FAQ

IRATA Rope Access Training Frequently Asked Questions

What is the IRATA TACS?

TACS refers to IRATA’s Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme which sets out the training, assessment and certification criteria for personnel engaging rope access work methods.

It details the requirements for obtaining and revalidating your IRATA certification for the various levels, explains the training syllabus and assessment criteria and provides guidance for candidates, including pre-training requirements and topics covered.

TACS also details the requirements and provides guidance for IRATA training member companies, Instructors and Assessors and the assessment process.

TACS will be provided to each candidate.

What are the medical requirements?

Yes, you will need to complete a medical declaration detailing any physiological or psychological conditions which may affect your ability to safely complete the course.

You must complete the declaration honestly and we also reserve the right to remove anyone from the training course at any time if we consider them to pose a risk to the health and safety of themselves or others.

How fit do you have to be?

Rope access can be a strenuous activity and your training course will at times push you physically, however with the correct training and proper techniques anyone with a reasonable level of strength and fitness can successfully complete the course.

That said, if you are concerned about your fitness please contact us and we can offer you some sound advice to help improve your fitness prior to your course.

What do you mean by independent assessment?

Your assessment will be carried out by an independent IRATA certified assessor in accordance with the specific assessment criteria for each IRATA level.

DBC Group has no involvement in the assessment process other than a healthy dose of encouragement and moral support.

There are no grey areas, as the assessment is made against strict, transparent criteria which require candidates to successfully complete particular manoeuvres in a timely, efficient manner.

Your assessor will brief you prior to commencing your assessment and you are free to ask questions or seek clarification from the assessor at anytime during your assessment

What do I have to do to pass an assessment?

To pass your assessment you’ll need to complete each manoeuvre or scenario requested by your assessor in a timely, competent manner.

You also need to be aware that an IRATA rope access course is not a ‘participate and you pass’ affair. It is like sitting your driving licence, if you make too many mistakes, take too long or fail to complete the assigned and requested manoeuvres you won’t pass your assessment.

You may fail your assessment by –

Failing to complete a scenario or manoeuvre as instructed by your assessor

Excessive time to complete a scenario or manoeuvre

Committing three minor discrepancies (acts which compromise the safety of yourself or others) e.g. failing to lock a karabiner

Committing one major discrepancy (a critical safety issue which place yourself or others at risk) e.g. one point of contact

Major and minor discrepancies will be explained to you by your assessor prior to the assessment and your trainers will also constantly drill you on them as we progress through the training.

What do I need to do for Level 1?

Are you 18 years of age? Do you have a reasonable standard of fitness? Well that’s pretty much it, just complete your minimum of 4 days training and pass your 1 day assessment and you’ll be a brand new IRATA Level 1.

What do I need to upgrade for Level 2?

OK, here’s where it starts getting a little more serious.

To move up from IRATA Level 1 to Level 2, you’ll need a minimum of 1000 logged hours and 12 months experience as an IRATA Level 1.

You’ll then need to complete a minimum 4 days of IRATA Level 2 training and pass your 1 day assessment.

And remember if you cannot produce your IRATA logbook on assessment day you will not be assessed!

What do I need to upgrade to Level 3?

This is the pinnacle, an IRATA Level 3 Rope Access Safety Supervisor no less.

To move up from IRATA Level 2 to Level 3, you’ll need a minimum of 1000 logged hours and 12 months experience as an IRATA Level 2.

You’ll then need to complete a minimum 4 days of IRATA Level 3 training and pass your 1 day assessment. 

Again, no official IRATA log book on assessment day, no assessment!

Why do I need an IRATA logbook?

Your IRATA logbook is essentially your passport to work and is used to record all your work details, including hours, tasks undertaken, height of work and access techniques used etc.

It’s an essential item for candidates wishing to be assessed to higher IRATA levels, as they’ll need to be able to produce a correctly filled out, up to date logbook detailing the hours required for them to be considered for higher levels.

You must produce your up to date logbook on day one of your training so we can check off your hours and ensure it’s completed correctly prior to your assessment.

Logged hours must be signed off by an IRATA Level 3 or the worksite manager or supervisor.

So remember keep it safe and keep it up to date because if you can’t produce an updated logbook you cannot sit your assessment!

How long does IRATA certification last?

3 years 

Why should I choose IRATA as my rope access certification? IRATA vs ARAA

IRATA is recognised globally as the industry leader in industrial rope access. It has developed its own safe system of work which includes its Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS), International Codes of Practice (ICOP) and audited member companies and their operating procedures.

IRATA’s safe system of work has produced an unprecedented safety record during its almost 30 years of operation. This system has been repeatedly shown, over 10’s of millions of man hours to be the safest most efficient rope access system in the world.

In contrast, ARAA is essentially an independent certification body without any formal safe system of work. It has only indirect control over the delivery, contents or quality of rope access training modules. It also does not produce its own operating guidelines.

work prospects….

IRATA – recognised globally and accepted in over 50 countries around the world.

The industry standard for rope access work in the international oil and gas and resources sectors, including Australia’s iron ore mines and Alumina refineries.

One of only two rope access certifications recognised by the Global Wind Organisation for rope access work on wind turbines.

ARAA – An Australasian association with administration in Queensland. 

My IRATA certification has expired, what do I?

If you are within 6 months of your IRATA certificate expiry date you can recertify after completing a 2 day refresher training course followed by a 4 day IRATA training and 1 day assessment. 

For an upgrade after expiring you must have the required hours, a reference from the original IRATA training company who provided your now expired IRATA certification. Complete 4 days training and 1 day assessment for the certificate level which has expired to a “Good” assessment standard. Then complete 150 logged hours in 3 months before you can do a further IRATA training course to upgrade.

What if my certification has been out of date for more than 6 months? 

Provided your certification has not been expired for a longer than 24 months, you will be able to recertify to your previous level.

You will need to complete a 2 day refresher training course in addition to a 1 day appraisal prior to undertaking your 5 day training and assessment for your particular level.

Unfortunately you will not be able to upgrade to a higher IRATA level as easily once your expiry period exceeds 6 months .

Firstly you’ll need to recertify to the IRATA level you previously held. You’ll then need a further 300 logged hours , 6 months experience and a reference from the IRATA company you last trained with before you can carry out training and assessment at a higher level.

Sorry to say it, but once you’ve hit the 24 month mark there’s no coming back to your previous IRATA level.

You’ll need to complete a 4 day training course and 1 day assessment at the level immediately below your previous level i.e. an expired level 2 will drop to level 1 and a level 3 will drop to level 2.

However its not all doom and gloom, provided you gain a “Good” standard on your assessment and can provide a reference from the previous IRATA training company you’ll be eligible to register for training and assessment at your previous level after minimum of 3 months additional experience and 150 logged hours for level 2’s and 300 logged hours for level 3’s.


With thanks to our friends at iasolutions.co.nz who compiled this very useful list of FAQs about IRATA training and gave their permission for DBC to use them here. 



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