Tower Authorized Climber



If you perform work on a tower, Tower Authorized Climber 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.

Tower Authorized Climber Course Details


1 day (8 hours)


½ day classroom, ½ day tower site


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

* Rentals included in course fee

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Ropes That Rescue Tower Rescue Manual
  • Itemized, personalized skill sheet
  • Certificate of completion

Tower Authorized Climber Course Content

  • 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 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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