Level 1 – Entry level course covering a wide range of working locations. Recommended for candidates who wish to enter the industry as rope access subcontractors.
The level 1 course covers basic principles of movement on ropes – ascent, descent, changing from ascent to descent, changing from rope to rope, crossing a knot, aid climbing and traversing, passing re-anchors and deviations. Candidates on the level 1 course will also learn:
- The characteristics of a safe system of work
- Rope access equipment
- Legislation, hazards, risk assessment and method statements
- Equipment conformity, certification and inspection
- Emergency and rescue procedures
- Use of a back-up system
- Elementary rigging and rope management
- Elementary rescue
Level 2 – Intermediate level course for candidates who already have an IRATA level 1 qualification and additional work experience. An intermediate (Level 2) IRATA Rope Access Technician is capable of rigging working ropes, undertaking rescues and performing a variety of rope access tasks. They should have knowledge of legislation, safety requirements and quality assurance procedures relating to rope access. The level 2 course also covers:
- Legislation, guidelines and standards Safe Systems of Work
- All the sections covering equipment and rigging at level 1 and in addition shall include the following:
Wide ‘Y’ hang, re-belay, deviations, rope and sling protection, pull-through, work-restraint and horizontal lifelines, tensioned ropes.
Level 3 – Advanced course allowing supervision of a wide range of work sites. Candidates must possess an IRATA level 2 certificate. A level 3 Supervisor is capable of site supervision for rope access work projects and be conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation. They should also be able to demonstrate all the skills and knowledge required of IRATA Rope Access Level 1 and Level 2 and have a comprehensive knowledge of advanced rescue techniques.
Practical skills covered include a full range of technical and/or complex access and rigging techniques, including fall protection methods, advanced rescue, lead climbing and application of pulley systems in addition to:
- Risk assessment and method statements
- Equipment inspection
- Management and records
- Rescue management
You can take your re-assessment early. If a technician undertakes a re-assessment at the same level up to six months before their current expiry date his new expiry date will be 3 years from the last assessment expiry date. Please select your current and required IRATA level at check out.
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.
Rope Access techniques can be used in a wide range of onshore and offshore activities:
- To carry out theatre and concert rigging
- Maintenance and repair work
- Surveying and NDT (non-destructive testing)
- Construction and groundworks
- Window cleaning
- Wind turbine blade cleaning and maintenance
It is advantageous if rope access technicians have an additional trade qualification to compliment their IRATA Rope Access training qualification.
ACWAHT (Advisory Committee for Work at Height Training) syllabus is also covered in this course.
More information on IRATA’s Training, Assessment & Certification scheme can be found on their website.
15% off equipment online for training candidates. Once you have successfully completed a heightec training course, you will be issued with your electronic certificate together with a discount code which can then be applied at the checkout when you shop on our web. View our height safety & rescue equipment.
Candidates with less experience who work in specific environments such as cleaning or geotechnical may wish to consider ISO Rope Access Supervisor (TRA1S) course. Read our FAQ on IRATA & ISO Rope Access Training.