Level I

The SARTECH I/CREWLEADER level of certification is the advanced level for SAR personnel. The level is recommended only for persons who function on SAR missions asfield searchers and who may function as Crew Leader. Persons who obtain this certification are to function within the limits of the certification described in the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH I/CREWLEADER. The NASAR course that prepares one to challenge the SARTECH I/CREWLEADER examination is Advanced Search and Rescue.

This examination consists of both a written exam and a practical exam. The written exam includes one hundred and twenty (120) questions covering the candidate’s knowledge of search and rescue. A passing grade is 70% or above. The candidate is also required to successfully complete a four station practical exam. Should the candidate not successfully complete the practical exam, only the stations that are failed need be repeated within one year of the original testing date. The re-testing may be completed at any SAR TECH I/CREWLEADER examination. If the retesting is done within the one year of the original testing date, no additional payment to NASAR is required. However, a host organization may charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs of hosting the repeat examination.

The written exam includes questions from the following topics:

  • NIMS Incident Command System
  • Small Unit Leadership
  • Fitness
  • Crew Safety
  • Crewleader SAR Ready Pack
  • Maps, Symbology, & Land Navigation
  • Search Techniques & Tactics
  • Briefing
  • Debriefing
  • Hazardous Terrain Skills
  • Stress Management

The candidate’s performance of SAR skills is evaluated at four practical exam stations involving:

  • Station #1: Crewleader SAR Ready Pack: Candidates demonstrate the ability to possess and pack the required SAR equipment and supplies efficiently.
  • Station #2: Hazardous Terrain Skills: Using the contents within the SAR Ready Pack candidates establish a belay system between two points.
  • Station #3: Patient Transport: Using the contents of their SAR Ready Pack and tracking sticks candidates construct an improvised a stretcher.
  • Station #4: Land Navigation: With the use of topographic maps and compass, candidates complete a course over terrain commonly encountered in the operations area in a specified time frame, not to exceed (2000) meters during night time.

The NASAR course that teaches the knowledge to successfully pass the SARTECH I/CREWLEADER certification is the Advanced Search and Rescue course (ADSAR).

Certification Levels SARTECH III through SARTECH I/CREWLEADER are a series of written and practical examinations that test the levels of knowledge and practical skills of SAR personnel. These examinations are based on the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH. The SARTECH Certification Criteria were formulated by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and recognized by many states and agencies. They have also been submitted for review to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and National Fire Protection Association for their consideration in their standards development.

The SARTECH program is an evaluation process not a learning process. Candidates demonstrate basic SAR competency through written tests and practical skill demonstrations of search and rescue skills.

Upon successful completion of the requirements, a certificate will be issued to the person by NASAR. This certificate does not constitute a license to practice the skills taught in a training program or to practice the knowledge and performance skills that have been evaluated. The certificate does signify that the person holding the certificate has met the requirements of established certification criteria and/or performance skill on the date indicated on the certificate.

NASAR has developed three courses using the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH. These courses are Introduction to Search and Rescue, Fundamentals of Search and Rescue and Advanced Search and Rescue. These courses are designed to teach the student the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the level of SARTECH certification that correspond to the course. Completion of these or any other NASAR sponsored courses are not required for the candidate to challenge any certification examination. The candidates training may come from any available source the candidate chooses.

Candidates who successfully complete the evaluation process will receive a certificate and patch from NASAR signifying their certification level. NASAR does not require a particular re-certification time period but leaves the decision to the organizations and agencies that utilize the SARTECH personnel.

Who Should Attend?
All Operational SAR personnel wishing to function at the Crew Leader Level.

Prerequisites
Candidates must be certified at the NASAR SARTECH II level. Candidates must have a current Advanced First Aid certification or above and a current CPR certification or above and provide proof at exam. An ideal Crew Leader should be at the EMT level or above. It is recommended, but not required, that candidates have at least one hundred (100) hours on SAR missions; one hundred (100) hours of land based SAR training; and at least two (2) years active membership with a SAR organization.
Candidates must be certified at the NASAR SARTECH II level. Candidates must have a current Advanced First Aid certification or above and a current CPR certification or above and provide proof at exam. An ideal Crew Leader should be at the EMT level or above. It is recommended, but not required, that candidates have at least one hundred (100) hours on SAR missions; one hundred (100) hours of land based SAR training; and at least two (2) years active membership with a SAR organization.

Candidate needs all equipment required for the written and practical exam.

Level II

The SARTECH II level of certification is the intermediate level for SAR personnel. This level is recommended for any person who functions on SAR missions as field searchers. The NASAR course that prepares the candidate to challenge the SARTECH II is Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR). Candidates are encouraged to always use the latest version of the FUNSAR text since it is updated regularly.

There are no prerequisites required for a person to challenge the SARTECH II examination. Certification history does indicate persons who have had formal SAR training and experience on SAR missions successfully pass the examinations more frequently than others do.

The SARTECH II examination consists of written exam and a practical exam. The written exam includes one hundred and forty-five (145) questions covering the candidate’s knowledge of search and rescue. A passing grade is 70% (102 correct answers) or above.

Upon passing the written exam, the candidate is then required to successfully complete a six station practical exam. Should the candidate not successfully complete all of the practical exam stations, only the stations that are failed need be repeated if this is done within one year of the original testing date. The re-testing may be completed at any subsequent SARTECH II evaluation. If the retesting is done within the one year of the original testing date, no additional payment to NASAR is required. However, a host organization may charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs of hosting the repeat examination. If an additional retest is needed, the NASAR fee is collected. (One NASAR fee covers the original exam and retest, if needed.)

The written exam includes questions from the following topics:

  • NIMS Incident Command System
  • Basic Survival
  • SAR Clothing
  • Improvising
  • Environmental Hazards and First Aid
  • SAR Ready Pack
  • Personal Equipment
  • Travel Skills
  • Land Navigation & Orienteering
  • SAR Resources
  • Search Philosophy
  • Search Tactics
  • Handling Evidence
  • Clue Consciousness
  • Search Operations
  • Tracking
  • Ropes & Rescue Equipment
  • Legal Aspects for the Searcher

The candidate’s performance of SAR skills is evaluated at six practical exam stations involving:

  • Station #1: Land Navigation: Use of topographic maps and compass. Candidates complete a course over terrain commonly encountered in the operations area in a specified time frame, not to exceed 600 meters.
  • Station #2: Tracking: Candidates identify and mark a footprint track left by the evaluator and follow the track to its end.
  • Station #3: 24-hour Pack: This used to be a required station – it isn’t any longer. Candidates should carry the basic survival and safety supplies for their environment and the items to complete the stations.
  • Station #4: Rope Skills: Candidates demonstrate the ability to tie four basic knots and a harness with supplied rope and webbing.
  • Station #5: Route Search: This station entails locating and labeling clues in a given area demonstrating the ability to detect 50% of the clues using a route search tactic.
  • Station #6: Area Search: This station entails locating and labeling clues in a given area demonstrating the ability to detect 50% of the clues using an area search tactic.

Certification Levels SARTECH III through SARTECH I/CREWLEADER are a series of written and practical examinations that test the levels of knowledge and practical skills of SAR personnel. These examinations are based on the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH. The SARTECH Certification Criteria were formulated by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and recognized by many states and agencies. They have also been submitted for review to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for their consideration in their standards development.

The SARTECH program is an evaluation process not a learning process. Candidates demonstrate basic SAR competency through written tests and practical skill demonstrations of search and rescue skills. Upon successful completion of the requirements, a certificate will be issued to the person by NASAR. This certificate does not constitute a license to practice the skills taught in a training program or to practice the knowledge and performance skills that have been evaluated. The certificate does signify that the person holding the certificate has met the requirements of established certification criteria and/or performance skill on the date indicated on the certificate.

NASAR has developed three courses using the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH. These courses are Introduction to Search and Rescue, (ISAR) Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) and Advanced Search and Rescue (ADSAR). These courses are designed to teach the student the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the level of SARTECH certification that correspond to the course. Completion of these or any other NASAR sponsored courses are not required for the candidate to challenge any certification examination. The candidates training may come from any available source the candidate chooses. Candidates who successfully complete the evaluation process will receive a certificate and patch from NASAR signifying their certification level. NASAR does not require a particular re-certification time period but leaves the decision to the organizations and agencies that utilize the SARTECH personnel.

Who Should Attend
All Operational SAR personnel.

Prerequisites
Candidates must have a current CPR and Basic First Aid (or higher) certification. Candidates should be familiar with SARTECH II testing requirements. They must have a compass for the written exam and all required equipment for the practical exam.

Level III

The SARTECH III level of certification is the entry level “non-wilderness” responder for SAR personnel. This level is recommended for any person who responds to and functions on SAR missions in the urban or suburban environments. Persons who obtain this certification are to function within the limits of the certification described in the NASAR standards for SARTECH III. The NASAR course that teaches the knowledge to challenge the SARTECH III is Introduction to Search and Rescue (ISAR).

The textbook that prepares a student to take the SARTECH III exam is entitled Introduction to Search and Rescue. Candidates are encouraged to purchase the most current version of the ISAR text since it is updated regularly. The examination consists of a written test covering the candidate’s knowledge of search and rescue. A passing grade is 80% or above.

The written exam includes questions from the following topics:

NIMS Incident Command System
Land Navigation & Orienteering
SAR Resources
Search Philosophy
Search Tactics
Clue Consciousness
Search Operations
Lost Person Behavior
Helicopter Operations
Communications

Certification Levels SARTECH III through SARTECH I/CREWLEADER are a series of written and practical examinations that test the levels of knowledge and practical skills of SAR personnel. These examinations are based on the NASAR Standards for SARTECH. The SARTECH standards were formulated by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and recognized by many states and agencies. They have also been submitted for reviewed to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for their consideration in their standards development.

The SARTECH program is an evaluation process not a learning process. Candidates demonstrate basic SAR competency through written tests and practical skill demonstrations of search and rescue skills.

Upon successful completion of the requirements, a certificate will be issued to the person by NASAR. This certificate does not constitute a license to practice the skills taught in a training program or to practice the knowledge and performance skills that have been evaluated. The certificate does signify that the person holding the certificate has met the requirements of an established standard of knowledge and/or performance skill on the date indicated on the certificate.

NASAR has developed three courses using the NASAR Standards for SARTECH. These courses are Introduction to Search and Rescue, Fundamentals of Search and Rescue and Advanced Search and Rescue. These courses are designed to teach the student the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the level of SARTECH certification that correspond to the course. Completion of these or any other NASAR sponsored courses are not required for the candidate to challenge any certification examination. The candidates training may come from any available source the candidate chooses.

Candidates who successfully complete the evaluation process will receive a certificate and patch from NASAR signifying their certification level.

Who Should Attend
See above description.

Prerequisites
None

NOTE: SARTECH III is being updated during 2016. Additions include a small field exercise and test section making SARTECH III a non-wilderness responder position. Passing the FUNSAR written test no longer provides an automatic SARTECH III certificate, due to the addition of the field testing portion

Do you like this page?