Petzl PPE - Competent Person Certification Course

PPE Selection, Inspection, and Management

Petzl PPE - Competent Person: PPE Selection, Inspection, and Management

Dates: February 19-21, 2020 (last day is test day)

Registration Deadline: January 29, 2020

Location: Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC

Price: $900 (excludes food and lodging)     

Topics: Topics in this course are intended to prepare participants to confidently and competently examine and assess work-at-height PPE equipment.

  • Introduction to risk assessment and associated decision making.
  • An explanation of the potential hazards associated with the use of PPE for protection against falls from height.
  • Understand the legislation and current requirements regarding the control of PPE for protection against falls from height, its creation, markings and placement on the market.
  • The notion of a ‘competent person’.
  • Explanation of the general principles of using PPE for protection against falls from height.
  • Explanation of the practical uses of PPE for protection against falls from height.
  • The notion of the employer’s responsibilities and those of the PPE examiner.
  • Understanding a technical notice.
  • Awareness of the principle actions of the examiner; maintenance, returns under guarantee, removal of products from service…
  • Awareness of the principle corrective actions; information to provide for the users and/or their management system.
  • The necessary tools and work environment in order to perform the efficient examination of such PPE.
  • Presentation and use of Petzl’s examination protocol.
  • Pre-use checks, special inspections, thorough examinations, signs and symptoms, the significance of any defects, criteria for removal from service.
  • To identify defects and damage which would result in the item being removed from service.
  • Completing inspection reports effectively.

Course Description: This certification course utilizes classroom lectures and hands-on skill blocks which will prepare attendees to proactively mitigate equipment-related hazards through intentional inspection protocols.

Who: Any professional that works at height will find great benefit from this certification track training: challenge course professionals, climbing gym staff, climbing guides, fire & rescue professionals, arborist, rope access techs, etc. Recreationalists like climbers, cavers and canyoneers would also greatly benefit from this opportunity.

Course Credits: This certification course is pre-approved for 16 CEU's for current ACCT Certified Inspectors.

Learning Support & Certification:

  • Technical documents and module workbook.
  • Certificate of attendance and Certificate of Competence
  • Certification is valid for 3 years with the opportunity for recertification.
  • Pre-approved for 16 CEU's for current ACCT Certified Inspectors                                                                                                       


  • Significant practical experience within the field of work-at-height with relevant fall protection equipment.

Petzl Technical Partner

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Challenge Towers has been designated as an official Petzl Technical Partner (PTP). Through this partnership with Petzl, Challenge Towers is able to lend its expertise to its customers regarding Petzl products and market solutions, as well as detailed technical information regarding the use of Petzl products. To gain this designation, Challenge Towers has proven itself to be a competent professional organization with a significant market influence and strong educational skills.

What Will I Learn?


Our seasoned trainers will work with course attendees to provide a variety of opportunities to hone their skills at equipment inspection, inventory maintenance strategies, and instill confidence in developing effective PPE management systems.

Am I Right for this Course?

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This course is designed for experienced practitioners from varying fields in the work-at-height realm. Anyone from course managers wanting more professional development outside their site, arborists looking to better their agencies equipment management protocols, or municipal officials with oversight of work safety compliance.

Questions? Drop us a line and we will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Or give us a call at 828-759-5282

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