What is IRATA

Today, IRATA International is recognised as the world’s leading authority on industrial ropework. It now has more than 400 member companies and has trained more than 100,000 technicians, who carry out more than 22 million hours of rope work each year.

Some of the most famous sites in the world on which IRATA has worked:

  • Big Ben
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Burj Khalifa Dubai
  • Burj Al Arab Hotel
  • Dubai International Airport
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Tower Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House

Attending the IRATA course and taking the certification means that you are highly qualified to work on ropes in all environments anywhere in the world. IRATA certification allows anyone who obtains it to have complete confidence in their work, even in reaching difficult positions to perform a task.

In addition, IRATA International has a rigorous programme, called TACS (Training Assessment and Certification Scheme), which, however, guarantees all its members full job safety thanks to the continuous checks carried out by it.



All IRATA courses have the following features:

  • They are accessible after reaching at least 18 years of age. No previous experience is required;
  • They generally take place from Monday to Friday, for a total of 40 hours;
  • The courses include both a theoretical and a practical part;
  • Friday is usually the final day of the course, the day on which the independent assessor examines the trainees. In the morning there will be a theoretical test with questions followed by the practical examination. the Examiner will ensure that the candidate knows how to perform all the manoeuvres learned during the course according to the TACS programme;
  • At the end of the examination, the provisional certificate (if suitable) will be issued, pending receipt of the certificate, an identification card, a Log-Book on which to record future rope work hours, a copy of the IRATA “International Code of Practice” and the “Training Assessment and Certification Scheme”;
  • If the candidate fails the examination, he/she will have 60 days to retake it. If this time is not respected, he/she will have to repeat the entire course.

Qualification levels

The IRATA International course has different qualification levels depending on the type of experience and the type of work performed.

Find out which IRATA course is right for you and check availability on our calendar now to enrol!


This 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.


This 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:

  1. able to demonstrate the necessary level 1 skills and knowledge;
  2. able to equip more complex situations, including splits, diversions and live lines;
  3. able to perform rescues from a variety of situations;
  4. able to assemble and implement lifting and/or lowering systems.


An experienced rope access technician is responsible for understanding and implementing rope access procedures, method statements and associated risk assessments.

The update

IRATA technician certifications are valid for 3 years for all course levels.

Prior to expiry, renewal is required, with a minimum of 2 days training.

If the certificate has expired, renewal will be possible with a full 4-day training.