Choosing the right PASMA course
PASMA training falls under the Health, Safety and Environment range of courses we have available. PASMA courses are dedicated to those working with mobile access towers and work to ensure a uniformly high standard of training in the UK.
Who are PASMA?
The abbreviated term ‘PASMA’ stands for the Prefabricated Access Supplier and Manufacturers Association. PASMA are a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1974, dedicated to the mobile access tower industry. They represent a range of members to oversee and provide the industry standard PASMA training scheme, as well as safety related publications, information and guidance.
The PASMA Scheme
The PASMA scheme has been in place since 1974 but as technology has grown, so have the courses and training options available for PASMA certification. As it stands in 2019, there are 8 different categories available for those who work with mobile towers to train in; these are:
• Work at Height Essentials
• Towers for Users
• Low-level Access
• Combined Low-level Access and Towers for Users
• Towers on Stairs
• Towers with Cantilevers
• Towers for Professional Riggers
• Towers for Managers
Candidates who sit and pass a PASMA training course will be awarded with the PASMA certification and card for the category they have trained in; it is possible to train in more than one category.
Choosing the Right PASMA Course
Choosing the right PASMA course will be largely dependent on the type of mobile access tower(s) being used in your job role; if you work with more than one type, then you will need to take training courses in all relevant categories to gain the correct certification.
Whilst the content of each course will be tailored to the type of delegates are being mobile tower being trained on, all PASMA courses cover common elements including:
• Instruction manuals
• Erecting and dismantling mobile towers
• Relevant British and European standards and legislation
• Work at Height Regulations, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
• Theory tests and practical assessments
• Safe working heights and loads
For further information on the range of PASMA courses we have available, all run by PASMA accredited trainers, please see the PASMA category on our website.