Learners wishing to acquire the competencies in this standard will be people working at height where there is a risk of injury from a fall. Learners will be involved in performing tasks at height. Qualifying learners are able to follow fall arrest principles to perform work at height safely, under the supervision of a qualified supervisor.


Unit 1: Demonstrate basic knowledge of the limitations of a limited range of fall arrest equipment and regulations.

  • The difference between a full body harness and a work positioning system is explained with examples when each will be used.
  • The full range of the fall arrest equipment is identified and the uses explained with examples.
  • The limitations and use of fall arrest equipment and full arrest connectors are explained using examples of use according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The risks of using a non-energy absorbing lanyard is explained with examples.
  • The use of a fall arrester on a rigid and flexible anchorage line is explained considering the limitations.
  • The purpose for the fall arrest plan are explained with examples of its uses.


Unit 2: inspect, assemble and store fall arrest equipment. 

  • The range of personal fall arrest equipment is inspected explaining the inspection criteria.
  • Personal fall arrest and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is assembled and fitted according to manufacturer’s requirements and fall arrest plans.
  • The difference between an activated energy absorbing lanyard and an intact lanyard is visually determined and the reason for not using an activated energy-absorbing lanyard is explained with examples.
  • The reason for using certificated and identified fall arrest equipment is explained according to equipment requirements.
  • The reason for wearing a helmet with a chinstrap is explained according to safety requirements.
  • The requirements for equipment storage are explained according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.


Unit 3: Select suitable anchor points.  

  • The purpose of an anchor point is explained in terms of arresting falls.
  • The difference between planned and self-identified anchor points are explained giving examples of the weight each system can support.
  • Anchor points are selected based on safe loads and compatibility with selected fall arrest equipment
  • Operate basic fire fighting equipment.


Unit 4: Use fall arrest systems with a double lanyard.

  • The purpose of allowing for “minimum free space” is explained according to safe practices.
  • The way to deal with limited “fall clearance and/or free space” is described, with examples.
  • Switchover from a double lanyard system to an installed lifeline is performed following safe practices.
  • A retractable lifeline and a work positioning lanyard are used according to safe practices.
  • The way to reduce the arrest distance is demonstrated and the reasons explained with examples.
  • The way to transport tools or equipment is explained according to safe practices.



Unit 5: Use pre-installed vertical and horizontal lifelines and explain reducing risks during rescue. 

  • The purpose and use of lifelines is explained with examples where lifelines are needed.
  • The difference between vertical and horizontal lifelines is explained based on the angles.
  • Lifelines are used following correct attachment to lifelines.
  • The reason why it is best to work in a team is explained by referring to rescue situations.
  • A rescue is awaited in a way that will minimise suspension trauma
  • Methods to prevent suspension trauma are explained verbally with examples.
  • The risks associated with awaiting rescues are explained with examples.


Duration: 1 Day

Delivery: Classroom/Online


National Certificate in WAH (Working at Heights)

Accreditation: TETA

SAQA ID: 229998

NQF Level: 1



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