Basic Ladder Awareness

Basic Ladder Awareness

Stay safe by completing ETD’s ladder training before working at height. 

Working at height without the necessary safety protocols can lead to injuries or even death. But we could avoid these injuries and fatalities if we all took the appropriate work-at-height training. 

ETD’s Basic Ladder Awareness Course shows you how to set up, use and store ladders to reduce injuries. This ladder safety training is suitable for all employees, including full-time and part-time workers, managers and supervisors who use ladders or step ladders. The course is designed as an introduction to ladder safety, so you don’t need any prerequisites.

What Does This Course Cover?

  • Introduction to ladder safety
  • Legal Responsibilities
  • Risk assessment
  • Using a ladder safely

Ladder Training Outcomes

  • Why movable ladders are important at work
  • Types of ladders and step ladders
  • How to correctly set up ladders and check for ladder defects
  • Legislation relating to working at height and using ladders at work, including the Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • How to undertake risk assessments when working at height
  • Best practices for safe ladder use
  • The importance of pre-use inspections, maintenance, safe storage and safe handling

Course Modules

  • Welcome to your Basic Ladder Awareness Training Course
  • Safety in the selection and use of ladders
  • Why are movable ladders important at work?
  • Work at height regulations and directive key requirements
  • Looking after ladders and steps
  • Safe activity
  • The ladder stability hierarchy
  • Step ladder stability
  • Safe site, safe user
  • Summary and final exam

Test & Certification

At the end of the ladder training, you will be given a multiple-choice test. The required pass rate is 85%. You will be able to download and print a digital certificate on completion of the course. This certificate is valid for three years, at which point we recommend you take the Basic Ladder Awareness Refresher Course every 12 months.


Main Course: Approximately 40 minutes (excluding time taken for the final exam). 

Complete your training from anywhere at any time, whether at home or in the workplace.