Petzl PPE Competent Person course

Our Promises

Expert and
Knowledgeable Instructors
Supportive and
Positive Approach
Facilities and Equipment
Student Resources


What you will learn

This course is perfect for professionals working at height (tower climbers, rope access techs, rescue teams, arborists, etc.), recreational users participating in vertical sports (i.e. climbers, cavers, canyoneers, etc.), persons and/or positions tasked with the responsibility of PPE examination (i.e. self-employed workers, health and safety managers, instructors, supervisors, team leaders and trainers.), companies/organizations performing third-party PPE examination services, Petzl Technical Partners or Petzl Information Partners. The course structure is comprised of a theory component and examination and a visual demonstration of items being put through drop tests!

These skills help encompass a safer way to work at height that meets regulation.

Topics include:

  • Risk assessment and associated decision making.
  • Potential hazards associated with the use of PPE for protection against falls from height.
  • Legislation and current requirements regarding the management of PPE.
  • Definition of “competent person.”
  • General principles and uses of PPE.
  • Employer and PPE inspector responsibilities.
  • Understanding a technical notice.
  • Principal actions of the examiner: maintenance, returns under warranty, removal of products from service, etc.
  • Principal corrective actions: information to provide for the users and/or their management system.
  • Necessary tools and work environment to efficiently perform PPE examination.
  • Presentation of Petzl Technical Institute PPE examination protocol.
  • Pre-use checks, special inspections, thorough examinations, signs and symptoms, significance of any defects, criteria for removal from service.
  • Identify defects and damage which would result in the item being removed from service.
  • Inspection reporting.

Courses We Teach

Below are the work at height courses that we offer. We have training locations in BC and Alberta with consistent training dates! All our courses are taught by our experienced and dedicated instructors. Make sure you check out their bios in our About Us section!


Efficient Solutions


Collaborative Approach


Professional and Knowledgeable Teams


Adaptable and Dependable


IRATA Training

IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) is based in the UK and it's Rope Access certification is internationally recognized. IRATA training consists of three levels of certification and we offer all three every month in BC and AB. Whether you are new to IRATA training, need a refresher, looking to upgrade, or need to recertify, our in-depth IRATA training program and instructors will equip you with safer and more efficient ways to do rope access on site.

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SPRAT Training

SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians) is based in America and aims to promote the safe use of Rope Access within our regulatory bodies here in North America. SPRAT training also consists of three levels of certification, which we host every month in BC only. Our methods of teaching aim to lay out the basics as clearly as possible; while inspiring you to problem solve and to be as efficient as possible. Team collaboration is essential for successful Rope Access technicians and we embody that nature within our Rope Access training.

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Tower Climbing and Rescue

Our Tower and Climbing Rescue program comes in two parts, Climber 1 and Climber 2. Both are in line and approved by STAC (The Structure, Tower and Antenna Council). This course is meant for technicians who have to climb and work on telecommunication towers. Custom and on-site training is available for this course.

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Petzl PPE Competent Person Course

Gain competency in the thorough examination of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This Petzl course is perfect for individuals who are responsible for equipment and work at height PPE inspections. But, we encourage all technicians to take this course to gain a better understanding of equipment inspection, which ultimately prevents equipment failure on site.

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Custom Work At Height Training

We understand that sometimes you need training for a specific work site or structure. Understanding the rescue procedures, protocols, and equipment for a particular job is important and you may not have someone qualified in-house to run this program. Our training team has helped many companies in this scenario with our custom rescue training. These programs can be completed at our facilities or on site.

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Pacific Ropes is an official Petzl Technical Partner.


Available Dates

Dates and Registration Form

If you do not see a existing PPE course date above, you can contact us to request a custom date.


Why should we come to Pacific Ropes?

We believe in life-long learning and there’s no better way to do it than doing it with our work at height community. With this passion, we’ve dedicated time and resources to ensuring our programs cater to different learning styles and are relevant to on-site work. Still aren’t sure? Check out our Google reviews below!


Corporate Training!

For our Corporate clients, we offer support and information to help them build an effective and safe work at height team. Your workers will walk away from our courses with additional resources they can use at work including manuals, videos, blog posts, articles and student learning platforms. In addition, to receiving special Corporate rates on all training and equipment, our Corporate clients are entitled to specialized services such as equipment inspection, engraving, custom open gyms, and more!

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Vancouver Center

Check out our training facility in Burnaby! We moved from Richmond to Burnaby in 2022 in order to expand our course offerings and upgrade our training facilities for our students! Come check it out!

Edmonton Center

Our Edmonton facility is jammed packed with new and up-to-date equipment. Check it out!

Google Reviews

Work At Height Training

Expert and Knowledgeable Instructors. Supportive and Positive Approach. Exceptional Facilities and Equipment. Comprehensive Student Resources.