IRATA is an acronym for the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, that was formed in the UK in the late 1980’s, to solve maintenance challenges in the offshore oil and gas industry. Its formation was the result of an initiative of a number of leading companies, who had begun to use industrial rope access techniques, to provide a safe working environment for the industry.
The rope access technique developed by IRATA is used in a wide range of repair, maintenance, inspection and access work. Rope access methodology boasts an unrivalled safety record, short set-up and dismantling time, positive environmental benefits and removes the need for invasive access equipment or disruption to a worksite.
IRATA is now recognized as the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access. It has over 400 member companies around the world and has trained in excess of 100,000 rope access Technicians worldwide. IRATA directs and regulates, through its members, the training of all workers seeking its qualifications. These member companies provide training, operational services, or both.
Entry level training to get started with industrial rope access. Qualified trainee will be able to perform a specified range of rope access tasks under the supervision of a Level 3 rope access safety supervisor.
Intermediate level training for industrial rope access. Qualified trainee will be able to perform more complex tasks under supervision of a Level 3 rope access safety supervisor.
Advanced level training for industrial rope access. The highest level you can go as a rope access technician. Qualified trainee will be responsible for understanding and implementing the rope access procedures, method statements and associated risk assessments.
A Level 3 can become a rope access safety supervisor.