Competent Climber/Rescuer

3 Day Competent Climber/Rescuer – $1630 1 Day Upgrade – $695

The Competent Climber/Rescuer course is a 3 day course designed for experienced climbers and required for In-House Instructor candidates. A climber must have 90 actual climbing days of experience to qualify for the Competent level training. If a climber has been certified at the Authorized level in the last 6 months, he/she can upgrade to the Competent level with a 1 day add on. Many contractors and tower owners are requiring crews to have at least one Certified Competent Climber/Rescuer on the job, some require more.

This course teaches more advanced rescue techniques, self-rescue and rope access skills, rescue planning and response as well as victim evaluation and advanced first aid during rescue/suspension. The course prerequisites are passing and earning the Authorized Climber/Rescuer (2 Day Class) Certification portion of our training in the last 6 months and having at least 90 days of documented tower climbing experience. This Comtrain course meets the Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training ASSE/ANSI Z490.1, the NATE CTS and ASSE/ANSI Z359.2. This course meets the minimum requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program, found in the ASSE/ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code.
(Certification is valid for 2 years.)

DAY 1:

The first day is spent in the classroom. A combination of lectures, videos, slides and equipment demonstrations are used to ensure that students understand hazard assessment, fall protection and rescue.

The material covered includes pre-climb safety and planning, environmental and structural hazard assessment, tools and equipment, body mechanics, suspension procedures and emergency techniques. This is a full eight-hour session and often runs longer depending on student participation.

DAY 2:

The second day begins in the classroom with a review followed by a written examination covering the previous day’s material. The class then mobilizes to a tower and begins the field portion of training.

Basic Field Practice Tasks:

Students will hold a safety meeting and review critical issues. Students will perform a hazard assessment and then review the findings and complete a JHA. Each student is given a checklist of exercises to perform during the program. Everyone will climb and descend the tower using either a safe climb device, a vertical lifeline rigged as a temporary safe climb device, or both. Students will maneuver across the structure maintaining 100% connection and working with both lanyards and SRLs. Students will rig and use a temporary horizontal lifeline if the structure allows. Each student will perform two rescue exercises using an ascending/descending system, a suspension device, or both. One rescue will be done as the simulated fallen climber and one as the rescuer. Students will de-rig the structure and hold a post-exercise review.

DAY 3:

Advanced Field Practice Tasks:

Advanced candidates remain for the third day and will be required to complete a series of advanced field exercises on a communications tower. Demonstrations will include rigging skills, anchor point verification and fabrication, z-rigging, multiple self-rescue techniques, and other rescue exercises with differing levels of utilization of equipment & techniques needed for accomplishing the exercises.

Comtrain will maintain records of all training for future reference including:
Certification documents, tests, field checklists and student rosters signed by our instructors proving that the student successfully mastered the published material and exercises.

Student Textbook & other materials necessary for the course.

Upon successful completion and graduation the student will receive:
Certification Wallet ID Card

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(512) 275-6600

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