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In this CSCS Mock exam we take a look at some of the CSCS specialist working at height questions that you might be asked, these are just an example 30 questions that you will need to know the answers to if you would like to pass the CSCS specialist working at heights test and gain your CSCS Card.

To pass the exam you will need to get 47 out of 50 questions correct, it is very important that you understand the risks of working at heights. Working from heights and falling from heights is one main causes of fatalities and major injuries.

To get hold of your CSCS card you will need to sit the exam which will consist of 50 multiple choice questions, you will have 45 minutes to complete and answer all 50 multiple-choice questions once the test starts, these will include:

  • 12 behavioural case study questions
  • 38 knowledge questions (In this specialist test 6 questions will be taken from the specialist knowledge base)

After you have finished with this test why not try your hand at a full 50 question CSCS mock exam to see how close you might be to sitting your real test. All these questions are similar to what you will face, we even have some behavioural case study questions so you can get a feel for them and the types of questions you will be asked.

Working at Height Mock Test Questions

1. The Beaufort Scale is important when working at height externally. What does it measure?

a. It measures the load-bearing capacity of a flat roof

b. It measures the load-bearing capacity of a scaffold

c. It measures air temperature

d. It measures wind speed


2. Which of these must happen before any roof work starts?

a. A weather forecast must be obtained

b. A risk assessment must be carried out following the hierarchy of controls

c. The operatives working on the roof must be trained in the use of safety harnesses

d. Permits to work must be issued to those allowed to work on the roof


3. What is the main danger of leaving someone who has fallen suspended in a harness for too long?

a. They may try to climb back up the structure and fall again

b. It is a distraction for other workers

c. They may suffer severe trauma or fatal injury

d. The anchorage point may fail


4. What is edge protection designed to do?

a. Secure tools and materials close to the edge

b. Stop rainwater running off the roof onto workers below

c. Make access to the roof easier

d. Prevent people and materials from falling


5. When should guard-rails be fitted to a working platform?

a. If it is possible to fall 3m

b. At any height, if a fall could result in an injury

c. If it is possible to fall 2 m

d. Only if materials are being stored on the working platform


6. Who should install safety nets?

a. A steel or cladding erector

b. A trained competent and authorised person

c. Someone who has had experience of working with them before

d. A scaffolder


7. You are working at height from a cherry picker when the weather becomes very windy. What should your first consideration be?

a. Decide whether the machine will remain stable

b. Clip your lanyard to the structure that you are working on

c. Tie all lightweight objects to the handrails of the basket

d. Tie the cherry picker basket to the structure you are working on


8. You have been asked to erect specialist access frames using anchor bolts. Before you start work what should you not do?

a. Test the anchor bolts

b. Check the access frames are sound

c. Ensure that your assistant has their harness on

d. Assume that the access system is safe to use


9. What should be included in a safety method statement for working at height? Give three answers

a. How falls are to be prevented

b. The sequence of operations and the equipment to be used

c. How much insurance cover will be required

d. The cost of the job and time it will take

e. Who will supervise the job on site


10. When trying to clip your lanyard to an anchor point you find the locking device does not work. What should you do?

a. Carry on working and report it later

b. Tie the lanyard in a knot around the anchor

c. Carry on working without it

d. Stop work and report it to your supervisor


11. When is it not possible to avoid working above public areas what should be your first consideration?

a. To prevent complaints from the public

b. To minimise the number of people below at any one time

c. To let the public know what you are doing

d. ATo prevent anything falling onto people below


12. What should you do if a safety lanyard has damaged stitching?

a. Not use the damaged lanyard and work without one

b. Get a replacement lanyard

c. Use the lanyard if the damaged stitching is less than 5 cm long

d. Use the lanyard if the damaged stitching is less than 15 cm long


13. You have to lean over an exposed edge while working at height. How should you wear your safety helmet?

a. Wear the helmet back to front whilst leaning over

b. Take your helmet off while leaning over then put it on again afterwards

c. Wear the helmet as usual but use the chin strap

d. Tilted back on your head so that it doesn’t fall off


14. If you are working at height and operating a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP), when is it acceptable for someone to use the ground-level controls? 

a. If you need to jump off the MEWP to gain access to the work

b. In an emergency

c. If you need both hands-free to carry out the job

d. If the person on the ground is trained and you are not


15. What is the main reason for not allowing debris to gather in safety nets?

a. Small pieces of debris may fall through the net

b. It looks untidy from below

c. It could injure someone who falls into the net

d. It will overload the net


16. Who can assemble, dismantle or change a tube when you are fitting scaffold?

a. Someone who thinks they are able to do it.

b. Some who has the right tools for the job.

c. Someone who is competent and authorised.

d. The project manager.


17. Why should you not paint a ladder?

a. The paint will make the surface slippy to use.

b. If painted it could hide damage on the metal parts of the ladder.

c. The paint may hide any damaged parts.

d. It will need to be regularly re-painted.


18. You are up on a roof that is flat. How can you BEST make sure you will not fall over the side of the roof?

a. Use a guard rail and toe boards to protect the sides.

b. You can use white and red tape to mark out the edge.

c. If at the edge of the roof you put a warning sign.

d. Get someone to watch you while you are up on the roof and when you get close to the edge shout.


19. You can cross over a fragile roof only if?

a. Use the bolts to walk along.

b. You can a see sign pointing out that it is a fragile roof.

c. If you stay away from any and do not walk on the plastic panels.

d. With the use of crawling boards.


20. At the same time, how many people can use one ladder?

a. 1.

b. 2.

c. 3 if it is long enough.

d. 1 on each section of an extension ladder.


21. You go to use a ladder but you find that the ladder is damage, what should you do?

a. Use the ladder if you can avoid using the damaged parts.

b. Try and mend the damaged ladder.

c. Make others aware of the damage and do not use it yourself.

d. Do not use it and report it at the end of your shift.


22. You are about to use a ladder, at what angle should the ladder be placed?

a. 40°

b. 50°

c. 65°

d. 75°


23. You want to stop stacked materials from going over the toe boards, how can you best achieve this?

a. Fit brick guards.

b. Attach a large warning sign to the material stack.

c. Construct the materials in such a way that it will lean away from the edge.

d. By covering the stack of material with a net.


24. Some materials need to be lifted to a platform and a guard rail needs to be removed. You are not a Scaffolder. Can you remove the rail?

a. Yes, if you put it back as soon as the material has been landed.

b. No, Only a scaffolder can remove the guard rail but you can put it back.

c. No, only a scaffolder can remove and replace the guard rail.

d. Yes, if you put it back at the end of your shift.


25. Before a ladder is used, who should check it?

a. The person who is going to use it.

b. The manufacturer.

c. A supervisor.

d. The site safety officer.

261. You want to make sure the ladder you are about to use will be secure and will not have the chance of slipping, how can you do this?

a. Wedge the bottom of the ladder with blocks of wood.

b. You should tie the ladder at the bottom.

c. You can ask if someone will be able to stand with their feet at the bottom.

d. Tie it at the top.


27. You are working above water and there is a risk of falling, which TWO items of PPE do you need?

a. Wellington boots.

b.Waterproof jacket.

c. Harness and lanyard.

d. Life jacket.

e. Waterproof trousers.


28. Which Statement is true if you want to use a ladder to be able to get access to a scaffolding platform?

a. 2 people must be on the ladder at all times.

b. All of the broken rungs must be clearly marked and visible to others.

c. You must wedge the ladder from the bottom so the ladder will not slip.

d. It must be tied and extend about five rungs above the platform.


29. Objects can easily fall from a scaffolding platform, how can you best protect the people below?

a. Tell the people below to stop work and clear the area.

b. Use brick guards to stop anything falling below.

c. Make sure they are wearing safety helmets.

d. Tell them you will be working above.


30. In what circumstance will you be able to use a ladder as a place of work?

a. Only if you will be doing light work for a short period.

b. If you can find a ladder to use.

c. If it is long enough.

d. If other people do not need to use it for access.


View the Working at Height Mock Exam Answers


1. D
2. B
3. C
4. D
5. B
6. B
7. A
8. D
9. A,B,E
10. D
11. D
12. B
13. C
14. B
15. C
16. C
17. C
18. A
19. D
20. A

21. C
22. D
23. A
25. C
25. A
26. D
27. C,D
28. D
29. B
30. A



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  • Noel Geraghty
    November 5, 2016 / 6 years ago

    I found the answers very good

  • Michelle
    October 10, 2017 / 5 years ago

    Good example questions

  • peter
    July 30, 2018 / 4 years ago

    very helpful information

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