Overview of the role

Highly technican role involving autonomous working and supervisory responsibilities.

Details of standard

Occupation summary

Fall Protection Technician is an occupation found in mulitple environments and sectors. Locations can be urban or rural, within buildings or outdoors. It is a highly technican role involving autonomous working and supervisory responsibilities to undertake safety critical work typically in small teams of 2-4 persons installing products designed to keep others (maintenance, industrial commercial and cleaning staff and access specialists) safe from injury due to fall hazards in the future. As well as working in teams, technicians are required to work alone and be solely accountable for the work they carry out.

In their daily work an employee interacts with construction sites managers, building managers and a wide range of clients. They will typically report to a Contracts Manager or the technical design team. As technicians are responsible for installing height safety equipment designed to provide lifesaving protection to other, they will need to have technical knowledge of the basic engineering principles behind the products they install and a wide range of practical expertise in the application and interaction this equipment and building structures. They will be able to read and interpret engineering drawings, designs and product documentation to effectively plan and organize their own work, taking responsibility for their own acts and omissions to their level of competency.

The fall protection sector is made up of 150-200 companies ranging from small regional operations to major manufacturers. It operates across all sectors, energy, infrastructure, commercial, industrial, entertainment, retail and agricultural. Fall protection equipment is found numerous public and private buildings across the UK, in addition to commercial and industrial applications. 

Typical job titles include:

Fall protection technician

Occupation duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 1 Maintain accurate records and inspect tools and equipment. Know all required tools and equipment be competent in utilization.

K1 K2


B1 B2 B3 B5

Duty 2 Work safely and cooperate with others in a variety of site conditions

K1 K2 K11

S8 S9 S10

B1 B2 B3 B5

Duty 3 Work safely and cooperate with others in a variety of site conditions

K1 K3 K7 K11

S1 S3 S8 S9 S10

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 4 Safely operate different types of access portable or temporary equipment

K1 K3 K7 K10 K11

S3 S6 S8 S9 S10

B1 B2 B3 B5

Duty 5 Install structural fixings and compete required commissioning regimes.

K1 K3 K5 K6 K7 K9

S1 S2 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S10

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 6 Read and interpret engineering drawings, specifications and quantities

K4 K5 K6 K7 K9 K11

S2 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 7 Accurately identify building materials, structure and construction techniques

K4 K5 K6 K8 K9 K10

S4 S5 S7 S8 S9 S10

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 8 Verify the work method specified, the design, health & safety procedures, and materials and equipment match the anticipated site condition

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K7 K11

S1 S3 S4 S5 S6 S8 S9 S10

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 9 Follow manufacturer’s instructions to correctly assemble systems from component parts

K2 K6 K8 K9

S2 S4 S6 S8

B1 B2 B3 B5

Duty 10 accurately set out fall protection provisions.

K5 K6 K8 K10

S2 S4 S6 S7 S8

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 11 Identify and inspect Fall protection equipment for own use and commissioning purposes

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9

S1 S3 S7 S8 S9

B1 B2 B3 B5

Duty 12 Install and commission fall protection equipment - in the field working independently

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5



K1: Health and safety legislation, requirements and procedures including: Working at Height Regulations, LOLER, COSHH.PAT testing, asbestos awareness, Health and Safety at Work Act, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, Measuring Instruments Regulations, Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, Construction Design Management, relevant current BS/EN standards, manual handling, lone working procedure and precautions. Back to Duty

K2: Maintenance of tools and equipment including: PPE, harness and roped access, first aid kit, inspection techniques, recalibration regimes, inspection records and additional checks in poor weather. Back to Duty

K3: The principles of working at height and the different types of height safety (roped access techniques, horizontal and vertical track systems) and access equipment (MEWP, tower scaffold, ladder) including techniques and the limitations of each, permits to work, licencing and storage requirements. Back to Duty

K4: The range of structural fixings typically used in fall protection (masonry fixings mechanical & chemical, concrete fixings mechanical & chemical, roof sheet fixings, rivet and toggle, steelwork fixings, bolts/ clamps and hollow fix, tension in fixings – required torque, use of sprung washers and locking nuts). The limitations and application of these fixings, bimetallic corrosion, installation techniques, how to deal with varying site conditions, functional tests for installed equipment and completion of mandatory records. Back to Duty

K5: Engineering principles including: setting out and surveying, forces, mass, weights units of measure and the principle of lever arms, principles of loads absorption, physiology of arresting a fall, identification of building materials including accurate identification of masonry construction, identification of building structure, bimetallic corrosion. Materials sciences including an understanding of why specifications are important and a basic understanding of the characteristics of failure. Back to Duty

K6: Strutural fixings and installation techniques including: interpreting drawings, setting out, the range of fall protection systems and components, how to deal with varying site conditions, functional tests for installed equipment and completion of mandatory records. System and component identification consequences of utilisng wrong, mismatching or untested. Back to Duty

K7: The safe use and limitations of access equipment. Back to Duty

K8: Principles of loads absorption, physiology of arresting a fall, harness fatigue & fall clearance differing, consequences of differing product applications. Back to Duty

K9: Legal liabilities, following manufacturer's specifications and installation instruction. The importance of record keeping. Back to Duty

K10: Digital technologies for the transfer and recording of information, BIM, QA systems. Back to Duty

K11: The range of working environments including construction, industry, retail, residential, energy and infrastructure; the characteristics and hazards associated with each. Working at height, on the ground and in confined spaces, what constitutes a confined space, the training permits required to enter one and when to apply the principles of working at height. Back to Duty


S1: Undertake standard tool and equipment checks: Identify and inspect the equipment in accordance with the relevant regulations, report any irregularity, understand PAT testing and recalibration equipment’s, inspection of PPE, inspection of harnesses and roped access equipment, inspection of hand and electrical tools, ladder inspection, vehicle inspection – and adverse weather precautions, first aid kit inspection. Keep accurate records. Back to Duty

S2: Install and set up fall protection systems (structural fix, top fix cable system and handrail), ensure the correct materials and equipment to carry out the installation is present in strict accordance with the design, specification and product instructions. Back to Duty

S3: Use access and work at height equipment in accordance with training and employer’s/manufacturer’s instructions and relevant regulations: MEWP, safety ladders, horizontal and vertical systems. Back to Duty

S4: Interpret design specifications: accurately read engineering drawings, details, specifications, quantities; verify that goods on site match the design, verify that the conditions, materials and structure on site match the design, identyfing omissions Back to Duty

S5: Use digital information systems to communicate and record information in accordance with QA systems and specific client requirements. Back to Duty

S6: Understand work methods and plan ahead to anticipate potential issues. Back to Duty

S7: Measure quantities and stocktake, demonstrating accuracy in on site conditions. Back to Duty

S8: Effective communication and team work, be alert and able to alert others to differing site conditions or potential hazards. Escalate issues appropriately. Back to Duty

S9: Safe access: Safely select, and utilize the correct equipment for the task and onsite conditions (S5) Back to Duty

S10: Carry out dynamic risk assessments. Back to Duty


B1: Promote a positive health, safety & environmental culture through situational awareness and personal example. Back to Duty

B2: Apply rigor and attention to detail in all tasks. Back to Duty

B3: Take responsibility for own judgments, actions and standards of work, be aware of the limits of their own competence, take initiative for ensuring their own competence is maintained and update Back to Duty

B4: Determined to succeed, consistently achieve personal and organisational targets, act to resolve day to day issues, receptive to new ideas and respond well to day-to day challenges. Back to Duty

B5: Willing to learn and continually develop, keeping up-to-date with current legislative and industry regulations and guidelines. Back to Duty


English and Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Additional details

Occupational Level:


Duration (months):



Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 3
Reference: ST0614
Version: 1.0
Date updated: 07/12/2021
Approved for delivery: 28 June 2021
Route: Construction and the built environment
Minimum duration to gateway: 12 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £8000
LARS Code: 638
EQA Provider: Ofqual

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Employers involved in creating the standard: Highwire Ltd, Kee Safety, County Safety Services, Latchways PLC, HCL Safety, PTSG, 3M, APS Safety, Total Access, FixFast

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