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competent climber

AxcessRescue offers industry specific authorized and competent climber training. Our state of the art facilities in the NYC area, provide unparalleled opportunity for students to  climb towers, ladders, and other structure props providing training in the basic fundamentals of climbing and working safely and efficiently at height. In addition, basic and advanced rescue techniques are presented to provide for self and co-worker rescues.


Our courses exceed the NATE CTS Training Standard and we are a NATE member company. AxcessRescue Competent Climber programs are approved by general contractors and tower owners. In addition, AxcessRescue has been recognized by several major General Contractors including Bechtel and Black & Veatch as an approved training provider.

All AxcessRescue climber courses meet and exceed the following standards:

• ANSI Z490.1 adult training criteria in safety, health and environmental training

• ANSI A10.32 fall protection for construction

• Z359.2 standard minimum requirements for comprehensive managed fall protection programs

• NATE CTS standards

• OSHA regulations including 2017 Walking-Working Surfaces


We believe you will find our programs to be substantially improved over the current industry standard. Our courses are predominantly hands-on with an extensive variety of climbing and rescue scenarios presented in realistic settings, and incorporate new techniques. Students perform multiple skills and rescues and are given sufficient time to practice each skill prior to skill evaluations. In other words, you are performing the task, not just watching an instructor do it. We are unrivaled in student satisfaction.


Regarding Authorized Climber and Competent Climber terminology, as we follow the NATE CTS standards, a new, recent hire, or ground person who has less than 90 days of telecommunications tower climbing and work at height experience will be issued Authorized Climber certification and ID card. If the worker has employer documentation and verification that they have greater than 90 days of telecommunications tower climbing and work at height experience and the employer deems the worker Competent (has knowledge, experience, skills, and ability to recognize existing hazards and has authority to correct those hazards including stop work), we provide Competent Climber certification and ID card. As one can see, it is not prudent, nor ethical to issue Competent Climber certifications to those workers new to the telecommunications tower work environment. The Authorized Climber certification and ID card are acceptable to all major carriers, tower owners, and contractors.


Further regarding NATE: The NATE CTS outlines the minimum qualifications a first time climber should meet prior to climbing a tower (Authorized Climber). The next level of proficiency is defined as Competent Climber followed by Competent Rescuer. Although specific training can teach climbers important information, NATE remains steadfast in their belief that the experience received on the job cannot be accounted for in the classroom. Accordingly, NATE recommends that the employers of tower climbers be made aware that for advanced levels of training (Competent Climber and Competent Rescuer) a minimum of 90 days of work on a telecommunications tower should be required of anyone deemed to be trained above the Authorized Climber level. Additionally NATE states: Competent Climber applicants shall have as a prerequisite to Competent Climber training a minimum of 90 days, documented, full time, climbing experience as an Authorized Climber utilizing fall protection equipment.