, students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued with a statement of attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to allow you to be fully informed about your decision to enrol in a course of study. We recommend reading this information prior to enrolling.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the entry requirements please call 0488422626

Course fees

Course fees are payable before completion of the course. Discounts can be applied for group bookings. The maximum cost per person is $250 providing training is delivered within the South East QLD region.

Course fees will be communicated to you prior to confirmation of enrolment.


You may be eligible for funding to assist with the fees for this course. Funding such as Jetco and BERT may be accessible. Please contact our administration team to discuss eligibility.

This course is suitable for people working in:
  • Civil construction

  • Construction

  • Coal and metalliferous mining

  • Drilling

  • Extractive Industries

  • Manufacture industries

  • Transport and Logistics

  • Trades

  • Emergency Rescue Team members (ERT)

  • Rescue officers

  • Public who require competency to perform a specific role

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Completing any vocational education course in Australia, it is a requirement for you to obtain and supply a USI. This is obtainable from usi.gov.au if a USI is not supplied and verified with usi.gov.au a certificate cannot be issued to you.

Resources that will be available for this course

The following specialised equipment will be made available for the use of the Trainer/Assessor (if required) depending on the assessment environment and individual workplace.

Manuals and forms:

  • Copy of WHS Regulation

  • Copy of the Code of Practice (library resources only)

  • Copy of the Australian Standard AS 1891.1,2,3 and 4 – (library resource only)

  • Risk assessment form

Height safety equipment:

  • Fall protection and associated equipment

  • Extension ladder

  • Horizontal lifeline with shackles and turnbuckle

  • Vertical lifeline

  • Harness, adjustable lanyard, sling, triple action karabiner

  • Rope, slings, lanyards

  • Pulley system

  • Anchor straps

  • Shock Absorber

  • Safety lines

  • Clamps

  • Pulleys – single and double

  • Damaged equipment for training purpose


Theory assessment:

You will be assessed on:

  • Names and functions of equipment, components and materials

  • Comply with equipment manufacturer’s instructions and specifications

  • Safe shifting and handling of tools and materials

  • Adhering to statutory and regulatory authority requirements

  • The nature of work undertaken at heights

  • Complying with heights safety systems

  • The processes of providing for safe working practices

  • Using safety equipment/systems and considerations to facilitate working safely at heights

  • Complying with safe wok methods

Practical assessment:

The simulated assessment environments will reflect the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.  Skills must be demonstrated by the student working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess students’ skills and knowledge.

It’s important that students have knowledge of the content of this course. The assessable practical skills are listed below.

You will be assessed on performing working at heights scenario and task demonstrations for:

  • Identifying and interpreting work requirements

  • Identifying and interpreting work procedures and instructions

  • Accessing, interpreting and applying technical and safety information

  • Identifying required safety systems including fall protection and associated equipment

  • Accessing and installing equipment and check it is correct

  • Conducting checks and inspections on the area and equipment

  • Assessing hazards and risk associated with working at heights and implement control methods

  • Safely perform work at heights

  • Cleaning up work area

Recognition of any prior learning or previous courses


Upon enrolment, you are given the opportunity to email your previous certificate and based on that evidence, the course can be modified based on your previous knowledge. There is a currency requirement to be able to demonstrate skills such as working safely at heights.

Credit transfer

You will not be required to repeat any unit of competency in which you have already been assessed as competent, unless a regulatory requirement or license condition (including industry licensing schemes) requires this. Our Credit Transfer process uses evidence to determine if a unit can be transferred in this course. Any application for credit transfer will require that the unit of competency evidence is verified. There is a currency requirement to be able to demonstrate skills such as working safely at heights.

Reasonable adjustment

Reasonable adjustment refers to flexibility in assessment approaches to account for individual learning needs, while still adhering to the assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited course. Whilst reasonable adjustments can be made in terms of the way in which evidence of performance is gathered, the evidence criteria for making competent/not yet competent decisions should not be altered in any way.

If a student meets essential entry requirements, the RTO must endeavour to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ necessary for them to complete their course work or demonstrate competency. This may include adjusting the physical environment, student learning materials or the manner that a theory test is completed. In most situations, a student with a disability will be able to tell the RTO what he or she needs to be able to study. If necessary, the RTO should also seek advice from disability areas within government departments or organisations that represent or provide services to people with a disability.

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