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3 day course
Theory 330 minutes
Practical 900 minutes
Assessment 60 minutes

Breaks for refreshments are included in this overall total

This 3 day MATS Basic Tower Climbing & Rescue course is for those who want to learn to safely climb masts and towers – i.e. those who work in the telecommunications and broadcast industry. This training has been designed to be in accordance with the requirements of MATS basic tower and rescue scheme, which is approved by Energy & Utility Skills (EUSR).

This course is highly practical; for 2 days, delegates will practice climbing, ascending and descending and on day 3 will focus on learning rescue techniques.

Please note: the fee for this course includes the EUSR registration fee.

Due to the physical demands of this course – all delegates MUST provide a valid, current medical certificate before attending this course.

Due to the nature of the training course and the emphasis placed on communication, there is only a provision for the assessments to be undertaken in English. Therefore, candidates for this type of training must be able to understand and speak the English language. 

On this course delegates will learn the knowledge and skills needed to work safely on towers and masts in the telecommunications and broadcast industry – including climbing, using equipment and tower rescue.

Delegates who complete this course will:

  • Understand mobile towers and masts legislation and safety standards
  • Understand risk assessment and use of safe systems of work
  • Be able to inspect and use personal equipment for working at height
  • Understand other considerations – ladders, suspension syncope and procedures - for rescue
  • Safe use of work positioning equipment
  • Safe use of fall arrest systems
  • Ascend, descend and work safely on towers and masts using appropriate working at height equipment
  • Be able to undertake rescue from height

To view the full course timetable click here


This course is delivered by highly experienced instructors – many of whom are real-life rescuers. All our trainers have completed regulated assessor awards.

To successfully complete this course and receive an Energy & Utility Skills certification; delegates must pass assessment continually through the course and a multiple-choice written test. 

Certification lasts for 1 year. If you’re looking to renew your certification, you can opt to take one of our refresher courses


Theory 1:12; Practical 1:6

If you book this course online, you can pay for the course by debit or credit card.

If you wish to pay via an invoice, please enquire about the course and our team will contact you to complete the booking.

The MATS group is an industry forum for owners and operators of masts and towers in the UK used for broadcast and telecommunications. Their main focus is on work at height and radio frequency safety and they aim to create industry guidance for infrastructure owners, site sharers and contractors. Their website provides details of the companies supporting the group along with other information that may be useful. 

The EUSR scheme is open to all tower climbers, and both experienced or new climbers therefore, EUSR do not specify that it is for any specific industry.

MATS Group members include: Airwave Solutions, Arqiva, BT, CTIL, EE, KCOM Group, MoD, NATS, National Crime Agency, Network Rail Telecom, O2, Shere Consulting, Wireless Infrastructure Group, Vodafone, Shared Access, Spyder Facilities Ltd and many of these are likely to insist on their climbers holding EUSR MATS registration to access their sites and climb.

Courses start at 8.45am and finishes at about 3.30pm

Yes – all candidates are required to bring the following for practical exercises: • Hard hat • Overalls • Safety footwear • Gloves

Course materials, EUSR registration fee, refreshments and a light lunch are provided.

Energy & Utility Skills certificates are posted as soon as we receive them (usually within 2 weeks).

Joining instructions are sent by email – which are usually received on the same day but always within 48 hours of booking.

Yes - subject to our terms and conditions.

Yes, free parking is available at all our UK training centres for course candidates.

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  • We are a leading authority in confined space and at height technical rescue and we never rest in our goal to keep people safe.

  • We practice what we preach – our trainers are also operational rescue team members – so have real life stories to make the theory come alive.

  • We deliver best-in-class training so that anyone attending courses leaves capable of applying the knowledge to real-life situations.

  • Most of our courses are highly practical and feedback from delegates is excellent.

  • Nationwide service from our eight Training and Rescue Centres across the UK.

  • Are employed by us and trained to our own exacting standards.

  • Have real-life experience of working in high-risk environments and often share these with candidates.

  • Understand recognised learning styles and quickly adapt their delivery based on the needs of those being trained.

  • Ensure delegates are engaged by punctuating training with tests, quizzes and practical sessions.

  • Where possible, include information specific to delegates’ working practices so they leave ready to apply the learning in their day-to day roles.

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