There are typically three levels of fall protection training that a location might require:
This training ensures people using the fall protection systems have the ability to inspect the systems and use them in accordance with the fall protection plan and the manufacturer’s requirements. These classes generally focus on conventional fall protection (restraint, positioning, arrest), but may also have to address other methods such as controlled access zones and warning lines systems.
Competent persons are trained to recognize fall hazards, remove employees from exposure, and apply the heirarchy of controls. They develop the fall protection plans and enforce the provisions. They are also tasked with training workers to follow the requirements of the fall protection plan.
This level of training generally requires two days.
Qualified Person Training
These individuals are tasked with solving special projects such as installing or evaluating an anchor or horizintal lifeline. Their qualifications are determined by the type of problem they are asked to solve. In other words, a person could be qualified for one fall protection problem and unqualified for another. Note that the policies of some locations require a qualified person to be a Registered Professional Engineer. The training time required depends on the task and the pre-existing skill(s) of the student.