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What is Rope Access training?

In a nutshell, the easiest way we can describe Rope Access training is, if you enjoy rock-climbing or mountaineering, it’s kind of similar, only with a lot more skills and health and safety measures in place! Not to mention the amount of job opportunities around the world, but we’ll come on to that later.

Before we move on to showing you the ropes of the different industries you can choose from (like what we did there?). We have to start off with the right training!

IRATA qualifications

Rope Access training is accredited by the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, or IRATA for short. Training is broken down into three levels, depending on experience. Each Level ensures that you hold the relevant skills to safely carry out your tasks and responsibilities, whatever stage you are at in your career.

IRATA Level 1 – Entry Level

Just starting out in your career? No problem! The IRATA Level 1 training course is suitable for delegates with no prior knowledge or experience. Training at this level covers the basic principles of movement on ropes, as well as carrying out a limited range of Rope Access tasks where you will be supervised by a Level 3 Technician.

IRATA Level 2 – Intermediate

Already have your Level 1? Time to progress on to your IRATA Level 2. In addition to your IRATA Level 1 Certificate, you’ll need to have logged 1000 hours of Rope Access work to be eligible for this training course. Climbing your way up the career ladder comes with more responsibilities. On completion of this course, you’ll be a Lead Technician undertaking rescues, rigging and working lines. Moreover, you’ll need to have good knowledge of the current legislation, safety requirements and quality assurance procedures.

IRATA Level 3 – Advanced

You have reached your final destination of IRATA training! As with the Level 2, you’ll also need to have logged 1000 hours of Rope Access work to complete this course. Level 3 IRATA training allows you to manage the site supervision for Rope Access work projects and relevant work techniques. Therefore, you’ll need a comprehensive level of understanding of the current legislation, and advanced rescue techniques. Additionally, as a Level 3 Technician you must hold a relevant First Aid Certificate.

What jobs can Rope Access training lead to?

It’s a good question. You may have already researched this yourself and realised that there is no specific ‘Rope Access’ industry. So, the real question is,

‘What industries require Rope Access training and what are the career opportunities within these industries?’

We’re glad you asked! If you think about it, any task that needs to be carried out from a height, or within a confined space, is more than likely going to require Rope Access Technicians. This can include the likes of building maintenance, industrial safety, or even production rigging on film sets!

Earlier, we mentioned the number of job opportunities across the world, so whether you plan on pursuing a career in a big city, or surrounded by beautiful mother nature, Rope Access training can help take you there.

Being advocates of the Offshore and Renewable Energy industries, let’s start with them.

Offshore

Due to the limited space and intensely strict safety requirements offshore, the high demand for Rope Access technicians is increasing on oil rigs and gas rigs.

Beyond your IRATA training, you may decide to gain further training and specialist work-related qualifications relevant to inspection and maintenance.

Potential job roles in this industry can be categorised into three different sectors:

  • Maintenance – this include welding, plating, rust removal, painting and repair work.
  • Inspection – this includes coating surveys, quality control, and safety inspections.
  • Construction – this includes rigging, pipe fitting, and electrical work.

Working offshore can mean long hours and long periods of time away from home. Irrelevant as to whether that may be a good or bad thing for you, a career offshore can be very advantageous in other ways! If you know what we mean.

Renewable Energy

Rope Access provides an impressive and practical alternative to traditional methods of access that could potentially disrupt on-going work and pose safety risks.

Safety is the optimum importance wherever the transmission and distribution of energy is taking place. Furthermore, safety inspections and tests are essential in those areas on site where access is most difficult. For example:

  • Power stations
  • Refineries
  • Wind farms
  • Utility poles.

Experienced Rope Access Inspectors have an enormous responsibility to withhold the surveyance and upkeep of our energy industries.

Geotechnical

Why not use your training to lend Mother Nature a hand? You could find yourself hanging around on huge cliffs, down deep caves, or along steep roadsides.

Did you know the road and rail industry rely on Rope Access Technicians for the installation of rock netting and catch fences alongside embankments?

Built structures

The need for specialist Rope Access services is increasing across contemporary buildings as they become taller and more complex than we’ve ever seen! Similarly to the Offshore industry, the two main sectors of job roles in this industry include inspection and maintenance. For example, you could be:

  • As skilled Mason, restoring historic buildings
  • A qualified Surveyor, on one of the tallest sky scrapers!

A Level 1 Technician can gain experience in this industry painting and cleaning extravagant buildings in large cities.

Training and supervision

As with any skilled job, Rope Access needs to be taught by experts in the field. Furthermore, any Rope Access task will require a supervisor to ensure that safety requirements are being followed, to check equipment and rigging is secure, and last but by no means least, to ensure the team is kept up-to-date with training and legislation.

Ready to climb to new heights?

Rope Access training can lead to extraordinary career routes like no other. The skills and techniques you will develop can prepare you to explore life experiences across the world, if that’s what you’re looking for. It all starts with the right training: https://www.completetrainingsolutions.co.uk/irata-rope-access-courses/