ladders and steps training course

Nationally Recognised (Accredited) Ladders & Steps

This is one of our nationally accredited courses by the British Ladder Association – it aims to teach skills which may complement those learned in the Safe Use & Pre-Use Inspections of Ladders & Steps Course (although completing the latter is not necessarily a prerequisite). In this nationally accredited course, instructors will ensure that candidates gain the skills and ability to correctly assess which situations require the use of ladders and stepladders, as well as how to securely set them up and safely use them.

Alongside this, candidates will develop a solid understanding of the potential hazards in the use of access equipment, as well as which measures to use to mitigate these risks. Finally, candidates will be able to demonstrate an excellent working knowledge of the current regulations and standards.

User Course Schedule & Content:

  • Introduction
  • Health & Safety and Code of Practice
  • Current Legislation on Ladders & Usage
  • Is the Ladder strong enough?
  • Is the ladder long enough?
  • Is the Ladder safe enough?
  • Reasons for Ladder Inspection
  • Method of Ladder Inspection
  • Ladder Inspection Demonstration
  • Ladders & Steps defects
  • Correct Usage
  • Risk Assessment & User Responsibilities
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Ladders & Steps Fault finding
  • Test Paper
  • Questions & Close


How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed using several formats. Firstly, instructors will deliver a lecture on the given topic – following this, you’ll be tested on the subject matter with a multiple choice exam. Then you’ll progress onto Practical Training, in which your instructor will take you through a full demonstration on the correct setup and use of the relevant equipment – after this, you’ll take a specific assessment on this topic too. This involves fault finding in ladders and steps, as well as the correct carrying and positioning of ladders and stepladders.

NB: For the Accredited Ladders & Steps Inspector Course, the pass mark for these assessments is 80%.

Should I bring anything with me to the course?

We recommend bringing protective footwear and suitable clothing for the practical session, to minimise the risk of injury. That means no converses or similar, and clothes shouldn’t be restrictive by limiting your range or speed of movement. Also, no bracelets or jewellery that might catch on anything. Finally, it’s wise to bear in mind weather conditions!

Do I need to have previous experience?

For our non-accredited Safe Use & Pre-Use Inspection Of Ladders & Steps Course, and our Accredited Ladders & Steps User Course: previous experience is not mandatory, but it’s always helpful to have a working knowledge of ladders and steps to form the basis of your understanding. However, it is important for you to be physically fit and able enough to carry out practical activities during the course.

However, for our Accredited Ladders & Steps Inspector Course, you will need to hold a valid Accredited Ladders & Steps User’s Certificate and Photocard ID to attend this course. Once again, you will also need to make sure that you’re physically fit and able enough to perform the practical tasks you’ll be assigned during the course.

Will I get a certificate on completion of the course?

Yes. All successful candidates will get a certificate on completion of the course. The length of their validity depends on whether or not the course is accredited.

For the non-accredited Safe Use & Pre-Use Inspection Of Ladders & Steps Course:

You will receive a certificate of training which will last for three years.

For both accredited Ladders & Steps courses:

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and photocard ID which will both remain valid for 5 years

How long does the course last?

This is a Half-Day course, which means it will last no longer than 4 hours. This gives you the option of pairing it with another of our Half-Day Courses, so you can get the maximum benefit of our expertise in a single working day.

Amongst the other available Half-Day courses are:

  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Manual Handling
  • Harnesses and Lanyards
  • Work at Heights

How many candidates can you train in a single session?

For our non-accredited course (Safe Use & Pre-Use Inspection of Ladders & Steps), we can take a maximum of 12 candidates in a single session.

Meanwhile, for both of our accredited courses, we can take a maximum of 8 candidates at a time.

Where is the course held?

There are several options, depending on which is most preferable to you: candidates can attend our approved training centre, or we can carry out the training on-site at your premises. You can contact us to book your place on either by calling 01282 615517. Whatever the case, we can assure you that your operatives will receive the absolute highest standard of training.

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