IRATA Rope Access

Course overview

5 Day Course : 4 days training, 1 day independent assessment by IRATA appointed assessor


There are 3 IRATA levels. All initial candidates start at level 1.

  • Level 1 – No prior experience necessary.
  • Level 2 – Minimum of 1000 hours and 12 months logged rope access experience as an IRATA Level 1.
  • Level 3 – Minimum of 1000 hours and 12 months logged rope access experience as an IRATA Level 2.

Course syllabus

Level 1: 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. Basic principles of movement on ropes – ascent, descent, changing from ascent to descent, changing from rope to rope, crossing a knot, aid climbing and transversing, passing re-belays and deviations, use of a back-up system, elementary rigging and rope management, elementary rescue.

Level 2: Tensioned lines, work restraint, horizontal lifelines, anchorage selection, teamwork, communication.Equipment and Rigging, Wide ‘Y’ hang, re-belay, deviations, rope and sling protection, pull-through, work-restraint and horizontal lifelines, tensioned ropes and rescue/Hauling.

Level 3: Risk assessment and method statements, Equipment inspection, management and records, Rescue management, Assessment of alternatives to lead climbing and, where lead climbing is a valid safe option, be capable of writing method statements for lead climbing in particular situation. Practical skills covered include a full range of technical and/or complex access ad rigging techniques, including fall protection methods, advanced rescue, application of pulley systems.


On successful completion of practical course and exam, the candidate will be awarded a Rope Access Technician – IRATA Level 1, 2 or 3

Age restrictions



  • Single Trainee: £625.00
  • 3-5 Trainees: £600.00 each
  • 6+ Trainees: £575.00 each

Note: All costs above are exclusive of VAT.

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