Competent Climber/Rescuer

Competent Climber/Rescuer – 3 Days $1630 – 1 Day Upgrade $695
Spanish Class (Competent Climber/Rescuer) – 3 Days $1690

The Competent Climber/Rescuer course is a 3 day course designed for experienced climbers and required for In-House Instructor candidates. 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, custom and generic video programs, slides and equipment demonstrations are used to ensure that students understand hazard assessment and protection.

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. Requirements and expectations are the same as for students going only through basic level, and advanced climber candidates mobilize at the tower with the rest of the class.

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

Call or email for a registration form:
(512) 275-6600