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How to become a Rope Access Technician

Rope Access Technician

What is a rope access technician?

Rope Access Technician is a qualified professional who is trained to work safely at height using rope access techniques.  

The role of a Rope Access Technician incorporates a wide range of duties and responsibilities depending on the job role you’re interested in. A career as a Rope Access Technician is not for the faint-hearted, you will be challenged daily, and your job will take you to new heights – literally!   

Life as a Rope Access Technician offers a wealth of opportunities to work across a diverse range of sectors and industries, from Renewables to Geotechnical. For individuals who choose to pursue a career in Rope Access, one thing is for sure, no two days will be the same.  

How to become a Rope Access Technician

To become a Rope Access Technician, you must complete training that is accredited by the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA). IRATA is the sole global trade association in the Working at Height sector and is widely recognised across the world. 

IRTA Rope Access Training

There are three IRTA Rope Access training levels to becoming a rope specialist, all levels ensure you hold the relevant skills to carry out your daily duties safely and responsibly. Rope Access Training is broken down to accommodate for beginner, intermediate and advanced technicians. 

IRATA Rope Access Course

IRATA Training Level 1 – Beginners

The IRATA Level 1 course is designed to train delegates, who, have no prior experience in the field. Training and examination requirements will be covered to be qualified as an IRATA Level 1 Technician. A Level 1 technician can perform a limited range of rope access tasks. Level 1 technicians work under the supervision of a Level 3. 

You can find more information about the IRATA Level 1 course here. 

IRATA Training Level 2 – Intermediate

The IRATA Level 2 course is for those professionals who hold an in-date Level 1 IRATA certificate. Delegates must have over 1000 logged hours of rope access work.
The Level 2 is for Lead Technicians and will cover rigging working lines, undertaking rescues & performing other rope access tasks under the supervision of a Level 3. 

You can find more information about the IRATA Level 1 course here. 

IRATA Training Level 3 – Advanced

The IRATA Level 3 course is designed for candidates who have a valid Level 2 IRATA certificate. Delegates must take this course to progress to a Level 3 technician. Firstly, delegates must have over 1000 logged hours of rope access work. The course covers site supervision for rope access work projects and relevant work techniques, alongside legislation, advance rescue techniques and provides a comprehensive level of detail. Delegates of this course must also hold an appropriate current first-aid certificate. 

You can find more information about the IRATA Level 1 course here. 

How much do Rope Access Technicians Get Paid in the UK?

As a Rope Access Technician in the UK, your salary will vary depending on several different factors, including, experience, geographical location, sector, and the business in which you work for.  

Below is a breakdown of some expected rope access salaries depending on your experience:

  • Entry Level (IRATA Level 1): £31,200 
  • UK average: £54,600 
  • Advanced Level (IRATA Level 3): £78,000 

As a rope specialist entering the industry you will be IRATA Level 1 qualified, with opportunities during your career to upskill to IRATA Level 2 or 3.  

Want to learn more about Rope Access Training? Read our guide to a career as a Rope Access Specialist here.