PASMA training is a widely recognised training scheme that teaches people to use scaffold towers safely. When you pass a PASMA training course, you get a PASMA card. Your card shows employers or clients the level of training you’ve completed and reassures them that you’re competent to work with towers. There’s a range of different PASMA training courses available, but you’ll only need to take the courses that are relevant to your role and the types of equipment you use. Read the guide to PASMA training.
You should be PASMA trained if any of these apply to you:
There’s a range of different PASMA training courses available, but you’ll only need to take the courses that are relevant to your role and the types of equipment you use.
No, there’s no specific legal requirement relating to PASMA. However, workers should complete some form of training in towers and low-level working platforms before they use them.
That’s because there is a legal requirement for employers to ensure that no one works at height unless they are competent to do so. This is covered in regulation five of the Work at Height Regulations:
‘Every employer shall ensure that no person engages in any activity, including organisation, planning and supervision, in relation to work at height or work equipment for use in such work unless he is competent to do so or, if being trained, is being supervised by a competent person.’
It is widely accepted that competence is demonstrated through a combination of training, practical and theoretical knowledge, and experience.
As the Health & Safety Executive says: ‘The type of tower selected must be suitable for the work and erected and dismantled by people who have been trained and are competent to do so. Those using tower scaffolds should also be trained in the potential dangers and precautions required during use.’
So, when a worker will be using scaffold towers or low-level access equipment, their employer is likely to arrange formal training for them. This will not only help keep them safe, but also help the employer comply with the Work at Height Regulations.
It’s not mandatory for it to be PASMA training, although PASMA happens to be the most popular and respected qualification for this type of equipment.
If you’re outside the UK, your local PASMA training centre can advise you of local laws and requirements.
There’s a range of different PASMA training courses available, but you’ll only need to take the courses that are relevant to your role and the types of equipment you use. Our guide to PASMA training will help you figure out which courses apply.
They can! There’s an international network of training centres who have the facilities and equipment needed to conduct PASMA training. These training centres can run any PASMA course, except Access Tower Specialist. However, local demand, space restrictions and the availability of skilled instructors in their area might affect what courses they decide to offer. If you’re having trouble finding a course near you, let us know.
Some courses may not be available in every country. Check with your local training centre for details.
PASMA training takes place either at an approved training centre or at your own facility. The theory part of your course may also take place online. Training is always arranged through one of our approved training members, who deliver the nationally recognised PASMA training syllabus for competency in access towers.
No, there’s no official mock test. However, there are some ‘just for fun’ quizzes you can use to practise answering questions about towers.
PASMA runs training courses on:
There are dedicated courses for each type of tower and for low-level access equipment, so be sure to choose the courses that are most relevant for you.
If your card was still valid, you should be able to purchase a replacement from the training centre where you did your training. If you don’t know which training centre it was, we can check for you. Complete a lost card form and we’ll investigate.
If you know your certificate number, you can view your card online.