Resource and Industry

Tower - Authorized Climber

Course Summary

Work safely on towers

If you perform work on a tower, this one day course is for you. After a review of the legislation and standards that govern this complex work environment, you'll learn about risk management, equipment, and fall protection techniques, among other topics. An emphasis on pre-climb safety will be evident throughout the course, and it will be made clear that understanding your tower's rescue plan is a key to a successful day on the job. Tower Authorized Climbers must work with or under the supervision of a Tower Competent Climber.

This course is consistent with the NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard.

Course Details


1 day (8 hours)


1/2 day classroom, 1/2 day field based


Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

  • 18+ years of age
  • A physical and mental aptitude for working at height
  • Ability to perform moderately strenuous activities



Repeat the entire course at a 15% discount every three years

Annual Training Maintenance

 Click here to read about the options available for annual guided practice.

Required Equipment
  • Class III full-body climbing or rescue harness*
  • Climbing or technical rescue helmet*
  • 100% tie-off Y-lanyard
  • Gloves with leather palms (ie. work gloves)
  • Work boots, hiking boots, or appropriate footwear
  • Long pants or coveralls
  • Appropriate protective clothing for weather conditions

* Rental equipment available. Click here for a price list.

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Ropes That Rescue Tower Rescue Manual
  • Itemized, personalized skill sheet (training record)
  • Certificate of Completion

For more details about technical rescue courses including what to expect and how to prepare click here for our Technical Rope Rescue FAQ.

Tower Authorized Climber Course Outline

  • Legislation and regulations
  • Tower safety and hazards
  • Basic risk management
  • Overview of standard equipment
  • Anchorage
  • PPE and PFPS
  • Options for fall restraint and protection
  • Ladder climbing techniques and systems
  • Vertical lifelines
  • Knots
  • Pre-climb safety
  • Climbing techniques
  • Understanding the rescue plan
  • Equipment inspection, care and maintenance


We only offer private Tower courses. Contact us for more information.

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