Tower Climbing Training Classes

VSS101 – Tower Climbing Safety – $350.00

This one day course will cover the fundamentals of tower climbing and PPE safety. Students will spend the first half of the day in class learning the basics of climbing, equipment, tower styles and site hazards. Balance of the day will be spent on a tower practicing and performing the tasks learned in class. Class is limited to 8 students.

*These tower climbing training classes are recommended for the person who is new to the industry and has no experience in tower climbing and climbing equipment terminology, use or inspection.

Authorized Non-Climber SafetyVSS211 Authorized Non-Climber Safety and Rescue – $800.00 
This two day class coincides and interacts with students taking VSS212 and VSS313. This course is developed for non-climbers such as ground workers, supervisors, and other tower site personal that do not climb but do need to know what safe climbing and suitable rescue procedures are. Class is limited to 8 students.

*VSS101 or equivalent is required to take VSS211 Authorized “Non-Climber” Safety & Rescue

Authorized Climber SafetyVSS212 – Authorized Climber Safety and Rescue – $800.00
This two-day class coincides and interacts with students taking VSS211 & VSS313. Authorized Climber Safety and Rescue exceeds OSHA1926.503, NATE CTS, ANSI Standards and recommendations pertaining to training requirements for fall protection safety. Students will be taught to understand the mechanics and correct procedures for selection, use and operation of the equipment and tools used on the job. This course also covers employee roles and responsibilities, OSHA law, company policy, site hazards, rope, knots, equipment inspection, care and maintenance, rigging, safety plan, coworker rescue, self-rescue, and controlled descent. Class is limited to 8 students.

*VSS101, equivalent class or 6 months verified climbing experience is required to take VSS212.

VSS3132  Competent Climber/Rescuer – $950.00

This 2 day course is limited to 8 students – Advanced Competent Climber and Rescuer is designed to exceed OSHA training requirements, NATE CTS for Competent Climber/Rescuer and ANSI training standards. This certification course is recommended for crew leaders, site supervisors, safety representatives and tower personal who are required to be certified in competent climber/rescuer. This training provides individuals with the required skills to safely distinguish evaluate and control hazards related to tower work at heights. Course will conclude with a full day of hands on tower training for proper selection of fall protection equipment, correctly rigging a variety of rescue equipment for a range of possibilities and, rescue of a victim considering the probable injuries sustained.

*VSS101, VSS212, equivalent class or 6 months verified climbing experience is required to take VSS3132

 VSS313R Advanced Competent Re-Certification – $550.00

This one day (10 hour)  re certification class is designed for previously certified advanced competent climbers only. Class is limited to 6 students. Course curriculum covers OSHA/ANSI standard changes/updates, product recalls, new products and equipment available.  Students will spend the first 2 hours in  a class room setting with class concluding on a 100 ft SST tower to preform self rescue, co worker rescue, pulley system rescue, hazard assessment, tower rigging and controlled decent using a variety of  equipment.

To register for this course a student MUST have previously been certified in advanced competent climber/rescuer by Vertical Safety Solutions or other reputable training provider. If previous training was from other than Vertical Safety Solutions student Must provide copies of wall certificate and wallet ID card (both sides) with registration. up to 5  business days may be needed for contacting other training provider to verify previous training. There will be NO exceptions to this prerequisite requirement. Class limited to 4 seats.


Our tower climbing training classes are designed to exceed the standards, regulations, and recommendations required of the tower industry who must provide fall protection and rescue training to tower climbers, regardless of their task on the tower. All courses consist of interactive classroom sessions, hands on exercises, and real time on a tower to enhance the learning process. Certification courses are developed to promote safety while climbing and exceed OSHA, ANSI, and NATE Climber Training Standards.

What’s Included?

Course materials include comprehensive manuals that are a valuable resource during training and in the field. Student manuals contain over 400 pages of information that each student takes home and can be referenced as needed. Certification courses require successful completion of a written exam and tower maneuver test. All courses are documented with individual student records that include exam results, skill observations, field check list, and class hours. In addition to giving our clients copies of pertinent credentials for an employee’s file, we also maintain all records for 5 years. Upon successful completion of all aspects of training each student is provided with a unique ID number along with wallet photo ID card and certificate of certification. Student participation is required for all courses.

Class Requirements

Students taking VSS212 & VSS313 courses are required to bring their own climbing gear to class, Vertical Safety Solutions provides gear for VSS101 and VSS211. Vertical Safety Solutions firmly believes a climber should be familiar with and practice in the same type of gear and equipment that is used on the job. We do provide a wide variety of different harnesses, connecting devices, and ascend/descending apparatus during class that can be tested and used by all students while taking any of the courses offered. If gear is needed for experienced climbers a rental fee of $50 per student will apply in addition to registration cost.

All of our tower climbing training classes are open enrollment and are held at Vertical Safety Solutions facility in LeRoy, MI. Seating is limited to 8 students per class. See our Training Calendar for dates, locations and class availability.

Registration Policy

Payment must be received in full to reserve student seat no less than 7 days prior to class date registering for. Class confirmation will be sent after registration is complete and payment is received.

Registration Policy – Payment must be received in full with registration form to reserve student seat. Additional class information will be sent after registration is complete. Cancellation Policy- If it is necessary to cancel your registration for a class the following policy applies. 15 to 30 days prior to registered class date – participant forfeits 50% of class fee, 50% will be reimbursed, cancellation can be rescheduled to a future class within 3 months with no reimbursement and 100% applied to rescheduled class.

  • 14 days prior to registered class date – Participant forfeits 100% of class fee or can apply to a future class within 3 months for an additional 20% reschedule fee.
  • If 6 student minimum required class participation is not met 7 days prior to scheduled date that class will be cancelled and 100% of registration fee will be refunded.