Hire of ladders and low level staging

Standard details

This training standard is in development and will be published shortly.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum half day of 3 learning hours.


The purpose of this standard is to give the candidate an understanding of the procedures that must be used in the safe hire of ladders and low level staging within the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), Work at Height Regulations (WAH) and to industry lead body requirements for compliance at all levels.


  • Health and Safety At Work Act
  • PUWER and WAH regulations 
  • recognition of safe equipment 
  • safe systems of work 
  • PPE requirements 
  • safe storage and transportation 
  • pre and off hire checks 
  • safe handling techniques 
  • protecting the public 
  • inspection & recording

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.


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

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • 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 candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

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.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

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.


HSE, other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

November 2018.

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: Additional guidance to support learning outcome
Explain the purpose of the Health and Safety At Work Act 
Explain the purpose of the PUWER and Work at Height Regulations  PUWER, Work at Height regulatory documents
Recognise safe equipment and procedures for reporting defective components  
Explain safe systems of work   
List PPE requirements required when using ladders and staging  
Maintain and use ladders and staging  
Store and transport ladders and staging  
Carry out pre and off  hire checks  
Use safe handling techniques  
Protect the public from hazards  
Inspect and record equipment on return from hire