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National Certificate in Industrial Rope Access



Price (Per Person): $2950 + GST


Vertical Horizonz New Zealand offers this full 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 the group 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. The Group will discuss a specific training plan for you.


  • Courses on both theory and practical elements relating to the unit standards
  • A log book containing a place for personal details, employer’s details, glossary of terms, definitions, each unit along with its aim and requirements for both the trainee and the assessor, basic facts and figures, the OSH checklist for industrial abseiling, commonly used knots, record of work, assessment records, a summary of the Health and Safety at Work Act, procedure for dealing with the public, first aid and CPR notes, and an equipment log.

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

Programme 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 six day programme.
  2. Six day programme (with evidence of pre-learns completed as above, and pre-requisite unit standards being met).
  3. At the completion of this 6 day 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.

On successful completion of this assessment you will also be able to apply to IRAANZ for your Certificate of Competence.


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 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 an emergency situation
  • 6401 Provide first aid
  • 6402 Provide basic life support.


  • 26551 Provide first aid for life threatening conditions
  • 26552 Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them.

Working at heights - Advanced

  • 15757 Use, install and disestablish temporary proprietary height safety systems when working at height
  • 23229 Use safety harness system when working at height.


6 days

Middle Content


Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements

Communicate information in a specified workplace

Communicate in the outdoors using two-way radio

Describe legislative requirements for the industrial rope access industry

Inspect and maintain height safety equipment

Plan and prepare for basic industrial rope access work

Set up and dismantle basic industrial rope access systems

Carry out elementary on-rope skills

Carry out simple patient recovery by rope techniques

Use number to solve problems

A photo ID for each trainee stating that this qualification has been obtained.

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