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Tool Tethering
Competent Person Course

Course Overview

Master the process of selecting and applying cutting-edge tool tethering solutions to your existing tooling for safe work at height. This course aims to inspire and motivate those who work at height with tools — or who are responsible for those workers — to take action against the dangers of dropped objects, gain practical tethering skills and foster safety in the workplace.

Key Topics

  • Static Dropped Objects
  • Dynamic Dropped Objects
  • Drop Prevention
  • Preventative Controls
  • Mitigating Controls
  • Selecting Tethering Solutions
  • Tether Application

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at individuals, supervisors and managers who use tools at height. Every course is tailored to your unique working at height tool requirements, and trade.

  • Aftercare Access Aftercare Access
  • Valid For 3 Years Valid for 3 years
  • Valid For 3 Years Recognised Certs & ID's
  • Valid For 3 Years All Kit Provided
4h 15min 2 ½ h Theory Practical Break 1 ½ h 15min
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01 / Theory Phase

Put an end to
dropped objects.

After covering statistics and legislation that help you understand why tethering is so important, you'll not only discover what testing methods to look for when buying tethers, but learn how to safely transport and store your tethered tooling. You'll also learn classifications of different tool types and the options available for tethering them, giving you the skills to select and apply the correct tethers to your own tools.

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02 / Practical Phase

Tether real tools.

The real benefit of this course is the full three hours you'll get to physically practice selecting and applying a wide range of tethers to different types of tooling. We'll also show you how to use the Leading Edge tethering roadmap to help you find a complete tethering solution.

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03 / Tethering Expertise

Your passport to competence.

Correctly tethering a tool takes more than tying a piece of string around the handle. It's about fully understanding the risks, configuration and selection, equipment mechanics, usage and best practices. This course gives you the all the knowledge, awareness and practical skills to create a safe tool tethering solution.

Tethering Exam

04 / Proven Skills

Get certified.
With a Formal Exam.

We believe your employees Tool Tethering skills should be proven just like any other Height Safety course. That's why every trainee must sit a multi-choice examination to demonstrate their competence to use tools safely at height.

All Kit Provided

05 / Course Equipment

All kit provided.

We provide our own projector, screen, laptop, the latest tool safety products, and a bag full of tethering equipment and tools to deliver the practical and theory lessons. We just need somewhere to teach. So if you're booking a course on your site, don't forget to arrange a training room that can hold the appropriate number of people.



Your license to work.

By completing this course you will be awarded with an industry recognised Leading Edge license card and certificate. The card is valid for 3 years and requires renewal after the expiry date stated at the time of issue.

Tool Tethering Card
Tool Tethering Card
Theory Modules

Theory Modules

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  • Course Objectives
  • Why we need tethered tools
  • Company Responsibilities
  • Dropped Object Statistics


Foundations lays the groundwork for your training. We’ll discuss course objectives and prime you with essential background knowledge on the subject of height safety, covering the basics of why we need it, the devastating effects falls have on individuals, families and businesses and your general legal responsibilities and duties. By exploring historical references, statistics and legislation we’ll paint — in real terms — a picture of where we are today, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go to make the work place a safe place.

  • WAH Reguations
  • HSE Guidance
  • Codes of Practise
  • British Standards


As a manager or employer you have strict legal responsibility to keep your workforce safe at height. But while the WAH Regulations and British Standard exist for everyone’s benefit, being extensive jargon-filled documents makes them daunting and difficult for non-legal professionals to understand. Thankfully we do all the heavy lifting to pull out the clauses that are relevant to you and explain them one-by- one in layman’s terms, helping you understand how to comply with the law and prevent unknowingly exposing yourselves and your team to the possibility of future legal repercussions.

Drop Prevention

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  • Mitigating Controls
  • Pre-Work Conciderations

Drop Prevention

Through case studies you will cover statistics and legislation as well as the implication of a dropped object at height — helping you understand why tethering of tools is so important.

Product Testing

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  • Static Drop Testing
  • Dynamic Drop Testing

Product Testing

Through this module we explore how tool tethering solutions are tested, you will understand static and dynamic testing methods, safe working loads and safety factors. Helping you to confidently secure your range of tools and equipment with a suitable fit for purpose system.

Tools At Height

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  • Usage
  • Transportation
  • Storage

Tools At Height

When using tools at height there are other factors which can result in a drop of an object. Through this session, you will understand how to prevent this through applying appropriate tethering systems and techniques when; using, transporting and storing a range of tools.

Handle Classification

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  • Captive Holes
  • Captive Handles
  • Open-Ended Handles
  • Moulded Grips
  • Rotating Tools
  • Shapes Tools
  • Waisted Tools
  • Insulated Tools

Handle Classification

Through this session you will discover how to best tether your tools, dependant upon there configuration, usage and dimensions.


  • An independently marked multi-choice paper to test your knowledge.
Practical Exercises

Practical Modules

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Tethering Equipment: Configuration & Application

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  • Tethers
  • Lanyards
  • Tool Bags
  • Tool Belts
  • Tool Holsters

Tethering Equipment

This practical session, will allow you sample and try the latest tool tethering products from lanyards to tool bags, in addition to retrofitting vast variety of tethering methods to your own tools to create safe working solutions.

Tethering Roadmap

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  • Learn how to use the Leading Edge Tethering Roadmap to find a complete tethering solution for your tools.

Tethering Roadmap

By the end of this session you will be able to answer a few simple questions and follow the roadmap to find a complete end-to-end tool tethering solution for any tool.

Tethering Assessment

  • Practise selecting and fitting different tethering solutions onto a range of different tool types.

Tethering Q&A & Review

  • Ask questions and discuss any remaining tethering query you have with our tethering expert.

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