About the Abseil Leader qualification course

Abseil Leader is a four to five day program of instruction & assessment that is in line with Certificate 4 level national accreditation.  The program is designed to be the most comprehensive of it's type (i.e. we have added in a lot of technical content not specified, or required, by the Outdoor Recreation Training Package SRO 03) covering anchors & rigging, belaying & retrieval, self and team rescue, single & multi pitch abseiling and risk management. Students also learn how to implement and monitor OH&S procedures in consideration of identified hazards and risks in the workplace.

The Abseil Leader qualification course is designed for recreational abseilers & climbers, volunteer rescue personnel, serving military roping leaders, outdoor education leaders, school teachers, rope access specialists etc. We have endeavoured to put together a program which both addresses national training package competencies as well as up to the minute, practical skills for the active rope professional - no matter what your field of expertise or work environment. During the course we look at the following areas in detail: roping equipment (selection, care & maintenance), anchors & anchors systems, pitch rigging, belays and release systems, dealing with non routine situations, risk assessments for OHS purposes, facilitating group roping activities, vertical mobility, self and partner rescue and a host of other related subjects.



The course runs over four or five days (32 - 40 contact hours) depending on the range of endorsements sought.


The course identifies the following units:

Implement & monitor risk management policies & procedures for working at height

Train Small Groups

Implement & monitor minimum impact work practices

Plan & lead an activity involving work at height

Coordinate emergency response in situations that involve exposure to falls from height


SRXEMR001A Respond to emergency situations

SRXFAD001A Provide first aid

SRXGRO001A Facilitate a group

SRXGRO002A Deal with conflict

SRXINU002A Apply sport and recreation law

SRXOHS001B Follow defined OH&S policy and procedures

SRXRIK001A Undertake risk analysis of activities

SROABN003A Apply single pitch abseiling skills on natural surfaces

SROABN004A Establish ropes for single pitch abseiling on natural surfaces

SROABN007A Guide abseiling on natural surfaces (single pitch)

SROODR002A Plan outdoor recreation activities

SROODR005A Guide outdoor recreation sessions

SROOPS002B Plan for minimal environmental impact

SROOPS003B Apply weather information

SROVTR001A Perform vertical rescues


Endorsements may include:

Natural cliff

Artificial structure (e.g. climbing walls, ropes courses etc)

Single pitch applications

Multi pitch applications

Top rope climbing


If you have done little or no abseiling before then Abseil 1 is the course you need to get you started. More in depth training is available on the three day Advanced Abseil program.

If you are looking at this type of training for competitive pursuits, check out our Adventure Racing Rope Skills Course


Pre requisites & result

Advanced Abseil (see below) or equivalent.

SROABS003A Apply abseiling skills in a broad range of contexts

SROROP001A Safeguard a person using a single rope belay system

SROROP002A Use belay systems to safeguard self and others

SROROP003A Select suitable natural and/or fixed anchors for roping activities

SROROP004A Establish belay systems using natural and/or fixed anchors for roping activities

SROROP005A Rig a rope pitch

SROROP006A Perform vertical rescues of self and others

SROROP007A Select an extensive range of suitable anchors for roping activities

SROROP008A Establish belay systems for a broad range of contexts

SROROP009A Use a broad range of techniques to rig rope pitches


A Leadership Qualification (Abseiling Context) will be awarded on successful completion of the assessment criteria.


Cost & inclusions

See our program info for details.


All equipment

course training resources

the new revised Abseiling Training Handbook

7mm Prusik set.


Instructor to student ratio



Further training:


Abseiling Instructor


Wilderness Rescue Operator


Wilderness Rescue



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