Rope Access Training

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Rope Access Training

Rigging International Group offers:

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Rope Access IRATA-SPRAT Certification


Dates: See course calendar.

Time: 8am-4pm

4 days of training followed by a 1-day IRATA assessment and 1-day SPRAT evaluation. For dual certification, you may need to attend both days of testing. Please speak to the office for information on your specific course scheduling.
Full attendance is required. Please be punctual.

Locations:


Las Vegas, NV
4240 N. Lamb Blvd, Suite 115
Las Vegas, NV 89115
(702)984-6313

Anchorage, AK
6601 Arctic Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99518
(702)526-2093

Cost:
SPRAT $1700
IRATA $1700
IRATA/SPRAT Dual Certification $1950
SPRAT to IRATA Conversion $350
SPRAT Direct Entry $350

Description:

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, oral and practical test administered by an independent IRATA Assessor or SPRAT Evaluator. 

In both the SPRAT and IRATA schemes, the test is pass or fail. In the case of a failed assessment or evaluation, certification cannot be attained on that day. A re-attempt will need to be scheduled within 60 days of the final day of training. After 60 days, or at the discretion of the trainer or assessor, a full course is required prior to re-assessment.

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.

Pre-qualification and Requirements

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 contra-indications include, but are not limited to: heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, black-outs, 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. Due to the systems and equipment, user weight is limited to 310 lbs.

Logbooks

IRATA

Rope access Technicians who are upgrading or revalidating 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. In order to meet this requirement, we require a scanned copy of your logbook at the time of registration. Time and experience requirements are detailed in the flowchart on the last page of this document.

Logbook entry verification signatures and company contact details shall only be provided by the following persons:

  1. a) An IRATA Level 3 Technician who was directly involved in the supervision of the rope access activities; b) A Director, General Manager, Rope Access Manager, or Technical Authority of the rope access company responsible for the undertaking of the rope access activities; c) A rope access site Project Manager who is responsible for the project management of the worksite where the rope access activities were undertaken.

If any rope access Technician loses their logbook, they shall contact IRATA immediately to arrange for a replacement. Technicians shall obtain credible references. Where lost hours are required to move up a level, e.g. Level 1 to Level 2, the Technician shall obtain credible reference documents to verify the hours in the replacement logbook before training commences. Maintaining a scanned copy of a logbook can facilitate the process of completing a replacement logbook.

SPRAT

Rope access technicians shall document their experience, including:

  • Rope access work experience 
  • Rope access certification 
  • Rope access training 

Experience documentation shall provide the following information: 

  • Date(s) of work 
  • The date range of an entry shall not exceed two weeks. 
  • Employer name 
  • Work details (These details should include the industry, structure, location, and description of the work undertaken.)
  • Rope access tasks and application (These details should include the type of rope access skills used.) 
  • Rope access hours worked (These hours shall be the time spent carrying out rope access tasks including establishing rope access systems, training, working on-rope, and work site safety management.) 

Signature of individual verifying rope access hours worked. (This signature should be obtained from the Rope Access Supervisor, employer, competent trainer, Evaluator, or client. Rope access technicians working together may verify each other’s rope access hours. Rope access technicians shall not self-certify their own hours.)

If you have lost your IRATA or SPRAT certification or logbook and need to order a replacement prior to you training dates. Please contact them directly:

IRATA: [email protected]

SPRAT: [email protected]

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]

 

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

www.irata.org
IRATA International Code of Practice (ICOP)
IRATA Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS)

www.sprat.org
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.

Accommodations

Discounted rates are available with the following hotels, conveniently located near our facility.

Confined Space Entrant, Attendant, Supervisor, and Rescuer Training


Length: 3 days
Cost: $1000

Description:

A hands on course covering topics related to confined space work and rescue applications. The target audience is teams that perform work or rescue services in confined spaces. The focus will be on best work practices that allow safe access to permit required spaces. Simulated entries and rescues from IDLH-type atmospheres that require the use of supplied air respirators will also be included. Our facility is designed to simulate a variety of situations, so that teams are able to practice the most difficult scenarios.

Topics covered include:

  • Legal responsibilities and requirements
  • Equipment selection, proper use, and inspection
  • Patient packaging
  • Litter rigging
  • Tripod and hoist operation

  • Confined space at height
  • IDLH hazardous atmospheres
  • Breathing apparatus
  • Knots and rigging
  • Systems and risk analysis

PPE Selection, Inspection and Management, Competent Person Inspection Training


Length: 3 days
Cost: $1000

Description:

This course covers personal protective equipment (PPE) for professional workers at height. We will emphasize proper selection, inspection, and management of a variety of equipment. This course is intended for end users, and those responsible for PPE inspection and management.

Topics covered include:

  • Risk assessment and associated decision making.
  • Potential hazards associated with the use of PPE for protection against falls from height.
  • Legislation and current requirements regarding the management of PPE.
  • Definition of “competent person.”
  • General principles and uses of PPE.
  • Employer and PPE inspector responsibilities.
  • Understanding a technical notice.
  • Principal actions of the examiner: maintenance, returns under warranty, removal of products from service, etc.

  • Principal corrective actions: information to provide for the users and/or their management system.
  • Necessary tools and work environment to efficiently perform PPE examination.
  • Presentation of Petzl Technical Institute PPE examination protocol.
  • Pre-use checks, special inspections, thorough examinations, signs and symptoms, significance of any defects, criteria for removal from service.
  • Identify defects and damage which would result in the item being removed from service.
  • Inspection reporting.

 

Fall Arrest Competent Person Training For General Industry and Construction


Length: 1 day
Cost: $400

Description:

A hands-on, practical course in fall arrest safety systems. This training provides the highest standard of safety for end users working in arenas, ballrooms, convention centers, high rise and residential construction sites and industrial plants. And is also recommended for employers, supervisors, managers and safety officers who oversee a Fall Management Program. Our curriculum is based on current regulations, standards and guidance for working at height, both in general industry and construction, and satisfies all OSHA training requirements. Students will have the opportunity to practice with equipment from leading manufacturers in our state-of-the-art training facility. We also offer on-site training at your facility. Please contact us for more information.

Topics covered include:

  • Legal responsibilities and requirements
  • Equipment selection and inspection
  • Anchor selection
  • Horizontal lifelines.

  • Vertical lifelines
  • Self-retracting systems
  • Fall factors
  • Rescue considerations

Fall Arrest Rescue


Length: 2 day

Cost: $800

Description:

OSHA requires that “the employer shall provide for the prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure that employees are able to rescue themselves.” This course includes instruction and practical exercises in self rescue and assisted rescue, using a variety of techniques and equipment. We recommend this training for designated rescue teams, and also for any personnel working in remote or otherwise complicated locations, where rescue services would not be able to access in a timely manner.

Topics covered:

  • Legal responsibilities and requirements
  • Equipment selection and inspection
  • Anchor selection
  • Self-Rescue

  • Remote Retrieval
  • Rescue Rigging
  • Risk Analysis
  • Rescue Systems and Methods

Improvised Self Rescue, Level 1


Offered through our partner, Red Rock Climbing Center, in Red Rock Canyon Conservation.

Length: 2 days

Cost: TBD (Offered through Red Rock Guides)

Description:

Designed for recreational climbers, cavers and canyoneers with knowledge and experience at an intermediate level. Climbing ability is not the gauge, but rather familiarity with systems, equipment and techniques. We will not be covering basic belay or rappel techniques, how to tie a knot, attach to an anchor, etc. Please get in touch if you are unsure whether you have the appropriate knowledge base. We hope to encourage you to sign up, and we can arrange a short refresher of basic skills at the Red Rock Climbing Center, or at our facility. We feel that the material covered in this course is essential for everyone who ties into a rope, and will greatly improve your ability to stay safe out there.

We will look at some of the more common causes of climbing accidents, and how to avoid them. We will also practice techniques that can allow climbers to get themselves or a partner out of a predicament.

  • Rappel safety
  • Releasable hitches
  • Belay escape
  • Knot pass
  • Mechanical advantage

  • Ascending a single rope
  • Ascending a doubled rappel rope
  • lternative methods for rappel/ belay/ lower
  • Lowering a partner
  • Simul-rappeling with a partner

Gear:

We will focus on techniques and methods that use equipment the climber probably already carries on their harness. Please bring the following gear and mark your carabiners:

  • harness
  • shoes
  • climbing helmet
  • multi-use belay device, such as the ATC Guide or Reverso

  • 1 cordellette
  • 2 short Prussik loops
  • 2 shoulder length slings
  • 5 locking and 5 non-locking carabiners.

 

Note:
Safety is paramount on all our courses. The training location will be thoroughly assessed for hazards and managed by experienced professionals. And students will always be attached by a secondary safety line when practicing at height. Please ensure your equipment is in good condition.