IRATA Rope Access Training
Industrial Rope Access is a proven method of achieving a safe work position at height or in areas of difficult access. Initially developed from techniques used in climbing and caving, it answered the need for a safe, simple, adaptable and cost effective means of access.
The most common applications for modern rope access include inspection, surveying, maintenance, and construction on offshore platforms, bridges, dams, wind turbines, towers, buildings, geologic slopes, and industrial plants. While inspection is the most common application, welding, cutting and heavy material handling can be accomplished by rope access professionals using specialised procedures.
CLS Rope Access Training Courses take candidates through all the training and examination requirements of the internationally recognised IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) Certification Scheme.
IRATA Level 1 – The entry level qualification which will get a candidate started in the industry. The course covers the basic techniques required for accessing difficult to reach locations on a pre-rigged twin rope system, along with the basic rescue techniques.
Requirements – Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and be medically and physically fit.
IRATA Level 2 – Course will refresh the candidates basic techniques and cover more advanced rigging and rescue systems, along with valuable industry legislation.
Requirements – Candidates must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of varied experience as a Level 1, over a minimum period of 12 months.
IRATA Level 3 – Candidates will become competent in advanced rigging and rescue systems and gain a thorough understanding of current legislation and industry best practice. Under the IRATA Certification Scheme, all rope access work must be supervised by an IRATA Level 3 Safety Supervisor qualified in First Aid.
Requirements – An additional 1,000 hours of varied experience at Level 2, over a minimum period of 12 months. Candidates must be willing to undertake complete supervision of a rope access worksite.
Course Duration – All courses take place over a five day period which includes a full day of assessment, which is conducted by a certified IRATA Assessor. After successful assessment candidates will receive:
• IRATA Certification and ID Card
• IRATA Log Book
Equipment and Supporting Material – All equipment required to complete the courses successfully will be supplied by CLS, and is dedicated to the purpose of training only. There is a wide range of equipment available, which is certified for the use in industrial rope access and maintained to the highest standard.
At course commencement candidates will receive the CLS Rope Access Training Manual, which is full of useful information and can be used as an ongoing reference tools for practitioners at all levels.
Trainers – CLS Trainers are all highly experienced and suitably qualified, therefore guaranteeing a professional standard of training at all levels and throughout the duration of the courses.
Training Facilities - Courses take place at the CLS’s training facilities in Great Yarmouth. The 12m high steel structure has been purpose built specifically for Work at Height and Industrial Rope Access training. This offers invaluable height exposure for candidates undergoing training at the top of the structure whilst allowing for close supervision. Theory work and written assessments are undertaken in a dedicated classroom on the same site.
Forthcoming courses (all Levels):
- 23rd – 27th Feb
- 6th – 10th March
- 23rd – 27th March
- 20th – 24th April
- 11th - 15th May
- 1st – 5th June
- 22nd – 26th June
For full details on all CLS’ training courses, availability and entry criteria please contact the team at