Mounted STIII

The Mounted SARTECH III level of certification is the beginning level of certification for Mounted (Equestrian) SAR Personnel.  This level is recommended for any person who responds to and functions on a SAR Mission doing so on an Equine (Equid family).  Persons who obtain this certification are to function within the limits of the certification described by NASAR's as a Mounted SARTECH III.  NASAR currently has no course that teaches the knowledge to challenge the MOUNTED SARTECH III examination.

The examination consists of a (75) seventy-five question written test covering the candidate's knowledge of mounted search and rescue.  A passing grade is 70% or above.

The written examination includes questions from the following topics:

  • Incident Command System
  • Basic Horsemanship
  • ASTM F2794 contents (Level 1 Mounted SAR Responder)
  • Equine Handling Requirements
  • Basic SAR Knowledge
  • Survival
  • Navigation
  • Search Operations
  • Trailer and Towing

Currently the Certification Levels for NASAR Mounted Credentialing consists of MOUNTED SARTECH III.  The examination is based on the ASTM Standards for Mounted Search and Rescue.  The MOUNTED SARTECH standard is formulates by the National Association For Search And Rescue (NASAR) and recognized by many states and agencies.

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.

Completion of any NASAR sponsored course is not required for the candidate to challenge the Mounted 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 requires re-certification for SARTECH certifications.  All certification have a three (3) year expiration date.  An individual can maintain their certification through continuing education or retesting. 

Who Should Attend

See the above description.


  • IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-700 NIMS an Introduction
  • IS-5.A - An introduction to Hazardous Materials
  • Current CPR certificaiton
  • Basic First Aid Course
  • Completed NASAR Mounted SARTECH III Task Book
  • Crime Scene Preservation course
  • Documentation of Equine is a minimum 4 years of age