About this course

This 5 days course (assessment included) focus on equipping IRATA Level 1 Technician with advanced skills and knowledge to work in rope access.

At the end of the course, qualified trainee:

• is able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of Level 1 and 2 Technician.

• will understands the elements and principles of IRATA International's safe system of work.

• is conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation.

• will has an extensive knowledge of advanced rope access rigging and rescue techniques.

• will holds an appropriate and current first aid certificate (not inclusive in this course).

Qualified trainee will receive:

• IRATA certificate.

• IRATA log book.

• IRATA ID card.

• e-copy of IRATA documents.

• e-copy of OST training manual.

Pre-training requirement:

• Trainee must hold an existing valid Level 2 certification, have minimum 12 months experience  rope access work and 1000 hours logged as a Level 2 Technician before expiry date.

• Trainee must be able to carry out and demonstrate all Level 1 and 2 rope maneuvers.

• Trainee must hold an appropriate and  valid first aid certification.

Course contents

• Explanation of IRATA training assessment certification scheme (TACS), course syllabus and assessment processes.

• Introduction, explanation and demonstration of advanced hauling system, advanced rope maneuvers and team rescues.

• Introduction and explanation of anchor selection.

• Discussion and recap of Level 1 and 2 training and content.

• Discussion and recap of legislation and international safety standards.

IRATA Level 3 Assessment:

Course syllabus elements covered at assessment:

• trainee shall complete 30 questions, 10 from Level 3 syllabus and 20 from Level 2 syllabus.

• trainee shall demonstrate vertical aid climbing.

• trainee shall demonstrate at least one of the following rescues:

1. rig-for-rescue.

2. hauling.

3. de-weighting on ropes. For example, rescue from ascending devices.

4. De-weighting from structure. For example, aid climb, fall arrest lanyards.

5. passing an obstruction. For example, deviation, rope-to-rope, re-anchor.

• Trainee shall complete 1 or more planning exercise covering:

1. anchor selection.

2. rigging and emergency planning.

3. hazard identification.

4. selection of equipment.

5. access method and personnel.

6. 3rd party protection and exclusion zones.

• Trainee shall complete IRATA form 061, job planning, satisfies this requirement. However, trainee or assessor may use their own format.

• Trainee shall demonstrate a complex rig-for-rescue exercise involving a team of rope access technicians. This exercise should include making a written plan.

• Trainee shall demonstrate implementation of a method statement.

• Trainee shall complete an equipment inspection report.

Rope access safety supervisor

Under IRATA International schemes, only Level 3 rope access technicians are permitted to be rope access safety supervisor. Employers should ensure that Level 3s have the necessary supervisory skills before they are given such a role, as rope access technical skills alone are no assurance that a Level 3 is competent to supervise.  

Rope access safety supervisor role is to ensure that the work and the workers proceed in accordance with IRATA International code of practice, in the manner set out in the documentation for the work project and with aim of no accidents.

It is essential that rope access safety supervisors have the experience and competence to supervise the rope access work and any potential rescue for each rope access project under their supervision.