Working at Heights

Working at Heights

Working at Heights – Fundamentals of Fall Prevention


What is the Ministry of Labour’s requirements for working at heights training?

The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) requires employers to ensure that workers on construction projects successfully complete a working at heights training program if they may use specified methods of fall protection.

The program must be approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and must be delivered by a training provider approved by the CPO.

The working at heights training requirements apply to the employers of workers on construction projects who are required by O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects Regulation) to use any of the following methods of fall protection:

travel restraint system
fall restricting system
fall arrest system
safety net
work belt
safety belt

This training requirement is in addition to existing training requirements for workers who use fall protection systems on construction projects, as set out in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg.213/91).


Course Overview

This course provides workers with the basic fall prevention information they require to work safely in areas where they may be exposed to fall hazards. Participants receive the most up-to-date information with hands-on instruction from industry experts and trained adult educators who are experienced in working at heights. This course is delivered by CPO approved providers and meets MOL requirements for construction.

While Working at Heights is a great starting point, site-specific training is also required. After the in-class session, the employer must train workers on the specific hazards faced and types of equipment used on the job.

Working at Heights certification is valid for three (3) years.


Working at Heights Refresher Training


Who can take refresher training?

Only learners who have previously successfully completed a CPO-approved working at heights training program delivered by a CPO-approved working at heights training provider are eligible to take refresher training. Learners MUST provide proof of CPO approved training to qualify for registration in a refresher course.


When do learners need refresher training?

Learners who wish to ensure that their CPO-approved working at heights training remains valid must successfully complete refresher training within three (3) years of the date that they successfully completed an approved program.

Nonetheless, learners who do not complete refresher training within three (3) years may take it at any time after this three (3) year period to renew its validity. Workers who do not have valid CPO working at heights training will be unable to work at heights on construction projects in Ontario.


What if learners lose their CPO-issued proof of training?

Learners who have lost their CPO-issued proof of training card can request a replacement card by calling the Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre at 1-877-202-0008.

How does a learner setup/claim their account?

After the training class learners will receive an email notification from SkillsPassTM ( when their account is ready to be claimed. Follow the link in the email to the SkillsPassTM website and fill out the Account Link Form. Please check your junk mail if an email is not found in your inbox.

If a learner took a CPO training class before the new system was implemented the learner can go to the following site to set up and link their account


What is an Account Link Form?

The form is used to link learner training records with their account. The form must be completed and submitted to Bluedrop, to ensure the learner receives their accurate training records and are able to share and print the record. If you have any questions or if there was a spelling error please email


A learner has an issue setting up their SkillsPassTM account who do they contact?

For all SkillsPassTM related questions or concerns including spelling errors, please email


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