Basic Pole Climbing School

Basic Pole Climbing School

Tuesday, October 08, 2024 - Friday, October 11, 2024 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Standard Time

Basic Pole Climbing School

Houston County Electric Cooperative, Crockett, TX   Visit Website
Tuesday, October 08, 2024 - Friday, October 11, 2024   iCalendar Central Standard Time


Course Description

This course teaches how to identify and perform procedures necessary to safely ascend and descend a utility pole. This course is designed for employees in the electric utility, telecommunications or cable TV industries who are groundmen or apprentice linemen. Basic Pole Climbing is also recommended for employees who assist night crews.


Care and inspection of climbing gear - Proper sharpening and shaping of climbing gaffs

Techniques for pole inspection - Climbing hazards - Hazard recognition - Handlines


Pole inspection - Remove and install crossarm - Basic climbing techniques

Insulator changeout - Hazard recognition - Proper handline use - Pole-top rescue

Each participant should bring

Climbers and gaff guards - Work gloves - Hand tools - Handline

Lineman body belt and fall arrest safety - Safety glasses - Rain gear

Long-sleeved shirts - Rubber gloves - Hardhat - Appropriate climbing boots

Course Prerequisites

The participant should have experience as a groundman or be an apprentice lineman.

Course Schedule

Course begins at 8 a.m., Tuesday, October 8 and ends at noon, Friday, October 11.

Houston County EC, 1701 East Loop 304, Crockett 75835 

Class Limit

18 students

Continuing Education Units

32 hours (3.20 CEUs) A South Plains College certificate will be mailed to participants who complete this course and pay the $10 fee.

Registration cancelation policy: All changes or cancelations must be made by email to No refunds will be issued for cancelations made fewer than 15 days before the event. Cancelations made more than 15 days before the event will receive a full refund, minus a $50 charge per student or substitution.

To register for an event, you will first be prompted to sign in or create a new online account.

Suggested Places To Stay: Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel room reservations.
Holiday Inn Express 1511 Southeast Loop 304 Crockett 75835 (936) 544-4488
Knights Inn Crockett 1600 East Loop 304 Crockett 75835 (936) 544-5611

You can view all invoices online on TEC's website at to print or download the items needed.
After you log into the TEC website follow the steps below.
Click “View My Account”
Click on “Invoices”
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Contact: Tami Knipstein, Loss Control Program Coordinator (512) 486-6271,,