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PASMA - Tower on Stairs

Course Details

Duration: 1 day
Practical: Yes
Standards: BS 1139-6
Stepped towers, stairway access towers, towers on stairs… they’ve got various names, but they all do the same thing and there’s no prizes for guessing what it is. Of course, it’s a tower designed to be used on a stairway, a spot where access is often tricky. In fact, they can be used in other places where the ends of the tower will be at different heights too.
Towers are often used on stairways for painting and decorating, maintenance and repair, overhead installations and a whole lot more, meaning this course will appeal to a wide audience.


PASMA Towers on Stairways for Users will equip you with the specialist knowledge you need to work safely with stairway towers. Spend one day at an approved PASMA training centre with an expert instructor and go back to work knowing:

  • How to safely assemble, dismantle and alter stairway towers
  • How to safely use stairway towers
  • How to inspect stairway towers
  • How to identify hazards relating to their use
  • What legislation, regulations and guidance are applicable to these towers

Using a combination of theory and practical work, this course builds on your existing tower knowledge by introducing new techniques for working on stepped surfaces and new enabling components, such as portal frames and props.

Through a combination of theory and practical work, you will learn about:

  • Work at height responsibilities of employers, employees and suppliers
  • Standards affecting the manufacture and use of stairway towers
  • Where to find crucial safety information
  • When it’s safe to use a stairway tower, and when it’s not
  • Carrying out pre-use checks and post-assembly inspections on stairway towers
  • The components used in a stairway tower
  • Assembling and dismantling a stairway tower using 3T and AGR 
  • Good practices for the safe use of stairway towers
  • Accessing a platform safely
  • Moving a stairway tower
  • The components used in a stairway tower
  • Identifying hazards in the work environment
  • Avoiding personal health hazards

Your training instructor will give you an electronic or printed copy of the course notes and a PASMA Code of Practice that you can refer back to.

On successfully completing the theory and practical segments of the course, you’ll receive a new PASMA PhotoCard and Certificate that includes this qualification. You’ll see a new category on your card, ‘A5’ which means you’re now trained on stepped towers.

This course is suitable for anyone who will be using stepped towers at home or at work and has already completed Towers for Users, including:

  • Those who have never used stepped towers before
  • Those re-taking the course after an earlier qualification expires
  • Aimed at: Users
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Experience required: current Towers for Users qualification
  • PPE: suitable head/foot protection and gloves
  • Maximum class size: 8
  • Qualification length: 5 years (this may vary regionally)
  • e-Learning available: no
  • Remote training available: check with training centre
  • On-site training available: check with training centre
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Theory assessment (multiple choice / 80% pass mark)
  • Practical assessment

PASMA Training - PASMA - Tower on Stairs Course Dates

Date Location Places Comments Price From  
Sun 25/12/22
Start Time:
08.00 (Induction 07.45)
End Time:
Essex (Harold Wood) 0 Full day - Refreshments included, please bring your own lunch £180.00 Call to book.