RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights

Thank you for your interest in the RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights!

This Course Guide is designed to provide you with detailed course information to support making a decision about whether this course is the most suitable and appropriate for your career goals and individual needs.


Many wrongly assume that working at heights means working on high, multi-storey buildings. However, such dangerous situations and resulting injuries can occur at heights as low as two metres. It is therefore imperative that a working at heights course is completed regardless of the height of the platform you are working on. This course is appropriate for those needing to work at heights in a range of professions including construction, mining or drilling.

Guided by legislation, the aim of this course is to teach all issues related to working at heights, so that participants can be equipped with an understanding of all the requirements and procedures. This course includes both a theory and practical component, which together will help participants comply and adhere to all workplace health and safety (WHS) procedures.

With its focus on risk assessment and safety, this course will allow participants to feel comfortable and confident to work at heights – and be able to react if any dangers were to occur.

As there is a practical component along with the theoretical, the course must be completed at our Burleigh Heads campus. All participants must wear appropriate PPE clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and steel-toed boots.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment indicating competency in working at heights. However, those working in a coal mine may be required to take a refresher course every five years.

A participant’s competency will be judged based on the following criteria:


  • Identification of work requirements: locate the safety procedures and ensure the work being performed is compliant; inspect the site to determine the layout and weather, as well as the required equipment and its condition; identify, manage and report any potential hazards; and adhere to WHS codes.
  • Identification of work procedures and instructions: consult with authorised personnel in order to select the correct equipment; inspect the fall prevention equipment and make sure all safety systems are correctly installed; wear appropriate PPE; locate and move tools to work areas using approved methods; and install appropriate signs.
  • Access and installation of equipment: with authorised personnel, ensure that all equipment is properly adjusted, fitted or installed; ensure personnel and equipment enter work areas using the recommended methods; and find appropriate tools to eliminate or minimise risks of items falling.
  • Work performance at height: check that the access to a high work area is safe and properly adjust fall equipment for movement during work; locate and manually handle needed equipment and ensure that it is safely distributed; and periodically check safety systems and monitor risk control measures, reassessing them if required.
  • Clean-up of work area: ensure safety systems are properly removed; and clean work areas and correctly store tools.

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, to apply to take part in this course, participants must:


  • Be employed and take this course via a workplace supported pathway;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Have completed at least year 10 in the Australian school system; and
  • Have at least ASCF Level 2 language, literacy and numeracy skills.


For further info or enquiries please enrol now, email or call 1300 011 144