Working at Heights Training When to Renew

Does Working at Heights Training Expire?

Your Work at Heights Safely licence (Unit of Competency RIIWHS204A) does not have an expiry date.

However, it is important to note the Working at Heights Association (WAHA) and other industry bodies recommend that this training be refreshed every 2 years.  This is what they suggest in order to remain competent and keep up to date with any changes. 

Who needs a Working at Heights Ticket in Victoria?

Safe Work Australia Regulation requires that anyone undertaking work at heights of 2 metres or above must have succesfully completed a Working at Heights course. The most common industries that require this training are Construction and Engineering, but anyone undertaking the following tasks at work should have training:

  • Using ladders
  • Working on roofs or any elevated surfaces
  • Working in areas with uneven surfaces - drops or holes in the ground of 2 meters or more

There are some instances where extra qualifications are required. Anyone currently working, or seeking work in the following positions will require Working at Heights Training AND a High Risk Work Licence:

  • Dogging
  • Rigging
  • Scaffolding

This High Risk Work Licence is valid for up to 5 years. You can renew or apply for a new HRW Licence with WorkSafe Victoria.

What does it all mean?

A 1 day Working at Heights Training is essential for anyone undertaking work at heights of 2 metres or above - this includes working on ladders, roofs or any elevated surfaces. There is no expiry date on this training, but the recommendation from WAHA and general industry is that the training should be refreshed every 2 years. 
While this work can be dangerous, there is no requirement to have a High Risk Work Licence.
Anyone undertaking works in Dogging, Rigging or Scaffolding positions will require a HRW Licence, as well as up-to-date Working at Heights Training.