Ladder Safety Training & Ladder Certification



What are my options for ladder safety training?

We offer three different training options for ladder training and ladder certification: kits, online and onsite. Learn more about each below. EN = English Language | SP = Spanish Language


Ultimately, what do I get when I purchase Hard Hat Training’s Ladder Safety Training?

The rules regarding ladder safety training can seem daunting. Let us help you get the ladder certification that meets compliance standards. With our ladder training, you can get yourself, or your crew trained and certified today in just two hours with your ladder certificate and wallet card printed and in hand. We make ladder training fast and easy!


What’s in the Ladder Training Course?

Our Ladder Training Course is built to regulation standards. This class discusses topics including ladder styles, inspections, general safety, common hazards, and more.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following standards for ladders:


  • 29 CFR 1910.25 – Portable Wood Ladders
  • 29 CFR 1910.26 – Portable Metal Ladders
  • 29 CFR 1910.27 – Fixed Ladders
  • 29 CFR 1910.29 – Manually Propelled Ladder Stands & Scaffolds
  • 29 CFR 1910.28, Subpart D – Scaffolding, Walking/Working Surfaces
  • 72 Subpart (.71-.77) – Scaffolds, Ladders and Other Working Surfaces for Shipyards
  • 118 & 119 – Marine Terminals: Fixed & Portable Ladders
  • 29 CFR 1926.1053 – Ladders
  • 29 CFR 1926.1053 Subpart X – Stairways & Ladders
  • OSH Act of 1970
  • 29 CFR 1926.21 – Training
  • ANSI ASC A14.1-2007 –Wood Ladders
  • ANSI ASC A14.2-2007– Metal Ladders
  • ANSI ASC A14.5-2007– Reinforced Plastic Ladders
  • ANSI ASC A14.7-2011– Safety Requirements for Mobile Ladder Stands and Mobile Ladder Stand Platforms.


  • CSA CAN3 Z11-12 – Portable Ladders
  • CSA Z259.12-11 – Fall Protection
  • C. – OHS Part 13, Ladders, Scaffolds, Temp Work Platforms
  • Alberta – OHS Code Part 8, Entrances, Walkways, Stairways, Ladders
  • Manitoba – Workplace Safety & Health Regs, 217/2006 Part 13
  • Nova Scotia – Occupational Safety General Regs Part 13.147, Ladders
  • New Brunswick – OHS Act, Part 11, Temporary Structures


Why do I need ladder training?

OHSA doesn’t have a specific standard for ladder training. However, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide a workplace that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.”

Canada, on the other hand, has applicable federal requirements regarding ladders. There are also several standards from different provinces and territories.

Because of these requirements, employers have a legal and ethical obligation to develop and maintain a workplace that is free from hazards associated with the ladder. Employees have the right to work in an atmosphere that promotes the safety and well-being of all.


Did You Know?

  • The step ladder was invented in 1862 in Dayton, Ohio. (Source: Fix Fast USA)

  • Just under 45% of fatal falls involve a ladder. (Source: Safety BLR)

  • Most injuries involving ladders were preventable. (Source: Safety BLR)


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Ladder Safety Training Frequently Asked Questions   

What are the different types of ladders?

There are countless styles of ladders, but ladders can be divided into three major categories. These categories are portable self-supporting ladders, portable non-self-supporting ladders, and fixed ladders. Portable self-supporting ladders are also called A-frame Ladders. They are called an A-frame because of the shape the ladder forms when it was set up. Because of their design, these ladders can stand up on their own and do not need to be set up against anything. Portable non-self-supporting ladders are often called extension ladders. They have to be set up against something for support but they are often much taller than A-frame ladders. The third style of ladder is a fixed ladder. These are permanent ladders that are attached to buildings. Fixed ladders often provide access to the top of buildings and construction sites. Each ladder style has different uses for the operator.

Do I have to wear fall protection when climbing a ladder?

Fall protection requirements differ depending on the nation, area, state province, industry, etc. According to OSHA, there is no set requirement for fall protection on a ladder, but fall protection is always a good idea, especially the higher you are on a ladder. In Canada, workers are required to tie in on a ladder if they exceed a height of 10 ft. on a ladder. Depending on the ladder, certain types of ladders have fall protection abilities or attachments available. For example, fixed ladders often have cages or platforms provided for added protection. But other forms of individual fall protection like harnesses and safety belts are also available.

How often do I need ladder safety training?

Everyone is required to receive training prior to using a ladder. Also, training is required for every time you start using a different type of ladder or the working conditions of the job site change in a way that might affect safe ladder use. After initial ladder safety training has been completed refresher training needs to be administered. And one may ask “how often do I need refresher ladder safety training?” As a general rule of thumb, refresher training should be administered every three years.

Do I need to inspect my ladder and how often should I inspect my ladder?

All ladders need to be inspected before every use. Because ladders are used so much they are prone to being damaged easily they should be inspected before each use. These ladder inspections should not be looked over or skipped. Ladders are such a commonly used thing that people often take no thought of the potential dangers associated with ladders. By performing a thorough daily pre-use ladder inspection you can avoid many dangers.

What do I need to look for when performing a ladder inspection?

When inspecting a ladder, you need to check all of the different components, in particular, the rungs, side rails, and feet. Look for things like bends and breaks in the rails and welding. Check for cracks and damage in the side rails. All of these things will weaken the strength of the ladder and could cause it to fail while being used. Other things to look for are rusted parts and dirt or grease covered components as well. These can cause you to slip or fall off the ladder. As you get into different styles of ladders like specialty ladders make sure you check all of the different components like extension braces, ropes, and pullies, rivets, spreads, etc. The biggest thing to remember when inspecting a ladder is to look for anything that could potentially lead to an accident, cause the ladder to break, or create a dangerous situation.


You might also be interested in our Ladder Poster.

Ladder Safety Poster - Included in our Ladder Safety Training Kit