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Frequently Asked Course Questions:

Q: What is the course start time?

A: AxcessRescue courses start at 8:00 am unless otherwise stated.

Q: What are the course times?

A: AxcessRescue courses run from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm unless otherwise stated.

Q: Why does AxcessRescue require students to have a valid email address?

A: AxcessRescue provides only appropriate information that each student needs regarding our courses such as location, times, clothing needs, etc. We do not sell or give away this information. Additionally, for those seeking SPRAT Certification, SPRAT requires a valid email address for the person being certified.

Q: Are AxcessRescue course predominantly hands-on courses?

A: Yes. All of our courses are mostly hands-on. You will be expected to climb and descend, perform rescue procedures, and be very physically active.

Q: Are AxcessRescue tower (Competent Climber) course certifications accepted by major contractors?

A: Yes. Our tower course certifications are accepted by all major contractors within the U.S.

Q: Does a rope access certification replace a tower Competent Climber certification?

A: No. These are 2 separate and different certifications covering mostly different topics.

Q: Is a rope access certification meaningful in the tower industry?

A: There are some contractors and municipalities that require both Competent Climber and rope access certifications. Though a rope access certification is not currently widely accepted as a certification in the tower industry, it is strongly recommended as you can expect the tower industry to potentially accept rope access certifications in the future.

Q: Are rope access courses predominantly hands-on training?

A: Yes. The majority of the course time is hands-on. This includes very strenuous rope climbing and maneuvering.

Q: Does AxcessRescue provide all the necessary equipment for each student taking the rope access course?

A: Yes. All equipment is provided for use during the course. We provide an equipment list and recommended equipment dealers for students to purchase their own equipment after the course completion.

Q: I have my own rope access equipment. May I use it for the course?

A: No, at level I. For level II and level III, please consult with us to determine if your equipment is suitable for the training.

Q: Should I purchase my own equipment for the training?

A: No. It is best that you have the opportunity to try a variety of equipment to better enhance your ability to focus your purchasing on the exact equipment you need.

Q: What type of footwear should I bring to the training?

A: Footwear with good arch support and insoles that are not soft. Wide footwear such as running shoes and large size Keen brand can be difficult to insert into footloops. You will also be climbing towers and a firm insole will minimize foot fatigue. Steel toe safety shoes are not required.

Q: What type of clothing should I bring to the training?

A: Comfortable clothing that enables climbing and physical exertion. The summer months tend to be hot and humid. Be prepared to sweat. Shorts are acceptable. The winter months in New Jersey can be cold and the training facility stays on the cool side. Athletic outerwear such as sweatshirt, fleece, shell jacket may be advised during the winter months. We suggest you check weather conditions and forecasts prior to your travel to the training facility.

Q: What is the cost of a rope access course?

A: Rope access course prices are located here

Q: Are there any prerequisites for a rope access level I course?

A: Only that the student must be 18 years of age.

There are prerequisites for rope access level II and level III courses.

Q: Are any other licenses or certifications required to attend a rope access course?

A: No.

Q: I am very experienced in the use of rope including technical rescue courses. Do I qualify for direct entry into level II or level III?

A: Typically not, unless you have documented rope access work hours verified by supervisory signatures. Go to for complete direct entry details.

Q: I am a fall protection or rescue trainer. Do I qualify for direct entry into level II or level III?

A: Typically not, unless you have documented rope access work hours verified by supervisory signatures. Go to for complete direct entry details.

Q: Is rope access training and certification nationally and internationally recognized?

A: Yes. The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) is a nationally and internationally recognized certifying body.

Q: Do the rope access training hours qualify for continuing education units?

A: Yes if you attend a full rope access course and successfully complete that course.

Q: Does OSHA address rope access?

A: Currently, no. Standards are being written that will effect the future of rope access in the U.S.

Q: Do I need to be physically fit to participate in a rope access course?

A: Yes. A rope access course is very strenuous. If you are obese, have cardiac issues, cannot perform one full squat, have had any recent hand, shoulder (including rotator cuff), arm, leg, knee, back, or hip surgeries, you should not attempt to take a rope access course.

Q: Does AxcessRescue provide job placement services?

A: No. Many outlets to employment in fields that utilize rope access do exist. Each individual is responsible to locate those work avenues on their own. We try to work with each student to provide any information we have regarding this matter.

Q: What type of salary can a rope access technician expect to make?

A: There is a broad spectrum of pay ranges within the field of rope access. This can vary as to the types of skills a particular person has in addition to their rope access ability and certification. Trade skills such as ability to use tools, construction background, and other certifications such as NDT and inspection qualifications all combine to establish a persons pay rate.

Q: Does AxcessRescue provide courses in languages other than English?

A: AxcessRescue can provide courses in Spanish with special arrangements. AxcessRescue reserves the right to turn away students at our discretion that cannot speak, read, and fully understand the English language. No refunds will be provided in this case. Please contact us directly for information regarding courses taught in languages other than English.

Q: If a student were to drop out of the course as it was going on for any reason, can a substitute student come in her/his place?

A: No. Absolutely no refunds are given for a students inability to complete a course and no substitutions will be allowed.

Rope access is a method of getting a worker to an area to perform work. That work typically involves trade skills. Trade skills are the key to working in combination with rope access skills to perform work safely at height.