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Gravitec's Tower Climber and Rescue Competent Person Course is a combination of classroom sessions focused on fall protection theory and practical hands-on exercises for workers using fall protection and rescue equipment in the tower industry. Focusing on the use of a planned approach to working at heights, this course begins with basic fall protection theory and includes the five methods of the fall protection hierarchy, applicable local and state fall protection regulations and fall protection standards. It introduces common fall protection tools and methods utilized to protect climbers from the various fall hazards encountered at tower sites with an overview of commercially available fall arrest systems. The function of each piece of equipment is discussed during interactive classroom sessions which are followed by extensive hands-on exercises for a complete fall protection learning experience. During the rescue portion of the course, students learn how to use several of the industry's most common rescue devices to include, block and tackle systems, manually operated systems and Gravitec's TR (Tower Rescue) System. Students will have the opportunity to practice their rescue skills with each rescue system in a controlled environment. 

Skills are confirmed with several problem-solving scenarios created by the instructor. These exercises are designed to simulate rescue events. Upon completion of the course, students will have reviewed and participated in exercises demonstrating the skills necessary to perform a rescue using a variety of rescue systems. Written and practical tests are administered to ensure that the principles presented in the course are understood. Documentation is available to satisfy your company’s due diligence and regulatory requirements.

This course meets the Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training (ANSI/ASSE Z490.1), the highest industry standard for training. It also meets the requirements of ANSI/ASSE Z359.2, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program, found in the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code.

This course is recognized by the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) as meeting or exceeding the requirements of the NATE Fall Protection Training standard. Gravitec can supply all necessary fall protection equipment for this course.

Call Gravitec's Training Advisers at 1.800.755.8455 for more information.

Course Duration

5 Days (40 Hours)

Class Size

Minimum 8, Maximum 10 (1 Instructor); Minimum 14, Maximum 20 (2 Instructors)

This course includes the following content:

  • Fundamental Theories and Principles of Fall Protection
  • Donning a Full Body Harness
  • Anchorage Points: Certified and Non-Certified
  • Fall Protection Hardware Compatibility
  • Connection Means
  • Energy Absorbing Lanyards
  • Commercially Available Fall Arrest Systems
  • Self-Retracting Lifelines
  • Vertical Lifelines
  • Horizontal Lifelines
  • Ladder Climbing Devices
  • Work Positioning Systems
  • Selecting and Installing Fall Protection Systems
  • Calculating Clearance Requirements
  • Basic Rescue Theory
  • Pre-Climb Checklists and Rescue Plans
  • Rescue Systems Components
  • Anchoring the Rescue System
  • Descent Control and Secondary Systems
  • Connecting to the Patient: Positive Load Transfer
  • Lowering the Patient
  • Assisted Pulley Rescue (Less than 100') 
  • TR Rescue System use and application


Students will receive a plastic wallet certificate of attendance, Gravitec’s Tower Climber & Rescue Competent Person Manual and access to our toll-free number for ongoing technical assistance.


Gravitec is authorized by IACET to offer 4.0 CEUs for this program.


Gravitec’s Fall Protection Campus enables our instructors to create problem-solving sce­narios that simulate on-the-job responsibilities.

Test your skills on multiple simulators in our Fall Protection Campus: communication towers, nacelles, structural steel, etc. 

Our instructors are an elite, knowledgeable team in the field of fall protection and rescue.