CWA Work-At-Height Certification Program
The Work-at-Height Certification Program
The Climbing Wall Association, Inc. (CWA) sponsors the “Work-at-Height Certification Program” (WaH). The purpose of the certification program is to establish a voluntary certification for Climbing Wall Workers and a uniform set of consensus performance standards that can be easily integrated into existing staff training programs and adopted anywhere.
How does the Work-at-Height Certification Program Work?
Certification refers to the confirmation of certain characteristics, knowledge, and/or skills of a person at a particular place and time. This confirmation is often provided by some form of educational preparation, review, and assessment. Generally, professional certification must be maintained on an ongoing basis and renewed after a certain period of time. The CWA Work-at-Height Certification must be renewed every three years.
Levels of Training and Certification
The focus of the Climbing Wall Worker certification program is to train and assess the ability of the candidate to access elevated work positions and perform work-at-height operations in climbing facilities according to accepted industry practices and the CWA Work-at-Height Standard. The program also trains and assesses the candidate’s ability to perform a prompt and effective rescue at-height. The Work-at-Height Certification Program includes four levels of training and three levels of certification:
- Authorized Climbing Wall Worker (training)
- Competent Climbing Wall Worker (certification)
- Qualified Climbing Wall Worker (certification)
- Work-at-Height Certification Program Provider (certification)
Goals of the Work-at-Height Certification Program
The primary goals of the Work-at-Height Certification Program are:
- To establish acceptable criteria for an employer’s managed work-at-height program for recreational climbing facilities.
- To assist employers in proactively identifying, evaluating, eliminating or controlling risks and hazards related to work-at-height in a climbing facility to the extent possible.
- To improve the level of compliance, consistency and competency in workplace practices for work-at-height in recreational climbing facilities.
- To define a training pathway for climbing wall workers.
- To define a certification standard for Competent and Qualified Climbing Wall Workers.
- To provide candidates with guidance for further professional development.
The priority of the CWA Work-at-Height Certification Program is to assess the ability of candidates to work as "Competent Persons" or "Qualified Persons" in a climbing facility. Compliance with the certification standards is determined by Work-at-Height Certification Program Providers, who work in the field and maintain their provider status.
For eligibility and program pre-requisites, please review the CWA Work-at-Height Policy Manual below.
Resources For Certification Candidates
Please review the relevant documents below and then contact us with any questions or for further information.
- CWA Work-at-Height Standard
- CWA Work-at-Height Student Manual
- CWA Work-at-Height Program Policy Manual
For CWA Work-at-Height Qualified Certification Applicants:
- CWA Work-at-Height Qualified Person Application
- CWA Work-at-Height Qualified Person Assessment Instrument
For CWA Work-at-Height Competent Certification Applicants:
- CWA Work-at-Height Competent Person Application
- CWA Work-at-Height Competent Person Assessment Instrument