We specialise in providing over 100 different Health and Safety courses including the N711 Safe use of Ladders and Stepladder.  This course can be delivered on-site where we would come to you or come to us at our purpose designed training centre in Middlewich, Cheshire.  This training combines a mixture of both classroom based tutorial and practical ladder inspection and a final course assessment.

Aims and Objectives

To provide users of ladders and steps (and their Managers and Supervisors) aware of Safe methods of use, likely risks during use, precautions to be taken and the need for inspection.

Delegate Eligibility & Entry Requirements

This course is designed for candidates of all abilities. We can assist candidates with any learning difficulties or where English may not be their first language, please mention when booking a course.

Course Duration

10 Candidates: 1 Instructor, Duration: Half Day
During a day we can run two half day sessions for the Safe use of Ladders.
Alternatively we can offer a different half day course such as Safe working at Heights or Harness and Fall Arrest.

i.e. AM session for Harness and Fall Arrest followed by the PM session for Safe use of Ladders.
There are a number of courses options available please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more details.

N711 Safe use of Ladders and Stepladder

Course Content
  • Responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other relevant legislation and guidelines.
  • Selection, inspection and use of ladders
  • Correct use of ladders & safe systems of work, including:
  • Securing of ladders. Suitable conditions for the ladder. Correct ladder angles.
  • Ladder sections- correct overlap. Climbing and lifting of loads on ladders.
  • Working on ladders. Storage of ladders and carrying & transporting ladders.
  • Common hazards & how to control them.
  • Requirements for inspection of ladders.
  • Risk assessments and permits.
  • Accident prevention
N711 Safe use of Ladders and Stepladder
Learning Outcomes
  • Have a basic understanding of the dangers and their responsibilities
  • Be able to locate and identify the major components of the Ladder and explain their functions
  • Conduct all safety checks in accordance with manufacturers and legislative requirements
  • Select suitable type of Ladder relative to the work being undertaken
  • Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for Ladder use
  • Erect, dismantle and relocate ladder safely and efficiently
  • Carry out end of work inspections
  • Storage of Ladders and Steps
Certification & Validation

This course can be registered with our awarding body NPORS or accredited by us Kentra Training. We are a registered training provider and our cards are suitable for the HSE and insurances.

So candidates successfully completing this course will receive one of the following:

  • Kentra Training course validation and plastic (credit card size) ID card
  • NPORS registration and plastic ID card N711 Safe use of Ladders and Stepladder

If NPORS is required we will need to notify them prior to the course, so please mention this when booking.
Our instructor will take the candidates picture on the day of training, which will appear on their ID cards.

N711 Safe use of Ladders and Stepladder

The technical bit…


According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ‘All people using equipment at work must be adequately trained to ensure health and safety in its use, supervision or management. … People should be competent for the work they undertake. Training – along with knowledge, experience and skill – helps develop such competence. However, competence may (in some cases) necessarily include medical fitness and physical or mental aptitude for the activity.’

Course Requirements

This course can be delivered on-site where we come to you and use your equipment, alternatively you can come to us and we will provide everything you need for the course.

On-site Course Requirements

You will need:

  • A room for the theory session.
  • A safe area for the practical session using a selection of ladders and steps.
  • All equipment to be in good working order.
  • Candidates will need to know their own date of birth and National Insurance number.
Training Centre Course Requirements

For courses conducted at our training centre, in Middlewich we provide all the equipment, tools and supplies required to conduct the course.

  • Delegates will need to be suitably dressed to use the equipment, including safety boots or steel toe-capped boots. Candidates may wish to bring their own PPE to use (this includes hearing, leg and eye protection, helmet and gloves), alternatively this PPE can be supplied by us.
  • Candidates will need to know their own date of birth and National Insurance number.

Courses at our training centre can be run as open training programmes, meaning that if you only have one or two candidates, you can join a course with other delegates on a mutually convenient day.

How can we help

At Kentra Training Centre we are proud to offer a wide range of training courses and cater to the bespoke needs of our clients. Let us know when you need and how we can help you, and be sure of a friendly welcome from the team.

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We look forward to helping you with this N711 Safe use of Ladders and Stepladder course or any of your training needs.

The Kentra Training Team

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