TC1002 – Authorized Climber / Rescuer (NATE CTS)



This course delivers foundational training for technicians who work at height within the telecom industry and who need to gain a command of the issues surrounding access to telecom-related structures using personal fall protection and fall rescue equipment. During the course, students are taught the dangers related to work-at-height on a telecom structure. They are provided with the knowledge to recognize and control job site hazards and to implement safe access and basic rescue techniques.

ENSA Training for Telecom Work-at-Height Rescue has been approved by the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and covers Type 1 and 3 of the four types of rescue defined by the Work at Height Safety Association (WAHSA):

1. Lowering a remote casualty

2. Raising a remote casualty

3. Self-rescue by descent

4. Rescuing another in descent


Duration of Training 16 hours
Student / Instructor Ratio 8:1
Training Compliance OSHA 1926 Subpart M

ANSI Z359 Standards

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Learning Objectives:

  • Establish the importance of a culture of prevention
  • Establish awareness and adherence to statutory requirements and company policies
  • Identify risks and hazards in the work environment and conduct pre-climb protocol
  • Demonstrate the basic principles of fall protection equipment including care and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate the basic principles of fall rescue equipment
  • Perform a successful self-rescue
  • Perform a successful ladder rescue
  • Perform a successful lowering a remote casualty


  • Standards & Regulations
  • Approach to Fall Protection
  • Anchorages, Anchor connectors, Snap hooks & D-rings, Carabiners, Full body harness, Energy absorbing lanyards, Work positioning lanyards, Self-retracting lifelines, Vertical lifeline and rope grabs, Ladder climbing systems, Horizontal lifelines, Knots, Climbing techniques, Pre-climb check lists
  • Fall Rescue Requirements
  • Medical Preparedness


  • Authorized PFPE Inspection
  • Emergency Rescue Equipment
  • Basic Principles of PFPE
  • Post-Fall Suspension Mitigation Techniques
  • Conducting a Pre-climb Checklist
  • Basic Principles Safe Climb System and Ladders
  • Ladder Rescue
  • Controlled Descent (self rescue)
  • Lowering a remote casualty

The training environment may require the use of specialized access methods such as those employed within suspension and rope access practices. These methods may be utilized as effective safety tools within the delivery of this program.

These methods are not to be considered part of the course curriculum.

Resource Materials:

Authorized Climber Training Manual

Certificate, Wallet Card and Certification Helmet Sticker

All ENSA North America practical training provides the student with a layered approach to learning, and are implemented through a “Skills-Based Evolution Process.” A basic foundation is established through demonstration and performance of basic skills, and additional practical skills are then applied to effectively build and understanding of the complexities of work and rescue at height. This layered approach helps to achieve success through building the confidence of all who participate.

Written tests are reviewed, discussed, and corrected to 100%. This unique philosophy ensures all incorrectly answered test questions are corrected through group discussion to ensure maximum retention and understanding by all students.