Fall Protection (Alberta Edition)

Earn your Fall Protection (Alberta Edition) certificate upon successful completion of this course


Anyone who works at heights may be at risk of a serious fall while performing work tasks. This online Fall Protection training course aims to provide workers with the knowledge and skills needed to minimize fall hazards and protect them from serious injury or death.

While this course covers fall protection basics, it is not comprehensive of all fall protection training that may be required in certain situations and jurisdictions. Additional fall protection training may be required to:

  • Address specific supervisory and engineering responsibilities
  • Use specific manufacturers’ equipment
  • Complete manufacturers’ periodic equipment inspections and recertification requirements
  • Use specialty equipment and specialized systems including controlled descent devices, safety nets, and self-rescue devices
  • Prepare for specialized applications such as high angle rescues, pole climbing, and rope access work

Chapter 1: Importance of Fall Protection

This introductory chapter answers the question “Why do I need to take this course?” by highlighting the frequency of falls and the serious injuries that have resulted from falls in Alberta.

Chapter 2: Fall Protection Components

Fall protection systems are designed to keep workers from falling and protect them from injury in the event of a fall. These systems can be comprised of many different components. This chapter discusses the fall system components, and explains the inspection criteria, use, and maintenance of these components. The components covered in this chapter are harnesses, anchors, connecting components, life safety ropes, fall arresters, horizontal lifelines, energy absorbers, lanyards, and self-retracting devices. Finally, the course reviews common hazards and cautions related to fall protection components.

Chapter 3: Fall Protection Systems

Fall protection systems on the worksite are classified as either passive or active. This chapter covers personal and collective fall arrest systems, personal travel restraining systems, control zones, and work positioning systems and ladders. The course also reviews the hazards and cautions related to each system, and pre-use inspections.

Chapter 4: Fall Protection Calculations

This chapter discusses arresting force, the dynamic force acting on your body as your fall is stopped. To reduce injury in the event of a fall, it is important to ensure the arresting force is minimized. This is achieved through the use of proper equipment, which is determined by various calculations. In this segment, workers learn how to calculate free fall distance (FFD) and how to calculate the minimum amount of clearance required (CR) when using fall protection systems.

Chapter 5: Fall Protection Planning and Procedures

This chapter covers fall protection planning, hazard control, personal protective equipment, procedures in place of fall protection, rescue (including self-rescue), escape planning, and communication. The material addresses the employer’s responsibilities and requirements for fall protection planning. It also covers self-rescue hazards or cautions.


The course is presented with voiceover narration, and features photographs, videos, animated graphics, and activities to enhance the educational experience.


A 55-page pdf workbook is available to print and fill out while viewing the online course. The print material is also available after the training is completed and can be downloaded from the account home page.


This course focuses on the safety of individuals working in the field. It will prepare you to work safely from heights and will supply you with extensive knowledge in the following areas:

Module 1: Introduction and Alberta’s OH&S Act and Regulations

  • Types of falls
  • Statistics
  • Alberta’s OH&S Act and Regulation
  • Availability of specifications
  • Critical documents available
  • Equipment
  • General protection of workers
  • Duties of workers
  • Safety training

Module 2: Alberta’s OH&S Code (Various Parts)

  • Specifications and certification
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Entrances, walkways, stairways, and ladders
  • General safety precautions
  • Safety nets
  • Scaffolds and temporary work platforms

Module 3: Alberta’s OH&S Code Part 9, Fall Protection

  • General protection
  • Life safety rope
  • Clearance, maximum arrest force, and swing
  • Anchors
  • Duty to use anchors
  • Fall protection on vehicles and loads
  • Procedures in place of fall protection equipment
  • Work positioning

Module 4: Fall Protection Systems

  • Travel restraint and associated hazards
  • Fall arrest and associated hazards

Module 5: Personal Nets and Control Zones

Module 6: Anchorage Connectors, Carabiners, and Snap Hooks

  • Hazards
  • Additional length
  • Roll-out
  • Improper of incomplete engagement
  • Incorrect loading
  • Compatibility of materials

Module 7: Lanyards, Energy Absorbers, and Self–Retracting Devices

Module 8: Life Safety Rope, Fall Arresters, and Horizontal Lifelines

Module 9: Full Body Harness

  • Classes of harnesses
  • Donning the harness
  • Doffing the harness

Module 10: Inspection, Maintenance, and Storage of Fall Protection System Components

  • Body harness, anchors, and anchorages
  • Anchor and anchorage connectors
  • Lanyards
  • Self-retracting lanyards
  • Vertical lifelines
  • Rope grabs
  • Personnel nets
  • Control zones

Module 11: Fall Protection Planning

  • Fall protection plan
  • Hazard control
  • Rescue and escape planning
  • Self-rescue
  • Communication

Universally Compatible

This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 2 hours.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.