The MOUNTED SARTECH III level of certification is the beginning level of Credentialing for Mounted (Equine) SAR personnel. This level is recommended for any person who responds to and functions on SAR mission doing so on an equine. 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 exam includes questions from the following topics:
•Incident Command System
•Basic Horsemanship
•ASTM F2794 contents
•Equine Handling Requirements
•Basic SAR Knowledge
•Search Operations
•Trailer and Towing

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

The SARTECH program is an evaluation processes 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 courses is not required for the candidate to challenge 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 SAR Tech Certifications. All Certifications have a three (3) year expiration date. An individual can maintain their certification through continuing education or retesting.

Current NASAR Search and Rescue Technician (SARTECH) II
ICS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700 National Incident Management System, An Introduction
IS-5.A – An Introduction to Hazardous Materials
Current CPR certification
American Red Cross or equivalent Basic First Aid course or higher medical training
Completed NASAR Mounted SAR Tech III Task Book.
Crime Scene Preservation course
Documentation of Equine is a minimum 4 years of age

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