Vertical Rescue

Course Description

This course will cover both theoretical and practical elements of the competency required to undertake vertical rescue in a range of emergency situations in natural and man-made environments. It will provide the skills and knowledge required for those who use and maintain flexible height access systems.

Unit of Competency

PUASAR032 Undertake Vertical Rescue

Course Content

  • Prepare and respond to Vertical Rescue
  • Access the scene
  • Establish Vertical Rescue
  • Perform Vertical Rescue
  • Terminate Vertical Rescue Operations
  • Check, service and maintain vertical rescue equipment
  • Work in a Team
  • Escort stretchers in raising and lowering operations
  • Ascent and descent systems
  • Safety Systems
  • Stretcher Rigging
  • Implement safe and effective scene management
  • Manage edge protection
  • Treat and package casualties
  • Undertake scene assessment and reporting
  • Use personal protective and rescue equipment within its safe work limitations
  • Wear appropriate personal protective and rescue equipment correctly


Assessment of knowledge will be conducted by use of a workbook and verbal questioning. Participants will also be required to demonstrate competence through a range of practical activities.

Entry Requirements

The ability to;

  • Read, understand and complete workplace documentation
  • Explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues
  • Understand regulatory requirements
  • Perform numeracy tasks to the level of calculating fall distances and safe working loads
  • Climb ladders and/or other structures
  • Wear harnesses and/or other PPE as required by the site
  • Perform manual handling tasks and strenuous activities


PUASAR022 – Participate in a Rescue Operation

Participant Responsibilities

Participants are required to be on time for all courses and bring a form of identification such as Australian Drivers Licence or Medicare Card for verification of details listed on the course enrolment form.

Due to the practical nature of this course, participants will be required to wear suitable attire such as long pants and work boots. Where appropriate other PPE such as High Visibility clothing, safety glasses and hard hats are to be worn.

For additional Participant Responsibilities, refer to the Participant Handbook.


Face to Face training will be conducted over a period of 2 days or longer depending on the complexity of the sites rescue requirements, including both theory and practical components. Training can be conducted both on or offsite site provided a training room and vertical rescue scenarios (or scenario) are available for use.

PARCOR caters for training onsite throughout Victoria including areas such as Melbourne, Geelong, Portland, Warrnambool, Colac, Bendigo, Ballarat, Horsham, Sale, Bairnsdale, Echuca, Mildura, Wangaratta, Dandenong, Frankston and Traralgon.

Group Size

To ensure quality training and a safe learning environment, the maximum allowable group size is 8 participants.

What Information Will PARCOR Require?

Due to the assessment requirements of the unit of competency, PARCOR will need to be provided with the following information prior to training commencement;

  • Types of environments where vertical rescue may be required
  • Site Working at Heights Procedures
  • Site Working at Heights Permit
  • Site Emergency Plan
  • JSEA or SWMS
  • List of Vertical Rescue equipment used onsite

What Will Your Organisation Receive?

  • Statement of Attainment issued to individual participants who successfully complete the requirements of the unit of competency and have a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Nationally Recognised Training Summary for your Health and Safety Office compliance file

How Often Should Reassessment be Conducted?

The industry regards reassessment on a one to two year cycle as good practice.

Where Can I View the Unit of Competency?

PUASAR032 Undertake Vertical Rescue –


Assessment of knowledge will be conducted by use of a workbook and verbal questioning. Participants will also be required to demonstrate competence through a range of practical activities.


Onsite Training – $POA

Onsite Training

Upcoming Workshops

There are currently no openings available for this course.
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