Rope Access Training
Courses for all IRATA levels
Further information & pre-requisites for training;
PARKING @ THE CHURCH
On street parking is available on Bridge Street just metres away from the church.
Please avoid parking on the single lane side road (Alderbank) and the carpark at the end of this. This car park is for the local park walk.
ATTITUDE & AGE
To ensure a safe work environment, candidates must have an appropriate attitude alongside fitness and physical capabilities. An appraisal can be arranged with a SG Access if unsure. Rope access work is often remote and far from outside help, meaning a respect for heights and responsible behaviour is required to prevent any incidents. SG Access has 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. Should you have any queries regarding your medical condition and how it may impact your IRATA training please contact the SG Training office for more advice.
Candidates applying for an 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 and answering questions at that level.
Those deemed not competent to their existing level may require additional training.
Candidates should consider their experience carefully before attempting to progress to a higher level. Candidates without appropriate competence, adequate pre-assessment training and knowledge of the syllabus are unlikely to meet the requirements.
Candidates looking to take an upgrade need to ensure that their certificate is valid on the day of assessment and that they also have at least one years’ experience alongside 1000 working hours signed off correctly in their logbook.
Technicians should present their logbook to the SG Access at the beginning of the course for re-validations or upgrades. Lost logbooks can be replaced by IRATA.
TRAINING COURSE AND ASSESSMENT
Training courses take a minimum of 30 hours over 4 days followed by a one-day assessment; however, training length may vary between training centres. There may be a gap between training and assessment (this can be no longer than 60 days). During training candidates shall be taught all Level 1 topics in preparation for their assessment.
The assessment will be carried out by an IRATA International Assessor and is in two parts: written and practical. Level 1 candidates are required to answer theory questions as well as being able to demonstrate their competency in all Level 1 syllabus tasks. The Assessor will grade the candidate to ensure they carry out all tasks in a safe manner in accordance with the requirements of the certification scheme.
Should the candidate fail the assessment they have 60 days to retake from the date of the failed assessment before they will have to retake the training course in full. Candidates shall provide a copy of their previous assessment form at the time of reassessment. Candidates unable to provide a copy of their previous assessment form are required to attend a training course in full before re-assessment.
IRATA certification shall be granted once all certification requirements are fulfilled. Undertaking the assessment is one part of the certification process. Successful completion of training or passing the assessment does not in itself guarantee that all certification requirements have been met. Certification will only be granted by IRATA upon verification that all prerequisites and all relevant parts of the certification process have been successfully fulfilled.
Successful technicians shall receive a certificate of competence, a photo identification card (ID card) and IRATA Logbook upon initial registration, stating the level and type of certificate awarded and the expiry date.
Following approval by IRATA, the Technician can practise as an IRATA level 1 for a period of three years. Technicians may progress annually to Level 2 & 3 on the accrual of the pre-requisite 1000 on-rope working hours at each level.
IRATA Technicians are required to take re-validation training and assessment every three years to ensure that they remain current and maintain safe working practices. Rope access Technicians not engaged in rope access work for 180 days or more shall attend refresher training.
Please use the ‘Book’ link at the top of the page to book your courses.