Metal Trades

Short Course Vertical Rescue

This nationally recognised course in Vertical Rescue is designed to assist employers and employees who may be required to perform rope rescue to rescue injured personnel. The course is a mix of 25% theory content and 75 % class participation. Assessment consists of written responses to questions and observation of practical skills.

Participants will learn:

  • Breaking strains
  • Casualty assessment and packaging
  • Emergency management and interagency arrangements
  • Equipment characteristics
  • Operation of high lines (span line, Tyrolean etc.)
  • Operational briefing and debriefing procedures
  • Organisational procedures for cleaning and discarding equipment in terms of environmental management and sustainability
  • Organisational procedures for operating vertical rescue equipment
  • Personal hygiene protocols
  • Principles of suspension trauma
  • Reconnaissance techniques
  • Relevant legislation
  • Relevant workplace health and safety (WH&S) principles and practices
  • Safe working loads of equipment

Location, dates and times

Alanvale Campus

  • Next Intake:  To be advised
  • Please note, courses will only proceed with sufficient numbers – minimum 4 / maximum 10
  • Duration: 16 hours, plus Working with Heights if applicable
  • Venue: At a suitable work site, where a tower or suitable apparatus is accessible OR Alanvale Campus, Newnham
  • For bookings and further information call 1300 655 307.

Please note: If you are an employer, this course may also be delivered at your workplace at a time that is suitable to you and your staff.

Fees and Payments

2019:  $1,290 per person.  A concession rate is not available for this course.
Course prices for single employer groups are negotiable.

Please note:  Funding assistance is available from the Tasmanian Building & Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) for those that qualify under eligibility criteria. For more information see the Application Form and the TBCITB website.

Essential Requirements

Students must have completed unit RIIWHS204D – Work Safely at Heights before being accepted into this course, as well as PUAEME001B – Emergency First Aid OR HLTFA211A.


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Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


A Statement of Attainment for the units successfully completed, including:

  • PUASAR032A Undertake Vertical Rescue
  • PUASAR022A Participate in Rescue Operations
  • PUAEME001B Emergency First Aid or HLTFA211A

A TasTAFE Competency Card.


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