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IRATA Training FAQ's.
What is rope access?
What is IRATA?
Why choose IRATA?
IRATA is the world's lead authority in industrial rope access. The IRATA qualification is recognised world-wide and gives the IRATA technician an opportunity to work anywhere in the world in the rope access industry.
What's the difference between IRATA Level 1, 2 and 3?
Levels of IRATA qualification
Rope access Technicians are grouped into three technical grades depending on their experience and level of assessment.
Entry Level. This is a rope access technician who is able to perform a specified range of rope access tasks under the supervision of a Level 3 rope access safety supervisor.
- able to understand and follow the rope access procedures, method statements and associated risk assessments;
- responsible for pre-use checks of his/her own rope access equipment;
- able to assist in rigging and other operations, under the guidance of a higher grade;
- able to undertake a simple rescue in descent; and assist in rescue operations.
NOTE While in the process of being trained to Level 1, a person is considered to be a trainee.
This is an experienced rope access Technician who is able to perform more complex tasks under the
supervision of a Level 3 rope access safety supervisor.
- able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of Level 1;
- capable of more complex rigging, including re-belays, deviations and tensioned lines;
- able to undertake rescues from a variety of situations;
- able to assemble and implement hauling systems.
This is an experienced rope access Technician who is responsible for understanding and implementing
the rope access procedures, method statements and associated risk assessments, and:
- is able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of Levels 1 and 2;
- understands the elements and principles of IRATA International’s safe system of work;
- is conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation;
- has an extensive knowledge of advanced rope access rigging and rescue techniques;
- holds an appropriate and current first-aid certificate.
Can I go straight to IRATA Level 2 or Level 3?
The short answer is no.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
You can view our Cancellation Policy here-
How long does the IRATA qualification last?
Each IRATA Level qualification lasts 3 years.
IRATA re-assessments are required every three years at all levels, following a minimum of four days of training.
How many people will be on the course?
We are one of the busiest IRATA rope access training companies in the world!
Is there parking at the IRATA training center?
Yes, there is plenty of secure parking at our IRATA rope access training training facility.
What do need to wear for the IRATA course?
Wear loose, comfortable clothes and avoid tight pants or jeans. Climbing pants, track suits, coveralls and long shorts (not short, shorts!) are examples of acceptable and comfortable clothes for training. Work boots and work pants are fine but a plain cotton tee- shirt (with sleeves) is advised for comfort and hygiene.
You must wear totally enclosed shoes such as trainers, hiking boots or safety boots.
What do I need to bring to the course?
If you are revalidating your IRATA certification at any level you must bring your up to date IRATA logbook to the training course.
Make sure your logbook is up to date; it is correctly filled out, and; it contains accurate information. If these things are not in check, the trainer has the right to refuse to train you, and your assessor will not assess you.
How do I get into rope access Geotechnical work?
Cliffs and high rocks are rarely in a position where semi-permanent access can be employed. Natural wear and tear, the sea and weather erosion can present problems that must be addressed.
How do I get into rope access Offshore Oil & Gas?
IRATA began its life by providing teams to inspect, maintain, repair and renovate the offshore platform. This was in answer to the companies operating these rigs who had found other means of access to be of limited use in the offshore environment, with their structures and machinery taking up too much of the limited space available; and at times prejudicing the whole safety regime of the rig, including emergency evacuation.
How do I get into rope access shut-down work in the Mines?
How do I start work in the City?
Rope access teams can move around the most complex of structures by means of their ropes alone and can either carry the necessary tools with them or use another rope system to deliver them to the required position.
Does my level of fitness matter?
A level of fitness for rope access is important.
Rope access is physically demanding work and the training is physically intensive and mentally challenging.
Candidates shall be expected to ascend the ropes multiple times a day utilising climbing equipment.
They should be physically fit and unaffected by any medical condition that may prevent them from undertaking their training requirements and performing any manoeuvre required during training and assessment.
Candidates should be in good health, physically fit and consider themselves suitable to undertake rope access training and assessment. Candidates should not have any medical conditions or contra-indications that may prevent them from working safely.
How do I book into an IRATA course?
There are 2 ways to book into an IRATA course-
Call us on 1300 141 411
Book online- https://www.allareasaccess.com.au/irata-training-book-online
What do I do if my IRATA qualification has expired?
Holders of recently expired Level 1, 2 or 3 certificates should contact an IRATA International trainer member company for information on available course dates. They will need to successfully complete an IRATA rope access course before working as an IRATA rope access technician.
Holders of expired Level 2 or Level 3 certificates that have been expired for more than 6 months should contact an IRATA International trainer member company for information on revalidation procedure. To ensure rope access Technicians are up to date with certification, re-assessment may be done up to 6 months before due expiry date without any time penalty.
What if I don't work on the ropes for more than six months?
Rope access technicians not engaged in rope access work for six months or more should attend refresher training.
This must be done by a current IRATA Level 3 in a suitable facility where the rope access technician can demonstrate the required skill and knowledge expected of a technician at that particular IRATA Level.
On successful completion, the IRATA Level 3 will sign off and register the technician's 'Refresher Training' in his/her IRATA log book. At this point the rope access technician can resume working as an IRATA rope access technician.
Why choose All Areas Access for my IRATA training?
All Areas Access is proud to own the biggest and busiest dedicated IRATA rope access training facility in the Southern Hemisphere, if not the world (we're working on it)!
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