Nate Issues Third Edition of Fall Protection Training Standard


The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has announced that the third edition of the NATE Tower Climber Fall Protection Training Standard (NATE CTS) is now available. The NATE CTS was last revised in 2008 and the new edition includes updated references to the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code and Z490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training standard. The updated NATE CTS also includes additional terminology in the definitions section of the document.

“NATE is proud to offer this updated edition of the CTS to better facilitate training and improve safety in the industry,” said Chairwoman Pat Cipov of Cipov Enterprises, Inc. in Sumter, South Carolina. “The Climber Training Standard is the Association’s signature safety resource and provides one more tool in the toolbox to ensure that climber training is consistent regardless of who is conducting the training,” Cipov added.

The NATE CTS was originally developed in 2005 to establish the minimum requirements to which all tower climbers should be trained. The third edition of the Fall Protection Training Standard is available online as a free resource for member companies in the member login section of the NATE website. Members and non-members can also purchase printed copies of the standards at