ISO Rope Access Training – All Levels

Ideal for companies who do not presently undertake rope access and wish to develop an in-house capability in specific, lower risk, environments.

Courses are available to book for groups and can run with mixed levels. Please select your current/required level at checkout.

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ISO rope access training certification is suitable for companies who work in a specific sector or in defined circumstances and who wish to add in-house rope access capability in specific, lower risk environments to their portfolio. It allows for more detailed coverage of training skills in the environments similar to the intended rope access work environment:

  • Specialist net rigging
  • Geotechnical
  • Arboriculture
  • Tall structures: mast, towers & WTG
  • Window cleaning
  • Lightning protection
  • Telecoms

heightec offer all levels of ISO rope access training (technician or supervisor) at our national network of Height Safety Centres in Aberdeen, Kendal, Leeds and London.

ISO rope access training  is not intended for persons who will be working in varied work locations or who will be required to carry out a range of work tasks. Participants wishing to work as general rope access sub-contractors should consider the IRATA Level 1 course.

ISO Technician – entry level course designed for those who have specific trade skills but wish to use rope access as a method of gaining access to their worksite.

The ISO Rope Access Technician course is based broadly on the requirements of BS ISO 22846 for the purpose of undertaking rope access classified as “simple”.

Covers the characteristics of a safe system of work, including equipment, legal requirements, objective hazards, risk assessment and method statements, conformity and certification, inspection, emergency considerations and rescue procedures.

The practical content of this course includes the requirements of BS ISO 22846; the basic principles of movement on ropes – ascent, descent, changing from ascent to descent, changing from rope to rope, passing a deviation, use of a back-up system – elementary rigging and rope management, elementary rescue.

Course elements covered include:

  • Select suitable equipment, understand specifications
  • Understand risks from different access methods
  • Understand risks arising from the work task, work situations
  • Understand principles of fall protection hierarchy
  • Understand fall factors, suspension trauma
  • Control all hazards e.g. from use of tools / falling objects
  • Maintain, communication, exclusion zones etc.
  • Understand worksite rescue plan
  • Inspection, care and maintenance of equipment
  • Understand work task as defined
  • Carry out simple rigging

Practical skills covered in this course include:

  • Methods of fall protection
  • Equipment fitting and pre-use checks
  • Use of backup system
  • Safe approach to point of descent / ascent
  • Methods of descent and ascent, change from descent to ascent and back
  • Elementary rigging, rope management
  • Install and pass a deviation, change from one rope to another
  • Simple rescue by lowering and vertical rescue by descent
  • Selection of anchor points
  • Experience of rigging and movement in specific work environment

NOTE: This course is at User level. Employers must ensure that adequate supervision is provided for participants following this course. Supervisors should be competent in all rope access techniques appropriate to the workplace and the level of supervision should be appropriate to the work situation and the number and skills of the operatives in the work team.

ISO Supervisor – detailed course for participants with a suitable level of experience of rope access, who want to move on to supervise sites of a specific type.

This is an advanced rope access course for participants who already have a rope access qualification and significant work experience. It is designed for individuals supervising non-hazardous work tasks in straightforward environments with vertical, simple drops.

This ISO Rope Access Supervisor course is based broadly on the requirements of BS ISO 22846 for the purpose of undertaking rope access classified as “simple”.

Covers applicable legislation, competence in inspection and care of equipment, casualty care, risk assessments, method statements and site management requirements.

A full range of technical and / or complex access and rigging techniques are covered, including fall protection methods, advanced rescue techniques, lead climbing and pulley systems.

Course elements covered include:

  • Ensure personnel, supervision and work equipment are appropriate
  • Rescue – plan for any rescue for a particular work situation.
  • Store, care for and maintain equipment
  • Implement procedures for selection, inspection and care of equipment
  • Implement procedures, method statements, work plans
  • Have a general understanding of legal requirements
  • Complete risk assessments on site
  • Properly manage all access and work equipment on site.
  • Inspection of equipment; detailed / thorough / formal / documented
  • Manage rescue for specified work site
  • Supervise rigging of ropes
  • Implement method statement set out by manager

Practical skills covered in this course include:

  • Pass a re-anchor (re-belay)
  • Aid climbing
  • Traversing
  • Use of pulleys
  • Passing a knot
  • Advanced rigging (re-anchors, traverses etc)
  • Rescue of casualty in ascent
  • Rescue remote casualty by lifting
  • Complex rescue participation

Available for group bookings or special arrangement only – please call for details.

Safety footwear required for all practical sessions.

heightec holds public and professional indemnity insurance which includes personal injury. You should be aware that not all training providers have this cover.

Read our FAQ on IRATA vs ISO Rope Access Training.

It is the participants/bookers responsibility to ensure that all relevant pre-requisites are met to attend this course and that the evidence is provided on the first day of the course e.g. in-date certificates for revalidation courses.

Failure to meet any of these pre-requisites may result in the participant being asked to leave the course. No refund will be given in this event.

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Course Details

Duration: 5 days
Course Venues: Aberdeen, Kendal, Leeds, London
Entry Requirements:
  • ISO Technician training course is suitable for newcomers to rope access work, no previous rope access qualifications are required.
  • ISO Supervisor participants must already hold a suitable certificate of competence at User level and must have minimum 1000 hours experience over 1 year documented prior experience in an appropriate work environment.
  • Minimum age 18.
  • Must be fluent in English.
Instructor Ratio: 1:6
Course Code: TRA1G
Assessment: Practical and written
Certification: ISO
Validity Period: 3 years
Medical Requirements: Participants should be medically and physically able to perform the tasks expected in terms of strength, agility and co-ordination and be able to haul their own body weight repeatedly. They should also be able to withstand the stresses of the working environment such as exposure to heights, heat, cold and bad weather. Participants should also be free of medical conditions which are contra-indications for this type of work, e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, obesity, etc. A self-certified statement of reasonable fitness will be requested at course registration.
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