Heights Rescue Planning and Recovery

This course is ideal training for people who are involved in organising and working in rescue teams. It includes the evaluation of retrieval possibilities for recovery of a suspended person after a fall; and the preparation, testing and review of a rescue plan.


A Heights Rescue Planning and Recovery Certificate will be issued on successful completion of this course.

Unit Standard: 23232 L4 C5 V4

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Rescue and retrieval procedures
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Suspension trauma
  • Scenarios of rescue techniques
  • Rescue equipment
  • Risk assessment
  • Site Safety Plan
  • Documentation
  • Rescue planning

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • evaluate retrieval possibilities for recovery of a suspended individual after a fall in a particular work context and
    determine retrieval strategies
  • prepare a rescue plan to recover an individual suspended in a safety harness after a fall
  • review a rescue plan to recover an individual suspended in a safety harness after a fall.

Course structure

The course is a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. Students are assessed continuously during the course.

Assessment process

Theory assessment followed by practical assessment which takes place when student is ready/has shown that they can perform all tasks required. The practical consists of testing a rescue plan by way of drills, scenarios and a simulated job activity.

Course prerequisites

US23229 Use safety harness system when working at height. A medical self declaration is required.

Recommended: US15757 Use, install and disestablish temporary proprietary height safety systems when working at height.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommendation is every two years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for participating in practical exercises.
  • Covered-in footwear.


A Wood Training Medical Self Declaration and Screening form is MANDATORY and must be received no later than 48 hours prior to course commencement. Students must be physically capable of undertaking tasks at height.

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Course Length

1 Day


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$325 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

Steve’s background includes serving with the Royal Marines Commando, a teacher of Art and Design, Fire Fighter (NZFS), Ship Security Officer maintaining security. His personal passion lies with mountaineering and climbing, bringing valuable rope skills and rescue to the Industrial rope access industry. Steve has a strong understanding of teams working under high pressure in high hazard and high stress environments. He holds a postgraduate Certificate in Education as well as qualifications in Training, Assessment, Rope Access and Occupation and Health and Safety.

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