Tower Climbing, Rescue & RF Overview

ARQIVA Gateway approved training provider – For persons who are required to access and work on lattice telecom structures.
Provides a range of skills for climbing, including the use of all safety equipment, RF hazards, tower rescue.

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Tower climbing, rescue and RF overview course

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ARQIVA Gateway approved Tower Climbing training provider.

This Tower Climbing course provides a range of skills for climbing, including the use of all safety equipment, RF hazards, tower rescue.

Includes the elements of a Safe System of Work, including equipment selection and pre-use inspection, RF hazards, use of tools, risk assessment, method statements and emergency procedures. Evacuation and rescue are practised at height.

Climbers will be expected to work almost entirely from within the confines of protected areas but are able to move to exposed areas if necessary to carry out straightforward work tasks.

Complies with the climbing elements of MOD JSP375 Advanced Climber.


Tower Climbing Course elements covered include:

All of – syllabus TFP0 – Introduction to personal fall protection (WAHSA ), plus:

  • Legal, personal and medical requirements for work at height.
  • Awareness of Radio Frequency hazards.
  • Risk assessment, method statements, emergency procedures.
  • Selection, care and maintenance of equipment.
  • Climbing techniques, ladder and structure.
  • Restraint, work positioning, fall arrest systems.
  • Use of ropes and knots.
  • Emergency procedures

Practical skills covered in this course include:

  • Safe use of Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Proper execution of simulated work task.
  • Lifting equipment up ladders using MATS kit
  • Competent rescue of casualty from structure
    – lowering a casualty
    – competent rescue of a casualty
    – monopole rescue
  • Ensuring safety of self and others.

ACWAHT (Advisory Committee for Work at Height Training) syllabus is also covered in this course.


The RF section is not sufficient to gain access to Arqiva sites – please refer to RF Hazards Awareness and Monitoring (Course Ref: TSK4U) half day course.


The Mast & Tower Safety Group (MATS) have created two new training standards which will come into effect from 2nd April 2018. From this date, our existing Tower Climbing, Rescue & RF Overview (ref: TTS2U) will be extended to comply with the new MATS standards.

The Tower Climbing & Rescue Course (ref: TTS2U) will increase to 3 days to extend the practical elements in line with the standard. The new 3 day course is aimed at new starters who will benefit from additional practical training on typical telecoms structures and in rescue techniques. Revalidation will be required annually.

Please note: After the 2nd April 2018, the Tower Climbing & Rescue Course (ref: TTS2U) and the Tower Climbing & Rescue Revalidation Course (ref: TTS2UR) will no longer include an RF overview module.

Candidates who require RF Hazards training should complete the RF Hazards Awareness & Monitoring 0.5 day course (ref: TSK4U).

All of these courses are approved for the ARQIVA Gateway system.

Tower Climbing Rescue and RF Overview Reval

Course Details

Duration: 2 days
Course Venues: Aberdeen, Kelvedon, Kendal, Leeds
Entry Requirements: Climbers should undertake a proper medical examination before undertaking work at height. Candidates should be comfortable with exposure to height. Must speak fluent English.
Instructor Ratio: 1:4
Course Code: TTS2U
Assessment: Multiple choice written test with discussion
Certification: heightec
Validity Period: 3 years (Tower Rescue Element - 1 year)
Medical Requirements: Physical fitness with no contra-indications for working at height. A self-certified statement of reasonable medical fitness will be required, prior to attendance.