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During the Level 1 Course, you will learn how to work safely as a rope access technician. The aim of the course aim is to show the technician how important are: the appropriate aptitude and attitude toward safety. The basic rope access maneuvers will be learned. 

The course duration is 5 days, 4 days of training and 1 day of assessment. The Assessment is undertaken by IRATA Assessor, who is an independent person, proved competent to assess the IRATA International qualifications of a rope access Technician. During the assessment, your knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to the operations performed will be tested. The aim of the assessment is to provide independent, impartial judgment on your understanding of the techniques tough during the training. On successful completion of the course the candidate is issued with an ID card, certificate and logbook, and the certificate is valid for 3 years. If a candidate would like to keep his/her IRATA certificate valid, he/she shall be re-assessed. A whole new course is required

Requirements for the course:

  • No experience is required. 

  • Candidates shall be at least 18 years of age at the start of the course.

  • Candidates should be physically fit and unaffected by any disability or medical conditions that may prevent them from working safely at heights.

  • They shall ensure that they have an adequate level of fitness, are physically able to perform the tasks expected in terms of strength, agility and co-ordination, and are able to withstand the stresses of the working environment, such as heat, cold, and other inclement weather.

  • An aptitude for work at height includes not only having “a head of heights” but also an appropriate level of responsibility, self-reliance and respect of heights.

  • Valid Identification card or passport

Contents of the course:

  • Risk Assessment - awareness

  • Knots and rigging

  • Use of equipment

  • Rope maneuvers

  • Techniques used for climbing on structures

  • Simple rescue

Skills after the course:

After successful pass of Level 1 course and assessment a rope access technician is able to perform a specified range of rope access tasks under the supervision of a Level 3 rope access safety supervisor. He/she is:

  • able to understand and follow the rope access procedures, method statements and associated risk assessments.

  • responsible for pre-use checks of his/her own rope access equipment;

  • able to assist in rigging and other operations, under the guidance of a higher level;

  • able to undertake a simple rescue in descent and assist in rescue operations.

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