Fall Protection: Level III

Competent Person

Recommended for:

Construction Workers
  •  Trade and Maintenance Workers
  •  Safety Professionals

Course Description

This in-depth fall protection training is conducted in accordance with occupational health and safety regulations. The fall protection training also highlights ANSI/CSA regulations and recommendations. Using these regulations as guidelines, students are trained in the selection, correct use, and incorrect use of fall protection equipment and systems. VSI Fall Protection Instructors strive to have each student acquire a strong general knowledge of how to use, select, and install fall protection equipment. One full day of classroom training with audio visual aids covering applicable regulations, hazard identification, fall protection planning, and safety crew talks. Two days of field instruction on safe work practices, harness donning, fall protection system building, advanced rigging principles, advanced fall protection systems problem solving, and introduction to rescue. To confirm that students understand the fall protection principles presented, an audit of skills and knowledge are conducted on the last day of the course.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the participants will be capable of:

  • Identifying fall hazards;
  • Taking corrective measures; and
  • Using appropriate fall protection systems.

Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of many fall protection fundamentals including the following:

  • Fall Protection Hardware Compatibility
  • Anchorages & Energy Absorbers
  • Horizontal Lifelines & Vertical Lifelines
  • Self-Retracting Lifelines & Ladder Climbing Devices
  • Fall Protection Planning & Use and Set-up of Temporary Systems
  • Introduction to Rescue


  • Length: 3 days
  • 1 instructor per 8 students
  • Prerequisite: Fall Protection Level I or equivalent work experience
  • An annual refresher is recommended every 2 years