PPE Thorough Inspection & Record Keeping (outdoor industry) training course

This 2-day training course will give an understanding of both the practical and legal requirements for periodical thorough recorded inspections on common outdoor activity PPE. This training course will show you the knowledge and skills that are needed by anyone looking to undertake their own workplace thorough recorded inspections. You’ll see many examples of damage and wear found on common equipment used in the outdoor sector, and have plenty of time to practice inspecting and recording with over 150 PPE items available throughout the course. At the end of the course you will know the legal requirements for PPE inspections and understand the process of conducting the inspection and recording the results.

The morning of day 1 is dedicated to the legal and record keeping aspects of workplace PPE inspection and management, which is essential knowledge for anyone who is intending to undertake the Competent Person role for their organisation. This straightforward theory session aims to make the ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘when’ of formal PPE inspection requirements in UK law clear. The remainder of day 1 and the first half of day 2 involve a mix of group discussions and individual practical inspecting and recording with the support and guidance of the trainer. After lunch you’ll complete an assessment question paper and series of inspections to generate the evidence of competence for your certificate.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at outdoor education centre and adventure activity business employees, equipment managers, freelancer instructors and the self-employed sole traders who are managing PPE used in outdoor activity delivery. This course is designed for people who have some prior experience of pre-use inspections and the use of outdoor activity PPE, or been involved with regular inspections but have never received formal training in the area.

A 1-day intensive version of this course can be run on demand for those with previous through inspection certificates who wish to renew their knowledge.


The course will have both a theory and practical element, with participants shown how to inspect common PPE and given many example items to inspect themselves. The exact equipment types used on the course will vary, but will include a range of:

  • Harnesses
  • Helmets
  • Connectors
  • Ropes
  • Slings
  • Metalwork
  • Complex items like locking descenders or ascenders
  • Buoyancy Aids

Equipment is representative of common items from outdoor business kit stores, including high ropes, caving and climbing gear.

The course will cover:

  • Gaining competence for the role
  • Workplace PPE law
  • Certification of PPE
  • Safety standards
  • Obsolescence
  • Inspection structure in an outdoor business
  • Storage & Quarantine systems
  • Inspection method
  • Common wear and damage
  • Practical inspection of lots of PPE common to the outdoor industry

The course days run from 9:30am to approximately 4:30pm, and include time for breaks and lunch.

What’s Included

The course fee includes everything that is needed. Over 150 items of common outdoor industry PPE are available to inspect during the training.

A training manual will be provided to each participant, along with note taking materials and other printed resources.

Participants who successfully complete an assessment question paper and practical inspection activity at the end of the course will be issued with a Certificate of Attendance, valid for 3 years. This course is not a ‘Competent Person’ ticket on its own, but does form part of the training and experience required by anyone looking to demonstrate competence to undertake that role.

What’s Not Included

Lunch or Transport.


£195 per person on advertised dates.
Private block bookings can be run at your own centre.

This course is run on a ratio of 1 trainer to 6 participants.

We can run this training as a bespoke course for your staff. Get in touch to arrange a private course.


29th & 30th January 2024 (venue TBC, Derbyshire)

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