Tactical Rappel Operator – Non EFE



Tactical Rappel Operator – Non EFE delivers skills and applications for tactical high angle operations, including hostage rescue techniques (HRT).  

Students will learn the safe use of high angle personal protective equipment, as well as how to operate and manage personal tactical equipment in high angle environments.

This is a personal skill course intended for law enforcement officers or military personnel working within an established high angle program.

Please see Tactical Rappel Operator – EFE if you require training that addresses explosive forced entry.

Tactical Rappel Operator Non EFE Course Details


4 days


½ day classroom, 3 ½ days practical


Minimum 8. Maximum 12.

  • 18+ years of age
  • In good physical condition
  • Member of an established HRT capable high angle team



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

Required Equipment
  • Seat harness
  • Climbing or rescue helmet*
  • Sturdy boots (tactical boots or hiking boots are fine – steel toes are not required)
  • Pants made of durable material
  • Gloves with leather palms (work gloves are fine)

*Rental included in course fee

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Personalized skill sheet signed by the instructors
  • Certificate of completion

Tactical Rappel Operator – Non EFE Course Content

  • Tactical rappeling
  • Escaping a jammed descender
  • Difficult dispatch (edge transitions)
  • Communication
  • Climbing in urban environments (venue dependant)
  • Mobile/vehicle bridge retrieval techniques
  • Window porting
  • Balcony/window takeaways
  • On-rope tasks – weapons and munitions
  • Management of personal tactical gear
  • Emergency evacuation options
  • Introduction to crisis negotiation in high angle environments

We only offer this as a private course

Our private training courses ensure personalized hands-on training through human-based scenarios

Private Courses

Training Maintenance

If you have a group that would like to review their training together, the training maintenance program may be right for you.

Your group pays the instructor’s daily teaching fee and travel costs associated with bringing the instructor to your training location, along with an annual fee to be part of the maintenance program. This is generally a pretty reasonable approach for training departments because:

  • it allows us to deliver the training in small chunks every year, rather than in one big chunk every three years
  • it gives department members more annual hands-on time with their skills
  • new members can integrate into maintenance programs by jumping on an open course from our public schedule

We track your members, and their status on course content completion within a three year cycle, which mirrors a traditional three year recertification cycle.  It’s an excellent value for the cost, and allows you to review your skills in your own backyard.

The training maintenance program replaces the need to recertifiy your training on a traditional three year recertification cycle.

Sorry – there’s no individual audit program available for this course.

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