Training means offering the peace of mind of knowing how to do, an attitude of awareness towards risk and the procedures to be adopted, both in normal rope work situations and, even more importantly, in the event of an emergency.
He/she is a rope access technician who is able to perform a certain range of tasks at height under the supervision of a level 3 technician. He/she is:
able to understand and follow rope access procedures, method statements and assessments and the associated risks;
responsible for pre-use checks of his/her own rope equipment;
able to set up simple anchorages and other operations under the guidance of a higher grade;
able to carry out a simple descent rescue and assist in rescue operations.
An IRATA 1 technician who has not worked in ropes for more than six months must attend a refresh training under the supervision of a Level 3 of the appropriate duration.
He/she is an experienced rope access technician who is able to perform more complex tasks under the supervision of a level 3 rope technician. He/she is:
able to demonstrate the necessary level 1 skills and knowledge;
able to rig more complex situations, including splits, detours and tension lines;
able to carry out rescues from a variety of situations;
able to assemble and implement lifting and/or lowering systems.
An experienced rope access technician who is responsible for understanding and implementing rope access procedures, method statements and associated risk assessments, he/she is
is able to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge of levels 1 and 2;
understands the elements and principles of the IRATA international work safety system;
is familiar with relevant working techniques and legislation;
has a broad knowledge of rope access and advanced rescue techniques;
holds an appropriate and valid first aid certificate.
A Level 3 may become a rope access supervisor: see ICOP Part 2, 2.6.2 for guidance. IRATA technician certificates are valid for 3 years; renewals must be carried out prior to expiry at an IRATA company with a minimum of 2 days training, however, it is possible to renew expired certificates with full training.