VSS-313 Competent Climber/Rescuer

Available as an open enrollment class in LeRoy, MI.

Advanced Competent Climber Rescuer Certification Training Class
Competent Climber/Rescuer is a two day course 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 to oversee work performed by Authorized climbers.


This training provides individuals with the required skills to safely distinguish evaluate and control hazards related to tower work at heights. The course will conclude with a full day of hands-on tower rescue training, rigging a variety of rescue equipment for a range of possibilities and, rescue of a victim considering the probable injuries sustained. This course is taught by lecture, power point presentation, and hands on interaction with harnesses, lanyards, connectors, tools, rope and rigging apparatus. Students will receive over 300 pages of educational information and resources contained within the student manual to be used during class and for future reference. Certification of training and photo ID card will be awarded at the end of class for successful completion of written exam, tower maneuver test and proper use of all rescue equipment.

Class size is limited to 8 seats

VSS313R Competent Rescue Refresher

This one day re certification class is designed for previously certified competent climbers only. Class is limited to 8 students. This course meets the annual rescue refresher 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 with in the last 2 years. If previous training was from other than Vertical Safety Solutions student Must provide copies of 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 8 seats

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Class Agenda

Introductions Course overview/objectives Definitions/Terms Gravity does not take a break Organized Confusion (Policy, Standards, Rules, Regulations) Gauge the Hazards Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) Anchorage/Connectors Lifelines – Vertical/Horizontal
PFAS – Inspection, Use, Care, Storage Ropes and Knots Man Riding, Nets, Rails Personal Safety/First Aid Hazards – Site/Environmental/Structure Safety, what’s The Plan? Rescue and Response Review, Questions, Discussion

Tower Maneuvers

Safety Meeting/Hazard Assessment

Select/Inspect PPE

Select/Inspect PFAS

Assist with rigging tower

Use safe climb cable/Lad-safe

Use lifeline with fall arrest

Practice rescue procedure with controlled decent device

Maintain three points of contact

Face climb using fall arrest Y lanyard Use ladder climb system Demonstrate appropriate knot and identify Climb under control and maintain 100% tie off Rig and perform rescue with Rollgliss pulley system Rig and perform rescue with DBI No Worries system Rig and perform rescue with Petzel ID system Perform self-rescue

Training Calendar & Registration

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