Slope Access Technician

Geotechnical and geo-stabilization workers are often required to access slopes and cliffs using techniques adapted from mountaineering.  For instance, there may be a need to access slopes on short notice or with a minimal number of personnel.  Access to the top for anchoring and rappelling may be difficult.  The terrain can be extremely dirty and quickly foul complicated safety devices.  Mountaineering techniques, when adapted to this environment, offer alternatives.  The PCIA Slope Access Technician Courses have been designed to meet the training needs of those working in mountain-like conditions.  Depending on the scope of the work to be done, mountaineering-based techniques can get the job done quickly, safely and for less money.

Level 1 - Slope Access Technician

The Slope Access Technician course is an entry level course focusing on understanding equipment, basic techniques, safety practices and slope assessment essentials.  Participants will learn and practice a variety of knots, basic anchors, rappelling, ascending, belaying, knot passes and simple self-rescue skills.  Slope Access Technician terrain involves up to Class II slopes.  A Slope Access Technician works under the supervision of a Journeyman or Master Slope Access Technician.  A Level 1 challenge test is available for individuals seeking to demonstrate proficiency.

Level 2 - Journeyman Slope Access Technician

The Journeyman Slope Access Technician course broadens a participant's suite of skills to open access to Class III and IV terrain.  The course covers alternative tools for rappelling and ascending, complex anchoring needs (multi-point anchors and load distribution), releasable systems, multi-rope systems, hauling and batwing systems, and partner rescue.  A Level 2 challenge test is available.

Level 3 - Master Slope Access Technician Educator

The Master Slope Access Technician Educator course is for the experienced Journeyman and is the first step toward becoming a Slope Access Technician course instructor.  The course reviews and expands the technician's breadth of knowledge in order to allow him/her to to instruct individuals from a variety of technical backgrounds.  Complex anchoring, belaying, difficult hauling and partner rescue are reviewed and explored.  The course also explores multiple tools and methods that can be used to perform similar tasks.  There is a significant emphasis on educational process, including lesson organization and practice teaching.  The Level 3 program is currently under development and no challenge exam exists at this time.

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