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IRATA Rope Access


Price (Per Person): $1913.04 + GST 
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 Please contact your Vertical Horizonz representative on 0800 72 33 848

Note: This course is broken into 3 Levels. Above pricing applicable per level.


The rope access course developed by the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) over the last 25 years has become Internationally recognised and is the chosen means of access for multiple sectors including the oil, gas and wind industries. Through a standardised training programme worldwide, IRATA is able to ensure the high standards of its technicians along with the promotion of continual improvements to its education and training.

IRATA Rope Access

The rope access technique developed by IRATA is used in a wide range of repair, maintenance, inspection and access work. Rope access methodology boasts an unrivalled safety record, short set-up and dismantling time, positive environmental benefits and removes the need for invasive access equipment or disruption to a worksite.

Entry Criteria

Trainee must be medically capable and meet the relevant IRATA requirements for desired IRATA assessment level.

Pre requisite

Those training as a Level 3 Technician are required to hold First Aid Training.


What do I need for IRATA Level 1?

Minimum 18 years of age and have a reasonable standard of fitness.

What do I need for IRATA Level 2?

Minimum of 1000 logged hours and 12 months experience as an IRATA Level 1.

Complete a minimum 4 days of IRATA Level 2 training and pass your 1-day assessment.

Ensure to bring your logbook that is filled out correctly and signed off. If you fail to prove logged hours you will not be able to sit your Level 2 assessment.

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

What do I need for IRATA Level 3?

Minimum of 1000 logged hours and 12 months experience as an IRATA Level 2.

Complete a minimum 4 days of IRATA Level 3 training and pass your 1-day assessment. 

Ensure to bring your logbook that is filled out correctly and signed off. If you fail to prove logged hours you will not be able to sit your Level 3 assessment.

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

How long does my certification last?

All IRATA qualifications last for 3 years from the date of your successful assessment.

Are there any medical/physical requirements?

The training course is physically intensive and involves a lot of climbing, however anyone with a reasonable level of strength and fitness can successfully complete the course. You need to be able to lift your own body weight. Due to equipment limitations and health and safety issues we require candidates to weigh no more than 136kg.

You will need to complete a medical declaration (form 014R) detailing any physiological or psychological conditions which may affect your ability to safely complete the course.

VH reserves the right to remove anyone from the training course if we consider them to pose a risk to the health and safety of themselves or others.

Can I fail my assessment?

In IRATA rope access training courses, you are not guaranteed to pass.

You’ll need to complete the assessment in a safe, timely, competent manner.

If you are unsafe, make too many mistakes, take too long or fail to complete a task, you won’t pass your assessment.

You will learn major and minor discrepancies throughout the training course as well as them being explained to you by the independent IRATA assessor on assessment day.

What happens if I fail?

In the rare and unfortunate event that you don’t pass, you will receive as much training as you need as well as re-assessment without any additional charges. You will need to book on to the next available course.

What is an independent assessment?

Your assessment will be carried out by an independent IRATA certified assessor (not a VH employee) in accordance with the assessment criteria for each IRATA level. This system keeps the quality of IRATA technicians at a high level and non-biased.

Trainee’s ability is assessed against strict, transparent criteria which require candidates to successfully complete their assessment in a safe, timely, efficient manner. The assessor will give you a full briefing prior to assessment.

What if my IRATA certification has expired?

Provided your certification has not been expired for longer than 6 months you can regain your current level.

You’ll need to complete a 2-day refresher training before booking yourself in for an IRATA training course.

If you are planning on moving up a level, you’ll need to obtain a reference from the IRATA training company with whom you completed your previous IRATA certification. You’ll then need to successfully complete 4 days training and 1-day assessment for the level you previously held and pass assessment to a “good” standard.

You’ll then need to complete an additional 150 logged hours and 3 months experience at your current level before you can complete an IRATA training course at a higher level.

The 2-day refresher may incur additional costs. Please contact VH’s rope access manager or training manager if you have any questions regarding expired certification.

What if my certification has been expired for longer than 24 months?

Once your certification has been expired longer than 24 months you can not recertify to your expired level.

You’ll need to complete a 4-day training course and 1-day assessment at the level immediately below your previous level.

An expired level 2 will drop to level 1 and an expired level 3 will drop to level 2.

Provided you gain a “Good” standard on your assessment you’ll be able to register for training and assessment at your previous level after a minimum of 3 months additional experience and 150 logged hours for level 2’s and 300 logged hours for level 3’s.

You will also need to provide a reference from your previous IRATA training company.

Can I bring and use my own equipment?

We have enough quality equipment for 8 candidates covering all IRATA levels.

VH requires all equipment used to have a full inspection record from date of purchase.

We prefer candidates to use our equipment, however this is a conversation to have with VH’s rope access manager or training manager.

What is 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.

A free download of the latest version of the TACS is available from

What is ICOP?


The code of practice has been compiled using the experience of established rope access companies and is the result of many years of experience working with various national, international, regional and trade-based health and safety organizations, to which IRATA International is indebted for their advice and assistance. Members of IRATA International are required, as a condition of membership, to comply with the principles of the code of practice. A free download of the latest version of this code of practice, including the informative annexes in Part 3, is available from

It should be noted that the code of practice is not intended as a full interpretation of the law and does not relieve employers of their duties under the various legal requirements that may relate to their specific location, situation and applications. It should also be noted that the code of practice applies to industrial rope access work only, where the prime activity is the work itself. It is not intended to cover, for example, leisure activities or emergency evacuation systems and their procedures, although trainees in such other activities would probably benefit from a level of protection similar to that advised within these pages.




5 Days

Middle Content

Special Note

Course is 4 days in duration, followed by an assessment day.


Use a safety harness system when working at height.

Use, install and disestablish temporary proprietary height safety systems when working at height.

Inspect and maintain height safety equipment.

Level One: 23229 & 15757
Level Two and Three: 23229, 15757 & 19359


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