IRATA International Rope Access Training

The Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS) document has been developed by IRATA to provide training and assessment criteria for personnel who will be engaged in rope access work and methods. It is recognized that the safety, application and effectiveness of industrial rope access methods depend upon both the capabilities of the personnel who perform them and those responsible for these people. The independent assessments are designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the operations performed, and to provide the sector with an assured minimum standard of proficiency.
Full details of the syllabus for each level are detailed in the Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme but in summary the following is required.

All Down South Access’s trainers are first aid trained, in date IRATA certified Level 3 Instructors and/ or IRATA Level 3.

We focus on providing a systematic, disciplined structure for working at heights, which is based on the latest methods and techniques from IRATA.

The hands-on sessions of all rope access courses are physical and expose the candidate to the techniques utilised on the 2 points system, main line and back up line.

  • Correct rigging procedures & knots.
  • Ascending & descending techniques.
  • Changeovers.
  • Horizontal & vertical aid climbing.
  • Rope to rope transfers.
  • Passing knots.
  • Basic and advanced rescue techniques.
  • Hauling techniques.
  • Rigging for Rescue.
  • Safe working procedures.
  • Knowledge of industry legislation (local and international).

IRATA International ROPE ACCESS course – 5 days

The course is run to any of the three levels, in full accordance with the IRATA TACS (Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme) of August 2014. The course covers applicable legislation, the theory of fall factors, shock-loads and damages caused in the event of a fall as well as care and inspection techniques of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). All IRATA training courses have a mandatory independent assessment and successful candidates receive an internationally recognized qualification.

Rope Access Technician – Level 1

A level 1 rope access technician shall be capable of performing a limited range of rope access tasks required by his or her employers, under the supervision of an IRATA level 3 rope access technician. He/she is:

  • Responsible for inspections of all his/her own personal rope access equipment;
  • Able to assist in rigging and non-standard operations, under the guidance of a higher grade;
  • Able to undertake a rescue involving descent by him/herself and have a knowledge of hauling systems.

NOTE: A level 1 rope access technician is not allowed to supervise others.

Rope Access Technician – Level 2

A level 2 rope access technician shall be capable of rigging working ropes, undertaking rescues and performing rope access tasks under the supervision of an IRATA level 3 rope access technician.  He or she should have some knowledge of legislation, safety requirements and quality assurance procedures relating to rope access.

Rope Access Technician – Level 3

A level 3 rope access technician shall:

  • be capable of site supervision for rope access work projects;
  • be conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation;
  • be able to demonstrate all the skills and knowledge required of levels 1 and 2;
  • have a comprehensive knowledge of advanced rescue techniques;
  • hold an appropriate current first aid certificate, to show that suitable emergency first aid training has been undertaken;
  • have knowledge of the IRATA certification scheme;
  • have knowledge of the IRATA Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme;
  • be familiar with the contents of the IRATA ICOP.


  • Physically fit.
  • IRATA form 014, Statement of medical condition will be done at Down South Access:
Candidates should be physically fit and unaffected by any disability or medical condition that may prevent them from working safely. They shall ensure that they have an adequate level of fitness, are physically able to perform the tasks expected in terms of strength, agility and co-ordination, and are able to withstand the stresses of the working environment, such as heat, cold, and other inclement weather.
Candidates are required to certify that they do not have any medical disabilities or contraindications that may prevent them from working safely.
If a candidate has a contra-indicated condition which is controlled with medication, he/she shall obtain a signed doctor’s note to show training member company or employer that the condition should not prevent that person doing rope access work providing they have access to the required medication.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Be able to read and write English – If another language is required please mention this before booking in order for management to make the necessary arrangements.
  • Functioning literacy in English
  • Upgrade from level 1 to 2 or level 2 to 3 you will need a Copy of your logbook with >1000 hours / 12 months as a level 1 or level 2 work experience
  • If you are upgrading to level 3 you will need a valid first aid certificate


What you will get on this course:

  • All trainees will be provided with training manuals, IRATA TACS, IRATA ICOP, Pens
  • Lunch will be provided, if you have any special requirements, please arrange this with management.

Duration of Course:

New application – 4 days of training with one day of an independent assessment.

Refresher and/ or upgrade–4 days plus 1 day independent assessment (Your certificate must still be valid)

IRATA Training

Please contact Down South Access (Pty) Ltd for more details:

A non-refundable deposit is made to secure your spot on the course which is the courses full price.


Office: +27 21 788 3224

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