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2018 Certification Summit Course Offerings

There are four certifications available to attendees:

 


 

CWA Work at Height Certification for Competent Persons

Lead Instructors: Petzl Technical Institute
Day One: Monday, November 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Day Two: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Day Three: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $850.00 (CWA members), $1,150.00 (non-members)

 

Description: The Climbing Wall Association has developed a Work-at-Height Competent-level training and assessment program for commercial climbing wall operations. This course is intended for technicians working at height in a commercial climbing facility.

 

Participants of this training will have existing duties in their job functions, such as: hazard assessment; implementing your employer’s managed fall protection program; supervising authorized persons; performing rescues according to the employer’s rescue plan; and training of authorized climbing wall workers.

 

The course will combine instruction and evaluation in the selection and use of specialized equipment, use of various access methods for work-at-height, rescue procedures and policies and procedures a climbing facility must have.

 

Please review the standard, the student manual and the competent person assessment form within 72 hours of your registration for this course.


The goals of the program are to:

  • Educate owners and managers about legal requirements for Work-at-Height.
  • Provide candidates with guidance regarding an employer’s comprehensive fall-protection program.
  • Provide a means of promoting consistency and quality assurance for managed work at height programs.
  • Improve the level of competency of employees working-at-height in climbing facilities.
  • Evaluate the technical skills of employees working-at-height.
  • Prepare workers in the event of a work safety audit by a regulatory agency.

 

Certification participants will demonstrate their ability to conduct a basic hazard assessment, and demonstrate techniques for ascending, descending, positioning, self-belay, and rescue while working at height on a climbing wall. We will discuss the selection and use of appropriate PPE and various access methods and the application of certain work at height techniques used in industry to the climbing wall environment. Successful candidates should be able to implement a comprehensive work-at-height fall protection program.

 

You are welcome to bring your own climbing equipment – provided it is in good condition, it is inspected, and you have an inspection log – however, we will be providing equipment for this course.

 

Pre-Requisites for Work-at-Height for Competent Persons:

  1. You will be at least 18 years of age by the conclusion of the course.
  2. You can demonstrate proficient belay technique.
  3. You can lead climb 5.9 on artificial terrain.
  4. You have, or are provided with, appropriate equipment in good condition.
  5. You can demonstrate proper care, use, and inspection of Personal Protective Equipment.
  6. You can ascend a rope.
  7. You have knowledge of the regulatory requirements of the code of local adoption.
  8. The candidate has the physical ability to successfully complete the assessment.

 


 

CWA Work at Height Competent to Qualified Bridge Certification

Lead Instructor: Jesse Williams
Start Date & Time: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 8:00 a.m.
End Date & Time: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $395.00 (CWA members), $695.00 (non-members)

 

Description: The Climbing Wall Association has developed a Work-at-Height Competent-to-Qualified Bridge training and assessment program for commercial climbing wall operations. This certification will allow those who have successfully completed a recent CWA Work-at-Height Competent Person Certification to learn and demonstrate the skills necessary to “administer” a managed fall-protection program in a commercial climbing facility.

As an indoor climbing facility owner, general manager, director of routesetting, maintenance manager, or another role that oversees work-at-height, your existing duties should include hazard assessment; developing and managing a fall protection program; selection and management of appropriate equipment, developing and managing a training program; and the supervision of all climbing wall workers.

 

The goals of the program are to:

  • To educate owners and managers about existing legal requirements for Work-at-Height.
  • Provide candidates with guidance regarding an employer’s comprehensive fall-protection program.
  • Provide a means of promoting consistency and quality assurance for managed work at height programs.
  • Improve the level of competency of employees’ working-at-height in climbing facilities.
  • Evaluate the technical skills of employees’ working-at-height in climbing facilities.
  • To prepare workers in the event of a work safety audit by a regulatory agency.

 

Prerequisites:

  1. You are at least 18 years old.
  2. You can demonstrate proficient belay technique
  3.  You can lead climb at least 5.9 on artificial terrain.
  4.  You have (or are provided with) appropriate equipment in good condition.
  5.  You can demonstrate proper care, use, and inspection of PPE.
  6.  You have two-years work-at-height experience routesetting, or equivalent experience.
  7.  You have successfully completed the “Work at Height for Competent Persons” certification.
  8.  You can build an equalized anchor.
  9.  You can tie the following knots: figure eight, figure eight on a bight, Munter hitch, clove hitch, prusik, and an alpine butterfly.
  10.  You can tie off a belay.
  11.  You can ascend a rope.
  12.  You can demonstrate the ability to haul material using a drop proof system.
  13.  You have knowledge of the regulatory requirements you are subject to in your workplace.
  14.  You understand the fall protection hierarchy and can apply that knowledge effectively.
  15.  You can facilitate a prompt and efficient rescue on a climbing wall.

 


 

Personal Protective Equipment Training Certification

 

Lead Instructors: Petzl Technical Institute
Day One: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Day Two: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Day Three: Friday, November 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $750.00 (CWA members), $850.00 (non-members)

 

Description: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – selection, inspection and management. Become a PPE Competent Person with Petzl's three-day personal protective equipment training course.

 

Objectives: Learn to competently examine work-at-height personal protective equipment using the Petzl protocol and to create an effective PPE-management system.

 

Content:

  • Risk assessment and associated decision making.
  • Potential hazards associated with the use of PPE for protection against falls from height.
  • Legislation and current requirements regarding the management of PPE.
  • Definition of “competent person.”
  • General principles and uses of PPE.
  • Employer and PPE inspector responsibilities.
  • Understanding a technical notice.
  • Principal actions of the examiner: maintenance, returns under warranty, removal of products from service, etc.
  • Principal corrective actions: information to provide for the users and/or their management system.
  • Necessary tools and work environment to efficiently perform PPE examination.
  • Presentation of Petzl Technical Institute PPE examination protocol.
  • Pre-use checks, special inspections, thorough examinations, signs and symptoms, significance of any defects, criteria for removal from service.
  • Identify defects and damage which would result in the item being removed from service.
  • Inspection reporting.

 

Audience:

  • Professionals working at height (tower climbers, rope access techs, rescue teams, arborists, etc.)
  • Recreational users participating in vertical sports (i.e. climbers, cavers, canyoneers, etc.)
  • Persons and/or positions tasked with the responsibility of PPE examination (i.e. self-employed workers, health and safety managers, instructors, supervisors, team leaders and trainers.)
  • Companies/organizations performing third-party PPE examination services.
  • Petzl Technical Partners or Petzl Information Partners.

 


 

CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Provider

 

Lead Instructor: TBA

Day One: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Day Two: Friday, November 16, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $495.00 (CWA members), $595.00 (non-members)

 

Description: This certification training will provide an overview of the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Program for prospective providers. The CWI program provider course is a twelve hour course. There will be some lecture, but emphasis will be on demonstration, practice teaching, evaluation, collaborative learning and group discussion of the program. We will review program policies, the curriculum, and program implementation. A portion of the training will be spent evaluating the provider candidate’s skills and teaching ability, the remainder of the course will be spent in discussion and in training scenarios to further develop provider skills. We will review course flow from successful courses and discuss how to offer a consistent course, with fair student evaluation, effective feedback, and achieve a consistent international standard of evaluation. We will also discuss program administration, risk management and certain requirements providers must meet in these areas. The CWI Certification Program is designed to be easily integrated into a facility's existing staff training program if the owner/operator qualifies as a CWI Provider.

 

Please note: Preparation is required for this course. Provider candidates must be familiar with the primary program documents, including the Industry Practices, Student Manual, and Policy Manual prior to attending the training. Instructor will contact attendees beforehand to ensure eligibility and prerequisites are met. Please review the certification program information here: 

 

Pre-Requisites for CWI Program Provider:

  • Current membership in the CWA
  • 21 years of age.
  • Current first aid and CPR (American Red Cross Basic - 5.5 to 6.5 hours, or equivalent).
  • A resume or other document showing a minimum of 200 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor, showing expertise in indoor climbing settings.
  • Current CWA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor Certification. * (See below)
  • Climbing ability: 5.9 top rope and 5.8 lead on artificial structures.
  • Two non-related professional references, including contact information and phone number.
  • A signed agreement and attestation on file (found via link below)
  • Proof of insurance.

 

*If the candidate is not a current CWA Certified Climbing Wall Instructor, the candidate may complete an alternative qualification procedure documenting that the candidate meets the requirements of becoming a provider but showing a minimum of 400 hours of work experience as a climbing instructor. Exceptional and wide-ranging indoor climbing teaching experience, prior experience as an instructor or guide, or other certification will be considered as evidence of qualification. Click here to learn more.

 

 

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