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Apprenticeship training course

Fall protection technician (level 3)

Highly technican role involving autonomous working and supervisory responsibilities.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
12 months
Apprenticeship category
Construction and the built environment
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Undertake standard tool and equipment checks: Identify and inspect the equipment in accordance with the relevant regulations, report any irregularity, understand PAT testing and recalibration equipment’s, inspection of PPE, inspection of harnesses and roped access equipment, inspection of hand and electrical tools, ladder inspection, vehicle inspection – and adverse weather precautions, first aid kit inspection. Keep accurate records.
  • Install and set up fall protection systems (structural fix, top fix cable system and handrail), ensure the correct materials and equipment to carry out the installation is present in strict accordance with the design, specification and product instructions.
  • Use access and work at height equipment in accordance with training and employer’s/manufacturer’s instructions and relevant regulations: MEWP, safety ladders, horizontal and vertical systems.
  • Interpret design specifications: accurately read engineering drawings, details, specifications, quantities; verify that goods on site match the design, verify that the conditions, materials and structure on site match the design, identyfing omissions
  • Use digital information systems to communicate and record information in accordance with QA systems and specific client requirements.
  • Understand work methods and plan ahead to anticipate potential issues.
  • Measure quantities and stocktake, demonstrating accuracy in on site conditions.
  • Effective communication and team work, be alert and able to alert others to differing site conditions or potential hazards. Escalate issues appropriately.
  • Safe access: Safely select, and utilize the correct equipment for the task and onsite conditions (S5)
  • Carry out dynamic risk assessments.

Full information on Fall protection technician (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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