Competent Wind Turbine Climber and Rescue & Refresher


Gravitec’s Competent Wind turbine Climber and Rescue & Refresher Course combines classroom sessions with practical hands-on exercises. Focusing on a planned approach to working at height, this course begins with basic fall protection theory, including the five methods of the fall protection hierarchy, and applicable local and state fall protection and rescue regulations and standards. It introduces the most common fall protection tools and methods utilized to protect climbers from the various fall hazards encountered on wind turbines with an overview of commercially available fall arrest systems. The function of each piece of equipment is discussed during interactive classroom sessions and followed with extensive hands-on activities to complete the fall protection learning experience. During the rescue portion of the course, students learn how to use common rescue devices to include, but not limited to, Tractel’s Derope (or similar), block and tackle systems, and Gravitec’s G4 Wind Turbine Rescue & Evacuation System.

Students will have the opportunity to practice their rescue skills using each rescue system in a controlled environment. Students’ skills are confirmed with problem-solving scenarios set up by the instructor and designed to simulate rescue events. Written and practical tests are administered to ensure 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.

Gravitec can supply all necessary fall protection equipment for this course.



5 Days (40 Hours)


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


March 27 – March 31, 2023
April 17 – April 21, 2023
May 15 – May 19, 2023
June 12 – June 16, 2023
July 17 – July 21, 2023
Aug. 14 – Aug. 18, 2023
Sept. 11 – Sept. 15, 2023
Oct. 2 – Oct. 6, 2023
Oct. 23 – Oct. 27, 2023
Nov. 6 – Nov. 10, 2023
Dec. 11 – Dec. 15, 2023


Upon completion of this course, students will be capable of using a planned approach to climbing and rescue using industry standard techniques and equipment. Students will be familiar with commercially available fall protection systems and fall protection and rescue equipment, and have the ability to identify job-site fall hazards. They will be capable of creating, selecting, and executing the most appropriate fall protection and rescue techniques for workers at height. They will also possess the knowledge and skills to implement all components of wind turbine rescue plans, including strategies for protecting rescuers and methods for anchoring, packaging and lowering. Students will understand and be able to use group problem-solving  techniques to plan and implement these rescues. Depending on where the course is taught, students will have the opportunity to create and implement rescue techniques that are best suited for that particular site.

  • Fundamental Theories and Principles of Fall Protection
  • Fall Protection Standards and Regulations
  • Donning a Full Body Harness
  • Fall Protection Hardware Compatibility
  • Function and Purpose of Energy Absorbers
  • Anchorage Points: Certified and Non-Certified
  • Connecting Means: New Standards and Designs
  • Energy Absorbing Lanyards
  • Commercially Available Fall Arrest Systems
  • Self-Retracting Lifelines
  • Vertical Lifelines
  • Horizontal Lifelines
  • Ladder Safety Systems
  • Suspended Work Positioning Systems
  • Selecting and Installing Fall Protection Systems
  • Rope and Knots
  • Calculating Clearance Requirements
  • Rescue System Components
  • Pre-Climb Checklists and Rescue Plans
  • Rescue System Selection
  • Four Basic Functions of a Rescue System
  • Turbine Evacuation Using Site-Specific Systems
  • Assisted Rescues Using Site-Specific Systems Over the Side of the Nacelle
  • Rescue Problem Solving
  • Equipment Inspection


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


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