Technicians working in a fall risk position by means of a portable ladder.

  • Original certified copy of I.D. document/passport (driver’s license are not accepted).
  • Copy of valid medical certificate.
  • Learners must have basic numeric literacy and be able to understand, read and write English (special needs candidates can be accommodated on request).
  • Copy of a valid NQF & IWH Basic Fall Arrest US 229998 certificate.
  • Pole climbing shoes for wooden poles.

R 1 150.00 (Incl. VAT)

Minimum: 10
Maximum: 12

*Please communicate preferred group sizes to your relevant bookings personnel as some clients may require smaller groups. Please be aware that smaller group sizes may affect your course price.

Certificate needs to be re-validated every 3 years.

Designation: Ladder Technician.

Theoretical Knowledge:

  1. Introduction to work at height.
  2. Work at height definitions.
  3. Legislation regarding work at height.
  4. Understanding on-site risk assessments.
  5. Appropriate equipment care and pre-use climbing inspection methods.
  6. Identification and use of climbing equipment.
  7. Limitations of climbing equipment.
  8. Limitations of safe anchoring points.
  9. The risks of overhead powerlines.
  10. The advantages of a buddy system.
  11. Identification of a range of portable ladders.
  12. Inspection criteria of portable ladders.
  13. Minimum free space areas.
  14. Fall factors.

Practical Skills:

  1. Perform a pre-use inspection on a portable ladder.
  2. Install a range of portable ladders.
  3. Securing a portable ladder using a variety of methods.
  4. Selecting safe anchoring points.
  5. Transporting portable ladders safely.
  6. Securing portable ladders to vehicles safely.
  7. Implement the buddy system.
  8. Ascend and descend a portable ladder.
  9. Exclusion zones/barricading.
  10. Safe use of portable ladders under overhead powerlines.
  11. Securing a work positioning system.
  12. Movement using a shock absorbing lanyard.
  13. Movement using a retractable lanyard.
  14. Managing minimum free space.
  15. Managing fall factors.
  16. Using pole climbing shoes safely.
  1. Using a portable ladder safely and with sufficient knowledge on how to perform work from a portable ladder whilst minimizing risks of injury or damage to the worker, the public, and property.
  2. All training is done aligned with International best practices. Candidates have also been trained in alignment to the South African Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 Construction Regulations 1.
  3. Gravity Training cannot be held responsible for any unsafe and unlawful acts or behaviour as it is the duty of the technician to ensure his/her own safety and the safety of others on the work site.