Employ Fall Arrest Systems

This course is ideal training for all people who work at heights or with a potential to fall.


An Employ Fall Arrest Systems Certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Unit Standard: 15757 L3 C4 V4, 23229 L3 C4 V4

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Hazards of height work and associated equipment.
  • Legal requirements to provide and maintain a safe workplace.
  • Types of safety harness and associated equipment.
  • Characteristics, advantages and limitations of safety harnesses.
  • Selection, checking, fitting and wearing of safety harness.
  • Importance and value of rescue plans.
  • Manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Preparation for proprietary fall arrest installation with rescue plans.
  • Anchor points selection, loading, checking/improvised and constructed anchors.
  • Installation, use of and disestablishment of fall arrest systems.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the hazards associated with wearing a safety harness and associated equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety harnesses and associated systems and equipment.
  • Check and fit a safety harness system.
  • Use a safety harness system where a fall hazard exists at height.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the rescue plan to be activated in the event of a fall.
  • Identify anchor points and prepare to install a temporary proprietary height safety system.
  • Install horizontal and vertical temporary proprietary height safety systems.
  • Use temporary proprietary height safety systems.
  • Disestablish temporary proprietary height safety systems.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. Students are assessed continuously during the course.

Day 1: Harness safety and legislation
Day 2: Practical work at height


US23229 is the pre requisite for US15757. You can achieve both during the course.

Assessment process

Theory assessment followed by practical assessment which takes place when student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. The practical consists of the installation of use of temporary proprietary height safety systems at a minimum height of 2 metres.

Additional unit

An additional unit standard 17600 can be available with this course. This may result in longer course duration due to an additional written assessment task. Contact Wood Training for details and costs. You will need to specifically request this additional assessment.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommendation is every two years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for participating in practical exercises.
  • Covered-in footwear.


Must be physically capable of climbing at height.

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Course Length

2 Days


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$595 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Steve’s background includes serving with the Royal Marines Commando, a teacher of Art and Design, Fire Fighter (NZFS), Ship Security Officer maintaining security. His personal passion lies with mountaineering and climbing, bringing valuable rope skills and rescue to the Industrial rope access industry. Steve has a strong understanding of teams working under high pressure in high hazard and high stress environments. He holds a postgraduate Certificate in Education as well as qualifications in Training, Assessment, Rope Access and Occupation and Health and Safety.


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Great course.  Helped me understand the need to use the right gear for the job and always check equipment.

Fitzroy Engineering Group Limited

Enjoyed having a competent tutor who knew what he was talking about.

Blair Greer - ElectroNet

Great interaction between theory and practical

Carol Dolan

Absolutely awesome experience. Thank you for the knowledge you have shared.

Samuel Ilaiu - ATL Group LTD

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