Telecoms Level 1

Competent Climber & Rescuer  – Standard Tower’s & Monopoles

Course Code: TCL1-1005ie

Course Particulars

Duration: 40 Hours

Delegate/Instructor Ratio: 8:1

Prerequisite: None

Training Main Compliance:

HSA – Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Part 4 Work at Height.

HSE – Work at Height Regulations 2005/2007.

Course Information

This course provides the delegate with legislation, Knowledge HSA or HSE, Operator & MATS guidance involving lifting activities specific to telecoms.

This training course provides, through theory and practical exercises, the skills needed for proficiency in safe work at height and basic rescue within the industrial telecom tower environment for small base towers and monopoles.

It is recommended for persons who work at height on, towers or monopole towers and who are in positions of responsibility and need to manage safety and respond to emergencies at height, or are required to coordinate and/or implement written company Risk Assessments, Method Statements and Rescue procedures.

Understand the hazards associated to on-site ergonomics operations both on the ground and working on the tower.

This training also focuses on providing the competent person with a depth of knowledge of the compliance requirements for implementing fall protection and rescue systems on the work site. Competent climbers will also gain a strong foundation in climbing and rescue procedures and communication protocol of accepted industrial rescue practices. This course will also go through workplace awareness ergonomics covering both ground operations and at height operations focusing on prevention of personal injuries.

Hand signal communication protocol of accepted lifting and lowering of equipment on towers.

Scenario Based Training: The exercises presented in this course are a combination of classroom discussion and demonstration scenarios, major equipment application scenarios done in controlled surroundings, and skill application scenarios performed at height within multiple telecom environments.

Learning Objectives;

  • In depth knowledge in Competent Climber/Rescuer roles and responsibilities for safe work at height
  • In depth knowledge in Competent Climber/Rescuer roles and responsibilities for rescue at height
  • Implement a safe work environment for competent climbers under your direct management.
  • Site self-sufficiency when responding to emergencies at height.
  • Understand the importance of decisive action under a fast and effective response
  • Rendering aid specific to at height emergency situations.
  • Implementing through leadership a rescue procedure effectively within ICS protocol
  • Ergonomic awareness both ground and at height operations

Topics covered Include;

  • Local and EU Legislation
  • Introduction to Operations on Basic Two Meter Base Towers.
  • Hazard Identification
  • Manual Handling Ground Operations
  • Risk Assessment Documentation
  • Method Statement Documentation
  • Site Rescue Planning Requirements
  • Fall protection Systems Types
  • RF Safety Awareness
  • Suspension Syndrome
  • Lifting and Lowering Hand Signals
  • Ergonomic Awareness on Towers
  • Climbing Protocol and Procedures
  • Rescue Protocol and Procedures
  • Safety Management
  • Ergonomics Awareness Rescue
  • Trauma at Height
  • Standard Rigging and Hauling Techniques
  • Anchor Point’s
  • Leadership and Rescue – leading a multi-person rescue

Certification: All successful delegates will receive a certificate of completion on basic tower types for small Lattice type towers and monopoles valid for two years. Delegates will be qualified to manage authorized climbers who work and rescue at height, and for ensuring correct equipment selection and use for both safe access and rescue protocol.

Written and Visual Test

Written tests are reviewed, discussed, the delegate must achieve an 80% pass rate on the exam to qualify for the practical session of the course. All training programs are structured upon a pass/fail determination criteria based on both written and practical skills.

Resource Materials;
Training Manual

All Working at Height Group practical training provides the delegate with a layered approach to learning, and are implemented through a “Skills-Based Evolution Process.” A basic foundation is established through demonstration and performance of basic skills, and additional practical skills are then applied to effectively build and understanding of the complexities of work and rescue at height. This layered approach helps to achieve success through building the confidence of all who participate.

Specialized access methods such as rope access practices, are not to be considered part of the course curriculum.


Delegates must be medically and physically fit to do Tower Climbing and Rescue.


Follow on Course: Telecoms Level 2 Advanced Climber / Rescuer

This Course is only delivered by a competent and certified;

  • QQI Level 6 Instructor
  • EDF Level 5 Instructor

Working at Height Group Training Courses

All Working at Height Group training exercises are implemented under a “Knowledge, Skills and Attitude Based Evolution Process” which the delegate experiences as a layering approach.

All training can be conducted in accordance with the following Legislations;

(IE) Ireland – Safety, Health & Welfare Act 2005

(EU) Europe – EU Directive 90/269/EEC .

(UK) United Kingdom – Health and Safety at work ect Act 1974, It’s sometimes referred to as HSWA, the HSW Act, the 1974 Act or HASAWA.

(USA) United States of America – OSHA 1910 & 1926.