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Ladders and Stepladders Inspection

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Ladders and Stepladders Inspection

Ladders & Stepladders Inspection

Employers need to ensure ladders are in a safe condition before use, and that regular inspections are carried out by a competent person. This course is designed for any person whose duty it is to inspect and maintain ladders at work.

At a glance:

• Current Legislation, Regulations & Guidance
• Roles & Responsibilities of Employers & Employees
• Pre-Use Checks
• Formal Inspections of Ladders & Stepladders
> Inspection Procedure
> Carrying Out an Inspection
> Frequency of Inspections
> Recording Inspections
> Advice on Repairs & Disposal Procedures
• Personal Hazards

E-learning option (theory session only):

The theory session of this course is also available as an e-learning option. Delegates can choose to complete the theory part of the course online at home, before attending the training centre for the assessment and practical session. Speak to your training centre for more details!

Course details


Minimum half day

Who Should Attend?

Those whose duty is to inspect and maintain ladders & stepladders in their workplace

Learning Objectives

Delegates will be competent to:

• Assess and determine when it’s appropriate to inspect a ladder or stepladder

• Record finding & recommend action to be taken if faults are found

• Accurately record details of ladders & stepladders

They will have an understanding of:

• What they need to know about the law and standards relating to ladders & stepladders

• Storage & handling of ladders & stepladders


The course is planned to run over a minimum of half a day.

Training Activity

• Slide led – trainer providing information and asking questions

• A group exercise on inspections & hazard analysis

• An individual questionnaire on inspection of Ladders & Stepladders

Assessment Process

There are assessment activities:

• Multiple Choice Questions

• Ladder & Stepladders fault finding

• Carrying, positioning ladders and stepladders


Open book exam with a pass mark of 80%


Suitable head / footwear and gloves during the practical session

Course Content

Current Legislation, Code of Practice, Regulations and Guidance affecting work at height

Trainer / Delegate ratio

Maximum of 1:8

Venue Requirements

A suitable classroom and practical area to accommodate 8 delegates for the theory and assessment sessions

Supporting Documents

Ladder Association summary notes for each delegate


A Ladder Association certificate and LadderCard will be issued to successful delegates who complete the theory and practical assessment sessions at the level they attend the course which has a five year validity period

Literacy, Fitness & Health

Delegates must be numerate, literate and have a good command of English. They should be fit and capable of lifting, carrying and manoeuvring ladders and stepladders during the inspection process


Must hold a valid Ladder Association Users certificate and LadderCard to attend this course