Everything you need to know about PASMA Training

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Although also a name for the accreditation behind the course, PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) is also typically known as scaffolding and mobile access towers.

The use of access towers training is to be able to assemble, mount and disassemble the equipment safely and securely. This is deemed as a temporary structure, which is used for workforces to aid in:

  • Maintenance
  • Construction
  • Repairing
  • Building

You will need essential training if:

  • You manage a team who use scaffolding
  • You use your own scaffolding at home
  • You use scaffolding at work

When looking at scaffolding towers, it is important to understand what different types of training there are.

Scaffolding training is typically a mix of theory and practical learning. The theory will be taught prior to learning the practical skills, as you need to gain an understanding of the health and safety procedures in place. This is to help you minimize risk of incident occurring.

PASMA towers are normally used to complete work from heights, or any other places that are difficult to reach. The purpose of the usage of PASMA is to mitigate the risk of an incident occurring, resulting in casualties.

When looking to book PASMA training, there are different course types for different environments and skillsets.

Towers for Users

This type is for a complete beginner to scaffolding training. If you have never used mobile access towers before, then this is the training you will need to complete.

Towers on Stairs

Also known as stepped towers and stairway access towers, this type is typically for those who have already worked with mobile access towers, but must enhance their knowledge and training to be able to work on stairs.

Low-Level Access

This type of training is also known as podiums, pulpits, room scaffold or podium steps. This is typically for those who are completing work at heights under 2.5 metres.

Working at Heights

Working at heights is also typically a beginners course. For those who are looking to begin using mobile access towers, they will need to learn the essentials in how to work safely and securely at certain levels of heights.

Do you need a PASMA Certificate?

Although it is not a legal requirement to hold a PASMA certificate, it is expected that all who are working with PASMA equipment should have the correct training to be able to stay safe and compliant. It is also highlighted in regulation five of the Work at Heights Regulation 2005.

“Every employer shall ensure that no person engages in any activity…in relation to work at height or work equipment for use in such work unless he is competent to do so or, if being trained, is being supervised by a competent person.”

The PASMA certificate is valid for five years, and is also widely recognised across the mobile towers industry. Once your certificate and card has expired, you must complete refresher training to re-validate your certification and card.

To prove that you have undergone the required training, you would need to show that you have completed the relevant training. This can be checked with your PASMA card that you receive.

A PASMA card states what tower types you are trained for, as well as showing the experience you have. These are set as abbreviations.






This is for those who are allowed to teach one or more PASMA course. The category abbreviation on the card defines what courses they can teach.



This means that the individual can manage the team who are working at heights.



The standard certification for those who are trained. The category abbreviation states what they are trained to use.



Professional Tower Rigger

Access Tower Specialist

Both these abbreviations mean that the individual can assemble complex towers. They typically do this as a career, so they will have taken very advanced training and can undertake advanced practical demonstrations.




Towers for Users


Low-Level Access


Work at Heights


Towers on Stairs


Towers with Cantilevers


Towers with Bridges


Linked Towers


Large Deck Towers

PASMA Virtual Certificates from January 2022

From 1st January 2022, PASMA halted the of issuing hard copies of certificates. All candidates who complete and successfully pass their PASMA training with 2 Start will now be sent a PDF copy of their digital certificate via email.

This change will mean certificates can be shared more easily and kept in a more secure way via a digital format.

Can you fail a PASMA course?

In short, yes. PASMA courses are assessed by an accredited instructor. If the instructor believes that you are unsafe during practical assessment, they will fail you. You can also be failed if the instructor feels that you are not taking the course seriously, or not paying attention.

How much can you earn as a PASMA user?

According to the Total Jobs salary checker, as of August 2023, a typical scaffolder can earn an average of £31,787, and a potential of £41k. This highlights the benefits of becoming PASMA trained, as you the knowledge and skills you will gain will make you favourable to employers.

Not only this, but having PASMA certified training as one of your qualifications will show the investment you have made towards building your skillsets. This is great to show off to employers.

Can I complete PASMA Training Online?

Although some PASMA courses involve theory-based training, it should be in your best interest to complete any mobile towers training at the training provider. This is because theory training is better learnt when studying with a team, which is where you can have group discussions about the competencies you must cover in your course.

Not only this, but typically, most PASMA training require students to complete practical training after the theory learning. This helps students put their knowledge into practice.

The duration of a PASMA course

The majority of all PASMA courses 2 Start supply last for one day. 2 Start do also offer IPAF & PASMA combined courses, which last for two-days.

When booking a PASMA course, you can have the training completed by your entire workforce if needed. You can also look at completing the training off-site if you have the relevant space and equipment for training.

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