Authorized Person Fall Protection

Brief Description:

The main objective of Authorized Person Fall Protection training is for workers to understand the mechanics and performance of each piece of equipment they are required to use on the job. The equipment is a tool and the training is focused on how to use the tools safely and efficiently.

Authorized Persons typically use pre-established fall protection systems and are not responsible for selecting anchorages or systems. The Authorized person knows how the equipment works but may not have the in-depth knowledge to determine what fall protection should initially be established. Authorized persons usually work closely with competent persons or competent rescuers.


OSHA CFR 1926.32 (d) "Authorized person" means a person approved or assigned by the employer to perform a specific type of duty or duties or to be at a specific location or locations at the job site.

OSHA 29 CFR 1926.503 Training Requirements for Fall Protection

29 CFR 1910.132-140,Subpart I) OSHA PPE Regulations

29 CFR 1926. Subpart M

All employees exposed to fall hazards in construction work need training in the recognition and avoidance of fall hazards and in the use of any fall protection systems to be used, pursuant to, as applicable, 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2), 29 CFR 1926.503, or 29 CFR 1926.1060.

ANSI Z359.2-2007 Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program

Training Requirements:

An Authorized Person shall participate in classroom training prior to being exposed to fall hazards in the workplace. Classroom training is defined as “A location that is conducive for the candidate to comprehend and retain the material presented.” The initial training at minimum must insure that the employee has had an opportunity to use the equipment in a safe environment. Furthermore, the equipment should be of like or similar type that the employee will utilize in his/her workplace. After this initial training the employee must work under the supervision of a competent climber or competent rescuer in the workplace.

Prior to certification, all candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Minimum of 18 years of age.
  2. Sign liability release forms and confidentiality statements.
  3. Show proper identification.

Authorized Person Fall Protection shall consist of these minimum requirements:

  1. Authorized person shall receive training, which covers the topics outlined in the OSHA and ANSI standards for fall protection.
  2. Authorized persons shall receive training before they are exposed to a fall hazard for the first time.
  3. Authorized person shall be evaluated per the program administrator’s criteria.

Course Delivery:

Classroom lecture and practical training

Course Time Line:

6 hours


  • Introduction: Performance, Regulations and Company Policy
  • Anchorages
  • Anchor Connectors
  • Snap Hooks and D-Rings
  • Carabiners
  • Full Body Harness
  • Energy Absorbing Lanyards
  • Work Positioning
  • Self-Retracting Lifelines
  • Vertical Lifelines
  • Rope Grabs
  • Ladder Climbing Systems
  • Horizontal Lifelines
  • Knots
  • Job Hazard Analysis
  • Introduction to Rescue
  • Inspection, Care and Maintenance


  1. Practical evaluation
  2. Oral evaluation
  3. Written exam
  4. Review of testing after completion of course


In accordance with ANSI Z359.2-07, the documentation for training and evaluation shall include the following:

  1. Trainer or evaluator’s name;
  2. Students name;
  3. Third party organization’s name;
  4. Dates and times of training or evaluation;
  5. Course objective and content
  6. Performance of candidates based upon observation of physical demonstration of skill and on theoretical exercises.

Re-certification Training Requirements:

In accordance with the standard ANSI Z359.2-2007 (, authorized person training shall be conducted at least every two years.


Employers responsibility to evaluate: It is the responsibility of the employer, not the training provider to determine if an employee is fit for employment. Having a certificate of completion does not guarantee the candidate’s performance at a later date, or how much information and skill a candidate retains over a period of time. The certificates acquired by candidates only demonstrate that they have completed the program.

On-the-Job Training (OJT):

Additional OTJ Training will be required and recorded by the candidate and the employer when encountering new PPE in accordance with OSHA 1910 and 1926 standards. These additional training hours should be recorded in the log book. Tasks learned on-the-job in which the apprentice must become proficient before a completion certificate is awarded. The learning must be through structured, supervised work experience.

Terms & Conditions

Bookings are regarded as confirmed only upon receipt of a full payment or a company purchase order.

Booking placed by purchase order are binding. Payment will be required in full for the number of candidates and duration of training specified on the order.

Entry requirements:

Candidates will not be accepted onto a course unless they can demonstrate evidence of compliance with the entry requirements for that course. Such evidence will normally take the form of valid certificate of competence. Candidates will be required to sign to confirm that they meet the pre-entry requirements including a statement of medical fitness prior to the start of the course. If a candidate is unable to meet the pre-entry requirements they may not be able to continue with training and without refund.

Provisional Hold Requests

We may provisionally hold a place for an agreed period of time, payment or purchase order will be required by the agreed date. A provisionally held place is not a booking and after the agreed date for purchase order or payment, may be offered to other candidates/companies.

Course Cancellation Fees

  • More than 1 months notice - refunded full amount less administration fee of $150.00 per person
  • Between 3-4 weeks notice of course date - 70% refund is given
  • Between 2-3 weeks notice of course date - 50% refund is given
  • Less than 2 weeks notice of course date - a refund is not available

Course Postponement Fees:

  • More than 3 weeks notice - no charge
  • Between 2-3 weeks - 20% charge to change
  • Between 1-2 weeks - 50% charge to change
  • Less than 1 week - 100% charge to change

Please Note:

  • If a candidate does not complete the course then a refund is not available.
  • Any instructor or admin expenses incurred pre-course commencement will be charged in full for any cancellation or postponement regardless of notice duration.
  • Training for work at height may involve physical exertion in conditions of exposure to height. It is essential that all candidates are physically fit and able to carry out the tasks expected of them without risk to themselves or others.
  • Impact Access, Inc cannot accept bookings for courses involving exposure to height from candidates with medical contra-indications against working at height. A non-exhaustive list of such conditions is given below:
    • Heart disease / chest pain and respiratory issues
    • High blood pressure
    • Epilepsy, fits, blackouts
    • Fear of heights / vertigo
    • Giddiness / difficulty with balance
    • Impaired limb function to include back problems
    • Alcohol or drug dependence
    • Psychiatric illness / counseling
    • Diabetes
  • It is the responsibility of the individual or organization making the booking to ensure that candidates attending the courses are free of any of the conditions described above or any other medical condition that could impair their ability on the training course to which they have subscribed.
  • By submitting a purchase order, the applicant asserts that candidates are physically fit for the intended course. It is unlikely that applicants can be certain of being free of contraindications without a proper examination by a medical Doctor.
  • A candidate will be withdrawn immediately and permanently from training by the instructor during any course time should the candidate exhibit ill health or inappropriate horseplay.