IRATA trainings are carried out on 3 levels depending on one’s documented experience. No experience is required from candidates who wish to obtain a level 1 certification:
- Level 1: rope access technician – intern
- Level 2: rope access technician
- Level 3: rope access technician – supervisor
Basic skills at selcted levels
- Level 1:
Performs rope access operations under a strict supervision of a level 3 technician.
- Level 2:
Responsible for a safe course of rope access operations; fulfills all level 2 technician requirements; participates in rescue operations under supervision of a level 3 technician.
- Level 3:
Responsible for the overall course of all rope access operations and all subordinate technicians; possesses a complex knowledge in terms of advanced rescue techniques
A successful completion of every of the above defined IRATA levels results in obtaining a certificate and a logbook that is intended for entries in regards to technician’s professional development and all additional attestations and certifications.
IRATA Certificate is valid for 3 years.
After three years, but before the expiration date, you must renew your privilege to continue using the rope access technician. This takes place through a 4-day renewal training at the appropriate level and an independent re-evaluation of the assessor accredited by IRATA (1 day).
Direct Entry (DE) refers to a rope access candidate bypassing level 1 certification in order to directly become a certified level 2 or 3 technician. See more: Direct Entry.
- The minimum age of candidates is 18;
- The candidates should be physically fit and free from any disability or medical condition that may prevent them from working safely;
- The candidates should ensure they have an adequate level of physical and mental fitness. They should also be able to withstand severe weather conditions such as heat, cold or wind;
- The candidates should be reliable, conscientious and responsible;
- The candidates have none of the following medical conditions:
- heart problems/ chest pains;
- high blood pressure;
- epilepsy/ swooning;
- fear of heights;
- unstable equilibrium;
- limb immobility;
- alcohol and drug addictions;
- mental problems;
Additional level-dependent requirements
Level 1 is intended for students with 0 to 500 hours of dual rope access experience. It is for most people who have no prior IRATA or equivalent certification, but who must meet the above mentioned requirements.
Level 2 is intended for certified level 1 technicians with:
min. 1000 hours and min. 12 months of dual rope experience as a level 1 technician logged since obtaining their IRATA level 1 certification.
A successful candidate for Level 3 must fulfill the following criteria:
must have a min. 1000 hours documented industrial rope access experience as a level 2 technician. The logbook should contain a varied range of work projects performed, working situations and techniques.
must have a current first aid certificate
The duration of all trainings of all levels is 5 days.
- 5 days long (4 day training + 1 day evaluation)
Every training program is comprised of a theoretical part, a practical part and a final evaluation. The objective of the theoretical part is to familiarize the technicians with the hardware and general knowledge about various rope access methods, as well as with rigorous regulations in force. The practical training is considered the core part of the program. Our students learn herein various rope access techniques. The entire final day of the program is designated for an evaluation conducted by an independent IRATA accredited examiner in a written and practical exam format.