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What are “Training Levels” and which one is right for me?

Occupational health and safety legislation does not contain specific recommendations for training for high risk environments like swiftwater, surface ice and rope environments. Therefore, the level of training you require depends on the “standard-of-care” which is a legal term defined as the care that can be expected of a “reasonable” person. For more information on the OSH and legal implications of working in high risk environments, please see our Resources section, including What responsibility do I have to provide training those I supervise?; OHS responsibilities as spelled out in provincial legislation; and Federal law and implications for employers.  In the case of swiftwater, surface ice and rope environments, the level of training required depends on the degree of exposure you have to a particular hazard. Rescue 3, along with the safety and rescue training industry worldwide and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), recognize three distinct training levels that qualify you to work in increasing proximity to a hazard.

Training Levels

  • Awareness
  • Operations
  • Technician

The NFPA 1670 standard states the following in relation to training levels:

The Authority having Jurisdiction shall establish written standard operating procedures consistent with one of the following operational levels for each of the disciplines defined below:

1) Awareness Level. This level represtents the minimum capability of organizations that provide response to technical search and rescue incidents.

2) Operations Level. This level represents the capability of organizations to respond to technical search and rescue incidents and to identify hazards, use rescue equipment, and apply limited techniques specified in this standard to support and participate in technical search and rescue incidents. 

3) Technician Level. This level represents the capability of organizations to respond to techncial search and rescue incidents and to identify hazards use rescue equipment, and apply advanced techniques specified in this standard neccessary to coordinate, perform and supervise technical search and rescue incidents. 

If compliance to this standard is important to your organization please note that awareness or operations level personnel may not respond to a water, ice or rope rescue incidents without a team leader certified to the technician level. Operations level personnel may support and participate in a rescue but are not qualified to lead it. 

The NFPA 1006 Standard refers to the capability of an individual to perform technician level skills. The 1006 standard further defines a technician's skills into Levels I and II.  Our Technician level courses cover all the Level I and II  skills outlined in the 1006 standard. 

Scroll down to find your work environment (confined space, swiftwater, rope, ice, boat) and then read about the different training levels we offer.

 

Confined Space

Awareness - Learn more about our Awareness and Entry training.

Operations - Learn more about Operations level training.

Technician - Learn more about Technician level training.

Surface Water or Swiftwater

Awareness - Learn more about Swiftwater Awareness 

Operations -  Learn more about Swiftwater Operations 

Technician -  Learn more about Swiftwater Technician (commonly called SRT 1) and Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Advanced (SRTA) 

Technical Rope

Awareness - We do not provide a certification course in rope instruction at this level. On request, we are able to conduct 1/2 day info sessions for those interested in learning more about technical rope (low, steep and high angle) systems and the type of training and equipment needed for employees to work safely when utilizing these systems.

Operations - Learn more about Technical Rope - Fundamentals 

Technician - Learn more about Technical Rope - Technician

Surface Ice

Awareness - Learn more about Ice Rescue Awareness

Operations - We do not provide a certification course in ice instructor at this level.

Technician - Learn more about Ice Rescue Technician and Ice Rescue Technician Advanced 

Boat Handling

Our boat training is not categorized according to training levels. We offer a three-day Boat Handling course for both swiftwater and flatwater, for motorized or non-motorized watercraft of all types. We can also provide customized training sessions of one or two days, or 1/2 day info sessions for supervisors and managers interested in learning more about boating hazards and the type of training and equipment needed for employees to work safely in this high-risk environment.

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