Rope Access for Natural Surface Work

RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights*

This rope access course is designed for bush regenerators, NPWS staff, geologists, landscapers, environmental officers and so forth… anyone who works exclusively in a natural surface environment.  The course is run outdoors and is purely aimed at those who work on cliffs, cuttings, quarry walls etc. For an introduction to working at heights in a natural environment, please see our Height Safety Training for Natural Surfaces course.

When rope access techniques were first introduced and used in natural environments, the main uses were for weed control and revegetation on steep inclines and cliff-faces. Nowadays, we see rope access used for path stabilisation, walkway and foot-bridge replacement as well as slope and cutting stabilisation along roadways. Rope Access for natural surface work is also used to access difficult sites for things such as water quality testing or site inspection.

Course Outline
The rope access for natural surfaces course typically covers:

  • Current WHS legislation and the international rope access standard ISO 22846
  • Understanding fall protection and work in suspension in a natural environment
  • Rope access equipment
  • Knots, hitches & bends
  • Anchor rigging specific to natural environments (using trees, blocks, bollards, removable bolts, SMC Rescue Stayk system and where applicable climbing protection)
  • Rope mobility (ascending, descending, lateral movement)
  • Using tools and equipment whilst in suspension
  • Mid rope self & partner rescues, and
  • Team based rescues.

The course duration is typically three days but may vary due to specific client requirements.

For Further Information
Please contact us by calling 02 4784 2224 or, if you prefer, complete our course enquiry form below. Also, just a note, we only run accept group bookings for this course. If you represent four or more people, please feel free to contact us.

*The nationally accredited RIIWHS204D Working at Heights course is provided in partnership with the Professional Association of Climbing Instructors Pty Ltd (RTO ID 2808)

Course Outcome
Successful participants receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment issue by an RTO

A recently attained qualification in Working at Heights.

Course Inclusions
Students without their own gear will be supplied with a full set of equipment for the duration of the course. To find out more about the type of equipment you will use, go to our FAQ on Rope Access Equipment.

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