IRATA Training

If you are interested in becoming an IRATA Rope Access Technician, this guide is designed to show you the step by step process.

Pre-course information

In order to ensure a safe work environment, candidates must have an appropriate attitude alongside fitness and physical capabilities. An appraisal can be arranged with only IRATA Training Member Company - TMC. Rope access work is often remote and far from outside help, meaning a respect for heights and responsible behavior is required to prevent any incidents. TMCs have the right to exclude any candidate from training if they have concerns over their fitness or attitude. Candidates also need to be at least 18 years of age.

Candidates need to be physically fit and unaffected by any disability/medical condition which prevents them from working safely, and are required to certify that they do not have any medical disabilities, by a self-certification. It is recommended that any condition has a medical certificate or doctors note to show potential employers that it won’t affect their work at height. Any long term condition should be re-assessed medically to ensure appropriate medical condition.

Candidates applying for a re-register or upgrade course should be competent in all practical as well as theoretical requirements for their current level, and should be capable of performing all techniques sand answering questions at that level. Those deemed not competent to their existing level may require additional training.

IRATA Level 1

• Minimum age of 18 years. 

• No prior experience necessary. 

• Complete a four-day (minimum) rope access training course from an IRATA Training Member Company and managed by an IRATA Level III. 

• Complete a Level I written test. 

• Complete a Level I assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.

IRATA Level 2

• Minimum of 1000 hours and 12 months experience as an IRATA Level I technician (documented in a IRATA log book). 

• Complete a four-day (minimum) rope access training course from an IRATA Training Member Company and managed by an IRATA Level III. 

• Complete a Level II written test. 

• Complete a Level II assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.

IRATA Level 3

• In possession of a valid First Aid certification. 

• Minimum of 1000 hours and 12 months experience as an IRATA Level II technician (documented in a IRATA log book). 

• Complete a four-day (minimum) rope access training course from an IRATA Training Member Company and managed by an IRATA Level III. 

• Complete a Level III written test. 

• Complete a Level III assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.

IRATA Certification Renewal

• IRATA certificates are valid for three years. 

• All revalidating candidates are required to complete a minimum of four days of training prior to the assessment. 

• If re-training and successful assessment are completed in the 6 month period prior to the expiry of a current certificate, a new certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of expiry on the previous certificate.

Unsuccessful IRATA Assessment

In the event the candidate is unsuccessful in their IRATA assessment, the candidate must return within 60 days from the date of training completion for assessment. If they are unable to return within 60 days, they must attend another training course in full.

IRATA Planned Expiry

Technicians wishing to re-validate or upgrade who anticipate expiry of their certification due to medical or personal reasons can, prior to expiry, register with an IRATA Member Training Company. 

Refresher Training (6 or More Months Not On Rope)

IRATA requires technicians who have not undertaken rope access work for a period of more than six months to undergo refresher training. Refresher training shall be carried out by an IRATA International Level 3 rope access Technician and should be logged in the technician’s logbook. Refer to the IRATA TACS for detailed guidance.

IRATA training candidates wishing to re-certify or upgrade through the normal process must have a valid IRATA certificate on the day of the assessment. IRATA provides specific guidance for candidates with expired certification wishing to recertify or advance. We also recommend reviewing the Physical Requirements prior to registering for a training course.

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