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Permit to Work Receiver & Issuer

Course Aim

The aim of this course is to enable a trainee to be able to; Receive/Issue the different types of Common Permit To Work (P.T.W) systems employed on building and construction sites, and apply the appropriate controls for compliance with the HSW Act and other relevant legislation. The code of practice for "Managing Hazards to prevent Major Industrial Accidents" recommends a P.T.W System.

Course Objectives

At the successful completion of the course the trainee will be able to:

  • Understand the legislative requirements associated with a Permit to Work system
  • Identify Responsibilities/Roles associated with Height/Confined Space Entry/Hot and Cold work /Excavation/Lifting and Cranage
  • Identify the hazards
  • Assess hazards to determine significance
  • Control significant hazards
  • Have emergency procedures in place
  • Able to fill out a permit
  • Understands that a permit authorises specified work only to be carried out.

Note: This can be run either as a Receiver only (US 17588) or as a Receiver/Issuer Combined (US 17588 and 17590).


P.T.W require trainees to demonstrate a level of written and spoken English. They must be able to read and interpret documentation and any supporting Certificates and report clearly within these documents: Equivalent to Level 2 English communication skills.
Permit issuers need to understand the nuances of the English language which may result in differential interpretation and therefore have legal consequence: Equivalent to a Level 3 English communication skill.
The unit standards 17588 and 17590 do not state that any pre-requisites are required.
However, if Permit to Work training is being completed in order to work at heights, or to work in or around confined spaces, we recommend training in those environments in addition to Permit to Work, such as:
18426 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined spaces
23229 Use safety harness system when working at height

17588 and 17590 combined – 2 days

1 day
MAX 10

Middle Content

NZQA Unit Standards

Apply for, accept and carry out work according to a work permit (receiver)
Issue worksite specific work permits (issuer)

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