Module 1: Wood Pole Climbing and Rigging

EPP121 – 32.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute
OSHA Training Institute Education Center at (800) 723-3811 or (800) SAFE-811 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Wood Pole Climbing and Rigging is part of Level 1 of the Apprenticeship Program designed to provide participants with the foundational knowledge and skills of utility work. Module 1 will include an overview of personal climbing equipment, pole climbing techniques, crossarm installation and removal, knots and splices for rigging, safety precautions, and pole-top rescue.

Upon successful completion of this module, participants will be able to demonstrate techniques for wood pole climbing and rigging.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Climbing Equipment and Tools

Climbing equipment for lineworkers is referred to as personal climbing equipment because it is
sized for the individual and provides for his or her safety. Because of these personal safety
factors, climbing equipment should only be used by that person. This ensures that the
lineworker always knows the condition of their equipment.

Participants must bring their own climbing equipment, including climbers, body belt, personal fall
arrest system with a secondary safety device, and climbing boots to use during the program.
Participants will also be required to bring their own personal protective equipment including
hardhat, safety glasses, rubber gloves with protectors, work/climbing gloves, and long-sleeve
shirts. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that their equipment is maintained in a
safe manner by inspecting each piece prior to each use, as well as performing periodic inspections
and routine maintenance during the duration of the program.

Instructors reserve the right to inspect and determine if the personal climbing equipment is
adequate for use. Personal climbing equipment and hand tools should be marked with the
participant’s name. TEEX is not responsible for any loss or theft of personal climbing equipment,
hand tools, or classroom supplies.

Classroom Supplies

Participants will be expected to come to class prepared each day supplied with the following items:
notepad, pens, pencils, highlighters, and a scientific calculator. A backpack or other bag is recommended to
secure and carry supplies.

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, the participant must:

  • Attend 100% of the course
  • Sign the attendance roster each day of class
  • Complete and pass the final exam and field activities
  • Complete the end-of-course evaluation

Attendance Requirements

Class attendance is an essential part of the education process, and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. The course requires participants to attend a minimum of 100% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. 

During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirement, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  •   Demonstrate techniques for wood pole climbing and rigging.

Suggested Audience

This course is designed for electric utility and telecommunication personnel who are required to climb and work from wood poles.

Participants should possess the mental and physical stamina required to climb and descend a wood pole.

Contact Information

Infrastructure Training & Safety Institute
OSHA Training Institute Education Center
Phone: | Toll-Free: (800) 723-3811 or (800) SAFE-811
Email: [email protected]