Course Information

GRA Rope Access Training Program

Courses prepare candidates for IRATA certification, with an independent assessment the final day.

Upcoming Courses:
May 21 – 25, 2018 in Calgary, AB — waiting list only
June 18 – 22, 2018 in Calgary, AB
July 16 – 20, 2018 in Calgary, AB

8am – 5pm; Rope Access Course (4 days)
8am start time for independent assessment (1 day, written / oral / practical exam)

GRA will provide all rope access equipment; personal gear cannot be used for the course.

To register for one of these courses, please email [email protected], and complete the provided questionnaire. An invoice will be generated once the minimum course participants have registered. Payment in full is required to ensure your spot in the course.

OVERVIEW

The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association – IRATA – is the only internationally recognized certification scheme for industrial rope access. The Level 1 certificate is the first step in a three level structure. Candidates should expect a hard week both mentally and physically as they come to grips with the wide range of access techniques required to pass the independent assessment on the final day. As a qualified Level 1, the candidate will always be under the safety supervision of a Level 3. Safety is an overriding concern during training and assessment. It should be noted that this course requires a reasonable degree of physical and mental dexterity as well as a head for heights.

CONTENT

  • Rigging, knots and rope work
  • Understanding and safe use of equipment
  • Rope manoeuvres
  • Structural climbing techniques
  • Simple rescue
  • Background and theory
  • General safety and aptitude

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

An IRATA qualification is designed to enable qualified industrial tradesmen to access their normal tasks in a safe, efficient and low impact way. Common trades on the ropes include: NDT, inspection, electrical, rigging and painting.

STRUCTURE

The course is mainly practical with emphasis placed on learning to perform the techniques safely and efficiently. The course is assessed on the final day by an independent IRATA Assessor. On successful completion the candidate is issued with a logbook, certificate and ID card. Candidates are reassessed three-yearly. The course is of a five-day duration, including assessment.

OVERVIEW

The IRATA Level 2 certificate is the second step in the IRATA certification scheme. The Level 2 builds on the Level 1 course material and the candidate’s practical experience. More in depth rigging and rescue techniques as well as a higher degree of proficiency on the ropes consolidate the candidate’s experience and offer an introduction to the advanced techniques of Level 3. A Level 2 certificate confirms the candidate’s experience and competence to operate as a reliable worker.

CONTENT

  • Proficiency in all Level 1 techniques
  • Enhanced rigging techniques
  • Rescue from Ascenders
  • Rescues from manoeuvres – aid climb, deviation, rebelay, rope transfer
  • Hauling and lowering casualties
  • Level 2 theory
  • Equipment selection, inspection, care and maintenance

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

IRATA Level 1 technicians wishing to progress through the system. Candidates must have a minimum of 1000 logbook hours and one years’ experience, ideally in a variety of locations.

STRUCTURE

The course is mainly practical with the emphasis being placed on building the candidate’s confidence and competence in the discipline. Independent IRATA assessment is carried out on day 5. Successful candidates receive a new certificate and ID card. Certificate is valid for three years. The course is delivered over a five-day period, including assessment.

OVERVIEW

The IRATA Level 3 certificate is the top level in the IRATA certification scheme. The Level 3 builds on the candidate’s experience and prepares him to take on the roles of Team Leader, Safety Supervisor, Rescue-man and Rigger. Thus far IRATA rope access has an impeccable safety record, this is largely due to the quality of Level 3’s in the field. This course aims to maintain, and build on, these high standards.

CONTENT

  • Current legislation and regulations
  • Equipment selection, inspection, care and maintenance
  • Operational planning and risk assessment
  • Proficiency in Level 1 and 2 techniques
  • Advanced rigging techniques
  • Advanced rescue techniques
  • Team Management and responsibilities

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

IRATA Level 2 technicians willing and able to take on the responsibility for a rope access team. Candidates must have completed at least a year and 1000 hours as a Level 2 and should have a broad range of experience of different working environments. We would only encourage top quality candidates to apply.

STRUCTURE

The majority of the course is spent practising and refining advanced rescue techniques so that the candidate has the ability and confidence to extract any team member from any possible difficulty. There is also a written paper which concentrates on the candidate’s theoretical knowledge.

This course is delivered over a five-day period, including independent IRATA assessment.

Health and Fitness Self-Declaration

Rope access work, at all levels, involves physical and mental exertion. Technicians should be medically fit and unaffected by any medical condition that may prevent them from performing manoeuvres and duties.   

Certain medical conditions are a definite contra-indication to the safe and successful completion of industrial rope access work. Principal contra-indications to working at height include (but are not limited to):

  • prescribed medication;
  • alcohol or drug dependence;
  • diabetes, high or low blood sugar;
  • high or low blood pressure;
  • epilepsy, fits or periods of unconsciousness, e.g. blackouts;
  • vertigo, giddiness or difficulty with balance;
  • heart disease or chest pain;
  • impaired limb function;
  • musculoskeletal issues, e.g. back pain;
  • psychiatric illness;
  • fear of heights;
  • sensory impairment, e.g. blind, deaf.

To download the full PDF of the Statement of Medical Condition, please click here.