Skill Development Cards
MEMBERS SHOULD UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE COLOUR COMPETENCIES, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY WANT TO PROGRESS
THOSE MEMBERS THAT WANT TO OBTAIN A COMPETENCY MUST THOROUGHLY READ THE APPROPRIATE PAGE BEFORE TESTING
MEMBERS WHO MARK THEIR CARDS FOR A COMPETENCY THEY HAVE NOT OBTAINED WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. THIS CAN RESULT IN TERMINATION OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP
What is a Skill Development Card?
These cards are an indicator of a member’s skill-set, and help you to identify which members have the skills needed to help assist or instruct you. All members are required to have their cards with them when participating in club activities. We recommend that you attach it to your harness so that everyone can see it.
The cards also act as membership cards and allow you to get discounts with our sponsors.
How does the competency system work?
Each competency level allows you to perform a specific set of tasks unsupervised during club activities. These levels are represented by a coloured strip of tape on a member’s card, to be visible to others. To obtain a particular competency level, members will need to demonstrate to an approved instructor that they have mastered a certain set of skills.
The skills required to obtain each competency are listed below. It is recommended that these competencies are completed in the order shown, however this is not strictly necessary. If a colour competency requires prerequisite skills then this is noted below.
Who is an approved instructor?
All executive members are approved instructors. The executive is also able to appoint other approved instructors at their discretion. These members will have an ‘approved instructor’ sticker on their card.
How do I learn the skills required to gain new competencies?
As a club, passing knowledge from members to other members is the best way to learn. Any member who has completed a competency is able to teach you the skills required for that competency, so don’t be afraid to ask around if you are keen to learn.
If you wish to obtain a competency, approach one of the club executives or an approved instructor and they will test your comprehension and ability to perform the target skills. Before you do this you will have to have learn the skills needed and read through the appropriate competency page, as they contain the theoretical knowledge needed.
What happens if I lose or forget to bring my card?
If you do not bring your card then you will be treated the same as a new member. This means that you will need to be supervised when participating in all club activities.
If you lose your card there is a $5 replacement fee.
All new members of the club start without any colour competencies.
As an unskilled member, you will still be learning the basics of rock climbing. You will need to be supervised at all times by members who have completed the appropriate competency level (ie. the yellow competency if you are belaying or climbing on top rope, or the blue competency if you are learning how to set up). Every time you tie in you will need to get your figure-eight knot checked by an approved instructor.
Once you have obtained your yellow tape you can do the following unsupervised:
- Climb on top rope
- Belay a top rope climber
To attain the yellow competency, you must demonstrate the following:
- Putting on a harness
- Putting on a helmet
- Tying into the rope using a figure-eight follow through
- Correctly attaching a belay device
- Climber-belayer communication
- Five step belay method
- Safely lowering a climber
Once you have obtained your blue tape, you are able to set up top ropes unsupervised. Please note that it is club practice that all top ropes are still to be checked by a member with Vertical Rescue qualifications.
To obtain the blue competency you must demonstrate the following:
- Ability to attach and use a fall restraint
- Safely working near a cliff edge
- Appropriate communication when setting up
- Setting up a top rope anchor
Once you have obtained your green tape, you can lead belay without supervision.
To obtain the green competency you must demonstrate the following:
- Lead belaying
- Safe lead climbing techniques
- Anchor building
- Cleaning an anchor
It is a prerequisite that you have already obtained your yellow competency.
Once you have obtained your red tape you can lead climb unsupervised
To obtain the red competency you must demonstrate the following:
- Lead climb regularly with green tape for a period of 3 months
- Retreating from a route
It is a prerequisite that you have already obtained your green competency.
Once you have obtained your black tape you can lead multi-pitch routes unsupervised.
To obtain the black competency you must demonstrate the following:
- Creating a multi-pitch anchor including being able to set up and use a top belay
- Multi-pitch communication techniques
- Vertical mobility.
It is a prerequisite that you have already obtained your red competency.