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Rooftop Safety Training


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the safe use of different types of anchor systems, pre use inspections and correct fitting of fall arrest harnesses.


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the safe use of different types of anchor systems, pre use inspections and correct fitting of fall arrest harnesses.


  • safety legislation, working at height regulations
  • risk assessment and method statement
  • weather conditions
  • types of roof coverings
  • rooftop safe systems of work
  • the emergency and rescue plan
  • means of access
  • edge protection
  • fragility and exclusion areas
  • rescue provision requirements
  • temporary lifelines
  • fall arrest and fall restraint systems
  • tie-off and anchor points
  • work positioning systems
  • checking and fitting of harnesses and FPE
  • means of access and accessing a roof safely
  • common causes of accidents on a roof

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:

  • operative and craft
  • supervision

Delegate pre-requisites

Delegates must be over 18 and physically fit. They should have no medical conditions that might prevent them working at height and have an aptitude for working at height.


As a minimum, course trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • minimum AET, PTTLS,
  • harness user/inspector qualification and preferably rescue training with a minimum of 6 months experience in delivering the courses
  • a work at height qualification (i.e. PASMA, IPAF, Ladder instructor) with a minimum of 6 months experience in delivering
  • a minimum of IOSH Managing Safely preferably NEBOSH General CERT
  • successfully completed training to this standard
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and delegate/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates to achieve the learning outcomes. The trainer to delegate ratio should not exceed 1:6.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more practical training.

This standard is considered to be set at a basic level.


For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the delegate has achieved all learning outcomes.

The delegates must also complete a multiple-choice assessment that must cover all learning outcomes. A minimum of 10 questions must be asked, the delegate is required to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 80%.

Quality assurance


Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


Refresher every 3 years

Approval date

December 2020

Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The delegate will be able to:

Additional guidance to support learning outcome:

state relevant safety legislation

to include:

· permits to work,

· working at height regulations,

· hierarchy of control

· accident statistics

explain the characteristics of different roof coverings

to include:

· flat roofing systems

· slate and tiling

· roof sheeting systems

· fragile roofing products

· skylights, asbestos, decking etc

interpret the risk assessment and method statement

to include:

· understanding the risks

· the measures and methods required to mitigate the risks

· reporting procedures of any changes to the RAMS

explain the hazards and risks of working at heights

to include:

· pendulum swing

· falls from height

· fragile surfaces

· exclusion areas

· slips and trips

· manual handling

· dropped objects

· environment

· biological

describe the requirements for maintaining PFPE

to include:

· formal inspections

· record keeping

· correct storage

identify the component parts of a fall arrest system

to include:

· harness

· link

· suitable anchor point

explain the correct pre use checks of PFPE

to include:

· in date

· webbing

· stitching

· metalwork

· functionality

demonstrate the correct donning and adjustment of PFPE

to include:

· correct adjustment

· correct attachment points

· buddy checks

explain the impact of different weather conditions

to include:

· extreme temperatures

· ice and snow

· strong winds

· electrical storms

conduct a hazard analysis and risk assessment

to include:

· permit to work

· using an anemometer

· common hazards to roof work

demonstrate rooftop safe systems of work and ways of inspection

to include:

· fixed horizontal systems

· temporary systems

· fall restraint

· fall arrest


describe the requirements for an emergency and rescue plan

to include:

· communication methods whilst on the roof

· legal requirement

· suspension syncope

· pre syncope signs and symptoms

· first aid

· casualty handover

describe the correct tie-off and anchor points


explain how to access a roof safely

to include:

· staircases

· fixed ladders

· portable ladders

· fixed vertical systems

· twin tail lanyards

· temporary systems


explain the means of rooftop access

to include:

· different methods

· benefits and limitations

describe the common causes of accidents on a roof