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 2 - course program
An irata l2 technician is:
A) able to demonstrate the necessary competence at levels 1 and 2;
B) able to perform complex maneuvers, including horizontal lifelines, re-belay and tensioned lines;
C) able to assemble and perform rescues in various situations;
D) capable of performing more complex tasks under the supervision of an irata level 3
They must possess some knowledge of legislation, safety requirements and quality assurance procedures relating to rope access.
- Introduction to the course.
- Level 1 theory revision.
- Tensioned lines.
- Work restraint.
- Horizontal lifelines.
- Anchorage selection.
- Team work and communication.
Equipment and rigging:
- Level 1 technique.
- Wide Y hang.
- Deviations, rope and sling protection.
- Work restraint and horizontal lifelines.
- Tensioned ropes.
- Includes all Level 1 maneuvers.
- Includes all Level 1 climbing.
- Level 1 techniques.
- Rescue from the ascent mode.
- Rescue from an aid-climbing situation.
- Rescue past a small re-belay.
- Rescue past a deviation.
- Rescue from rope-to-rope.
- Haul and lower from a platform.
- Hanging haul.
- Cross haul.
- The candidate shall demonstrate aptitude and experience.
- The candidate shall demonstrate worksite and personal 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, rescue and hauling.
Documentation issued to participants
- Certificate of attendance to the course.
- Distribution of the course content.