Course policies

Registration Policy

Payment in full is required to reserve your spot in the course / exam. Tuition is non-transferable and is payable by check, credit card, paypal, or Money Order. Tuition covers instructor time & travel, site rental fees, exam / course equipment, and NASAR certification fees. SRTC is not obligated to allow any student to attend a course until SRTC paperwork has been received, reviewed and approved by SRTC. A full refund will be given if we need to cancel the course for any reason.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

 If a student cancels out of the course or withdrawals from a course / exam:

-  If greater than or equal to 45 days prior to the starting date of the course, SRTC will retain a $25.00 site cancelation fee.

-  Within 45 days of the course start date tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

-  Participants that cancel or withdraw from a course are still responsible for cancelation fees even if payment has not been sent or processed. (Applies if you cancel within 45 days of a course.

A full refund will be given if we need to cancel the course for any reason.

Late Payment Policy

Participants that register and choose pay via company check or personal check must submit payment in a timely manner. Payment is due no later than 10 days after your registrations is submitted. If payment is not post marked prior to this date a late fee will be assessed. Late fees will either be invoiced separately or added to any outstanding balance.
- Initial late fee is $25.00
- An additional fee of $10.00 per day will also be assessed if payment is delayed past 14 days from registration and is retroactive to the date of registration.

SRTC / NASAR Student Agreements

(Including Assumption of Risks and Agreement of Release of Indemnity)

A Sergeant Rescue & NASAR course student agreement will be sent to you upon completion of registration. Please sign, return it and read it carefully as it affects your legal rights. Bring the signed documents to the first day of the course or return them by email. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the document as well. Without a signed document, you cannot participate in the course. SRTC course participants, including minors, will have unsupervised free time throughout the course / exam. Any activities during the free time are not part of the SRTC program or proctored exam, and are at the sole risk of the participant.

Travel Arrangements

State College University Park Airport is nearby and transportation to and from the airport can be made available on a case by case basis for an minor additional fee. 

The airport also has a rental car agencies on site. 


If flying or driving please plan to arrive the Thursday before class starts. 


Class will dismiss at 2330 or later on Saturday. We encourage those wishing to fly that flight arrangements be made for the day after class or testing. 

Sergeant Rescue Training & Consulting



Onsite lodging is available for this course offering. Lodging option provided is a Group Camping area. Cost is $45.00 for the class nights. Additional $15.00 for the night of testing. 

Black Mosshannon State Park also offer camper sites and cabins. However, please book these as soon as possible to ensure you get a spot for the class. ​

There are many hotels, campgrounds and bed an breakfasts in the area. Air BnBs are also available in the area. 

Lodging at Krislund is a different price. Please inquire for pricing. 


There are several onsite amenities for your use. Open pit fire ring, charcoal grill, bathrooms and showers are availible for on-site campers.

There are also many great restaurants in the Phillipsburg and State College PA  areas respectively. There are also multiple grocery stores within driving distance of the training area.

Students are expected to plan to have lunch with them at the class location all 5 days of the course.

Dates:  28 May 2023    1500 - Complete

               9 Dec 2023     1300 - Complete

SARTECH I Examination

Date: 28 May 2023

​            9 Dec 2023

Cost: $100.00

Testing will Commence at 3:00pm EST and be completed when complete. 

The SARTECH I/CREWLEADER level of certification is the advanced level for SAR personnel.

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 seven 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 written exam includes questions from the following topics:
NIMS Incident Command System
Small Unit Leadership
Crew Safety
Crew leader SAR Ready Pack
Maps, Symbology, & Land Navigation
Search Techniques & Tactics
Hazardous Terrain Skills
Stress Management

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

Station #1: Crew Leader Written Examination. 

Station #2: Briefing / Debriefing Station: Given a search area, the TL will provide a complete briefing of how the team will search that area. The TL will then give the instructor a summary of what is to be included in a complete debriefing. 

Station #3: Witness Interview Station: Candidate must interview a witness that has traveled the search area and complete the necessary documentation. (Beta station will not count toward pass fail.)

Station #4: Team Member Inspection: Candidate must demonstrate the ability to inspect a team member and advise them what equipment to prep for the assigned search or rescue tasking. (Beta station will not count toward pass fail.)

Station #5: Helicopter Landing Zone: Candidate must demonstrate the ability to set up a safe helicopter landing zone with the provided equipment and pass a simulated landing zone report to the instructor. Candidate will be given 12 minutes to complete this task. (Beta station will not count toward pass fail.)

Station #6: Land Navigation Day: 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 (3000) meters during the day time.

Station #7: Land Navigation Night: 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 (3000) meters during night time.

Station 8: Sign In / Demobilization station. Students will need to sign in and sign out as if at a major incident. This station mimics arriving at or leaving an incident and the candidate must show their ability to follow a sign in and demobilization plan. (Beta station will not count toward pass fail.)