IRATA International has a formal training and certification scheme and grading structure, and all IRATA International members are obliged to use this scheme. Rope access technicians are grouped into three technical grades, depending upon their experience and level of assessment as set out in the IRATA International publication General Requirements for certification of personnel engaged in rope access methods.
The three technical grades are:
IRATA Level 1 This is a rope access technician who is able to perform a specified range of rope access tasks under the supervision of a Level 3.
IRATA Level 2 This is an experienced rope access technician who has Level 1 skills plus more complex rigging, rescue and rope access skills, under the supervision of a Level 3.
IRATA Level 3 This is a rope access technician who is capable of complete responsibility for rope access safety in work projects; is able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of Levels 1 and 2; is conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation; has an extensive knowledge of advanced rigging and rescue techniques; holds an appropriate and current first aid certificate and has knowledge of the IRATA International certification scheme.
SPRAT Industrial Rope Access
SPRAT Level 1 Technician (Rope Access Worker) An individual who performs rope access work. A Level I Technician may only work under the direct, on-site supervision of a Rope Access Lead Technician or Supervisor.
SPRAT Level 2 Technician (Rope Access Lead Technician) An individual who is responsible for physically conducting rope access operations and/or safety evaluations of rope access operations, including maintenance of associated access equipment and performs all Rope Access Lead Technician duties as assigned in the employer’s rope access work program.
SPRAT Level 3 Technician (Rope Access Supervisor) An individual who is responsible for the overall rope access work site and performs all Rope Access Supervisor duties as assigned in the employer’s rope access work program.