How to work at heights safely

Knowing how to work at heights safely is more than just keeping a cool head, not being afraid of heights or strapping on a harness and hoping for the best – you’ll need the right knowledge, skills, and certifications before heading to any height.

And don’t be fooled, working at “heights” means you’ll need a certificate from any height that has a risk of falling, normally around 2m or above.

It doesn’t seem high, but that doesn’t mean the risks of falling or injury aren’t.


What tickets do I need to work at heights?

Before you even think about scaling up, there’s one crucial piece of paperwork you need: the RIIWHS204E Work Safely at Heights certificate.

To legally and safely work at heights, construction workers, utility crews, and anyone involved in working off the ground need to complete the RIIWHS204E Work Safely at Heights unit of competency.

This nationally recognised qualification is your ticket to legally and safely tackling work above 2 meters.


Who needs a working at heights ticket?

If your work involves the risk of falling, you’re going to need a working at heights ticket.

 Anyone tasked with working on elevated surfaces where there’s a risk of falling, must possess a working at heights ticket. Whether you’re a builder, linesman, involved in scaffolding, or part of a utility repair crew, this ticket is your first step towards a safe and successful career working at heights.


What skills do you learn during a work safely at heights certificate course?

You’ll learn the vital skills to keep you and your crew safe, including:

  • Inspect, fit, and use height safety equipment
  • Recognise, assess, and mitigate risks
  • Identify work procedures
  • Assess and install fall protection
  • A safety-first mentality on site


Avoid these common mistakes to work at heights safely

Several common missteps can significantly increase the risk of accidents when working at heights.

These include:

  • Using a poorly fitted safety harness
  • Operating with faulty equipment, such as harnesses, lanyards, or inertia reels
  • Lacking awareness of the working area, particularly the hazards above and below
  • Using the incorrect Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Using the PPE incorrectly


Awareness and the right training are key to avoiding these pitfalls. You won’t have our trainers keeping an eye on you throughout your career, but we can set you up for success from day one with gold-standard industry training.


Work at heights safely with a RIIWHS204E certificate from Ascent Training Solutions

With the guidance of our tutors and the practical experience gained at our onsite training facilities, we’ll make sure that when you go up, the only way you’re coming down is the way you went up – safely and on your own terms.

Ask our team about our work safely at heights course availability, and to see if you’re eligible for CSQ or BERT funding.