PPE Inspection - Approved Competent Person for Industry

Who Is This Course For?

Those who require certification in the control, maintenance and examination of Personal Fall Protection Equipment. Rope access supervisors, safety supervisors and those responsible for worksites or stores will benefit from this course.

Duration 4 days
Venue Course Lyon Equipment Work and Rescue Training Centre
Course code LT09
Cost Excl VAT £650

Current UK legislation, including the Work at Height Regulations and LOLER, require work at height equipment to be thoroughly examined at regular intervals by a ‘competent person’. This course teaches candidates how to systematically manage and inspect Personal Protective Equipment for work at height (collectively called Personal Fall Protection Equipment) throughout its lifetime.

The course covers in detail current legislation and equipment standards, appropriate selection, identification, maintenance and storage of equipment, formal thorough examinations of equipment and the production of appropriate examination regimes and reports.

Topics are covered using a combination of hands-on product inspection training, destructive testing demonstrations and formal presentations.

At the end of the course, following successful completion of a formal assessment and verification by an external moderator, we deem you ‘competent’ to be able to undertake thorough examinations of equipment that we verify during the course.

PPE Competent Person For Industry Training Course


The candidate should have practical experience in the use of Personal Fall Protection equipment such as that which is required to be examined. Our 1 day PPE inspection course provides an introduction for those with less experience. The minimum age of candidates is 18 years.

Course Content


  • Comprehensive coverage of up to date legislation and systems enabling compliance

Management Systems:

  • Developing an equipment management system
  • Product identification/marking
  • Declaration of Conformity and written examination reports
  • Selection of equipment
  • Selecting equipment for specific tasks
  • Obsolescence
  • Performance standards
  • Equipment markings
  • Information supplied by the manufacturer

Equipment Inspection:

  • Periodic examination
  • Inspection techniques
  • Storage, cleaning and maintenance of equipment
  • Disposal

Viewing of destructive tests on Personal Fall Protection Equipment in our test area


The course assessment is by written test and practical assessment by Lyon staff. These results are then verified by an external moderator.
A formal debrief follows the written and practical assessments.


A certificate of competence in the inspection of Personal Protective Equipment will be issued to successful candidates accompanied by an ID card record of training.
Certificate valid for three years from date of assessment.