DBC IRATA Rope Access Training 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there 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 reserve the right to remove anyone from the training course at any time if we consider they pose a risk to the health and safety of themselves or others.

You also will need to complete a Covid-19 declaration.

How fit do you have to be?

Rope access can be a strenuous activity and your training course may 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.

Why should I choose IRATA?

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, other codes such as SPRAT are essentially an independent certification body without any formal safe system of work. With only indirect control over the delivery, contents or quality of rope access training modules. SPRAT also does not produce its own operating guidelines.

How will I be assessed?

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

DBC has no involvement in the assessment day 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 carabiner

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?

Every candidate must:

Be at least 18 years old.

Have a reasonable standard of fitness.

Have an aptitude for heights

Have no medical conditions that may prevent from working safely

What do I need to upgrade for Level 2?

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. This experience must be recorded in your IRATA logbook and produced on the training course.

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

What do I need to upgrade to Level 3?

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. This means that you need at least 2000 total logged hours. Like level 2, your logbook must be produced for your course.

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

Why do I need an IRATA logbook?

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

It is an essential item for candidates wishing to be assessed to upgrade 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.

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.

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

A digital copy of the TACS will be provided to each candidate.

How long does IRATA certification last?

3 years 

My IRATA certification has expired, what do I do?

You cannot upgrade levels if your IRATA certification is expired. This includes certifications that expire during the week of training, you must have a valid IRATA qualification on assessment day to upgrade. If you would like to upgrade levels, you must revalidate to your existing level, as detailed below. After revalidating to your existing level, you must complete 150 hours of logged rope access work before you can attend upgrade training, which consists of 4 days of upgrade training and an additional day of assessment.

If your IRATA certification has expired in the last 6 months, you are eligible to revalidate your certification at your existing level. However, if you have not worked on rope for more than 180 days, or if your certification has expired by more than 6 months, you must complete a refresher course before attending revalidation training. DBC offers refresher training for any candidates in this situation. 

If your certification has expired by more than 24 months, you must revalidate at a lower level and complete 150 hours of logged rope access work before being eligible to revalidate at your existing level. For example, a level 3 IRATA technician whose IRATA qualification has been expired for 25 months must attend an IRATA training course, with 4 days of training and 1 day of assessment to regain their qualification at level 2. They then must work as a level 2 for 150 rope hours and this must be recorded in their logbook. They can then arrange for upgrade training, with 4 days of training and 1 day of assessment. 

Please contact DBC for more details or to arrange refresher training at:

info@dbcgroup.com.au or 1300 121 322 

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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