Recognized Rigging Training Programs

Gravitec Systems, Inc.

Gravitec Systems, Inc.
21291 NW Monterey Loop, Poulsbo, WA 98370
800-755-8455 or 206-780-2898 / 206-780-2893 (fax)

All training takes place in Poulsbo, WA at Gravitec Systems, Inc. unless otherwise indicated.

Contact Information: 
Wilo Castillo,
Mark Leader,
Matt Paulk,

ETCP Recognized Training Program since April 4, 2012

When it comes to protecting workers from heights, Gravitec knows the value of education. That’s why our training program is unrivaled in the industry. Curriculum is designed to prepare workers and empower them to use available equipment and implement systems to protect themselves.

Fall protection training provides riggers with the knowledge they need to perform their job safely. Gravitec offers a full range of fall protection and rescue courses, from basic fall hazard awareness to advanced climbing and rescue techniques, designed to address safety issues commonly faced by riggers and entertainment technicians in the field. Participants enrolled in Gravitec courses will learn how to properly identify, mitigate and control fall hazards in the workplace. (Please note: This is not a rigging course, but will count for full rigging renewal credits.)

Gravitec offers over 70 different courses that cater to a variety of sectors, including industrial, construction, telecommunications, petroleum, entertainment, rigging, utilities, hydro-electric, transportation and wind energy. To address your company’s individual needs, custom courses can be tailored for different systems and applications.

To sign up for an open enrollment course, contact a Gravitec Training Advisor today at 800-755-8455. If you don't find what you're looking for on our open enrollment schedule, call us. We can design a custom course to address your unique workplace fall hazards

Standards & Accreditation:
All of Gravitec's courses meet the Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training, the industry's highest standard for training published by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2009). They also meet or exceed requirements set forth in OSHA Subpart M, OSHA 1910, and OSHA 1926.

Additionally, Gravitec's courses are accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) allowing us to issue Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon course completion, students will receive a wallet-sized certificate with photo identification.

Course Offerings:
The following courses are recognized by ETCP.


Online Fall Protection Training: Making Connections

Course Description:
This module focuses on compatibility of fall protection connectors. What is and isn't a compatible connection according to occupational health and safety regulators, ANSI and equipment manufacturers. It includes content regarding connectors, their use, applicable regulations, standards and hazards associated with them (roll-out). This module is developed for anyone who uses fall protection equipment or supervises others who use fall protection equipment. The module should take approximately 60 minutes to complete and awards 1 ETCP Renewal Credit.

Cost: $85.00.


Rope Access (Level 1)

**New to Gravitec’s Open Enrollment Calendar**

Course Description:
This course is designed for personnel working at height using rope access techniques. The course includes extensive hands-on exercises to develop the understanding of, and the ability to perform, Level I rope access techniques. Participants learn and conduct rope access techniques and equipment that enable them to reach environments that are otherwise inaccessible. If SPRAT certification is desired, students will be required to successfully demonstrate all relevant certification criteria for rope access technicians.

This course meets the requirements of ANSI Z490.1-2001 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training published by the American Society of Safety Engineers. 
This course is developed according to Level I Technician requirements in the Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work (2009). If custom Rope Access training is desired, consult with your Gravitec training advisor to develop a scope of work and training course. 

Note: This course can train students to SPRAT Level I requirements. The curriculum is designed to prepare the participant for certification testing by a SPRAT evaluator. An independent SPRAT evaluator separate from the training provider, employer and candidate, must certify the student.
It is recommended students bring their own rope access equipment; however, Gravitec can supply all necessary rope access equipment for this course.

Prerequisites:
No previous experience with rope access is necessary. Familiarity with rope (recreational climbing, arborist, window cleaning, rescue teams, etc.) is desirable but not required. However, it is recommended that a medical examination is performed prior to the start of the class because this course does include a moderate to high level of strenuous exercise.

Note: If bringing personal gear, please ensure that weight capacities are not exceeded. Gear provided by Gravitec has weight capacities no higher than 310 lbs.

Learning Objectives:
Students completing this course will be able to use basic rope access techniques to access a wide array of work areas where traditional means of access are unavailable. Additionally, this course can prepare rope access workers to be evaluated and tested for their Level I SPRAT certification. This program is not a rescue course and does not include rescue in industrial settings (i.e. towers, warehouses, power plants), alternative self-rescue techniques, packaging or the use of attendants. If these skills are required, Gravitec's Industrial Rescue Course is the proper course. Students will be required to successfully demonstrate all certification criteria for Rope Access Level I Technicians. In addition, emphasis is placed on working with Level II and III technicians to establish work permits and assessing rope access situations.

Note: If students are being tested for SPRAT certification, the testing and evaluation will be conducted by an independent SPRAT evaluator on the last day of the course.

This course includes the following content:

  • Equipment use and inspection
  • Job Safety Analysis awareness
  • Level 1 knots
  • Back-up device use and handling
  • Use of ascending system for ascent and short descents
  • Use of a descender for descent and short ascents
  • Use of work seat/Bosun’s chair
  • Passing knots in ascent and descent
  • Rope-to-rope transfers
  • Negotiating a rope deviation (redirect)
  • Short & long rebelay
  • Negotiate an edge
  • Installing and Passing Rope Protection
  • Configurations and Strengths of Simple Structural Anchors
  • Awareness of load-sharing anchors and force magnification charts
  • Climbing with shock-absorbing Lanyards
  • Belaying – Methods and communication
  • Lowering a load with a two-rope system
  • Theoretical rope concepts such as fall factors, safety factors, min. breaking strengths, and safe working loads

Resource Materials:
Participants will receive a copy of the Gravitec Rope Access manual and access to a toll free number for ongoing technical support.

Course Credits:
Participants receive a wallet-sized plastic certificate with photo upon course completion. Participants are awarded 3.2 Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) through the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Locations and Dates: (All dates are taught in Poulsbo, WA unless otherwise specified.)
September 11 – 15, 2017
September 25 – 29, 2017 (Hawaii)
October 9 – 13, 2017 (Alaska)
October 30 – November 3, 2017
December 4 – 8, 2017

Duration:
Four Days (32 Hours)
Five Days (40 Hours) for SPRAT Certification
The length of this course can be adjusted based on the amount of fall protection equipment used in the student's workplace.

Class Size:
Minimum 5, Maximum 10 (1 Instructor)


Authorized Fall Protection Person

**This course is not an open enrollment course and it’s conducted based upon the client’s needs and can be done at our facility or at the clients site(s). Training is anywhere between 1 to 3 days and the course minimum is 8 students.

Locations and Dates: 
Call for details

Course Description:
Gravitec's Authorized Fall Protection Person Course is best-suited for workers at height who are required to have a working knowledge of the safe use fall protection systems and their components. The course includes classroom sessions focused on fall protection theory and practical hands-on exercises. It covers the use of the most common, commercially available fall protection systems. (This course does not address the installation, design or erection of fall protection systems.) 

Depending on the length of the course, students also learn how to select an appropriate fall protection system and participate in exercises in which they must assess a fall hazard, determine feasible fall protection solutions, and install and inspect those solutions. (Rescue training is not included in this course.) Students are provided with a summary of the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code and OSHA's fall protection regulations. Written and practical tests are administered to ensure that the principles presented in the course are understood. Documentation is available to satisfy your company's due diligence and regulatory requirements.

This course meets the Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training (ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2001), the highest industry standard for training.

Gravitec can supply all necessary fall protection equipment for this course.

No cameras, camcorders, cell phones, pagers, personal digital assistants or similar devices will be permitted during training.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be capable of properly using the fall protection systems covered in the course. They will also understand how to identify fall hazards, how to avoid falls and how to protect themselves in the event of a fall.

Students will become familiar with the following elements of fall protection:

  • Fundamentals of Fall Protection
  • Regulatory Requirements for Fall Protection
  • Responsible Persons
  • Hierarchy of Fall Protection
  • Anchorage Requirements
  • Energy Absorbing Lanyards
  • Function and Purpose of Energy Absorbers
  • Fall Protection Hardware Compatibility
  • Work-Positioning Systems
  • Inspecting Fall Protection Systems

Duration: 
Three Days (24 Hours for 24 ETCP Renewal Credits)
The length of this course can be adjusted based on the amount of fall protection equipment used in the student's workplace.

Class Size: 
Minimum 8, Maximum 10 (1 Instructor); Minimum 14, Maximum 18 (2 Instructors)


Competent Fall Protection Person

Course Description:
Gravitec’s Competent Fall Protection Person Course is an intensive program that covers the selection, installation and use of conventional and non-conventional fall protection equipment. This course also addresses relevant fall protection regulations and fall hazard identification. 

These components, combined with the hands-on set-up of fall protection systems, instill a working knowledge of all the essential elements of a fall protection program. The course curriculum includes both classroom sessions and practical hands-on exercises. Written and practical tests are administered to ensure that students understand the principles presented. 

Documentation is available to satisfy your company’s due diligence and regulatory requirements. This course is not a fall protection trainer course. Participants who complete this course are not certified to conduct fall protection training. Refer to the Fall Protection Trainer course for information about becoming a fall protection trainer.

This course meets the Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training (ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2001), the highest industry standard for training. It also meets the requirements of ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program, found in the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code.
Gravitec can supply all necessary fall protection equipment for this course.
No cameras, camcorders, cell phones, pagers, personal digital assistants or similar devices will be permitted during training.

Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this course, students will be capable of identifying existing and predictable fall hazards in the workplace and taking corrective measures to eliminate them through the selection, installation and use of appropriate fall protection systems. The Competent Fall Protection Person Supervisor will be capable of implementing and managing (in a supervisory capacity) fall protection systems in a variety of locations and conditions. Students will also learn how to write fall protection procedures.

Students will gain advanced knowledge of the following:

  • Fundamentals of Fall Protection
  • Anchorage Requirements
  • Energy Absorbing Lanyards
  • Function and Purpose of Energy Absorbers
  • Fall Protection Hardware Compatibility
  • Work Positioning Systems
  • Inspecting Fall Protection Systems
  • Installing Fall Protection Systems
  • Calculating Required Clearances
  • Determining Acceptable Anchorages
  • Selecting Fall Protection System Components
  • Hierarchy of Fall Protection
  • Conventional Fall Protection (Guarding Systems)
  • Standards and Regulations Affecting the Fall Protection Industry
  • Recognizing and Identifying Fall Hazards
  • Donning a Full Body Harness
  • Self Retracting Lifelines
  • Vertical Lifelines
  • Horizontal Lifelines
  • Engineered Horizontal Lifelines
  • Ladder Climbing Devices
  • Rescue Theory
  • Troubleshooting Fall Restraint Systems and Fall Arrest Systems
  • Setting Up and Using Temporary Systems
  • Fall Protection Plans and Written Fall Protection Procedures
  • Detailed Inspection, Care and Maintenance
  • Anchorages: Certified and Non-Certified
  • Rescue and Applications in Fall Protection
  • Fall Protection Regulations (OSHA) and Fall Protection Standards (ANSI)

Resource Materials:
Students will receive both a plastic wallet certificate and paper certificate of completion, suitable for fram­ing. They will also receive Gravitec’s Competent Fall Protection Person Manual and access to our toll-free number for ongoing technical assistance.

Locations and Dates: (All dates are taught in Poulsbo, WA unless otherwise specified.)
September 11 – 15, 2017
September 25 – 29, 2017 (Hawaii)
October 9 – 13, 2017 (Alaska)
October 30 – November 3, 2017
December 4 – 8, 2017

Course Duration: 
Five Days (40 Hours for 40 ETCP Renewal Credits)

Class Size: 
Minimum 8, Maximum 10 (1 Instructor); Minimum 14, Maximum 18 (2 Instructors)


Managed Fall Protection Program Administrator

Course Description:
Gravitec’s Managed Fall Protection Program Administrator Course provides managers and safety professionals with the tools, guidelines and materials to develop a state-of-the-art Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program outlined in ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007. Course topics include development of corporate policies, identification and ranking of corporate-wide fall hazards, fall hazard abatement, fall protection training, guidelines for managing engineering improvements, inspection of fall protection and rescue equipment and writing work procedures.

This course is designed for safety professionals who are responsible for fall protection programs but may not work at height themselves or otherwise be specialists in the fall protection arena. Written and practical tests are administered to ensure that the principles presented in the course are understood. Documentation is available to satisfy your company’s due diligence and regulatory requirements.

This course is not a fall protection trainer course. Participants who complete this course are not certified to conduct fall protection training. Refer to the Fall Protection Trainer Course for information about becoming a fall protection trainer.

This course meets the Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training (ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2001), the highest industry standard for training. It also meets the requirements of ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program, found in the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code.

Gravitec can supply all necessary fall protection equipment for this course. No cameras, camcorders, cell phones, pagers, personal digital assistants or similar devices will be permitted during training.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the steps necessary to plan, implement and evaluate a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program.

Students will gain advanced knowledge of the following:

  • Fundamentals of Fall Protection
  • Corporate Policy Ingredients
  • Fall Hazard Ranking System (Workshop)
  • Calculated Clearance (Workshop)
  • Written Fall Protection Procedures (Workshop)
  • Conducting Facility-Wide Surveys
  • Inspection Program Requirements
  • Accident/Incident Investigation
  • Hierarchy of Fall Protection – 5 Workshop Exercises
  • Fall Arrest and Fall Restraint Components
  • System Compatibility
  • Engineered Systems Requirements and Guidelines
  • Elements of Fall Protection Training
  • Roles of the Authorized Person, Competent Person and Qualified Person

Students will also receive:

  • Hazard Ranking System
  • Fall Protection Program Flowchart
  • Equipment Instructions (Over 250)
  • Written Procedure Examples
  • Equipment Catalogs
  • Applicable OSHA and State Regulations

Resource Materials:
Students will receive both a plastic wallet certificate and paper certificate of completion, suitable for framing. They will also receive Gravitec’s Managed Fall Protection Program Administrator Manual and access to our toll-free number for ongoing technical assistance.

Course Dates:
October 3 – 5, 2017

Course Duration:
2.5 Days (20 Hours for 20 ETCP Renewal Credits)

Class Size:
Minimum 8, Maximum 20 (1 Instructor)


Qualified Fall Protection Person

Course Description:
Gravitec’s Qualified Fall Protection Person Course offers an advanced curriculum covering the five basic methods of fall protection and current fall protection practices, fall protection theory and fall protection engineering. Workshop exercises include calculation of clearances, energy dissipation, anchorage strengths, swing falls and performance of horizontal lifelines (including multiple spans, flexible anchorages, temperature effects, etc.). 

A detailed review of a fall hazard ranking system is also covered. Participants receive Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets for analysis of vertical lifelines, simple horizontal lifelines and complex horizontal lifelines. They are encouraged to ask site-specific questions. Written and practical tests are administered to ensure that the principles presented in the course are understood. Documentation is available to satisfy your company’s due diligence and regulatory requirements.

This course meets the Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training (ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2001), the highest industry standard for training. It also meets the requirements of ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program, found in the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code. No cameras, camcorders, cell phones, pagers, personal digital assistants or similar devices will be permitted during training.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to solve most fall protection problems and identify those situations where additional expertise or knowledge is required. They will also be capable of performing all calculations needed to design safe and effective fall protection systems.

Students will be familiar with the following:

  • The Role of the Competent Person and Qualified Person (Reference OSHA)
  • Assessing Clearance Requirements
  • Prioritizing Hazard Abatement Methods
  • Using Relative Risk Rating Systems
  • Five Forms of Fall Protection: Hierarchy, Legislative Requirements and Applications
  • Evaluating Fall Protection Plans
  • Theory of Energy Dissipation When Arresting a Fall
  • Calculating Personal Energy Absorber Deployment
  • Calculating the Distance Fallen During a Swing Fall
  • Calculating Maximum Arrest Force and Elongation of Vertical Lifelines
  • Assessing Energy Absorption by Ductile Anchorages
  • Proving Structural Capacity Using Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD)
  • Calculating Tension and Sag of Simple Horizontal Lifelines Using Energy Methods
  • Use of In-Line Energy Absorbers in Horizontal Lifelines
  • Complex Horizontal Lifelines and When to Involve Experts

Resource Materials:
Students will receive both a plastic wallet certificate and paper certificate of completion, suitable for framing. They will also receive Gravitec’s Qualified Fall Protection Person Manual and access to our toll-free number for ongoing technical assistance.

Prerequisites: 
Minimum: High school level algebra (Pre-test available) 
Preferred: Engineering, physics, technical diploma or degree

Locations and Dates: (All dates are taught in Poulsbo, WA unless otherwise specified.)
September 18 – 22, 2017
October 23 – 27, 2017
December 11 – 15, 2017

Course Duration:
Five Days (40 Hours for 40 ETCP Renewal Credits)

Class Size:
Minimum 8, Maximum 10 (1 Instructor); Minimum 14, Maximum 18 (2 Instructors)


Fall Protection Trainer

Course Description:
Gravitec's Fall Protection Trainer Course provides students with the technical knowledge and resource materials to deliver professional, in-house fall protection training. Written and practical tests are administered to ensure that the principles presented in the course are understood. Documentation is available to satisfy your company's due diligence and regulatory requirements.

It should be noted that our Train-the-Trainer course is only one component of a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program, outlined in ANSI/ASSE Z359.2. In accordance with this standard, we believe that every job site should have a Program Administrator, a Competent Person and Authorized Users.

This course meets the Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training (ANSI/ASSE Z490.1), the highest industry standard for training. It also meets the requirements of ANSI/ASSE Z359.2, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program, found in the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code.

Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment for this course if possible. Gravitec can supply all necessary fall protection equipment for this course. 

Required:

  • Previous fall protection and rescue training to the competent climber/rescuer level
  • Previous experience in some level of adult skill-oriented training
  • Organizations and Trainers must sign a training license agreement with Gravitec prior to enrollment in the course

Upon completion of this course, students will be capable of using Gravitec materials to conduct site-specific fall protection programs to their company's personnel. Materials include Microsoft PowerPoint® slide presentations, exams, exercises, lesson plans, regulations and documentation records. Students will also understand and be capable of teaching from a complete reference guide and instructor field manual and use these guides to design a site-specific program that complies with state and federal fall protection training requirements.

The course includes the following content: 

  • Fall Protection Theory and Application
  • Usage of Commercially Available Fall Protection Systems
  • Calculating Clearances for All Systems
  • Fall Arrest and Fall Restraint System Components
  • Documentation, Due Diligence and Compliance Training
  • Student Safety During Training Exercises
  • Testing and Evaluating Student Performance
  • Practice Teaching Seminar and Activity

Locations and Dates: (All dates are taught in Poulsbo, WA unless otherwise specified.)
September 18 – 22, 2017
October 16 – 20, 2017
November 6 – 10, 2017
December 11 – 15, 2017


Entertainment & Theme Park Competent Rescuer

This course introduces participants to methods and tools of Theme Park Industrial Rescue.  This course emphasizes a planned approach to rescue to include rescue prevention,  self-rescue, assisted rescue and suspended rescue. The objective of this course is to teach students to adapt to the various and unique theme park environments to perform a successful rescue.

Classroom presentations are included but are not the focus of this course. A large portion of the course is allocated to exercises where each student watches and practices the rescue methods. Written and practical tests are administered to ensure that the principles presented in the course are understood. Documentation is available to satisfy your company's due diligence and regulatory requirements.   

This course meets the American Society of Safety Engineers ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2001 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training, the highest industry standards for training, published.


Theatre & Entertainment ANSI Z359 Program Administrator

Similar to Gravitec’s Managed Fall Protection Program Administrator Course, this program provides managers and safety professionals with the tools, guidelines and materials to develop a state-of-the-art Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program outlined in ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007. With a focus on the Entertainment and Theatrical industries the course topics include development of corporate policies, identification and ranking of corporate-wide fall hazards, fall hazard abatement, fall protection training, guidelines for managing engineering improvements, inspection of fall protection and rescue equipment and writing work procedures. 

This course is designed for safety professionals who are responsible for fall protection programs but may not work at height themselves or otherwise be specialists in the fall protection arena. Written and practical tests are administered to ensure that the principles presented in the course are understood. Documentation is available to satisfy your company’s due diligence and regulatory requirements.

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