The IRATA training scheme is based around courses lasting for one working week of 5 days. Four of the days are spent training both practically and theoretically on climbing techniques and the fifth day is used as an assessment day conducted by an independant examiner. I've copied information from the IRATA website syllabus to show the tiered structure of Rope Access training. If you want to know more about IRATA and its training programme please follow this link.

            IRATA LEVEL 1


A level 1 rope access technician shall be capable of performing a limited range of rope access tasks required by his or her employers, under the supervision of an IRATA level 3 rope access technician. He/she is:

  • responsible for inspections of all his/her own personal rope access equipment;

  • able to assist in rigging and non-standard operations, under the guidance of a higher grade;

  • able to undertake a rescue involving descent by him/herself and have a knowledge of hauling systems.

NOTE     A level 1 rope access technician is not allowed to supervise

            IRATA LEVEL 2


A level 2 rope access technician shall be capable of rigging working ropes, undertaking rescues and performing rope access tasks (under the supervision of an IRATA level 3 rope access technician).  He/she should have some knowledge of legislation, safety requirements and quality assurance procedures relating to rope access.

           IRATA LEVEL 3


A level 3 rope access technician shall:

  • be capable of site supervision for rope access work projects;

  • be conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation;

  • be able to demonstrate all the skills and knowledge required of levels 1 and 2;

  • have a comprehensive knowledge of advanced rescue techniques;

  • hold an appropriate current first aid certificate, to show that suitable emergency first aid training has been undertaken;

  • have knowledge of the IRATA certification scheme;

  • have knowledge of the IRATA Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme;

  • be familiar with the contents of the IRATA ICOP.