The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) and the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) are internationally recognized standards for rope access work. Certification is attained by completing a 4-day course, then passing a written test and practical evaluation administered by an independent IRATA Assessor/ SPRAT Evaluator on day 5 or 6. The practical assessment is pass/ fail. We will spend much of our time climbing and practicing techniques on rope. We will also cover theoretical material and equipment specifications. Some coursework needs to be completed in the evenings, requiring 1-2 additional hours per day.
RIG instructors are experienced rope access and rescue professionals who are dedicated to the highest standards of safety. Our company performs incredibly challenging projects at height, in a variety of industries. We train to be able to meet the demands of the most rigorous work conditions and environments.
Candidates must be suitable for rope access work, which requires a good level of fitness, a head for heights and an aptitude for ropes and related systems. Medical contraindications include, but are not limited to: heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, blackouts, fear of heights, vertigo, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug abuse, psychiatric illness, and diabetes. A medical evaluation by a doctor is recommended prior to the start of the course. The systems and equipment used limit user weight to 310 lbs.
Prior to certification, all candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Minimum age of 18 years
- Sign a liability release form and statement of physical and mental fitness to perform rope access work.
Candidates who are renewing at their current level must bring their logbooks. Candidates upgrading to L2 or L3 must present logbooks documenting the required experience at their current level. IRATA up-grade requirements are shown in the flowchart below, SPRAT upgrade requirements can be found in the SPRAT Certification Requirements.
Rope access Technicians who are upgrading or revalidating shall provide their logbooks to the IRATA International trainer member company at the start of the training course. Where rope accessTechnicians have lost their logbooks, they shall arrange for a replacement to be issued, completed and verified before assessment. 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. Expired and direct entry candidates must meet additional requirements and should contact a training company to discuss their situation. If you are not sure whether you meet any of the requirements listed above, please contact:
Robert Goodwin: [email protected]
If you have lost your IRATA or SPRAT certification or logbook, you will need to order a replacement prior to you training dates. Please contact them directly:
Equipment and attire
All the climbing equipment will be provided. Personal equipment, including helmets, is only permitted if you have traceability and inspection records for them. Appropriate clothing for climbing in a harness is advised. The following are general recommendations:
- Pants or shorts that come down to the knee.
- Short or long sleeve shirts are fine; a collar can keep the straps from chaffing the neck.
- Lightweight shoes or boots. Socks that cover the shin.
- Gloves are not required but a thin pair may be useful.
- A bandana or buff may also be comfortable inside the helmet.
The material being covered during our four days of training can be found on
IRATA International Code of Practice (ICOP)
IRATA Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS)
SPRAT Safe Practices
SPRAT Certification Requirements
We look forward to training with you!
Booking and Cancellation Policy
Please register early as our courses do fill up. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment. The following policy applies to all course cancellations and date changes, and to the scheduled start date of the course:
- 14-day or more notice will be charged a $100 fee.
- Between 7 and 14-day notice will be charged 50% of the course cost.
- Less than 7-day notice or once course has begun will be charged the full cost.
$100 discount for members of these organizations (membership identification will be verified at time of check-in):
- International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
- Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue
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