Managing Risk When Working At Heights 

Overview: Safety Planning and Fall Prevention Strategies

This Working at Heights safety training course is NZQA accredited. This course encourages risk management and the prevention of safety incidents and is critical in managing safety on the job under the HSWA.

People who complete this unit standard will be able to work well in established operating and maintenance environments in industry and plan tasks and operations where risks of falls exist. This is a hands on programme that requires the completion of two Safety Plans from a work environment to give a practical knowledge to apply to the work environment.

Who Should Attend

Supervisors and managers who are responsible for others when they are working at height and where potential for a fall exists.  This will include industries like building and construction scaffolding, plumbing, gasfitting, cargo handling, demolition, glazing, boating, mechanical services, engineering.

Course Outcomes

People who complete this course will be able to:

  • Assess the risks when work is to be undertaken at height and there is a fall potential
  • Prepare a safety plan to manage risk when fall prevention strategies are required
  • Review a safety plan to manage risk when fall prevention strategies are required.

The safety plans developed will be specific to a particular task or activity within your relevant industry and will produce a ‘best fit’ solution to both control risk of falls as well as effectively complete the required operation.


  • Unit Standard 23229 - Use safety harness systems when working at heightOR demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills 
  • this will require a relevant level of physical fitness and ability to work at heights
  • Be 16 years of age or over
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.0 (General Training). Proof of this will be required. 
Please refer to the terms and conditions for more information on these course pre-requisites


NZQA Unit Standards Included

Unit Standard Title Credit Value
23231 Develop a safety plan to manage risks when individuals are working at height and fall prevention strategies are required (Level 4) 5


Two days

Attendance Capacity

Minimum of 8 and a maximum of 10 trainees for both scheduled course and onsite delivery.


Two Day Course

$730.00 + GST per person

Course costs include all learning materials and completion certificate. Costs also include registration of unit standard credits with NZQA. 

Special Notes

  • This course is only available to be delivered on your site.
  • This course is able to be delivered at a number of AMS Group locations if you do not have the facilities on your site.  Please contact us for more information.
  • This course is provided through a contracting arrangement between the primary contract holder (AMS Group Limited), and its sub-contractor (Elite Training Services Ltd)

Scheduled Course Locations

Please note that courses are available at a number of AMS Group branch locations, these are listed below. If there are no course locations shown below, courses can be arranged to be delivered at your place of work. Contact us to  find out more about our on-site training options available for this course or enquire below.