Advanced Rope Rescue Technician

Advanced Rope Rescue Technician

Rope Rescue Technician Advanced - ER

The Rope Rescue Technician Advanced (RRTA) course is for rope rescue team members who already have completed a comprehensive basic training and want to continue to specialise. This training continues where the RRT course finishes.

The RRTA course examines advanced technical solutions. It elaborates on the use of multi-pods, monopod and A-frames, various configurations of steep, diagonal and horizontal spans, the use of multiple track lines in highline operations, industrial lead climbing, loads and forces, incident management and scenario training. This training is consistent with NFPA 1670 and 1006 standards for technician level.

Course length

5 days

Course content includes

  • Force calculations, advanced systems analysis
  • Complex rescue scenarios
  • Incident management
  • Advanced knots and achor point variations
  • Releasable jigger anchors
  • Lead climbing with a shepherd's hook
  • Lead climbing with self-placed intermediate anchors
  • First-man-up systems
  • Litter scoop pick-off
  • Vertical litter edge transitions with attendant
  • Advanced artificial high directionals (monopods, bipods)
  • Two rope offsets
  • Highline rope system - Kootenay highline
  • Highline rope system - English reeve
  • Highline rope system - Norwegian reeve
  • Multiple track lines in a highline system
  • Night scenarios
  • Rope rescue special problems
  • Team leader skills
  • Job risk analysis
  • Developing standard operational procedures
  • Developing and pre-planning rescue plans
  • Size-up and hazard analysis of an incident
  • Team briefing using a briefing model
  • Supervising and guiding an operational team
  • Communication with other emergency services
  • Performing a debriefing with a team
  • Use of incident report forms


  • RRO and RRT
  • Minimum age: 18

Qualification valid for

3 years

Taught by

  • Rope Rescue Technician Advanced Instructor