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    National Certificate in Rope Access (Elemementary Rope Skills) (Level 3)

Note: This course contributes to the award of a National Certificate by the NZQA. VHNZ can apply for the National Certificate from NZQA.


Vertical Horizonz New Zealand (VHNZ) can now offer this qualification. We are able to conduct this training at our premises or yours, as well as arrange suitable facilities throughout the country. The standard delivery period is 10 working days, however we are offering this course based on a 6 day training package (with pre course study), therefore minimising the time a trainee is away from their position.

This qualification has been written to provide the Industrial Rope Access Industry with a nationally recognised qualification. In this programme VHNZ has directly avoided specifying technique; we recognise for example that there are many ways to ascend and a large variety of equipment to choose from. The purpose of the assessment is to confirm that the trainee can ascend safely using equipment that meets the specifications. We believe that this allows for greater diversification of technique among those who obtain this qualification.

Theoretical sessions will be conducted during the course. You will need to be physically fit to pass the practical components of the assessment as you will be spending the majority of the time on ropes carrying out practical tasks and skill set.
What happens if someone has worked on ropes for years and now wants the qualification? Evidence will need to be provided to support the time that person has accumulated within the industrial rope access environment. VHNZ will discuss a specific training plan for you.

Course Duration
There are three parts to this qualification:
  1. Pre-learn to be completed by each trainee prior to the course. These will be sent out 3 - 4 weeks prior to course commencement and must be completed and presented to the trainer on the first day of the course in order to attend the programme.
  2. 6 day programme (with evidence of pre-learns completed as above, and pre-requisite unit standards being met).
  3. At the completion of this  programme trainees must have logged a minimum of 150 hours "on ropes" or, if they have reached this amount, a minimum stand down period of 2 weeks is required before they can apply for a practical assessment to gain this qualification. A registered assessor will then assess trainees in the practical applications of rope access, before registering the qualification onto the framework and with the Industry Training Organisation.
NZQA Unit Standards 
497       Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements
1277     Communicate information in a specified workplace
4573     Communicate in the outdoors using two-way radio
19358   Describe legislative requirements for the industrial rope access industry
19359   Inspect and maintain height safety equipment
19360   Plan and prepare for basic industrial rope access work
19361   Set up and dismantle basic industrial rope access systems
19362   Carry out elementary on-rope skills
19363   Carry out simple patient recovery by rope techniques
26623   Use number to solve problems

Attendance Numbers      Minimum/Maximum of 6

Entry Criteria
The course requires a level of fitness to demonstrate competency for the skill being trained.
Each trainee will need to provide evidence of competency of the four unit standards listed below, before you attend the 6 day programme. VHNZ can also place you onto a course if you require these qualifications:

First Aid
6400     Manage first aid in emergency situations
6401     Provide first aid
6402     Provide resuscitation level 2
26551   Provide first aid for life threatening conditions
26552   Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them

Fall Arrest Systems
15757   Use, install and disestablish temporary proprietary height safety systems when working at height
23229   Use safety harness system when working at height

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