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Level 3: Field Assessment

  • Issued: December 8, 2014
  • Content last reviewed: December 2014

Pre-Field Assessment

The field assessment will be scheduled by the applicant no later than twenty (20) business days from the date of notification sent by the ministry following completion of the desk assessment.

The ministry will notify the applicant, in writing, to:

  • Confirm a date and location of where the field assessment will take place; and
  • Request the applicant provide any relevant information within ten (10) business days of the Desk Assessment Completion notice, such as the name of the applicant's representative who will participate in the field assessment.

Field Assessment

The purpose of the field assessment is to confirm the effectiveness and delivery of the applicant training provider’s working at heights training program and verify the program content requirements are being met.

The ministry assessor will:

  • Arrive at the time and place agreed upon by the applicant and the ministry assessor;
  • Attend and assess the observable requirements throughout the day of training delivery;
  • Ask the instructor and learners questions throughout the day (when appropriate, during breaks);
  • Observe only and not be expected to answer questions in the classroom setting; and
  • Provide a high-level, verbal summary of the field assessment findings to the applicant’s representative prior to departure.

The applicant's representative will:

  • Ensure all resources required by the ministry assessor are available to complete the field assessment;
  • Ensure the instructor is aware of the time and place of the field assessment; and
  • Identify and provide any unique safety equipment that may be required.

The instructor will:

  • Deliver the course as per the training provider application submitted to the ministry; and
  • Participate in a high-level summary of the field assessment findings.

Post Field Assessment

If the training program meets the field assessment requirements in the working at heights training standards, the ministry will prepare and submit the field assessment report to the applicant within fifteen (15) business days of the assessment date. The field assessment report will be broken down into three (3) sections:

  • Section 1 – Required critical actions that must be taken to continue in the approval process (if applicable);
  • Section 2 – Suggestions for improvements to the applicant’s training program based on best practices or general observations made by the ministry field assessor; and
  • Section 3 – Key observations and findings used as the basis for Sections 1 and 2 above. This section may include additional observations requiring no action.

Applicants must notify the ministry in writing to:

  • Address the critical actions outlined in the field assessment report and provide changes or updates in the form of an action plan within twenty (20) business days of the ministry's last review of the training provider application (if required);
    Or
  • Withdraw their training provider application from the process.

If the training program does not meet the field assessment requirements in the working at heights training standards, the ministry will notify the applicant in writing that their training provider application has been rejected.

Upon receipt and review of the deficiency action plan, the ministry will:

  • Verify the action plan addresses all of the critical actions in the field assessment report;
  • Verify the action plan meets the requirements outlined in the working at heights training standards; and
  • Assess and evaluate technical or complex elements of the training program using an appropriate subject matter expert.

If the action plan addresses all of the critical actions in the field assessment report, an internal recommendation of the training provider application will be completed for consideration by the CPO.

If the deficiency action plan does not address all of the critical actions in the field assessment report, the ministry will, notify the applicant in writing that their training provider application has been rejected.

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