Route Setting Qualifications

Artificial Climbing Wall Facility Management - Arrampica

RSA Level 2 Route Setter Course

This course is for designated route setter rescuers and experienced climbers who want to develop and refine best practice while route setting on roped walls and bouldering walls.

Please note: RSA Level 1 covers setting on a bouldering wall only, it is not a pre-requisite to attend this course.

This two day course covers attachment of holds and the creative process of route design with a particular focus on route setting rescues, rope-work and applicable regulations to ensure you can use safe working practices.

Upon successfully completing the course the candidate will be issued with the RSA Level 2 Route Setter certificate. This certificate is valid for three years.

The course consists of training and assessment, finishing with a practical assessment of rescue procedure.

  • Route Setting good practice
  • How to work safely on ropes
  • Creative process of route design
  • Working at Height (WAH) Regulations
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)
  • Safety of the general public
  • Site-specific regulations
  • Emergency plans and general safety standards
  • Equipment care and maintenance
  • Safety Systems
  • Hold attachment
  • Route Setting Rescues
  • Rope Work Skills
  • Using ladders
  • Equipment and tools
  • Accessing techniques
  • Facilitation skills
  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Hold a valid First Aid Certificate
  • One year’s experience of climbing
  • Basic level of rope work skills
  • Familiar with carrying out operational inspections and PPE checks
  • Ability to lead belay and lead climb F6b indoors
  • Physically fit and healthy enough for long periods of working at height
  • Capable of working at height carrying out significantly arduous tasks


The Route Setting Association is a representative body for professional Route Setters, internationally. The RSA is committed to promoting best practice for route setting and route setters.

Route Setting is one of the most important aspects of any climbing wall, the blend of creative, technical and physical abilities required to set quality routes is only possible after many years of experience, the RSA aims to increase awareness of route setters and promote safe, quality setting.

Loading posts...
Sort Gallery