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US&R Rescue Specialist Certificate


We are proud to offer the US&R Rescue Specialist certificate program. This program is designed for members of a search and rescue task force that wish to obtain the highest level of training and expertise in structural collapse rescue operations.

US&R Rescue specialist certificate

How do I get this certificate?

  • No college degree required.
  • No annual membership dues.
  • Credit granted for previous TEEX training.
  • The Advanced 3, 4, and 5 courses do not have to be completed in order.

What is in it for me?

  • Gain a solid, broad-based education in urban search and rescue training and response.
  • Enhance your potential for career advancement.
  • Increase your awareness of changing operational guidelines, procedures, and NFPA Standards.
  • Training is verifiable and transferable from employer to employer.


Required Courses

Prior to starting work on the certificate, we strongly suggest that you discuss with TEEX if you have completed an acceptable Rope Rescue and Structural Collapse course.

  1. Structural Collapse Technician 2 - 80-hrs (or 80 hour equivalent)
  2. NFPA 1006 Rope Rescue - 50-hrs (Level I & Level II or Technician)
  3. Advanced Structural Collapse 3 - 50-hrs (Must be taken at TEEX)
  4. Advanced Structural Collapse 4 - 50-hrs (Must be taken at TEEX)
  5. Advanced Structural Collapse 5 - 50-hrs (Must be taken at TEEX)
  6. One elective - must be at least 24 hrs selected from the list below 

Electives (choose one of the following)

To ensure that you are exposed to other job requirements of working on a US&R task force, you are required to complete one elective course.  For all elective courses not taken from TEEX, the curriculum will need to match or mirror the appropriate FEMA National US&R System or TEEX curriculum.

Ready to apply? Download your application form (pdf) today!

Need a brochure? Download a copy (pdf) now!

For more information
Call (979) 458-5636 or email Brian.Smith@teex.tamu.edu




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