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IRATA Level 3 course is the third level in IRATA system. Candidates applying to upgrade shall be competent in all practical and theory requirements of their current level prior to attendance of an upgrade course e.g. an existing Level 2 attending a Level 3 course shall be capable of performing all Level 1 and 2 techniques and answering Level 1 and 2 theory questions prior to the start of a Level 3 course. 

Requirements for the course:

  • Valid Driver Licence or passport.

  • Still valid current certificate on the day of the assessment. 

  • At least one year from level 2 assessment and 1000 hours logged in the logbook after becoming level 2 (from Level 1 the technician needs 2000 hours). The logbook should be given to the lead trainer at the beginning of the course. 

  • For Level 3 re-assessments the technician shall hold valid first aid certificate.

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

  • 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. 

Contents of the course:

  • Proficiency of Level 1 and Level 2
    Rigging – tension lines for rescues

•    Rescue from short link
•    Rescues from manoeuvers – double deviation; wide re-anchor (loop); mid -transfer rescue; passing knots with casualty. 
•    Establishing risk assessment, rescue plan, method statement and Equipment Inspection

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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