Pete a Senior Trainer/Senior Technical Advisor to the ABC /RSD and is one of a small number of accredited RSD trainers in the UK, and as such is able to run courses which will give attendees the highest possible quality of training as well as enabling them to obtain the RSD Roped Setter Level 1 Qualification. This course is also suitable for those who will be a designated in-house route setter as well as for those responsible for safety cover of others whilst they work.

Valid for three years, this is seen as being the benchmark course across the UK as well as many countries abroad and the qualification is transferable between many climbing centres and venues. Topics covered include equipment, Work at Height regulations, LOLER, PUWER, rigging, movement in ascent and descent, bag hauling systems, companion rescues, lanyard usage, work positioning, exclusion zones, PPE checks plus lots more. This course combines some theory with plenty of practical activity and lots of movement on ropes, along with the practical removing and setting of routes. The two-day training course is to be followed by a one-day assessment course in order to gain the qualification. The assessment course is also appropriate as a revalidation for current route setter qualification holders.

Although the training course is suitable for those with little or no route setting experience, the assessment course has a number of pre-requirements, one of which is to have set a minimum of fifteen routes on ropes. Please contact us for full details.

Prices given for upcoming venues are as listed below.

Includes full course, instruction, specialised equipment and RSD manual.
This course is approved for 1 MTA or 2 AMI CPD points.

        COURSE DATES 2023

  • Perth Climbing Wall
  • Training: 11-12 December. £250
  • Assessment/revalidation: 18 December. £150
  • Sunderland Climbing Wall
  • Training: 13-14 November: £275

           Assessment/revalidation: 15 November: £150


We are able to offer dates other than those above. please drop us an email to discuss requirements


The RSD Roped Setter Level 1 qualification is valid for three years. Prior to this time elapsing, you need to attend a one-day reassessment course. Currently we are running these courses concurrent with standard assessments as well as on a dates-to-suit basis, so please drop us an email should you wish to book onto one.

Note that if you have gained a qualification in a similar discipline, such as IRATA or an international setting course, this may also revalidate your qualification. Confirmation of this validity is via the RSD office: alternatively, drop me an email and I’ll be happy to advise.


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