What is irata?
Irata (industrial rope access trade association) is an organization of global significance. It is an association whose members are technicians and companies who work on ropes or do training for rope access work throughout the world.
Irata is recognized as the world's leading authority on industrial rope access. The association's aim is to support the activities of its members and technicians, and in the promotion and development of its safe system for rope access work.
Irata qualification system
Irata qualifications are based on a code of “best practice” called icop, and on a training and certification scheme called tacs.
Each irata technician has an “irata logbook” in which to record all hours worked within the irata system.
Irata technician training is structured into three levels, level 1, level 2 and level 3. The course length for each level is 5 days, 4 days of training and 1 assessment day. During the first 4 days, the candidates learn a wide range of techniques for working on rope, including related rescue. In addition to professional development, the goal is to pass the final exam (day 5) conducted by an external assessor.
Irata level 3 - course program
An irata level 3 technician is considered very experienced and must:
A) demonstrate the necessary competence at levels 1, 2 and 3;
B) be capable of supervising rope access work;
C) be conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation;
D) able to perform the most complex maneuvers, including re-belays, deviations and tensioned lines;
E) have a comprehensive knowledge of advanced rescue techniques;
F) hold an appropriate current first aid certificate;
G) have knowledge of the irata certification scheme;
H) have knowledge of the irata general requirements;
I) be familiar with the contents of the irata guidelines.
- Introduction to the course.
- Level 1 and 2 theory revision.
- Risk assessment and method statements.
- Equipment inspection, management and records.
- Rescue management.
- Team work and communication.
- Assessment of alternatives to lead climbing.
Equipment and rigging:
- Level 1 and 2 techniques.
- Wide Y hang.
- Deviations; rope and sling protection.
- Work restraint and horizontal lifelines.
- Tensioned ropes.
- Includes all Level 1 and 2 maneuvers.
- Includes all Level 1 and 2 climbing.
- Level 1 and 2 rescue and hauling techniques.
- Advanced rescue techniques.
- Breaking into tight rope.
- Large re-belay rescue.
- Rescue passing a knot.
- The candidate shall demonstrate aptitude and broad experience.
- The candidate shall demonstrate worksite, personal and team safety awareness in accordance with relevant national health and safety at work legislation..
- The practical exam covers equipment and rigging, maneuvers (on a pre-rigged course), climbing, rescues and hauling, advanced rescue techniques.
Documentation issued to participants
- Certificate of attendance to the course
- Distribution of the course content.