Perform pole top rescue

This unit covers the performance of pole top rescue procedures as an emergency procedure required in the workplace. It specifies the mandatory requirements of rescue from a pole top and how they apply in the context of the distribution work function. It encompasses responsibilities for rescue, health, safety and risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

Course Duration

1 day

Who Should Attend

People who are required to assist overhead lineworkers performing work on or near energised low voltage apparatus at the pole top.


The prerequisites for attendance at this training course are:

  • Network Authority Card (NAC)
  • HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Note: All prerequisites need to be current.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this course participants should be able to:

  • Prepare to perform pole top rescue
  • Carry out pole top rescue
  • Complete the pole top rescue procedure

PPE/PPC & Equipment Requirements

Level 1 PPE

  • Fall Arrest harness & pole strap
  • Minimum 500 V rated gloves (LV gloves)

Some of the practical training for this course will take place in an operational area. You are required to have/provide Western Power approved PPC and PPE requirements for the practical work. Refer to the Western Power PPE Procedure Sections 3.1 & 3.2, for these requirements.

Note: Power Training Services does not provide PPE, PPC and tools for training courses.


Written and practical assessments are included in this course. Participants will not be considered to have completed this course until all assessments have been completed to a satisfactory level.


Statement of Attainment

Associated Authorisations

On successful completion of the course
XPTR – Pole Top Rescue

For information on how to apply for an Authorisation, contact the Authorisations Team


Note: To undertake this course the client must provide the necessary plant and equipment, ie. elevated work platform

Assessments are made against units of competency.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.