Fall Arrest Systems

This two day course is a mix of theory and practical based learning which is designed to provide the skills to work safely at height. The course develops the skills needed to use personal safety harness equipment while working both in restraint and arrest.

The Fall Arrest Systems course is suitable for those planning, installing and operating fall arrest systems and supervising staff working at height.

With the Fall Arrest Systems course you will:

What The Course Covers

Day one of the course covers how to eliminate or isolate height hazards by using harnesses to minimise fall hazards.

Day two of the course is practical based with learners putting their learning into practice. Participants learn to assemble and dissemble a variety of horizontal, vertical and fall rescue systems using the array of equipment introduced on the previous day.

Over the two days the course examines the different types of fall protection systems available including restraint technique, fall arrest, work positioning, roped access and anchors. Participants will learn to check, fit and adjust a harness, correct methods for using ropes, slings and karabiners, and other height related equipment for attaching to anchors. The course teaches both fall arrest and restraint techniques: basic knots, constructing a basic anchor point, and how to set up and use a safety harness system.


Assessment of competency is achieved through a combination of on-course assessment of practical skills, verbal questioning and an assignment to be completed during the course by the trainees.

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.

Please note: to attend this course learners must be physically able to take part in practical height activities.

What You Will Learn

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying and control height hazards
  • Understanding the hazards of using a Harness System
  • Understanding how to use a Harness System and equipment
  • Inspecting and fitting a harness and lanyard
  • Setting up and use a Harness System
  • Recognising requirements and roles for rescue planning
  • Recognising suitable anchor points
  • Preparing a fall arrest system
  • Setting up and using a horizontal fall arrest system
  • Setting up and using a vertical fall arrest system
  • Dismantling a fall arrest system

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
  • Fall Arrest Systems course Certificate
  • 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 you don't need to complete the same course again, expand your Health and Safety knowledge with a different course that's relevant to you.Your site access will automatically renew and you'll earn extra credits towards your Health and Safety in Construction Programme.

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Please note: If you are attending a 1 or 2 day Site Safe course then you need to bring with you a form of identification that can be verified (travel passport, birth certificate or residency certificate). This is required by NZQA and the Tertiary Education Commission.

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