TC1021 – Competent Climber



For experienced climbers who work on towers and other high structures and who have a foundation in the practical essentials of fall protection. (Authorized Climber Certified).

Competent Climber Telecom is an advanced tower climber training course meeting the needs of persons in positions of responsibility. This two-day training focuses on providing the Competent person with a depth of knowledge of the compliance requirements for implementing fall protection and fall rescue systems on the jobsite. Competent climbers will also gain a strong foundation in communication protocols, and the procedures and guidelines of accepted industrial rescue practices.


Competent Climber revisits the Authorized climber curriculum with the focus on problem solving and decision making, allowing further development in leadership skills as a “Lead Climber” for work and rescue at height.

ENSA Training for Telecom Work-at-Height Rescue has been approved by the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and covers Type 1, 2, 3 and 4 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-evacuation 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

Learning Objectives;

  • Establish the importance of a culture of prevention
  • Establish awareness and adherence to statutory requirements and company policies
  • Identify safety and equipment hazards and implement control measures through leadership protocol.
  • Establish an in-depth knowledge in fall protection and rescue system installation and instruction of use
  • Effect successful safety back-up and tag-line systems for rescue
  • Effect a successful self-rescue
  • Effect a successful rescue in descent
  • Effect a successful lowering a remote casualty inside and outside the tower structure

Course Duration Breakdown;
Day One – Classroom

  • Standards & Regulations
  • Written Fall Protection/Fall Rescue Plan
  • Competent Climber Risk Control (eliminate, substitute, isolate)
  • Fall Dynamics & Effects
    • Fall protection fields (at height, same level, dropped objects)
    • Hierarchy of Controls
    • Fall Clearance
    • Anchor Requirements

Day One – Hands On

  • Fall Protection Systems Installations and Care
    • PFPE Systems
    • Vertical Systems (temporary & permanent)
    • Horizontal Systems (temporary)
    • Suspension Systems
    • Fall Protection Anchor Systems (selection and rigging)
    • Record Keeping

Day Two – Practical

  • Fall Rescue Requirements
    • Rescue Equipment Preparation and 1st principles
    • Releasable Rescue Anchors & Rigging
    • Rescue Response
      • Incident Communication and Leadership
      • Rescuer Procedures and protocol
      • Medical Preparedness
  • Site Safety
    • Planning (JHA/Pre-climb Check list)
    • Authorized Climber Safety (Pre-climb)
  • Self-Rescue (Unreachable)
  • Ladder Rescue (One person)
  • Rescue in Descent (multi person response – outside structure)
  • Written Test

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.

Students are evaluated in accordance with NATE Authorized Climber main objectives All training in conducted in accordance with ANSI Z490.1 Accepted practices and criteria for health, Safety and Environmental Training

Resource Materials;
Telecom 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.

All training programs are structured upon a pass/fail determination criteria and are in accordance with ANSI Z490.1 – 2009 Criteria for accepted practices in safety, health, and environmental training and harmonized to Z10 American National Standard — Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems