Rope Access training is carried out in our dedicated training centres throughout the Middle East, under the strict IRATA training programme.
IRATA International has a formal training and certification scheme, and grading structure and all IRATA International members are obliged to use this scheme. Rope access technicians are grouped into three technical grades, depending upon their experience and level of assessment as set out in the IRATA International publication General requirements for certification of personnel engaged in rope access methods
The three technical grades are:
This is a rope access technician who is able to perform a specified range of rope access tasks under the supervision of a Level 3.
This is an experienced rope access technician who has Level 1 skills plus more complex rigging, rescue and rope access skills, under the supervision of a Level 3.
This is a rope access technician who is capable of complete responsibility for rope access safety in work projects; is able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of Levels 1 and 2; is conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation; has an extensive knowledge of advanced rigging and rescue techniques; holds an appropriate and current first aid certificate and has knowledge of the IRATA International certification scheme.
The General Requirements document has been developed by IRATA to provide training and assessment criteria for personnel who will be engaged in rope access work and methods. It is recognised that the safety, application and effectiveness of industrial rope access methods depend upon both the capabilities of the personnel who perform them and those responsible for these people. The independent assessments are designed to test the candidate's knowledge and understanding of the operations performed, and to provide the sector with an assured minimum standard of proficiency.
Full details of the syllabus for each level are detailed in the General Requirements but in summary the following is required.
Level 1 rope access technician
- Be responsible for inspections of all his/her own personal rope access equipment;
- Be able to assist in rigging and non-standard operations, under the guidance of a higher grade;
- Be able to undertake a rescue involving descent by him/herself and have a knowledge of hauling systems.
NOTE: A level 1 rope access technician is not allowed to supervise others
Level 2 rope access technician
A level 2 rope access technician shall be capable of rigging working ropes, undertaking rescues and performing rope access tasks (under the supervision of an IRATA level 3 rope access technician). He/she should have some knowledge of legislation, safety requirements and quality assurance procedures relating to rope access.
Level 3 rope access technician
- Be capable of site supervision for rope access work projects;
- Be conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation;
- Be able to demonstrate all the skills and knowledge required of levels 1 and 2;
- Have a comprehensive knowledge of advanced rescue techniques;
- Hold an appropriate current first aid certificate, to show that suitable emergency first aid training has been undertaken;
- Have knowledge of the IRATA certification scheme;
- Have knowledge of the IRATA General requirements;
- Be familiar with the contents of the IRATA Guidelines.
Total Solutions Middle East provides comprehensive training for all levels of the IRATA certification scheme. IRATA certification is suitable for those who wish to work as subcontractors in a wide variety of work situations.
IRATA Level 1
The first level of IRATA training. Suitable for those starting a career in rope access
IRATA Level 2
Intermediate level qualification in rope access, leading to IRATA level 2 certification.
IRATA Level 3
The IRATA level 3 qualification is a recognized qualification for supervision of a rope access workplace.