Domain - Rock Climbing

Domain - Rock Climbing

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Level 1

Demonstrate skills for introductory rock climbing

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20210 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate: protecting a climber from harm; and introductory rock climbing skills.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Level 2

Demonstrate basic knowledge of safe abseil techniques

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Version 3

20152 Unit Standard 1 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate basic knowledge of safe abseil techniques.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Demonstrate novice rock climbing and belaying skills on Ewbank Grade 12 and above

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Version 3 This unit standard replaced unit standard 445.

20157 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate: safe practices for self and climber while belaying; and rock climbing skills on at least three Ewbank Grade 12 and above climbs.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Demonstrate basic rock climbing movement
This standard is expiring. The last date for assessment to take place is 31 December 2023.

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Version 8

444 Unit Standard 1 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate spotting and climbing techniques, and identify issues related to climbing.

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Demonstrate top-roped rock climbing and abseiling on single pitches
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 5

445 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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The trainee will be introduced to belaying, top-roped rock climbing and abseiling skills on single-pitch crags. This unit standard can lead on to Unit 446, Learn lead-climbing on single pitch routes.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited - Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Level 3

Lead climb on single-pitch rock routes with bolts and in-situ anchors

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Version 4

20149 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to lead climb on single-pitch rock routes with bolts and in-situ anchors.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Demonstrate top rope rock climbing and belaying skills on Ewbank Grade 14 and above

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20150 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate: belaying skills; and top rope climbing skills on at least three Ewbank Grade 14 and above climbs.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Demonstrate skills with ropes, knots, anchors, and belays for rock climbing and abseiling
This standard is expiring. The last date for assessment to take place is 31 December 2023.

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20151 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate an understanding of the uses and care of rock climbing and abseiling gear; demonstrate skills and understanding of knots and harnesses; demonstrate the setting up and operation of anchors and belays; construct an abseil system and abseil on single pitches; and demonstrate abseil rescue techniques.

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Demonstrate knowledge of anchor systems and belaying for lead climbing on bolted natural rock climbs
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 4

20155 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of bolts, anchors and chains for outdoor sport climbing areas; and belay from the top of sport climbing routes. This unit standard is not intended to stand alone. It builds on the knowledge and skills covered in Unit 20149, Demonstrate lead climbing on bolted rock climbs to cover all the skills required to lead climb on bolted rock climbs on natural rock.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate single-pitch top-rope rock climbing knowledge and skills
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 2

26240 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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This unit standard is primarily intended for people such as club or youth group leaders, teachers, or leaders at an outdoor activity centre who provide single-pitch top-rope rock climbing experiences. People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe climbing equipment used for single-pitch top-rope climbing in New Zealand; prepare for single-pitch top-rope climbing and belaying; construct single-pitch toprope climbing systems; demonstrate single-pitch top-rope climbing and related skills; and unweight a jammed belay device.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate a managed abseil descent with secondary protection

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26243 Unit Standard 1 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate a managed abseil descent with secondary protection.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Demonstrate lead-climbing on single pitch routes
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 5

446 Unit Standard 12 Credits

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This unit standard will cover the setting-up of anchors, placing of protection, lead climbing on single-pitch routes, site and climb selection, rescue and environmental skills and further development of rock climbing skills. This unit standard is a prerequisite for Unit 447, Demonstrate lead-climbing and abseiling skills on multi-pitch routes.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited - Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Level 4

Set up and operate client abseils at a specific site
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3

14216 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: construct an abseiling system to industry standards using in-situ anchor points ready for client use; teach abseiling skills to, and manage abseiling sessions with, groups of clients at a specific site; and perform abseil rescues using available equipment.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate lead climbing on single-pitch rock climbing routes using natural and placed protection
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 4 This unit standard replaced unit standard 446.

20156 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate the skills required of a lead climber on trad routes, and demonstrate the skills required of a seconder.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Lead a single-pitch top-rope rock climbing experience for a group
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 2 This unit standard was replaced by unit standard 30953.

26242 Unit Standard 12 Credits

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This unit standard is primarily intended for people such as club or youth group leaders, teachers, or leaders at an outdoor activity centre who provide single-pitch top-rope rock climbing experiences for groups. People credited with this unit standard are able to: plan to lead a group in a single-pitch top-rope rock climbing experience; prepare rock climbing routes and construct single-pitch top-rope anchor systems for the group; prepare to lead a group in a single-pitch top-rope rock climbing experience; brief a group in a single-pitch top-rope rock climbing experience; lead a group in a singlepitch top-rope rock climbing experience; and evaluate own performance as leader of a single-pitch top-rope rock climbing experience.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Lead an abseil experience for a group
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 2 This unit standard was replaced by unit standard 30938.

26245 Unit Standard 12 Credits

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This unit standard is primarily intended for people such as club or youth group leaders, teachers, or leaders at an outdoor activity centre who provide abseil experiences for groups. People credited with this unit standard are able to: plan to lead a group in an abseiling experience; prepare an abseil route and construct an abseil anchor system for the group; prepare to lead a group in an abseil experience; brief a group in an abseiling experience; lead a group in an abseiling experience; and evaluate own performance as leader of an abseiling experience.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate knowledge and skills for abseiling

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30937 Unit Standard 15 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who can demonstrate knowledge and skills for abseiling. People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate: knowledge of abseiling gear and equipment; personal abseiling skills; and knowledge of and perform abseil rescues.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Plan, prepare, organise, lead and evaluate an introductory abseil session

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Version 1 This unit standard replaced unit standard 26245.

30938 Unit Standard 20 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who can plan, prepare, organise, lead and evaluate an introductory abseil session. People credited with this unit standard are able to: plan and prepare an introductory abseil session; demonstrate effective group and safety management for abseiling; lead a group in an introductory abseil session; apply knowledge of environmental practices and cultural awareness; and evaluate own performance as an abseil leader.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Demonstrate knowledge and skills for top rope climbing on Ewbank Grade 14

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30952 Unit Standard 15 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who possess knowledge of top rope climbing skills on Ewbank Grade 14. People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate: knowledge of rock climbing equipment and gear; personal rock climbing skills on Ewbank Grade 14; and knowledge of and perform top rope rescues.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Plan, prepare, organise, lead and evaluate an introductory top rope rock climbing session

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Version 1 This unit standard replaced unit standard 26242.

30953 Unit Standard 20 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who plan, prepare, organise, lead and evaluate an introductory top rope rock climbing session. People credited with this unit standard are able to: plan and prepare an introductory top rope rock climbing session; demonstrate effective group and safety management; lead a group in an introductory rock climbing session; apply knowledge of environmental practices and cultural awareness; and evaluate own performance as a rock climbing leader.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Demonstrate lead climbing skills on multi-pitch rock climbs
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 9

447 Unit Standard 12 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: select, plan, and undertake a multi-pitch climb; demonstrate safe change-over techniques at belay stations; apply climbing skills to a simulated rescue situation on a multi-pitch route; and abseil on a multi-pitch route.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate climbing on an A2 level aid rock climb
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6

5475 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to lead and follow an A2 aid rock climbing route.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Level 5

Instruct clients in single pitch top-rope climbing and abseiling
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 2

14220 Unit Standard 15 Credits

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A person credited with this unit standard is able to: teach top roped rock climbing and abseiling skills to clients; manage top roped climbing and abseil sessions with clients; set up top roping and abseil systems for client use; practice risk management with client groups during top roped climbing and abseil sessions; perform rescues with rock and abseil equipment; and demonstrate understanding of top-roped rock climbing and abseiling equipment, and its maintenance requirements.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited - Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Instruct in skills for lead climbing on indoor bolted rock climbs
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3

20153 Unit Standard 15 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare for instructing in, and teach, lead climbing skills on indoor bolted rock climbs; demonstrate effective instruction techniques for lead climbing on bolted indoor rock climbs; provide leadership for lead climbing; and evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction and leadership provided.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Instruct in single-pitch rock climbing
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3 This unit standard was replaced by unit standard 30956.

20154 Unit Standard 25 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare for instructing in, and teach, single-pitch rock climbing skills; demonstrate knowledge of New Zealand geology for rock climbing; demonstrate effective instruction techniques during single-pitch rock climbing; provide leadership for rock climbing; demonstrate rescue techniques; and evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction and leadership provided.

Standard-setting body:

Skills Active Aotearoa Limited

Demonstrate knowledge and skills for single pitch rock climbing on routes up to Ewbank Grade 15

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30954 Unit Standard 15 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who can demonstrate knowledge and skills for single pitch rock climbing on routes up to Ewbank Grade 15. People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of rock climbing gear and equipment commonly used in New Zealand; demonstrate single pitch rock climbing skills on routes up to Ewbank Grade 15; demonstrate anchor construction for top rope climbing, and abseiling; and perform single pitch top rope and abseil rescues.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Plan, prepare, manage and evaluate single pitch top rope rock climbing and abseil sessions

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30955 Unit Standard 15 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who can guide or instruct single pitch top rope rock climbing and abseil sessions. People credited with this unit standard are able to: plan and prepare for single pitch top rope rock climbing and abseiling sessions; manage a group for a single pitch rock climbing and abseiling session; apply effective group safety management; apply knowledge of accepted environmental practices, knowledge and cultural awareness; and evaluate single pitch rock climbing and abseiling sessions.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Plan, instruct and evaluate single pitch rock climbing and abseiling sessions for beginner to intermediate climbers

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Version 1 This unit standard replaced unit standard 20154.

30956 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who can plan, instruct and evaluate single pitch rock climbing and abseiling sessions for beginner to intermediate climbers. People credited with this unit standard are able to: plan, instruct and evaluate rock climbing and abseiling skills sessions.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Level 6

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of multi-pitch rock climbing skills on routes up to Ewbank Grade 20

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30957 Unit Standard 12 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who possess knowledge of multi-pitch rock climbing skills on routes up to Ewbank Grade 20. People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate and apply knowledge of the use and maintenance of multi-pitch rock climbing equipment commonly used in New Zealand; demonstrate multi-pitch rock climbing skills on routes up to Ewbank Grade 20; and perform multi-pitch climbing rescues.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Instruct or guide multi-pitched rock climbing

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30958 Unit Standard 13 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who instruct or guide multi-pitched rock climbing. People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare to instruct or guide multi-pitched rock climbing; manage a group in a multi-pitch rock climbing area; critique and manage group safety procedures for multi-pitch rock climbing; teach multi-pitch rock climbing skills; and facilitate participant''s awareness of environmental and cultural practices, and educate them on rock climbing related organisations in New Zealand.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Teach and critique others in guiding or instructing rock climbing and abseiling

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30959 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who teach and critique others in guiding or instructing rock climbing and abseiling. People credited with this unit standard are able to teach and critique others in guiding or instructing rock climbing and abseiling.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 99 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Toi Mai Workforce Development Council

Data as at 16 August 2022