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Vertical Rescue Training Course

Course Description

Vertical rescue requires operators to correctly identify and use suitable access and recovery equipment combined with protocols to provide emergency response options in the case of an accident at heights or depths. Participants will be required to operate independently and as part of a team to complete the successful recovery of casualties from heights or depths.

Units of Competency

  • PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation
  • PUASAR032 Undertake vertical rescue

    Course Outline

    • Set up and check PPE
    • Identify hazards and risks
    • Undertaking operations in accordance with WH&S procedure, legislative and operational guidelines
    • Knotcraft
    • Vertical mobility using twin rope ascent and descent
    • Anchor systems
    • Preparation, inspection, carriage and stowing of equipment
    • Communication
    • Personal pickoffs
    • Twin rope rescue techniques
    • Pulley system
    • Lowering system
    • Belay system
    • Patient packaging and stretcher rigging
    • Team based pickoff
    • Casualty care
    • Environment considerations
    • Tracking line

    Mode of Delivery

    This course will be delivered via face to face at one of our leading facilities.

    Please note that our public training is conducted in the Illawarra region for all available dates. Any changes to this will be specified above, next to the date option. 

    For group bookings we can deliver this course at your location (click “Get a Quote” to find out more).


    This course is scheduled for:

    4 days of face-to-face learning and assessment

    Pre-Requisite and Entry Requirements

    Students holding a previous certification for the units of competency and are seeking recognition must supply their credential at the time of enrolment.

    Students must have language, literacy and numeracy skills (LLN) to interpret and apply relevant information to commence learning in this program. An LLN assessment may be conducted upon receipt of enrolment application to ensure each student has the appropriate level of skills required to undertake this course.

    PUASAR022 is a formal prerequisite for PUASAR032 and is covered within the program.

    Note: Individuals within the fire sector must hold HLTAID011 Provide First Aid for entry into this course. If you do not hold HLTAID011 please Contact Us before enrolling. 


    Students who successfully complete this course and demonstrate competence will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The certification will be issued by Risk Response and Rescue (RTO 90774).


    • $1,950 per person for public courses
    • For group bookings please click “Get a Quote” to find out more or Contact Us.

    Course Inclusions

    All course materials, handouts and personal protective equipment will be provided.

    Student Requirements

    Students must wear appropriate clothing and footwear when attending face-to-face sessions.

    Refer to the Participant Information Handbook for information about our policies and procedures.


    *Learning and assessment hours will vary depending on your existing skills, underpinning knowledge and prior experience and your commitment to your learning and practical application of activities.