MATS Tower Climber & Rescue Initial Validation


3.0 Days

Course Code


Course Requirements


Ratio of Trainers to Trainees

1 to 6



The Mast and Tower Safety Group 3 day Tower Climb and Rescue course is designed for new climbers coming into the telecoms industry. The course framework managed by Energy and Utility Skills provides delegates with the key information and practical training to work safely at height and gain access to telecoms tower sites owned by Arqiva and others.

Our MATS Initial Basic Tower Climber and Rescue training course is designed for industry professionals working at height on high structures wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and require rescue status in line with 2005 work at height regulations. The course uses PowerPoint presentations, discussions on legislation related to working at height, followed by hands on PPE inspection. Delegates will be taught and assessed on practical elements of ladder and open structure climbing on a tower and the use of fall arrest systems on a selection of structure types.

Unit 1 Understanding Legislation and Safety Standards (Classroom)

Unit 2 Assessing Risk

Unit 3 Managing Common Hazards

Unit 4 Using Harnesses

Unit 5 Using Fall Arrest Lanyards

Unit 6 Selecting Appropriate Anchor Points

Unit 7 Using Fall Arrest Systems (Practical)

Unit 8 Using Work Positioning Lanyards 

Unit 9 Using Additional Fall Prevention Equipment

Unit 10 Developing Rescue Plans

Unit 11 Inspecting Rescue Equipment

Unit 12 Managing Suspension Syncope

Unit 13 Selecting Rescue Techniques (Practical)

Unit 14 Using Knots and Off-Weighting Techniques

Unit 15 Demonstrating Climbing Techniques

Unit 16 Carrying Out a Rescue   

Includes written and practical assessments. Non UK Delegates are required to have a good standard of spoken and written English.

Delegates will receive course certification from Energy and Utility Skills in the form of a EUSR card accepted by the MAST Tower and Safety Group – all individuals will also be placed on the Energy& Utility Skills Register – accessible 24/7. Certification is valid for 12 months within which renewal can be gained by attending the MATS Tower Climb and Rescue Re-validation course. Failure to renew within the 12 month period means that delegates will have to complete the 3 day initial course again.

Delegates will need to bring outdoor clothing suitable for seasonal weather conditions. Climbing PPE can be provided if required. If delegates prefer to use their own PPE kit – PPE inspection records must be provided.

Mon 01 Feb 2021

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Keer Bridge Depot, Scotland Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9RQ, England

3 places available on this course.

Mon 22 Feb 2021

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Keer Bridge Depot, Scotland Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9RQ, England

4 places available on this course.

Mon 20 Sep 2021

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Keer Bridge Depot, Scotland Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9RQ, England

6 places available on this course.

If you would like to take the course of a date not shown please get in touch to organise a training day to suit your company.

Please contact us on 01524 736510 or email us on