SEARCH AND RESCUE TECHNICIAN Level II
The SARTECH II level of certification is the basic entry level for all field based SAR personnel. This level of certification covers the minimum basic skills required for any person to function safely and proficiently during SAR missions as a field searcher. Persons who obtain this certification are required to function within the limits of the certification described on the NASAR website (http://www.nasar.org/sartech_ii).
The NASAR course that prepares one to challenge the SARTECH II certification examinations is Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR). The most current edition of the textbook was released in 2005. Previous editions of the textbook will not prepare one to challenge the SARTECH II certification.
Prior to challenging the SAR Tech II examination, all candidates must have completed the following prerequisites:
- Possess a (NIMS) ICS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System certificate
- Possess a current Basic First Aid (or greater) Certification card
- Possess a current CPR Certification card
According to NASAR, “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 a written exam and field skills practical exam and is totally separate from the FUNSAR instructional course.
NASAR is currently re-writing the SAR Tech Level II certification process. The 2015 revision process began June 1, 2015. Here are the proposed NASAR revisions:
Revised Last: June 1, 2015 NASAR – National Association for Search and Rescue
“Standard Guide for Training for of Land Search Team Member ASTM F2209, 2014 Edition”
Content taken directly from the General Accreditation Information, Pages 2 -4.
“The written examination measures the cognitive skills of the SAR Tech II will follow guidelines set forth in accordance with the policies and procedures of the National Association for Search and Rescue. The examination will be randomly generated and consist of one hundred (145) questions. All questions (except for map questions) are taken from the “Required Text” Section listed at the end of this document. Candidates will have a maximum of 2 hour and 30 minutes to complete the examination. A score of 70% or above shall constitute a passing grade for the candidate. The written examination is broken up into a one hundred and thirty (130) question section and a fifteen (15) map practical question section. Each area is scored separately and the candidate must score a 70% or above on both sections. Failures in either portion will constitute a written examination failure.
The written exam includes questions from the following FUNSAR topics:
NIMS Incident Command System
Environmental Hazards and First Aid
SAR Ready Pack
Land Navigation & Orienteering
Ropes & Rescue Equipment
Legal Aspects for the Searcher
Written Examination Re-Test Policy
Candidates must pass the written exam prior to taking the practical portion of the SAR Tech II exam. Candidates who are unsuccessful (less than 70%) on the written test will need to retake the test and successfully pass the exam prior to being allowed to take the practical portion of the certification exam. Candidates are not eligible for re-testing on the same day as their initial test.
Practical examinations are intended to measure the practical skills of the SAR Tech II and will follow guidelines set forth in accordance with the policies and procedures of the National Association for Search and Rescue. The National Association for Search and Rescue will test 100% of the practical objectives. A score of 100% for the pre-selected skills shall constitute a passing grade for the candidate.
There are seven (6) practical stations that must be successfully completed in order to obtain SAR Tech II Certification.
- Land Navigation – Map and Compass
- Tracking (Marking Track)
- Land Navigation – GPS Basic Operations
- Rope Skills
- Grid Search-Route Search
- Grid Search-Area Search
Practical Examination Re-Test Policy
Candidates receiving unsatisfactory grades on more than 40% (Note: more than two skill stations) will fail the skills test. The candidate will not be allowed to retest those stations that day. The candidate will be allowed to retest those stations (during other testing opportunities) as many times necessary (no more than twice per day) or until one year time period has lapsed. If one year has passed and the candidate has not successfully passed all skills stations, the candidate will be required to restart the testing process beginning with the written exam.
Candidates receiving unsatisfactory grades on less than 40% (Note: two or less skill stations) will be allowed to retest those unsatisfactory stations that day. Any station is only allowed to be retested one (1) time at an exam. If after a second (2nd) attempt the candidate is still not successful, the candidate will need to retest on another day.
Lead Evaluator’s Decision is final.
Currently the National Association for Search and Rescue does not recognize any other organization’s certification as equivalent to the National Association for Search and Rescue – SAR Tech II Certification. Recertification The National Association for Search and Rescue Board of Directors set the policy and requirements for recertification for all levels of certification offered by the National Association for Search and Rescue. Consult NASAR Recertification Policy for current requirements. Each certificate issued to a candidate indicates the discipline and edition year that they were evaluated under at the time of certification. New certificates are not issued when the discipline changes.
The National Association for Search and Rescue Board of Directors set the policy and requirements for recertification for all levels of certification offered by the National Association for Search and Rescue. Consult NASAR Recertification Policy for current requirements. Each certificate issued to a candidate indicates the discipline and edition year that they were evaluated under at the time of certification. New certificates are not issued when the discipline changes.
A Candidate must be able to Read, write and Speak in the language of the AHJ. Candidates who require assistance in completing the written examination should have an IEP or other formal evaluation attesting to this need. The candidate is required to submit the documentation and completed Special Education Accommodation form to the Certification Department for evaluation at least ten (10) business days prior to your scheduled test. After receiving the documentation you will be contacted with the outcome of what accommodations can be arranged if any.
Cheating and Plagiarism The expectation at the National Association for Search and Rescue is that the principles of truth and honesty will be rigorously followed in all academic endeavors. This assumes that all work will be done by the person who purports to do the work without unauthorized aids. Any Candidate found cheating on the written or practical test will be immediately dismissed from the exam and will not be allowed to attempt the exam again until the Certification Review Manager and Board of Directors have decided on the incident.
Certificates indicating successful completion of the requirements set forth under the American Society for Testing of Materials F3069-14 Standard Guide for Requirements forBodies that Operate Certification Programs in the Field of Search and Rescue shall be issued by the National Association for Search and Rescue when the candidate has met all requirements for certification.
The NASAR course “Fundamentals of Search and Rescue” is a course offered by NASAR that prepares an individual to take the SAR Tech II exam. The FUNSAR course is not required in order to take the SAR Tech II exam. Required Text -“Fundamentals of Search and Rescue”, National Association for Search and Rescue; Jones and Barlett Publishers -ASTM F2209″
Links to other NASAR Courses and Certifications offered by Red Rock Search and Rescue
SARTECH Level I Requirements http://www.nasar.org/sartech_i
Advanced Search and Rescue (ADSAR) http://www.nasar.org/advanced_sar
SARTECH Level II Requirements http://www.nasar.org/sartech_ii
Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) http://www.nasar.org/fundamentals_of_sar
SARETCH Level III Requirements http://www.nasar.org/sarteh_iii
Introduction to Search and Rescue (ISAR) http://www.nasar.org/introduction_to_sar
Managing The Lost Person Incident (MLPI) http://www.nasar.org/mlpi
NASAR Recertification http://www.nasar.org/recertification
National Association For Search and Rescue (NASAR ) website http://www.nasar.org/nasar
NASAR Course Instruction and Certification Calendar http://www.nasar.org/calendar
The NASAR Cadrè of RRSAR
For a relatively new SAR Team (est.2012) , Red Rock Search and Rescue has worked hard to have one of the nation’s largest NASAR certified training staffs. We sincerely appreciate the continued support from NASAR to make this a reality for all SAR Teams in the Southwestern Region of the US which we serve.
RRSAR currently has:
- ( 4) SARTECH I Lead Evaluators and (6) ADSAR Instructors
- ( 8) SARTECH II Lead Evaluators and (5) FUNSAR Instructors
- ( 8) SARTECH III Lead Evaluators and (4) ISAR Instructors
- (4) Managing The Lost Person Incident (MLPI) Instructors
For information about any NASAR Course or Certification offering, contact: