Working at Heights Training

Working at Heights Training at NORCAT

MOL Certified – ID: WAH-34585

$189.00 per person – 1 day of training

The Working at Heights program is designed to provide instruction to any worker who is regularly, or on occasion, assigned work that may require working at heights criteria whereby fall arrest protection equipment and safeguards are required to be implemented.

A qualified instructor in a class room setting will provide a verbal review, demonstrations and practical training exercises that will familiarize the worker with all aspects of Working at Heights. Subject matter will include legislation, responsibilities, equipment available, and practical applications.

Teaching aids are incorporated including power point presentations, videos, equipment donning, written tests and examples of accessory equipment such as shock absorbers, suspension trauma devices, self rescuers and guideline forms to assist in the preparing a rescue plan.

The trainee will be made to realize that the consequences of improper or a lack of fall arrest equipment as required can be severe. Any risks or consequences are predominantly the worker’s to absorb and can include fines, disciplinary action, job termination, a career ending injury or ultimately – death.

With successful completion of the training, the trainee will know: the governing rules and regulations; the responsibilities of the worker, supervisor and employer; the various types of devices available and their use; how to inspect and use harnesses, lanyards and anchors and understand rescue plans.

Workers have the right to say NO to using equipment that is unsafe or questionable.

Working at Heights Training Room - Sudbury

Our Working at Heights training room in Sudbury.

How adult learning principles are applied:

The trainees taking this course are workers that need Working at Heights certification. Because it is required to work, the trainees are motivated to successfully complete this course in order to meet work demands.

Because adults are practical in their approach to learning, the Working at Heights program has been designed to be relevant to their career experience with practical and relevant information.

Throughout the program, the trainees will perform practical demonstrations. By doing so, new skills are more easily retained and the trainee will be able to see its relevance to his/her work.

With falls from heights being a very real problem in the trainee’s workplace, the trainee will be able to see the importance of fall prevention and what actions need to be taken in order to reduce risks.

During the introduction of the program, trainees are asked to introduce themselves give a brief background. This will allow the instructor to be able to gear certain conversations that relate their personal experiences.

The class size will be limited to 12 trainees at a time, which will allow them to have ample time for informal classroom conversation. By keeping the environment relaxed and inviting, the trainee will be more involved in the learning process.

The instructor’s delivery will also have an informal tone that will present options and encourage trainees to come to the correct answer. Even though the OHSA Laws and regulations are not subjective or open for interpretation, the trainees will be presented with the tools they need to find to take proper actions.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Trainees will know the importance and what preventative measures can be taken to avoid and prevent falls from heights.
  2. Trainees will understand the OHSA laws and regulations as they pertain to Working at Heights and be able to recognize hazards, know the hierarchy of controls and what safety procedures to take in order to minimize risks.
  3. Trainees will correctly identify the various types of equipment available to protect them when working at heights applicable to the task and situation encountered. They will be trained to competently examine Fall Arrest Protection before use, to don and properly adjust equipment, to identify all the various types of protection devices available and to know the proper application for its usage.
  4. Each trainee will physically demonstrate a proper inspection of a harness that has been intentionally flawed, and correctly identify the reasons it cannot be used. Similarly, each trainee will pre-examine and don an issued harness and properly demonstrate and verbally communicate the adjustments required. Verbal communication throughout the exercises will indicate knowledge of possible consequences of improper adjustments and / or identified damage or irregularities.
  5. In the case of a fall arrest, trainees will know the importance and knowledge of how to conduct a proper rescue, by having a completed rescue plan before work begins.

Method & Procedures

The new Working at Heights training program will expand on the present Fall Arrest Protection training program being used by additionally encompassing and including all the subject matter outlined and recommended by government OHSA laws and regulations and specifically, the Chief Protection Officer.

The training session will be a combination of theory and practical instruction. At selected intervals the attendees will complete written tests which will deal with the subject matter just presented. A passing mark of 80% or greater is required to pass. All errors will be reviewed with the trainee/classroom and corrected.

Teaching methods include power point presentation, physical demonstrations, videos, equipment examining and donning, and discussions of actual events that provide emphasis on the importance of using proper equipment and the possible consequences of error or faulty equipment. MOL investigation and/or conviction reports dealing with fall occurrences provide an excellent source of factual data for illustrating or reviewing non compliance.

Material and Resources

Working at Heights Student Package

Each student will receive a 25% discount on a 3M Safelight Harness, a Student Workbook and associated handouts, Working at Heights Pocketbook, and a NORCAT Certification Card (upon successful program completion)

A dedicated training room and instructor will be used to provide the training in which examples of the various types of equipment that are or could be used for working at heights will be displayed. This will include personal fall protection equipment such as a variety of harnesses, lanyards and anchors. Additionally auxiliary associated equipment such as shock absorbers, SRLs, self rescuers, suspension trauma devices etc will be exhibited and explained.

Actual examples of proper guard railing, horizontal anchor lines, roof anchors, ladder climbing devices, safety netting etc. also provide for demonstration purposes.

Trainees will be provided with a Student Workbook, a “follow along” version of the power point presentation, to allow for quick and simple note taking.

A pocket size booklet will also be issued that will include rules and regulations, proper procedures to follow, responsibilities of the worker, supervisors and companies and miscellaneous other quick reference information.

Handouts will be provided that highlight the course Outcome Objectives and illustrates the Fall Clearance Calculation.
All participants in NORCAT’s Working at Heights program will receive 25% off a 3M SafeLight harness (optional). The offer is valid on the day of training only. Limit one harness per student.

During the course of the training session two videos will be shown for emphasis on making proper choices and how a self rescue device works.


The trainee’s practical participation throughout the training session includes inspecting equipment for damage or irregularities, proper donning and adjusting, five written tests at appropriate intervals, demonstrating a three-point contact climb and descent of a ladder and a fall clearance exercise.

Each trainee will receive instructor guidance and assessment during and after donning and adjusting equipment. Written test errors will be reviewed with trainees until complete understanding is attained.

Instructors are trained to create meaningful classroom discussions amongst the attendees to exemplify actual work and real-life experiences, near misses and incidents. Random verbal review questioning throughout the session directed at attendees will attest to general comprehension and attention to detail.

Attendees will be asked to provide an evaluation sheet of the training in respect to course content, instructor presentation, practical exercises and classroom room set up.


For information about Working at Heights training at NORCAT, please contact us:

Phone (Sudbury): 705-521-8324
Phone (Timmins): 705-269-0040
Fax: 705-670-2193