Does a working at heights ticket expire?

Participants watching on as another completes a working at heights exercise.

Keeping your working at heights skills updated is critical to ongoing safety at work.

Having completed the correct training before undertaking work at heights is an important workplace safety requirement. It is important employers and employees work hard to make sure everyone goes home safely at the end of the day. But having work at heights safety training is not a “one and done” thing.

As part of everyone’s ongoing professional development and skills maintenance, a working at heights ticket should be refreshed on a regular basis.

Australian laws and standards do not prescribe set times for refreshing training competencies or qualifications. And the requirements set out by different companies, employers or jobsites can also differ depending on the work they wish to undertake.

However, our extensive experience in providing both training and skills refresher training has provided us with insight into common timeframes in place for training across Australia.

When it comes to refreshing RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights, many workplaces prefer this training to be refreshed every two years following its initial completion. For example, if you initially completed your work at heights training in March 2020, then we would recommend you seek refresher training in March 2022.

Regularly refreshing your training helps ensure that you have the skills required to stay safe while working at heights.

Beyond knowing that you have the skills to safely undertake work on a day-to-day basis, keeping your competencies refreshed offers the additional benefit of making starting at a new employer or job site easier. Being able to show that you have recently completed refresher training improves the likelihood that you will meet their site rules for training. This also reduces the risk of having to delay or miss work to complete training.

Having a training plan to keep workplace safety skills – including working at heights training – refreshed can assist workers in reducing unexpected downtime stemming from not meeting contractual obligations or a job site’s rules around training.

Height Safety Engineers (RTO 91227) runs regular work at heights ticket refreshers at our state-of-the-art training centres in Sydney and Dubbo.

If you need help designing a training plan for yourself or your team to assist in keeping safety tickets and competencies current, our friend team is always available to provide expert advice. Contact HSE today on 1300 884 978 or email enquiries@heightsafety.net to take the first step in improving your work site safety.

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