PPE specialist / rescue equipment specialist

Specialists for PPE & and rescue equipment are individuals who have attended a training course on the "Basics for selecting, training and certifying specialists for personal fall protection equipment" according to DGUV Principle 312-906  and who have acquired appropriate knowledge in the field of personal fall protection equipment. A PPE specialist is adequately familiar with the respective regulations, rules and standards to be able to judge whether this equipment is safe to use and also being used correctly.

Conditions of attendance

Only such persons may become qualified who

  • are at least 18 years of age and
  • can prove that they have sufficient practical and theoretical knowledge as a result of their professional training and experience with regard to the use and handling of personal fall protection equipment in their relevant sub-areas.

You can provide proof that you meet the conditions of attendance through supplying approprite certificates or successfully completing an entrance test.

Training content and sub-areas

The general agenda for the PPE specialist course includes:

  • Tasks and duties of a PPE specialist
  • Regulations, rules and standards
  • Proper usage, care and storage of PPE equipment
  • Study of the materials used
  • Defects and damage
  • Testing of protective equipment and the associated documentation

Furthermore, DGUV Principle 312-906 divides the theoretical and practical content into the following sub-areas:

  • Personal fall protection (PPE) & rescue equipment
  • Cable access and positioning technology / rope-climbing technology
  • Mountaineering equipment in the sports and leisure area
  • High wire courses and rope technology in the experiential education sector
  • Tree care (provisions of the German social insurance system for the agricultural, forestry and horticultural sectors)

The knowledge and skills acquired must be demonstrated in a theoretical and practical examination at the end of the training course.

ABS Safety also offers training to get you qualified as a PPE specialist / rescue equipment specialist.

Due to the similarity of the names, we would like to take this opportunity to point out that this qualification differs from our training course to get you qualified to inspect permanently-installed anchorage devices.
(Please refer to our training programme to qualify as a Competent person for ABS systems)