VSS-212 Authorized Climber/Rescuer

Class Limited to 8 seats

This two day course overlaps with VSS313 Competent Climber Competent Rescuer and is designed for individuals with little to no experience who have not yet been certified to climb or rescue and are required to have an understanding of the mechanics, parts and performance of the equipment used while working at heights. The curriculum presented exceeds OSHA regulations and meets ASSP (formally ASSE)/ANSI Z490.1 and NATE Climber training standards.

This course does not replace the hierarchy of standards that requires an authorized climber rescuer to work under the direct supervision of a competent climber/rescuer. Authorized Climber rescuer is the first step to meeting the standards of becoming a competent climber rescuer after passing this course, documenting 90 on tower work days and your employer attesting you are experienced and capable of advancing to a competent climber rescuer certification course.

Authorized Climber is an individual with the physical capabilities to climb, who may or may not have previous climbing experience, has been trained in fall protection regulations, the equipment that applies to working at heights and instruction for proper Use, Selection, inspection and care of that equipment.

To obtain certification in Authorized climber/rescuer students must pass a written exam with an 84% or above score in addition to a 100% score in field practical testing. Certificate of certification and photo ID card awarded after successful completion.

*VSS101 is recommended but NOT required

See our Training Calendar for class dates and seat availability.

Class Agenda


Course overview/objectives


Gravity does not take a break

Organized Confusion

*Policy, Standards, Rules, Regulations

Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS)

Harness, Snap Hooks, D rings, Carabiners

Inspection, Use, Care, Storage


Fall arrest/Fall restraint

Lifelines – Vertical/Horizontal/SRL

Rope ∞ Knots

Man Riding, Nets, Rails

Personal Safety/First Aid

Climbing Techniques/Best Practice

Hazards – Site/Environmental/Structure

Written Exam

Hazard assessment/JHA

Inspect ALL equipment & ropes prior to use

Maneuver around the tower practicing the information learned in class

Maintain 100% connection using fall arrest, restraint

Ascend/Descend ladder climb system

Descend on ropes using a device/rope grab

Create a rescue plan from instructor lead scenarios

Put into action the rescue plan as a rescuer

Put into action the rescue plan as a victim

Select proper equipment for each task presented

Instructor will observe accordingly and grade performance

Training Calendar & Registration

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