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level 1 Pre-training requirements

IRATA’s rope access system is a safe method of working at height, where ropes and associated equipment are used to gain access to and egress from the work place, and to be supported at it.

 

Like any other method of working at height, the application of rope access should be regarded as a complete system, in which planning, management, competence and suitable equipment should be treated with equal importance, as each is dependent on the others to ensure a safe system of work.

 

Independent assessments are designed to test the candidate’s knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to the operations performed and to provide independent, impartial judgement on the candidates’ understanding of the techniques taught during their training.

 

Rope access techniques are used in a wide range of repair, maintenance and inspection roles in industries including offshore oil and gas, renewable energy, confined spaces, power and petrochemical, shipping and harbours.

 

Training courses leading to certification under the IRATA scheme may only be carried out by full or probationary Trainer member companies of IRATA.

 

 

 

Refresher

 

 

 

training

Candidates shall be at least 18 years of age at the start of the course.

 

Candidates should be physically fit and unaffected by any disability or medical condition that may prevent them from working safely. They shall ensure that they have an adequate level of fitness, are physically able to perform the tasks expected in terms of strength, agility and co-ordination, and are able to withstand the stresses of the working environment, such as heat, cold, and other inclement weather.

 

Candidates are required to declare that they do not have any medical conditions or contraindications that may prevent them from working safely. The minimum requirement is a self-certification statement, see the IRATA Candidate Disclaimer and Liability Release form [FM-014].

 

If a candidate has a contra-indicated condition which is controlled with medication, he/she shall obtain a signed doctor’s note to show the Training member company that the condition should not prevent that person doing rope access work providing they have access to the required medication.

 

Candidates should consider their experience carefully before attempting to progress to a higher level. Candidates without appropriate experience, adequate pre-assessment training and knowledge of the syllabus are unlikely to meet the required standard when assessed.

 

 

If rope access Technicians are not using rope access techniques regularly, they should be evaluated for competence prior to the commencement of operational duties. Refresher training in particular techniques may be required and the amount of operational supervision necessary afterwards may need to be adjusted, depending on the outcome of the risk assessment.

 

If rope access Technicians do not use rope access methods for a period of more than 180- days, they are required to undergo refresher training. The training should be appropriate for each individual and should be recorded in his or her logbook (s

 

Refresher training:

 

a) shall be carried out by an IRATA Level 3 rope access Technician;

 

b) shall not be carried out during operational duties;

 

c) may involve the need to undergo a full training course.

Refresher training

If rope access Technicians are not using rope access techniques regularly, they should be evaluated for competence prior to the commencement of operational duties. Refresher training in particular techniques may be required and the amount of operational supervision necessary afterwards may need to be adjusted, depending on the outcome of the risk assessment.

 

If rope access Technicians do not use rope access methods for a period of more than 180- days, they are required to undergo refresher training. The training should be appropriate for each individual and should be recorded in his or her logbook (s

 

Refresher training:

 

a) shall be carried out by an IRATA Level 3 rope access Technician;

 

b) shall not be carried out during operational duties;

 

c) may involve the need to undergo a full training course.

Level 2 and 3

Pre-training requirements

Candidates applying to upgrade shall be competent in all practical and theory requirements of their current level prior to attendance of an upgrade course, e.g. an existing Level 1 attending a Level 2 course shall be capable of performing all Level 1 techniques and answering Level 1 theory questions prior to the start of a Level 2 course.

 

Candidates who are not competent at their existing level may require additional training. As little time is available on upgrade courses for refresher training, pre-course evaluation is recommended to verify the candidates’ current level of competence.

 

Candidates seeking to upgrade shall ensure that:

 

a) their current certification is still valid on the day of assessment;

 

b) they have the necessary 1 years’ experience and 1000 working hours recorded and signed off in their logbook.

 

Rope access Technicians who are upgrading or re-validating shall provide their logbooks to the IRATA Trainer member company prior to the start of the training course. Where rope access Technicians have lost their logbooks, they shall arrange for a replacement to be issued, completed and verified before training commences.

 

Rope access Technicians whose certification has expired should consult Procedures for IRATA Certification [TC-032].

 

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Validity of certificates

Certification at all levels is valid for three years, or until the next assessment.

 

After the expiry date on the certificate has passed, rope access Technicians are no longer certified to carry out rope access operations.

 

In exceptional circumstances IRATA may withdraw a Technician’s certification prior to its expiry date. Such circumstances include a lack of regard to safety issues, inability to operate in a safe manner, abuse of IRATA certification and falsification of information.

 

Certificates are issued in the name of the rope access technician, not the employer, irrespective of who has paid for the course. A change of employer for a rope access technician, therefore, is not a cause for reassessment.

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Abseil access limited

Newpark, The Ward,

Co. Dublin, D11 XT9V

Republic of Ireland

 

Telephone:  +353 (01) 80 41 530

FAX:            +353 (01) 80 41 531

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