Advanced Safety Harness Systems

This two-day course has been designed to provide the knowledge, skills and resources to work safely at height when using a safety harness system and supervise others using safety harness systems at height.

What the course covers

Interactive Group Workshops

Day 1 and Day 2

  • Identify hazards and risks when working at height and control methods.
  • Assess and select appropriate anchors.
  • Check, fit, and adjust a full body harness.
  • Inspect equipment used in a safety harness system before using them.
  • Fill equipment logs for harnesses and lanyards used in safety harness systems.
  • Practice basic knots employed in setting up anchors or safety harness systems.
  • Practice different methods for using ropes, slings and karabiners, and other height related equipment for attaching to anchors.
  • Practice fall arrest and restraint techniques including basic knots, construct basic anchor points, and set up and use safety harness systems.
  • Assemble and dissemble a variety of horizontal, vertical and fall arrest systems using different equipment introduced on the day.
  • Practice a variety of rescue techniques using the array of equipment introduced and prewritten rescue plans introduced on the day.


Assessment of competency is achieved through an on-course assessment that has an 80% verbal and practical and 20% written component. The assessments have been designed to criteria of unit standard 23229 and 15757.

Please note: to attend this course learners must be physically able to take part in practical height activities. Learners must also wear closed footwear on the course.

Site Safe regularly reviews and updates course content in partnership with the Construction industry, to ensure alignment to best practice industry standards. Visit our Why Choose Site Safe Training page for more information.

What you will learn

Learning Objectives

  • Identify hazards associated with working at height.
  • Understand safety harnesses and associated systems and equipment.
  • Understand hazards associated with wearing a safety harness and associated equipment.
  • Check and fit a safety harness system.
  • Understand what’s required in a rescue plan to be activated in the event of a fall.
  • Prepare a fall arrest system.
  • Set up and use a horizontal fall arrest system.
  • Set up and use a vertical fall arrest system.
  • Dismantle a fall arrest system.
  • Practice rescue plan.

What You'll Get at the End of the Course

  • A Site Safety Card (Passport) valid for two years.
  • 16 Licensed Building Practitioner points.
  • 9 credits towards the Health and Safety in Construction Programme.
  • A downloadable and printable E-certificate to celebrate your achievement
  • Unit Standard 23229 - Use a safety harness for personal fall prevention when working at heights.
  • Unit Standard 15757 - Use, install and disestablish temporary proprietary height safety systems when working at height.

Next learning steps

Completing a Site Safe Passport means you'll gain site access for the next two years.

When it's time to renew your site access again you don't need to complete the same course - expand your health and safety knowledge with a different course that's relevant to you. Have a look at the pathway examples for more training options.

Completing this course will also mean that you are well on your way to gaining a qualification in health and safety; check out the Health and Safety in Construction Programme page for more info.  

Please note: We need to sight a form of government issued identification in order to process the result of this course. If we have not sighted a copy of your identification in the past, please bring a form of ID with you to the course, for example: NZ Driver License, 18+ Card, Travel Passport.

Book your seat on the next course today, or contact us for more information.

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