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CITCA’s training courses are taught by industry subject matter experts, and CITCA programs have been recognized and accepted by OSHA, and accepted by all major industry leaders including Bechtel, American Tower, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Crown Castle, SBA, Goodman Networks, and many others. All CITCA training programs meet or exceed ANSI and OSHA standards. With 6 regional training location across the US, our goal is to make CITCA training easy to access and affordable to clients in any part of the nation. We also provide on-site training at our customers locations.

Student/Instructor Ratio for all practical skills / competency based classes 8:1

All CITCA programs meet or exceed OSHA, ANSI, and NATE CTS

Authorized Climber

Course Length: 1 Day/8 Hours

Designed for the new climber or those experienced but not yet certified. Content covers rules, regulations and standards set forth by OSHA, ANSI and NATE; PPE types, wear, use, and inspection; a hazard assessment and preparation when working at height.

This course also offers physical training at a tower site where participants will discuss job hazard analysis, climbing, and using the PPE provided by your company. We will observe 3 points of contact and 100% tie off at all times utilizing the cable grab, Y-style lanyard, SRL & rope grab system. We will discuss work positioning lanyards and transition from surface to surface simulating work on a tower. A written exam is part of the course, and requires a minimum score of 80% to pass.

Upon completion of Authorized Climber, participants will be able to demonstrate proper knowledge, understanding and application of the PPE used and will possess the ability to maintain 100% tie off at all times. A wallet card and certificate is issued upon successful completion.

The next step, Competent Climber, is achieved after the Authorized Climber has demonstrated 90 days of actual tower climbing experience as attested by the employed company.

Authorized Rescuer

Course Length: 3 Days/24 Hours

The course is designed to teach the climber what to expect in an emergency and how to properly react and recover from an emergency. CITCA will provide a rescue kit that includes multiple descent/rescue devices. We recommend bringing your descent device to train on the exact equipment you will be using.

Course content includes a review of OSHA, ANSI and NFPA (rescue) standards, an extensive PPE inspection,, the medical effects of being suspended & immobile, and self rescue techniques. Ropes & Knots are also reviewed and learned for the specific needs in a rescue and having a second human attached to the line. Authorized Rescuer also covers victim lowering and mechanical advantage, tandem rescue,and to team situational rescues which uses techniques taught in class.

A written exam is part of the course, and requires a minimum score of 80% to pass.

A wallet card and certificate is issued upon successful completion.

This course is the first step in becoming a Competent Rescuer. The last steps achieved at your company are: being designated capable of implementing, supervising and monitoring a rescue at height and will also have the responsibility to implement the site rescue plan. Once your company attest to the last two requirements, CITCA will issue a Competent Rescuer wallet card. The AR/CR certification is valid for two-years.

Train the Trainer

Course Length: 1 Day/8 Hours

The class prepares the student for the Train the Trainer program also referred to as an ‘in-house’ instructor/trainer. Participants will receive learn to deliver all of the components of the CITCA program to their own employees. This course covers both paperwork and presentation methods, providing participants with tips to adapt to their own learning environments. Participants will also learn knot teaching. Participants are evaluated as they present a portion of the program to their peers in class. Prerequisite: CITCA Competent Climber and Competent Rescuer Upon completion participants must teach a minimum of two certifying classes per year and return for a one-day TTT refresher class.

The TTT will receive a USB flash drive with all the necessary documentation to complete a course including test & answers, as well as access to the field staff for support when it is needed.

Train the Trainer Recertification

The Authorized Climber remains valid while those certified are employed by the company providing training.

The Competent Climber is valid as long as employer states participants are competent.

The Authorized Rescuer/Competent Rescuer is valid for two years from class completion at which time the A/R refresher is needed. The Authorized/Competent rescue refresher is two day/16-hours of hands on review and demonstration.

The Train the Trainer is valid for one year. At the end of that time, a one-day refresher is needed as well as two certifying classes within that calendar year.

OSHA 10: Construction Industry Outreach Training Program

Course Length: 2 Days/10 Hours

The OSHA 10 Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program is intended to provide an entry level construction worker’s general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site. The course will cover all required OSHA modules including:

  • Introduction to OSHA and the OSH Act
  • General safety and Health Provisions
  • Health Hazards: Hazard Communication
  • Health Hazards: Hazardous Materials
  • Cranes and Rigging
  • Focus Four: Electrical Safety
  • Struck-By and Caught in Between
  • Fall Protection
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Scaffolds
  • Stairways and Ladders


Course Length: 5 Days/30 Hours

The OSHA 30-hour General Industry Outreach Training course is a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in general industry.

Note: The 30 Hour General Industry Outreach course is NOT equivalent to the OSHA 510 or 511 courses and will not meet the course prerequisites to take the OSHA 500 or 501 courses.

Specifically devised for safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors; the program provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues including:

  • Introduction to OSHA and the OSH Act
  • Basic Safety Orientation
  • Walking & Working Surfaces
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Hazwoper
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Confined Spaces & Permit Required Confined Spaces/li>
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Materials Handling & Storage
  • Machine Guarding Safety
  • Welding, Cutting, and Brazing
  • Electrical Safety
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hazardous Substances & Industrial Hygiene
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Record Keeping & Reporting
  • Workplace Violence
  • Safety and Health Programs
  • Ergonomics
  • Hazards of Asbestos in the Workplace
  • Lead Safety in the Workplace
  • Ionizing and Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety
  • Formaldehyde Awareness
  • Process Safety Management of Highly Hazard Materials

RF Safety and Site Hazard Awareness

Course Length: 1 Day/8 Hours

PART 1: RF (Electromagnetic) Safety

Safe work practices start with recognizing hazards and taking steps to minimize the risk to the worker. For work sites involving potentially hazardous radiofrequency radiation, the tower technician should evaluate the RF protection component of the overall program. This presentation will discuss the safety features necessary for the protection of the technician working in an RF environment. These include measurements to evaluate the effectiveness of RF controls; to ensure proper maintenance of RF radiating equipment; to develop work practices to minimize exposures; to obtain information to be used in training workers regarding their potential hazards and how they are controlled; to identify “RF Hazard” zones and other areas requiring signs and training; to determine the need for medical surveillance; as an alternative or enhancement of Lockout/Tagout procedures; to evaluate the effectiveness of RF personal protective equipment; and as a periodic audit of the effectiveness of the RF Protection Program.

Content includes:

  • Basic Definition
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Health Effects of RF-Microwave Radiation
  • RF-Microwave Protection and Safe Work Practices
  • RF-mw Measurement
  • Regulations, Standards and Guidelines
  • Elements of the Hazard Control Program

PART 2: Site Safety Awareness

Every job related accident can be traced back to one of two factors: unsafe acts (human) or unsafe conditions (environmental). The 4 hour segment on job site safety looks at accidents caused by both, and “lessons learned” from these accidents. It also looks at safety short-cuts, and the critical outcomes that come about as the result.

This segment will familiarize the student with the recommended signage to be utilized on most communications related job sites and equipment to assure personnel and equipment safety.

To achieve compliance, this course addresses the following standards:

  • OSHA 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication
  • OSHA 1910.1201 – DOT Markings Placards and Labels
  • OSHA 1910.144 – Marking Physical Hazards
  • OSHA 1910.147 – Lockout – Tagout
  • DOT 49 CFR – Hazmat Regulations

Course content includes:

  • Construction Site Signage and Information
  • Emergency Contact/Response Information
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Hazard Communication Labels/Signs
  • Signage and Labeling
  • Workplace Safety Signage
  • Site/Work Zone Signage
  • Equipment Signage – Capacity Charts/Graphs
  • Transport Safety Signs
  • Traffic Control – Flagger Safety
  • Tower Signage – Hand Signals
  • Confined Space Signage
  • Utility Safety Signage
  • Fire Safety Signage
  • Personal Protection Signs/Symbols
  • Final Exam

Certified Rigger Level 1

Course Length: 1 Day/8 Hours

NCCCO has identified the following job duties for Rigger Level I certification which CITCA Rigger Training conforms to. A Certified Rigger Level I can perform simple, repetitive rigging tasks when the load weight, center of gravity, the rigging, and rigging configuration are provided or known by the rigger through experience or on-the-job training prior to the rigging activities. Specifically, Level I Riggers should be able to demonstrate or have knowledge of how to:

  • Inspect rigging before use
  • Identify and attach rigging with basic knowledge of hitch configurations, capacities, and basic knots
  • Recognize associated hazards
  • Signal operations
  • Use various types of rigging equipment and basic hitches and their applications

Certified Rigger Level 2

Course Length: Multiple options available, consult your CITCA representative for more information.

In addition to knowing and demonstrating Rigger Level I knowledge and skills, a Certified Rigger Level II can select rigging components and procedures based on rigging capacity. A Level II Rigger can perform the following rigging tasks unsupervised:

  • Estimate load weight and center of gravity
  • Identify lift points
  • Determine and select rigging based on loading
  • Perform pre-use inspection of rigging and lift points
  • Identify and attach rigging with knowledge of hitch configurations and load angle factors, rigging capacities, and load integrity
  • Understand load dynamics and associated hazards

As applicable, Level II Riggers will also have a working knowledge of hoisting equipment, winches, jacks, industrial rollers, and similar equipment.

Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Course Length: 1 Day/8 Hours

With an emphasis on hands-on learning, our Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED courses give you the skills to save a life. All course options align with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs and are available in classroom and blended learning formats. A digital certificate is issued upon successful course completion with anytime, anywhere access to certificate and training history. 2 year certification.

First Aid: Learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies, including burns; cuts; head, neck and back injuries and more.

CPR/AED: Learn how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, including the use of automated external defibrillators (AED).

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