Requirements for the IRATA level 1-3 course candidates.

„Rope access technician”

  • - Age 18 or older
  • - Medical clearance certificate for the work on heights

To work at height safely requires personnel to have an appropriate attitude, aptitude,
physical capability and training.It is important that rope access technicians can be relied upon to behave in a sensible and responsible manner.

Rope access technicians should be physically fit and free from any disability that might
prevent them from working safely at height. Contra-indications include (as mentioned in IRATA International Code of Practice 2.3.1.1.3):

  • alcohol or drug dependence;
  • diabetes; high or low blood pressure;
  • epilepsy, fits, blackouts;
  • fear of heights;
  • vertigo/giddiness/difficulty with balance;
  • heart disease/chest pain;
  • high or low blood pressure;
  • impaired limb function;
  • musculoskeletal issues, e.g. a bad back;
  • obesity;
  • psychiatric illness.
  • For the candidates for level 2 at least one year of work experience and at least 1000 of logged hours as level 1 rope access technicians.
  • For the candidates for level 3 at least one year of work experience at Level 2 and at least a further 1 000 working hours using rope access techniques have to be logged,i.e. a combined minimum total of two years and 2 000 hours at Level 1 and Level 2.
  • Payment for the training course.

„Work at height specialist.”

  • - Age 18 or older
  • - Medical clearance certificate for the work on heights
  • - Payment for the training course