Upskilling opportunities from PASMA

Upskilling opportunities from PASMA

There’s a tower for every job – and a PASMA training course to match.

Completing a PASMA Towers for Users means you’re trained to work safely with mobile access towers – with a PASMA card to prove it – and can take on more responsibility on site. But did you know there’s also a range of upskilling opportunities now open to you?

Beyond Towers for Users
Towers for Users is a popular entry-level course which teaches operatives about mobile access towers – that’s a straight up and down, single bay structure. There is, however, a range of other towers available for use on more challenging sites, to overcome obstacles or to create larger platforms. Anyone who has completed Towers for Users is eligible to undertake further training on five of these additional tower configurations, which all fall under product standard BS 1139-6:

  • Towers on Stairways
  • Cantilever Towers
  • Linked Towers
  • Towers with Bridges
  • Large Deck Towers

Each type of tower has its own dedicated PASMA training course, so you can learn the specialist skills and knowledge needed to assemble, dismantle, move and inspect them. The courses also focus on components, potential dangers and required precautions.

The training courses

Towers on Stairways for Users

Stepped towers are designed to be used on a stairway – a spot where access is often tricky. In fact, they can also be used in other places where each end of base of the tower will be at different heights. Delegates are introduced to techniques for working on stepped surfaces and with components such as portal frames and props.

Cantilever Towers for Users

Cantilever towers are useful for overcoming obstacles, like window apertures, riser shafts or porches, as they have a platform protruding out from the tower. This course introduces techniques such as using ballast to stabilise a tower and enabling components such as cantilever frames and frame links. Plus, delegates learn about the different safe working load capabilities of cantilever towers.

Linked Towers for Users
Linked towers provide extra platform space and are often used to span the facade of buildings. This course introduces techniques for linking towers and enabling components such as walk-through and step-through end frames.

Towers with Bridges for Users
A tower with a bridge – that’s two or more towers connected by a bridge – provides a long, uninterrupted platform with a clear space at ground level. This means it can span an obstruction or leave an access route for vehicles or pedestrians. This course introduces new techniques for connecting towers and spanning obstacles, as well as enabling components such as bridge beams.

Large Deck Towers for Users
A large deck tower is an arrangement of towers and platforms that have been joined together at their sides and ends to create a spacious working area. They’re useful if you need to access a whole ceiling, for example for painting or electrical work. They can even be stepped, which is useful in places like cinemas or auditoriums.

About PASMA training

Each of these PASMA training courses lasts one day and is:

  • Led by an expert instructor
  • Hands-on – giving you real, practical experience of the tower
  • Formally assessed
  • Backed by the tower industry
  • Accredited by PASMA, the trusted experts on this equipment

PASMA training can be booked via a nationwide network of approved training centres, which are listed on its website. The courses take place either at the training centre or on your own site, and will always be delivered by a qualified instructor. The theory part of the course may also take place online. After passing each course, the new qualification will be added to your PASMA card.

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