16-Hour Competent Person


Our Competent Person Course is designed to educate students in best practice methods of identifying and eliminating or providing protection from existing and predictable fall hazards.  Students will also be educated in the hierarchy of fall protection, which starts with eliminating fall hazards and progresses through administrative controls, the application of passive systems, restraint systems and finally arrest systems.  Through the use of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on engagement, the instructor prepares students to assume the role of a Competent Person.

This course is intended, but not limited to, those who are assigned by their employer to take the responsibility for:

  • Performing Workplace Assessments of fall Hazards
  • Communicating those hazards to the Authorized Person
  • Preparing written Fall Protection and Rescue Plans
  • Approving the use of non-certified anchors and establishing clearance requirements
  • And much more

Note: In order to to be certified by the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), you must receive 24 hours of training. Click here  to go to our 24-hour Competent Person course description.

OSHA’s definition of a Competent Person is one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following topics:

  • Hierarchy of Fall Protection
  • 7 Principles of Fall Protection
  • Fall Protection Regulations (OSHA) and Fall Protection Standards (ANSI)
  • Recognizing and Identifying Fall Hazards
  • Fall Arrest vs. Restraint vs. Positioning Systems
  • Passive vs. Active Fall Protection Systems
  • Responsibilities of a Competent Person
  • Selecting Fall Protection System Components
  • Fall Protection Hardware Compatibility
  • Certified and Non-Certified Anchorages
  • Donning a Full Body Harness
  • Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyard
  • Self-Retracting Devices
  • Horizontal Lifelines
  • Vertical Lifelines
  • Ladder Safety
  • Detailed Inspection, Care and Maintenance
  • Calculating Required Fall Clearances
  • Fall Protection and Rescue Procedures
  • Rescue from Fall Arrest
Scroll to Top