Authorized Climber


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Course Duration: 2-Day/16 Hours
Certification Valid For: 2 Years

This course is designed for the new climber or those experienced but not yet certified. Content covers rules, regulations, and standards set forth by OSHA, ANSI, and NATE. They will learn about the various PPE types, wear, use, and inspection; a hazard assessment and preparation when working at height.

This course also offers physical training at a tower site where participants will discuss job hazard analysis, climbing, and using the PPE provided by your company. We will observe 3 points of contact and 100% tie-off utilizing the cable grab, Y-style lanyard, SRL & rope grab system. We will discuss work positioning lanyards and transition from surface-to-surface simulating work on a tower. A written exam is part of the course and requires a minimum score of 80% to pass.

Upon completion of Authorized Climber, participants will be able to demonstrate proper knowledge, understanding, and application of the PPE used and will possess the ability to maintain 100% tie off. A wallet card and certificate are issued upon successful completion. The AC certification is valid for two years.

The next step, Competent Climber, is achieved after the Authorized Climber has demonstrated 90 days of actual tower climbing experience and a signed attestation is received from the employer that they have designated the person competent. At that time, a new certification card will be issued.

*This course meets or exceeds the minimum requirements outlined in the NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard (NATE CTS).


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*This course is discounted for NATE members.

Course Reviews:

Date Taken: 05-19-14
Instructor(s): Bryan McCray

Student's Job Title: Primus Electronics
Years of Experience: 8

The training met my expectations: Strongly Agree
The training objectives were clearly defined: Strongly Agree
The amount of material was appropriate for the time allotted: Strongly Agree
The instructor demonstrated knowledge of the material and came to class well prepared: Strongly Agree
The instructor communicated effectively: Strongly Agree
The training aids (handouts, visual aids, etc.) were useful: Strongly Agree
The course and class sessions were organized: Strongly Agree
The course objectives were achieved: Strongly Agree
Suitable facilities and equipment were provided: Strongly Agree
The class allowed for student participation/discussion: Strongly Agree
How could this training program be improved? The student to trainer ratio was fantastic, nearly 3 students per instructor. My only regret was not signing up for the Competent and Rescue courses as well!