ROPE ACCESS TRAINING
Our rope access training courses are a suite of five-day programmes to help you obtain IRATA accredited Level 1, 2 and 3 certification, as well as revalidation of existing certificates that are due to expire.
With these qualifications, you are trained to work in rope access roles within potentially hazardous working environments, or to progress to a more intermediate or supervisory position in the hierarchy.
This helps to support your personal professional development, ensuring you retain the certification you need to work at the desired level in the rope access industry, or giving you a next level to train towards.
IRATA accreditation means you know each qualification delivers the industry standard, giving you a relevant and necessary certificate that you can show to employers or use to support a bid for promotion.
Rope Access Level 1
With an IRATA accredited Level 1 Rope Access qualification, you achieve the minimum standard required to work in the rope access industry, making this an ideal entry-level certificate if you have no prior experience or hold no relevant qualifications.
Skills learned on the five-day course include ascent, changing direction and descent, as well as crossing knots, passing re-anchors and deviations, switching ropes and using backups, along with aid climbing and traversing, rigging and rope management, and some basic rescue skills.
To take part you only need to bring suitable clothing and safe work boots, a passport photo and valid photographic ID, and a medical assessment form that certifies you as fit and healthy to take part in the course, including the physical training aspects of it.
Rope Access Level 2
To proceed to intermediate roles in the industry, you should continue your training by working towards IRATA Rope Access Level 2, which allows you to work under the supervision of the most highly qualified Level 3 technicians.
You will need all of the items mentioned in the Level 1 course above, along with an IRATA Logbook. In order to complete your training at Level 2 and sit the assessment on the final day, you must have over 500 hours of rope access work properly logged in your book.
Once the five-day training course is completed, you should have a deeper understanding about rescue attempts and other general rope access tasks, the legislation that applies to rope work, safety demands and quality assurance, and certified ability when rigging new rope lines.
Rope Access Level 3
To work at the highest level in supervisory roles – and with Level 1 and 2 certificate holders working under your management – you should log at least 1,000 hours of relevant work and then complete IRATA accredited Rope Access Level 3 training.
This is the most in-depth module, carrying over the skills learned at Levels 1 and 2, while also demanding a knowledge of IRATA’s code of practice and training procedures, a valid and current First Aid certificate, and knowledge of more advanced rescue and recovery techniques.
It is reserved only for those with enough experience to pass the assessment – which is why an IRATA Logbook showing over 1,000 hours is a prerequisite – but apart from that again, you just need to be physically fit enough to attend the training course, supply photographic ID and a separate passport photo, and suitable clothing to participate safely in the practical sessions.
Revalidation & Requalifications
If you do not progress to a higher level within three years of your most recent assessment, it is normal to undergo revalidation of your existing IRATA accredited Rope Access certificate, to confirm that you still remember everything you learned.
Without doing so, you may have to stop working if and when your existing certificate expires, so it is sensible to make sure you requalify before you get too close to the expiration date.
Revalidation can renew IRATA certificates at Level 1, 2 and 3, so that you can continue at your current level while also making sure that you can build further on any hours you have logged towards training for the next higher level.
How to Book
We ask you to contact us directly to arrange revalidation and requalification courses, so that we can make sure we know what level you need to book a refresher course for.
Apart from that we regularly hold five-day training courses for IRATA accredited Rope Access Levels 1, 2 and 3, and you can check upcoming dates on each course’s booking page.
You will see available upcoming dates in green, and fully booked dates marked in red, and you can move through the calendar to see courses already scheduled for future months too.
To book, just choose the dates you want and click ‘Book Now’ to start the checkout process, which will guide you through all of the details and payment we need to secure your place.