The Cliff Rescue for Ski Patrol (CRSP) Certification is issued by Remote Rescue Training (RRT) and the University of Utah. Course curriculum, certification standards and a certification database will be maintained by RRT. Certification cards will be issued after the course and may be replaced for a $20 fee.
Certifications are issued to all participants who successfully complete the CRSP courseand demonstrate the ability to:
- Operate safely in steep terrain.
- Perform a scene size-up identifying hazards and formulating an appropriate plan.
- Recognize the appropriate application for standard techniques.
- Communicate and work with a team toward a common goal.
- Implement all access and stabilization skills.
- Select the appropriate rescue solution.
- Implement all four rescue solutions.
To earn certification participants must also demonstrate competency and efficiency in the following minimum basic skills:
- Creating anchors using trees, towers, rocks, and buried skis ("deadman" anchors).
- Tying knots and hitches including bowlines, the figure 8 series, the overhand series, mule hitches, Prusiks and square knots.
- Tying quick seat and chest harnesses.
- Operating ATCs or other belay devices, Munter hitch belays, and Prusik loops.
- Utilizing tethers to manage rescuer safety.
- Implementation of R1 (assisted belay) and L1 (solo lower).
- The Cliff Rescue for Ski Patrol (CRSP) is a two-year certification.
- There is a one-year grace period after the certification expires.
- A two-day Recertification Course is open to anyone who has a current certification or is in the one-year grace period. After the grace period the full four-day course must be taken to certify.
- The recertification course is only open to people with a current certification or within the one-year grace period, regardless of skill or experience.