PASMA Tower Scaffold on Stairs or stairways, sometimes known as stepped towers or stairway access platforms, course runs as a 1 day practical with combined theory which will equip you with the specialist knowledge you need to work safely with stairway towers and how to build them safely.

Note :  This course can only be taken if you have completed your PASMA Towers for Users. 

Aims and objectives

The aim of this course is to learn how, by using a combination of theory and practical work and to build on your existing knowledge of using towers, to introduce new techniques for working on stepped surfaces.

  • You can safely assemble, dismantle and alter stairway towers
  • How to safely use stairway towers
  • Learn how to inspect stairway towers
  • Look at ways to identify hazards relating to their use
  • What legislation, regulations and guidance are applicable to these towers

Course details

How long your practical session takes depends on your level of experience. You will need to bring PPE, including suitable head protection, footwear and also gloves.

Course structure

PASMA Towers on Stairs training includes both theory and practical elements. Therefore, you must complete and pass both elements to gain full certification.

The course is available at our training centres in Newcastle and Huntingdon.

Through a combination of theory and practical work, you will learn about:

  • Work at height responsibilities of employers, employees and suppliers
  • Standards affecting the manufacture and use of stairway towers
  • Where to find crucial safety information
  • When it’s safe to use a stairway tower, and when it’s not
  • Carrying out pre-use checks and post-assembly inspections on stairway towers
  • The components used in a stairway tower
  • Assembling and dismantling a stairway tower using 3T and AGR 
  • The components used in a stairway tower
  • Identifying hazards in the work environment
  • Avoiding personal health hazards
  • Good practices for the safe use of stairway towers
  • Moving a stairway tower
  • Accessing a platform safely


You need to have completed and passed your PASMA Towers for Users training in order to be able to book this course. Click here if you need to book this course first.

Furthermore, according to the PASMA Code of Practice:

  • The safe use of mobile access towers requires you to consult safety notices and read manufacturers instruction manuals. Therefore, you must have the literacy and language skills to be able to do this.
  • The assembly and use of mobile access towers can be physically demanding. Thus you need to be physically fit and in good health. It may not be suitable if you have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure or epilepsy, as well as fear of heights/vertigo, giddiness/difficulty with balance, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence or psychiatric illness.


You will receive a course booklet and PASMA Code of Practice together with a PASMA photocard for the relevant level. The certification is valid for 5 years.

Available grants

This course is eligible for CITB training grants. Find out more.

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