Common Permit to Work (CPTW)

This course provide students who are required to be permit holders with the knowledge and skills to correctly complete and/or receive permits in the workplace using the CPTW system.


A Common Permit to Work certificate will be issued on successful completion of the assessment and the simulated practical assessment including two completed CPTW permits signed off by the assessor on the day of training. Unit Standard 17588 can be awarded at the completion of all requirements. (Level 3, Credits 4, Version 5).

Unit Standard: 17588 L3 C4 V6

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • The Common Permit to Work System.
  • Rules applicable to the Common Permit to Work System.
  • Terminology and signatories applicable to the CPTW system.
  • Permits: hot work, 1, hot work 2, cold work, confined space entry.
  • Certificates: excavation, isolation, gas free.
  • Associated documentation related to the permits.
  • Completion of two (2) CPTW permits for the practical assessment.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the types of work permits, the roles of those involved in the work permit system, and the requirements for receiving a work permit.
  • Explain the preparatory requirements when applying for a work permit.
  • Accept a work permit and undertake work under a permit.
  • Describe and carry out the controls and actions to be taken at the end of a work period or upon the completion of work.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. Students are assessed continuously 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 a permit compilation and completion with a final competency assessment. Delivered following the Common Permit to Work User Group Guidelines.


Competency in hazard management is required in order to undertake training to the common permit to work system.
This can be confirmed by the student holding either:

  • 17602 Apply hazard identification and risk assessment procedures in the workplace; or
  • 19522 Undertake job safety analysis; or
  • 30265 Apply health and safety risk assessment to a job role; or
  • Taranaki Passport Plus; or
  • another recognised competency in hazard management (this may not be to a unit standard)


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Current CPTW system requirements are every three years.

Items to bring

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

10 Hours


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$395 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

John Williams

John Williams

John Williams

A safety conscious individual, John provides the bridge between training, assessing and employment on many of Taranaki’s oil and gas sites. Holding health and safety roles throughout the region and a passion for hazard identification and confined space entry, John is a well-known trainer and on the job assessor throughout the Taranaki region. John has numerous years of experience in training and his knowledge sees him as a valuable trainer due to his breath of knowledge and practical take on training.

Malcolm White

Malcolm White

Malcolm White

Consultant, Training Facilitator and company director, Mal has a history of work in the oil and gas sector, process operation and hazard management.  He has extensive experience in many roles in the workforce and brings authentic experience to the training situation.  With a background in physics, chemistry, statistics and human anatomy he knows his subject matter well, and this knowledge and experience comes to the fore in his training and delivery.


Good experience and training with the tutors.

X. de Villiers - Intergroup

Excellent course.

Sentinel Inspection Services

Interesting course. Very relevant to my work.

Russell Malone - Port Taranaki

Good facility good tutor and very helpful.

Charles - AWF

Good course with clear information.

A. Bailey - ENGIE Services

I came into this course skeptical about permits issues. Now I really appreciate how important it is to have these processes in place.

Sika Tapega - Wise and Better homes

Instructor was very engaging and emphasised the importance of permits very clearly.

Scott Ross - Condor energy

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